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Volume 15, Number 13 -- April 16, 2015
 
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) IBM would like to see more Linux running on Power Systems. Will the IBM i community support that idea? There's already a lot of Linux being used in IBM i shops. It's just not running on Power alongside i. There are parts of the i community that have been supporting Linux for years though. READ MORE >


 

(IT Jungle) There's no escaping the Internet of Things. Whatever it touches--and it touches just about everything--turns to gold, at least from a marketing perspective. And it's more than a little wearisome. But step back from the lightning in a bottle hype for a moment and consider what it could mean for IBM i applications. READ MORE >


 

(IT Jungle) The cloud is pretty much off limits for most companies when it comes to enterprise resource planning software. ERP vendors have cloud options, but ERP users are not reacting as if it was a better mousetrap. There are exceptions to this--see last week's Four Hundred Monitor for a story about an ERP software company with 50 percent of its customers in the cloud. Will there be more ERP cloud users in the future? READ MORE >


 

(IBM Systems Magazine) Rand McNally has nothing on Steve Will when it comes to road maps. He gets asked about directions more often than a Washington, D.C., traffic cop. If you want to know about IBM i direction, Will is your guy. And here is your answer. READ MORE >


 

(IBM Systems Magazine) Jon Paris and Susan Gantner get around. In the past five weeks, they've been to IBM i tech conferences in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Texas. Are there any common threads to be found with regard to what they've seen and heard? I'm glad you asked that question. The answer is just a click away. READ MORE >


 

(MCPress) Steve Pitcher wants to turn you on to DB2 Symmetric Multiprocessing. He's increased the workloads on his employer's IBM i, and those new workloads will be hitting the DB2 for i databases with standard SQL queries from business intelligence tools rather than launching RPG programs attached to printer files to spool output. Symmetric multiprocessing is a key to making this plan work well. READ MORE >


 

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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(IT Jungle) Mention SQL and data-centric development to some people and they wonder out loud: "What can it do for me?" Bob Cozzi, an RPG programming legend, found an answer to that question. He calls it the SQL Query File tool and he's ready to show you what it can do for you. READ MORE >


 

(IT Jungle) APL Logistics owns warehouses around the globe. The downtime goal for its production server--a six-core Power 750 machine--was just four hours per month, long enough to execute small system saves and apply PTFs. That wasn't good enough, so it was whittled to two hours and 25 minutes. Find out how the deed was done. READ MORE >


 

(IT Jungle) Highly customized third-party software is frequently found in IBM i shops. And that frequency is on the rise. The benefit is having software that is a better fit for the individual companies that are deploying it. One size fits all just doesn't perform well enough for everyone. But customization has a tendency to make software upgrades painfully difficult, unless the complexity is controlled with management processes. READ MORE >


 



 

Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(ASNA) A rock solid, feature-rich, tested and proven RPG application is a thing of beauty, but for the person who has never seen a green screen it's a nightmare come to life. It makes no business sense to throw away the application, but eliminating the green screen has immediate benefits in almost every instance. READ MORE >


 

(HelpSystems) IBM i is one of technology's best-kept secrets. Little to no information has been available about this market that demonstrates what users are actually doing on the server. This recorded webinar examines a report based on a survey of 350 IBM i users from different industries and organization sizes around the world. It sheds light on topics such as current IT initiatives, plans to leave the platform, and server return on investment. A panel of industry experts, including Timothy Prickett Morgan, Ian Jarman, Alison Butterill, and Tom Huntington participate in the webinar. READ MORE >


 

(Good) The Mobility Index Report is a quarterly accounting on application, platform, and device preferences for business users. The most recent report, released in February, shows organizations are making security a clear priority. Secure browser and secure IM top the list. Other insights include a trend toward smaller form factors and a year-over-year quadrupling of custom apps. READ MORE >


 

(BCD) This recorded webinar provides insights and advice on PHP as part of an IBM I modernization strategy. It features PHP on i expert Mike Pavlak discussing how to get started and reduce the application development lifecycle. It also includes a demonstration of creating desktop or mobile Web apps with BCD's WebSmart PHP. READ MORE >


 

(IT Jungle) Great technical tips and useful advice related to application and database development, system administration, and other topics are available in this large repository. What you'll find comes from many of brightest minds in the IBM i community including Ted Holt, Mike Sansoterra, Aaron Bartell, Susan Gantner, Jon Paris, Paul Tuohy to name a few. This is a free resource--no registration necessary--and it's Google searchable. READ MORE >


 

(IBM) The capability to convert fixed form RPG to free-form RPG is one of the most far-reaching enhancements to the IBM i operating system. 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

See our full calendar of events at
http://www.itjungle.com/fhm/fhm-calendar.html


 

May 20 -- Jericho, New York - The Long Island System User Group is hosting its annual May Education Day. The main speaker is Scott Klement, an IBM i expert, award winning speaker, and product developer for Profound Logic Software. His session topics will include RPG user defined functions and table functions, JSON in RPG, and patterns for writing high quality, reusable RPG ILE code. Session abstracts are available online. Klement will also participate in a panel discussion on application modernization along with Trevor Perry from Fresche Legacy and Floyd Del Muro from Arcad Software. The event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 9:30 p.m. at the Milleridge Inn located at 585 North Broadway. LEARN MORE >


 

June 1-4 -- Austin, Texas - The CA 2E/Plex Worldwide Developer Conference includes pre-conference workshops and three days of educational sessions on topics ranging from application modernization, Web and mobile development, application strategy, product road maps, and business process management. Keynote addresses, roundtable discussions, small group deep dives, a hackathon, and a vendor expo are all part of the agenda. A discounted registration fee of $349 is available until May 1. LEARN MORE >


 

April 21 -- Southfield, Michigan - Moving IBM i infrastructure to the cloud and choosing a cloud services partner will be discussion topics at the regularly scheduled local user group meeting of the Southeast Michigan iSeries User Group. Guest speaker is Guy Cunningham, manager of customer relationships with Connectria--a large IBM i managed service provider. His presentation will be in a webinar format. It begins at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. LEARN MORE >


 

April 21 -- Nashville, Tennessee - This meeting of the Tennessee IBM Mid-Range User Group will feature a presentation titled "End to End IBM i Application Optimization/Modernization" by Pete Isaksson. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt located at 2613 West End Avenue. It begins at 5:30 p.m. 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 25 -- Anaheim, California - A half-day seminar called MODERNiZE 2015--featuring IBM i experts Scott Klement, Alison Butterill, Charles Guarino, and Ray Bernardi--will provide insights and advantages of both application and database modernization. Topics on the agenda include analyzing databases and code; tools for testing, version control and collaborative, agile development; creating modern Web and mobile IBM i applications; and extending existing investments in hardware, source code, and development talent. The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the day before the COMMON Annual Conference and Exposition begins. It takes place in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel in Trillium rooms B & C. There is no cost for registration. Profound Logic and ARCAD Software are hosting. 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 >


 

May 20 -- Jericho, New York - The Long Island System User Group is hosting its annual May Education Day. The main speaker is Scott Klement, an IBM i expert, award winning speaker, and product developer for Profound Logic Software. His session topics will include RPG user defined functions and table functions, JSON in RPG, and patterns for writing high quality, reusable RPG ILE code. Session abstracts are available online. Klement will also participate in a panel discussion on application modernization along with Trevor Perry from Fresche Legacy and Floyd Del Muro from Arcad Software. The event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 9:30 p.m. at the Milleridge Inn located at 585 North Broadway. LEARN MORE >


 

June 1-4 -- Austin, Texas - The CA 2E/Plex Worldwide Developer Conference includes pre-conference workshops and three days of educational sessions on topics ranging from application modernization, Web and mobile development, application strategy, product road maps, and business process management. Keynote addresses, roundtable discussions, small group deep dives, a hackathon, and a vendor expo are all part of the agenda. A discounted registration fee of $349 is available until May 1. LEARN MORE >


 

 
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