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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IBM Systems Magazine) IBM i Chief Scientist Steve Will travels around the world and meets many people who are surprisingly unaware that IBM has a roadmap for i. Others, Will surmises, may have knowledge of the roadmap but need a double shot of optimism, which comes from hearing an IBM executive talk about the continuing commitment to the platform. It seems that if the message is not getting through, then IBM i marketing is insufficient, ineffective, and needs a kick in the pants. (My opinion, not Will's.) READ MORE >


(Botz Security Bytes) Pat Botz is an IBM i security expert, a frequent speaker at conferences and sometimes author (search the IT Jungle archives for tips, insights, and advice. In a recent blog, he calls attention to an article titled "The Enemies of Data Security: Convenience and Collaboration." Real world examples given in this report describe situations that Botz says are relevant to IBM i shops. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) A growing number of IBM i professionals are beginning to vocalize concerns about IBM and its sinister plan to equip every customer with a ridiculous amount of computing horsepower that will transform their tired old organizations into agile data-driven enterprises. "What are we going to do with all that processing power?" is the often asked question. READ MORE >


(Dark Reading) Are you feeling pretty comfortable with that new mobile initiative? Your boss, no doubt, has inquired about the security of sensitive corporate data. And, no doubt, you have it covered. Your mobile workers swear they are privacy savvy, but this survey reveals they are overselling their abilities. For instance, approximately 60 percent of respondents said the privacy of work data on their phones was less important than personnel info and only 5 percent reported they'd take the most steps to protect work information. READ MORE >


(CIO) IT departments are constantly reorganizing, but a few companies have gone so far as to break the traditional IT department into pieces. Some CIOs are feeling pressure to change the IT group amid new business realities. Done well, a dramatic overhaul can make IT responsive to the unknown. Done poorly, you fertilize staff resentment about too much change or dead-end jobs on legacy systems. READ MORE >


(Forbes) Technology that's within the organization, but out of your control comes under the descriptive title "Shadow IT." Cloud-based apps are an employee dream and a CIO nightmare. These apps are often within an organization without the knowledge of the IT department, but when something goes wrong you know who is going to be held accountable. Remember when hardware or software could not be brought into the business without the IT seal of approval? READ MORE >


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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(IT Jungle) A new partnership arrangement between Zend Technologies and BCD includes Zend customer referrals resulting in BCD handling custom PHP-on-IBM i development work. To reciprocate, BCD plans to bundle Zend's flagship PHP runtime for IBM i, Zend Server Enterprise, with WebSmart PHP, BCD's flagship development tool for PHP on IBM i development. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) When data aggregation is more like data aggravation, the search for answers rises to a higher level. Where do you find automated data consolidation from multiple files, even those that exist in different systems in different locations? And while you're at it, try finding a tool that supports the distribution of data from one file to multiple files. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Independent auxiliary storage pools (iASPs) have taken the IBM i community by storm. Not a storm by Buffalo, New York, standards. More like a San Diego, California, storm--the kind that rinses the dust off the cars. Nonetheless there is some activity with IBM i shops adopting iASPs, and with that comes changes to software that need to be managed. 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 >


(HelpSystems) IDC forecasts that businesses will need to deal with 50 times more data by 2020 than they're managing today. This disk space strategy guide explains how a well-defined data management plan is designed and put in place, including tactics that will help keep data under control. 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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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 14 -- Norwalk, Connecticut - Database and Web application development specialist John Valance will be the guest speaker at the Fairfield AS/400 Users Group monthly meeting. His session is designed to help RPG programmers with little or no Web development experience understand the major concepts and technologies involved with building Web applications. Topics of discussion will include PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. FASUG meetings are held at the Norwalk Inn, 99 East Avenue, and begin at 5:30 p.m. 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 -- Schaumburg, Illinois - The monthly meeting of the OMNI User Group will include expert advice on Node.js and building your first application with Exprssjs. Guest speaker is Aaron Bartell, director of IBM i Innovation for Krengel Technology and a one-man adoption agency for open source technologies on IBM i. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. with registration and networking, followed by dinner at 6, and the business meeting and presentation at 7. It will take place at the IBM offices located at 10 North Martingale Road. 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 be 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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