Volume 15, Number 10 -- March 26, 2015
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Exclusive IBM i Data from Users Around the World

In the first IBM i Marketplace Survey, 350 IT professionals revealed how organizations large and small use IBM i and the IT issues that concern them the most.

Find out how many organizations plan to stay on the platform, which IT projects top their to-do lists, and what this means for the future of IBM i.

Download your copy of the survey results >.


Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) While IBM has not open sourced the specifications and files that would allow someone to make a clone or derivative Power8 chip, IBM is licensing the chip specs to those who join the OpenPower Foundation and who pay fees to do so. What will it mean when alternative Power-based platforms make their way to market? READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Does your company manage its IT workforce or does your workforce somehow manage itself, leaving your company to make the best of what comes its way? Some companies hire the skills they need and other companies hire people they believe can be trained in the necessary skills. Both have to invest in keeping a workforce technologically current. If you are buying skills, a shortage may seem more apparent. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition, the largest gathering of IBM i users, is one month from opening the doors on its 2015 conference. More than 300 educational sessions will be ready for an estimated crowd of 1,000 programmers, operators, system administrators, and IT managers. COMMON President Pete Masiello promises a special session focus on Linux and VIOS topics and new product announcements from IBM and many of the vendors in the expo area. READ MORE >


(CIO) Colleges and universities across the country have been building new facilities to keep up with expanding STEM - science, technology, engineering and math -- programs. There are fewer traditional lecture halls and more opportunities for hands-on instruction. Labs are on display instead of tucked in basements. Circulation spaces become opportunities for students and professors to mingle and collaborate. READ MORE >


(Enterprise Executive) Compliance and security are not the same things, but your business is held responsible for both. While only executives and board members may require your company to be secure, if your business stores, processes or transmits cardholder data, PCI requires your company to be PCI compliant. Failure to do so could result in fines, credit card replacement costs and forensic audits should a breach occur. READ MORE >


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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(IT Jungle) The opinions of 350 IBM i users have been collected and compiled into a report called the IBM i Marketplace Survey. Thursday, March 26, a panel discussion featuring IT Jungle's Timothy Prickett Morgan, IBM's Ian Jarman and Alison Butterill, and HelpSystems' Tom Huntington will discuss what the report reveals about the IBM i community. The scrutiny takes place during a webcast that begins at 10 a.m. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Storage Director is virtual tape library that routes backup data to NAS and SAN arrays, cloud storage offerings, actual tape libraries, and arrays equipped with flash-based solid state drives (SSDs). According to Tributary, Storage Director is blindingly fast. It can move compressed data from the hosts to the FlashSystem 840 at speeds up to 10.4 GB per second, or 60 TB per hour. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Companies rank modernization as one of their top priorities. But application modernizations projects are tending toward more business logic orientation and more frequently involve database programming as well. Midrange Dynamics, a provider of application development software and consulting services, has all this in mind with the release of a new product and an update to its reputable change management system. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Downtime has its costs. For some businesses it very quickly becomes extremely expensive and recovery planning becomes very important. Even companies that can withstand several hours or even several days of system downtime have their limits and, therefore, create recovery plans. And when a company examines its tape-based backup strategy, there will be times when someone asks: Why is our IT staff spending so much time on this process? There's a better way. READ MORE >



Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(HelpSystems) The 2015 IBM i Marketplace Survey reflects the views of 350 IBM i shops, mostly from North America. It's a pretty good indicator of how things stand and what direction things may be headed. If you believe the long-term success of any organization is closely tied to how well its management is able to develop strategies to deal with likely future scenarios, this report is one of many tools that can assist in determining directions. READ MORE >


(IBM) The influential report titled "IBM i on Power Systems for Midsize Businesses," released two years ago by the marketing research company ITG, has been updated. If there's a debate going on in your organization regarding whether X86 running Windows is better investment than IBM i on Power Systems, this document will provide decision makers with a much needed fresh perspective. READ MORE >


(IBM) "IBM i on Power Systems for Enterprise Businesses" is the companion report to "IBM i on Power Systems for Midsize Businesses" noted above. This, too, is a refreshed version of a previously released study. Platform selection, with support for IBM i, is the focal point. So if you are making a case for IBM i on Power, this should be part of your presentation to the C-level data collectors. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) This repository of technical tips and advice related to application and database development, system administration, and more comes from many of brightest minds in the IBM i community including Ted Holt, Mike Sansoterra, Aaron Bartell, Susan Gantner, Jon Paris, Paul Tuohy, and others. This is a free resource--no registration necessary--and it's Google searchable. READ MORE >


(IBM) This article explains the free-form RPG function supported on IBM i, including its advantages and how to program for H, F, D and P specs within free-form. The support is intended to allow RPG to be easier to write and understand for programmers who are familiar with other high-level languages. READ MORE >


Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

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March 26 -- Webinar - We're all part of the IBM i community, but statistically the community is not well defined. It's a mystery why we don't have a better picture of who we are. What's been missing is a census, an accounting of what the community looks like and thinks about. Steps in that direction has taken place with the IBM i Marketplace survey. During this webinar results from the survey (350 IBM i shops) will be discussed by industry experts Timothy Prickett Morgan, Ian Jarman, Alison Butterill, and Tom Huntington. They'll be discussing topics such as the most needed IT initiatives, which projects are already under way at most shops, future IT planning with or without the IBM i, and perceptions regarding return on investment. All webinar attendees will receive a copy of the IBM Marketplace survey. The event begins at 10 a.m. Central Time. LEARN MORE >


March 26 -- Webinar - The risks involved with transmitting sensitive company data using cloud-based file-sharing services like Dropbox will be explored in this session, which puts the emphasis on security and on-premise solutions. Topics on the agenda include end-to-end encryption, audit logs and detailed reporting, managing users, device authorization, and remote wipe. The session begins at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. LEARN MORE >


March 30 through April 1 -- Framingham, Massachusetts - The IBM i user groups from the northeastern United States will once again be combining efforts to host "The Power of i," their annual System i technical conference. The event includes more than 70 technical and professional development sessions. The conference also includes a vendor expo and specialized training in the areas of RPG and DB2 that require separate registration. LEARN MORE >


April 9 -- Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - IBM's Linux on i expert Erwin Earley will be making two presentations at the monthly meeting of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association. The first session covers the basics of leveraging the virtualization capabilities of IBM i to implement Linux workloads alongside IBM i workloads. Topics include storage virtualization, network virtualization, and popular open source solutions that can be implemented in IBM i environments. The second session takes a look at virtualization on Power Systems via PowerKVM including how to use PowerKVM to implement Linux workloads. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. with the first session scheduled for 4:30. This meeting will take place at Mo's Irish Pub located at 10842 West Bluemound Road. LEARN MORE >


April 9 -- St. Louis, Missouri - A one-day PHP workshop with four presentation and four corresponding lab sections covering all of the fundamentals of PHP will be instructed by PHP on IBM i expert Mike Pavlak. This workshop will explore the use of the open source toolkit for calling RPG programs and CL commands as well as database access using DB2 and MySQL. Attendees bring their own laptops and connect to an IBM i LPAR running PHP in the cloud. The sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. The training is free to members of the Gateway/400 Group, an IBM i user group serving the greater St. Louis area. The meeting location is Spazio Westport at 12031 Lackland Road. RSVP no later than Monday before the meeting date. LEARN MORE >


April 15 -- Jericho, New York - The Long Island Systems Users Group monthly meeting will feature three sessions on Web application development presented by John Valance, an IBM i Web development consultant with extensive programming experience in RPG, Java, PHP, and JavaScript. The first session begins at 2 p.m. followed by a lab session at 4 p.m. After dinner and networking, the third session will begin at 8 p.m. LISUG meetings are held at The Milleridge Inn located at 385 North Broadway in Jericho. LEARN MORE >


April 21 -- Minneapolis, Minnesota - Business intelligence on IBM i will be the topic of two sessions during the monthly meeting of QUSER, the local user group for IBM midrange professionals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The presentations will conducted by Alan Jordan, an expert in data warehousing technologies on IBM i. The first session is an overview of BI concepts. The second session focuses on the architecture and design of data warehouses and data marts. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. A location has not been determined at this time. LEARN MORE >


April 21 & 22 -- Rochester, Minnesota -The IBM-SAP Power Summit is a two-day conference for IBM i customers running SAP workloads or considering SAP workloads on IBM i. This event is designed to help businesses leverage IBM i and SAP technology, share best practices, and network with other businesses running SAP workloads on IBM i. Presenters include experts from both SAP and IBM, with many years of experience regarding SAP and IBM i technologies and solutions. A detailed list of the sessions is available online There is no cost for attending the event. LEARN MORE >


April 22 -- Webinar - In this session, Aaron Bartell will explore the various ways to communicate with existing DB2 tables and RPG programs directly from a Node.js program that is running on the same IBM i. Also on the agenda is a how-to guide for doing iterative development using the Node.js REPL capabilities (programming in a real-time response environment). Topics of discussion include IBM's Node.js DB2 for i driver and XMLSERVICE. Bartell is director of IBM i innovation for Krengel Technology. He promotes the adoption of open source technologies on IBM i through professional services, staff training, speaking engagements, and the authoring of best practices within industry publications. This online presentation is being hosted by the OCEAN user group, which is based in Orange County, California. It begins at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. LEARN MORE >


April 26-29 -- Anaheim, California - The COMMON 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition features four days of IBM i-, AIX-, and Linux-related education. More than 300 sessions and workshops will be available and more than 80 vendors will be on-site in the Power Systems Exposition. As always, there will be plenty of networking events taking place throughout the week. Register before the end of 2014 and there's a sizeable discount available. LEARN MORE >


April 30 -- Anaheim, California - New Generation Software is presenting a workshop focused on simplification of the IBM i reporting process using Windows functions. The session features NGS-IQ, New Generation's flagship query, reporting, and business intelligence suite for companies that want to move beyond Query/400 and other tools. No NGS-IQ product knowledge required. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop begins at 9. This session is scheduled for the day after the conclusion of the COMMON conference in Anaheim. LEARN MORE >


May 6 & 7 -- Toronto, Canada -- The Toronto User Group's annual two-day technical conference will once again deliver a unique educational opportunity for IBM i professionals in southeastern Canada and the northeastern United States. The educational content includes topics such as performance management, Web and mobile development, application modernization, and accessing and optimizing IBM i data. A session agenda and speakers list for TEC 2015 is available online. Alison Butterill, product offering manager for IBM i, will be the keynote speaker. The event is being held at Seneca College at York University. Registration fee for TUG members is $695 and the fee for non-members is $795. An early registration discount is available until March 31. LEARN MORE >


May 11-15 -- Las Vegas, Nevada - Edge2015 is IBM's annual showcase of IT infrastructure innovation. This multifaceted event incorporates an executive summit and three technical conferences that highlight Power Systems, storage systems, and z Systems. Business luminaries are lined up to share best practices on how they have used new technologies to target new customers and create net new revenue. Educational sessions, a solutions exposition, certification testing, and keynote presentations by industry thought leaders provide attendees with a lot to think about. LEARN MORE >


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