Volume 16, Number 12 -- March 31, 2016
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The COMMON 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition arrives in New Orleans on May 15. With more than 300 sessions available over four days, it is the Power Systems event of the year.

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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) It's expected that IBM will announce the next iteration of the IBM i operating system--officially referred to as iNext, but reported in IT Jungle to be IBM i 7.3--at its TechU conference in Atlanta, Georgia, April 12. That's a week ahead of a COMMON webcast featuring IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will, who is scheduled to talk about new features in the platform. What else is known about i 7.3?READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) During the past 15 years, the open source community has driven a massive amount of innovation in IT. IBM and Microsoft--two bastions of proprietary development--have even changed their colors to become champions of open source. And perhaps a bigger surprise is that open source is gaining momentum in the IBM i community. Look for the upcoming release of IBM i to deliver additional open source features. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Pete Massiello is an IBM i advocate, a past president of COMMON the world's largest IBM i user group, and owner and CEO of a consultancy that specializes in system upgrades, performance tuning, and hosted services. The IBM midrange is his bread and butter. Massiello recently wrote a report he calls IBM i State of the Union, a perspective on the landscape based on what he has seen and what he expects to see. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) MEDHOST provides enterprise and departmental healthcare-related software to an estimated 1,000 hospitals. A big percentage of its customers have IT investments that are tied to IBM midrange computers. Here's how the software company is meshing its legacy applications with the modern, multi-platform IT environments that are evolving within the healthcare industry. READ MORE >


(InformationWeek) The impact of H-1B workers on American tech jobs has been a hot-button issue. Now the controversial topic is a talking point in the current presidential race. So, is a good time learn more about last year's eight largest H-1B employers. READ MORE >


(CIO) Banking has changed since the global financial crisis in 2008. The steady increase in regulations from Washington, the states and international organizations are now impacting IT leaders. As regulators examine vendor relationships and outsourcing arrangements more closely, there is a significant risk that poorly managed IT could trigger an audit finding, a fine or negative publicity. READ MORE >


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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(Muskegon Community College) This YouTube presentation provides an overview of IBM i online curriculum at the college and the goal of bringing new skills and talent to the IBM i community. Char Parker, faculty member at MCC, discusses the importance of the IBM i skills modernization, mentoring and advocacy, industry certifications, and provides an overview of courses offered in an online format and available to anyone with an internet connection. READ MORE >


(IBM Academic Initiative) IBM i and Power Systems skills can be found at this Academic Initiative website that lists colleges and technical schools graduating students with the training and education for entry-level jobs. It includes a list of schools with IBM i curriculum and a job board for employers and potential employees. READ MORE >


(IBM) SQL Procedures, Triggers, and Functions on DB2 for i is an updated version of one of the most popular IBM i Redbooks of the past nine years. It includes chapters on data-centric programming, SQL Persistent Stored Modules, and IBM i and DB2 for i Services. READ MORE >


(System i Developer) The IBM iAdvocate Resource repository provides IBM i professionals with data and presentation materials that can be used to communicate the strengths of IBM i as a business application platform to their colleagues and management. It includes a "25 Years of IBM i Innovation" presentation with a companion white paper, plus SAP benchmark results and cost/benefit research. 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 >



Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

April 5 -- Webinar - This online session covers secure and cost effective ways to connect data and the people who need it, without adding another server and database to your network. It focuses on writing quick, ad hoc queries that output to Excel, Access, Word, PDF, CSV, and TXT; develop complex reports; build multidimensional data models; and design Web reports with charts & drill-down hyperlinks. The presentation, hosted by New Generation Software, begins at 11 a.m. LEARN MORE >


April 11-13 -- Framingham, Massachusetts - The Northeast IBM i User Group Conference features more than 70 educational sessions including topics such as: RPG, Ruby on Rails, RDi/RSE, Linux, SQL and the database, systems management and performance, Web development and mobile computing, security, disaster recovery and business continuity. The assembly of top speakers includes: The Four Hundred Guru editor Ted Holt, Jon Paris, Susan Gantner, Alan Seiden, Pete Massiello, Aaron Bartell, and others. The event also includes a vendor expo. The user groups of the Northeast come from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. LEARN MORE >


April 12-14 - Atlanta, Georgia -- IBMTechU Comes to You includes more than 100 technical sessions on topics pertaining to Power Systems, z Systems, and storage. IBM product and industry experts will be presenting hands-on labs, demos and workshops. Fourteen sessions of IBM i-specific training are available at this conference, but will not be offered as this event moves on to San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, and Austin. LEARN MORE >


April 14 -- Webinar - The skills for managing SQL statement performance will be discussed in this online session presented by DB2 for i expert Tom McKinley, a member of the IBM database team. Topics to be covered include the fundamental pieces that make up SQL performance, open data paths, and the coding practices and considerations that can help improve SQL performance. The session begins at noon Central Time. It's free to all COMMON members and members of local user groups that have COMMON memberships and those who work for companies with COMMON corporate memberships. LEARN MORE >


April 14 -- St. Louis, Missouri - Network Deployment and DB2 Enhancements associated with the new IBM i 7.3 will be featured in this remote presentation by IBM i development team members at the regular monthly meeting of the Gateway/400 Group, a System i user group serving the greater St. Louis area. Details of this presentation won't be announced until the i 7.3 official announcement a few days before this meeting. The meeting location is Spazio's restaurant at 12031 Lackland Road. RSVP no later than Monday before the meeting date. The presentation is available via a remote hookup for those who cannot attend. LEARN MORE >


April 14 -- Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - Assessing RPG, COBOL and CA 2E (Synon) applications and improving business outcomes through better legacy IT management or focused modernization projects will be the discussion topics at the monthly meeting of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association. Guest speaker is Raymond Everhart, a senior IBM i analyst at Fresche Legacy. Everhart will be presenting two sessions: one on database access and the other on model view controller programming. In between is dinner and networking with the members. This meeting takes place at Mo's Irish Pub located at 10842 West Bluemound Road. LEARN MORE >


April 19 -- Costa Mesa, California - Discoveries of WebSockets, IBM i, and Watson will be revealed at the regular monthly meeting of the OCEAN User Group. This remote presentation by IBM i Champion Aaron Bartell will include calling on Watson from IBM i using Node.js, how WebSockets work to communicate from browser to IBM i and from IBM i to Watson, and how the Node.js socket.io library makes it simple to do WebSockets. Dinner and networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6:30. The meeting place is National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


April 19 - Webcast - IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM i Champion Pete Massiello discuss what's new in IBM i 7.3, the latest version of the operating system. Topics of discussion include conducting accurate analysis of data with new advanced query capabilities; forecasting, defining gaps and building new strategies for business; and enhancing security management. The session begins at 11 a.m. Central Time. Although the presentation is hosted by COMMON, it is available to all IBM i professionals. COMMON membership is not required. LEARN MORE >


April 20 -- Westbury, New York - The Long Island Systems Users Group monthly meeting will include two presentations by IBM i PHP expert Mike Pavlak. At 5 p.m., Pavlak will discuss popular tweaks, hacks and just plain good practices the for IBM i PHP community. At 7 p.m., he will explore several examples of how PHP scripts can use the Open Source Toolkit to access RPG business logic. In between the PHP sessions is time for networking, cocktails, and dinner. LISUG meetings are held at the Westbury Manor located at 1100 Jericho Turnpike. LEARN MORE >


April 23 -- Costa Mesa, California - A Node.js Boot Camp introduction for RPG programmers will be presented by IBM i open source expert Aaron Bartell in a multiple-session, one-day combination of lectures and hands-on lab instruction. Topics on the agenda include a new skill as "job insurance," how to obtain and install Node.js, and how Node.js talks to RPG and DB2. OCEAN user group members can register for $50. The cost for non-members is $75. The training takes place at National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


May 15-18 -- New Orleans, Louisiana - The 2016 COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition is the largest IBM i educational event of the year. It includes in-depth sessions related to IBM i, as well as AIX and Linux. The agenda includes all-day pre-conference workshops, open labs, and a variety of regular-length sessions. The complete session guide is available online. LEARN MORE >


June 1-3 -- Austin, Texas - A new IBM i-centric event called i Cathalon will take a modernization focus for organizations planning on transforming legacy assets into web, mobile, cloud, and digital content. Backend and front-end architecture, APIs, services, DevOps, and workflow topics are all on the agenda. The event is hosted by CM First Group. An early registration fee discount for one attendee is $149. The discounted fee for a four-person team is $399. LEARN MORE >


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Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
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