Volume 16, Number 15 -- April 21, 2016
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) The performance boost and price cut that we've come to expect when a "plus" variant of the Power chips is delivered is off the table. It's simple. There are no plans for Power8+. But as expected, IBM made a few tweaks to the Power Systems portfolio outside of the release of IBM i 7.3 and a Technology Refresh update for IBM i 7.2. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The IBM i Strategy and Roadmap white paper that was just released puts its focus on IBM's efforts to modernize the platform with technology that clearly differentiates it from the old school AS/400. It's nice to know the system has evolved, but aren't business solutions the reasons one system gets chosen over another? Read this white paper, show it to your top-level executives, and hope that IBM produces another white paper with the focus on business solutions. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) New OLAP and temporal data capabilities in DB2 headlined the launch of IBM i 7.3. But those weren't the only analytic functions delivered last week by IBM. Tucked inside the announcements was a new release of DB2 Web Query for i that will make it easier to bring data from outside databases into an IBM i-based data warehouse. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Whether it's a new release of the OS or a Tech Refresh, the RPG clan will be on high alert for enhancements. IBM i 7.3 doesn't have much to get excited about, but there is activity, which is always a good sign. READ MORE >


(InformationWeek) H-1B visa demand outstripped the available allotment limit within five days for the fourth consecutive year and hit a record for the number of applications submitted. Employers and outsourcing companies submitted a total of 236,000 H-1B visa petitions for fiscal 2017, according to figures released Tuesday by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). That figure was up slightly from last year's record 233,000 petitions. 85,000 H-1B visas were granted. READ MORE >


(InformationWeek) Tech workers across the nation may witness a massive pink slip parade this year, should one Wall Street analyst's prediction of more than 260,000 tech layoffs in 2016 come true. Here's at a look at the top 10 companies on his list and why they are there. IBM leads the pack with an estimated 95,000 employee terminations. Hewlett Packard, Oracle, and Microsoft are putting up big numbers as well. READ MORE >


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Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(IBM) When the executive management of an organization doesn't understand the value of IBM i, thinks it's outdated technology and that IBM is no longer investing in the platform, the time bomb is ticking. This white paper was designed to give those executives something new to consider. READ MORE >

(IBM) One of the major database enhancements in IBM 7.3 is the inclusion of temporal support. Temporal support allows SQL programmers to query data as if they were asking questions from a point in the past. An explanation of how to create a system-period temporal table can be found at the IBM Knowledge Center. READ MORE >

(IBM) With new OLAP functionality built into the database with the 7.3 release of IBM i, questions can be asked of the data in real time and no data gets pulled off the system. SQL programmers will write their own queries and get answers to questions like how do our product sales this year compare to the past three years. An example of how to use OLAP specifications can be found in the IBM Knowledge Center. 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 21 -- Webinar - This presentation examines automating and accelerating batch and ad hoc file transfers. Featured topics include: separating users, workflows, and schedules into security zones; transferring large files across the WAN or Internet; Amazon S3 and WebDAV connectors for file storage; and SMA integration for sending text message alerts. The session is hosted by Linoma Software and features its software. It begins at noon Central Time. LEARN MORE >


April 21 -- Southfield, Michigan - An introduction to IBM cloud hosting will be presented 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. He will be making a remote presentation and the local user group will not be having an on-site meeting. Information about how to join the online presentation is available on the SEIMUG website. The session begins at 6 p.m. 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 >


April 26 -- Webinar - This webinar will highlight real-world examples of modernized and mobilized screens that have improved workflows, increased productivity and decreased training costs. The session includes examples of a mobile warehouse application, a customer-facing order entry application, and modern dashboards. The presentation, hosted by BCD Software, begins at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. LEARN MORE >


April 28 -- Webinar - This online session examines fast methods for modernizing and mobilizing IBM i applications. This features a demo of BCD software used to migrate green screen apps ta Web-based apps with graphical interfaces using the 5250 datastream and RPG OA. It includes instruction on how to add images, tabs, and datepickers without the requirement of HTML experience. The presentation begins at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. LEARN MORE >


May 11 -- Webinar - Making real time business data available without adding the cost and complexity of a separate server and database will be the focus of this online session. Discussion topics include ad hoc queries that output to Excel or PDF, analytical models and graphical Web reports with drill-down hyperlinks, and getting data to those who need it. The presentation, hosted by New Generation Software, begins at 1 p.m. Pacific Time. LEARN MORE >


May 12 -- Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - The monthly meeting of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association will feature PHP subject matter expert Mike Pavlak. The ever-traveling PHP advocate will present two sessions: The first is a working example of how PHP can be used to access data on IBM i and present that information using the combination of HTML and centralized formatting available via Cascading Style Sheets. The second session will explain the latest PHP developments including concepts like deprecation cycles, implementing change, and PHP Version 7. The meeting will be held at Alito's Restaurant located at 3041 North Mayfair Road. 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 >


May 24 -- Lombard, Illinois - PHP on IBM i gets top billing during the monthly meeting of the OMNI User Group. Subject matter expert Mike Pavlak will be the guest speaker. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. with registration and networking, followed by dinner at 6, and the business meeting and presentation at 6:45. It will take place at Casey's Restaurant and Bar located at 415 East North Avenue. LEARN MORE >


May 25 & 26 -- Markham, Ontario, Canada - The Toronto User Group will host its annual Technical Education Conference. The lineup of educational sessions includes IBM i and RPG application development, performance management, Web and mobile development, modernization, accessing and optimizing data, and system management. The event will be held at the SAVOY Conference Centre in the Monte Carlo Inn located at 7255 Warden Avenue. Early registration discounts are available until April 30. LEARN MORE >


June 8 -- Webcast - Six sessions and two educational tracks are included in this three-hour educational event billed as the i On the Enterprise Virtual Event co-hosted by Profound Logic and ARCAD Software. The guest speaker lineup includes Tim Rowe, Brian May, Floyd Del Muro, Charles Guarino, Alex Roytman, Ray Bernardi. All sessions will focus on sharing knowledge and learning skills to optimize, innovate, and transform IBM i-based enterprises. Topics include: IBM i solutions for enterprise modernization, application user interfaces, modern RPG development, database modernization, DevOps, and strategies for hiring and retaining development talent. 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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The Four Hundred
Sundry April Power Systems Announcements

IBM i Strategy And Roadmap Loses Business Focus

DB2 Web Query For i Now Supports External Databases

As I See It: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

We Can Just Barely See RPG In i 7.3

Four Hundred Guru
Surge of Services in DB2 for i, Part 2

View Scheduled Jobs with Excel

Refacing Your Database, Part 2

The Platform
Drilling Down Into Nvidia's "Pascal" GPU

Power9 Will Bring Competition To Datacenter Compute

Future Cray Clusters to Storm Deep Learning

Nvidia Lead Details Future Convergence of Supercomputing, Deep Learning

Oracle Steps With Moore's Law To Rev Exadata Database Machines

Boosting Deep Learning with the Intel Scalable System Framework

Hyperscalers And Clouds On The Xeon Bleeding Edge

Concept Data Tower Scrapes The Sky For Efficiency

Micron Enlists Allies For Datacenter Flash Assault

Datera Bets on Massive Middle Ground for Block Storage at Scale

Spark On Superdome X Previews In-Memory On The Machine

Nvidia Not Sunsetting Tesla Kepler And Maxwell GPUs Just Yet

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