Volume 16, Number 17 -- May 5, 2016
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) "We'd be lying if we said breaches were only happening to a small percentage of IBM i systems," says Robin Tatam, director of security technologies at HelpSystems and the author of 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Find out more about security risks ASAP. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) HyperSwap is a just-released feature in IBM's PowerHA Enterprise Edition that will give IBM i shops better protection against IBM i downtime. It's expected to be particularly valuable during planned downtime events, like operating system upgrades. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) IBM's analysis of its new flash storage drives and storage controllers gives you something to noodle before making buying decisions. For example: You may be surprised to learn the price for effective capacity after data compression and deduplication has in many cases reached parity with disk-based controllers. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Jim Buck just signed on for his 13th year as president of the Wisconsin Midrange Computing Professionals Association. He's also an RPG instructor at Gateway Technical College and the co-author of "Programming in RPG IV," a widely appreciated book in the IBM i community. His observations and advice are worthy or your attention. READ MORE >


(MCPress) Steve Pitcher has repeatedly pulled back the curtain to reveal IBM's efforts to move jobs from higher-paying to lower-paying countries. In his opinion, and I agree, "systematic workforce rebalancing leads to a dangerous drop in quality control, development, and overall support." 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(IBM) When the executive management of an organization doesn't understand the value of IBM i, thinks it's outdated technology and that IBM is no longer investing in the platform, the time bomb is ticking.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 >

(IBM) This publication explains the capabilities of row and column access control and provides examples of defining, creating, and implementing the row permissions and column masks in a relational database environment. 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

May 5 -- Minneapolis, Minnesota - PHP on IBM i subject matter expert Mike Pavlak will be presenting a session during the monthly meeting of QUSER, the local user group for IBM midrange professionals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The presentation will include the basics of DB2 data access in PHP and includes examples of PHP and RPG integration. The session begins at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held at Universal Hospital Services located at 6625 West 78th Street, Suite 300. 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 17 -- Costa Mesa, California - Database modernization topics are on the agenda during the regular monthly meeting of the OCEAN User Group. This presentation by Patrick Behr will include discussions of converting DDS files to SQL tables, protecting sensitive data with row and column access control, and encrypting data. Dinner is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6:30. The meeting location is National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


May 18 -- Seekonk, Massachusetts - Leveraging free Java libraries in RPG programs will be the featured topic at the monthly meeting of the New England Midrange Users Group. Guest speaker is Ryan Eberly, an RPG programmer with a background in Java and a passion for open source, code analysis tools, and test automation. The meeting is held at the Ramada Inn located at 940 Fall River Avenue and begins at 5:15 p.m. LEARN MORE >


May 20 -- Sandy Springs, Georgia - Tim Rowe, IBM i business architect for application development and systems management, will be presenting a half-day session that includes detailed information on Web services, Navigator, RDi enhancements, and open source capabilities on IBM i. The presentation is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the IBM Auditorium located at 6303 Barfield Road. LEARN MORE >


May 20 -- St. Louis, Missouri - A one-day disaster recovery workshop will be presented by Richard Dolewski, a certified systems integration specialist and disaster recovery planner specializing in IBM i environments. The workshop will focus on the preparations for an effective disaster recovery plan and a continuous maintenance program. It includes topics such as the assignment of staff to teams, methods of compensating for human error, and standards for documenting the steps of recovery. It also covers the all-important initial testing of the system as well as the proper maintenance thereafter and weighs in on the pros and cons of using outside vendors for recovery systems. The meeting location is Spazio's restaurant at 12031 Lackland Road. RSVP no later than Monday before the event date. 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 >


May 25 -- Westbury, New York - The Long Island Systems Users Group monthly meeting will feature three presentations by RPG expert Jim Buck. As programming instructor at Gateway Technical College, president of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association, and co-author of "Programming in ILE RPG," Buck is widely known in the IBM i community. During his 2 p.m. presentation, he will explain procedures and service programs. At 4 p.m., the session topics switches to using SQL and cursors. And at 8 p.m., he'll discuss the costs associated with the failure to modernize IBM i environments. In between Buck's second and third sessions is time for networking, cocktails, and dinner. LISUG meetings are held at the Westbury Manor located at 1100 Jericho Turnpike. 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 >


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 16 -- West Lebanon, New Hampshire - A one-day educational event co-hosted by the New Hampshire and Vermont local user groups has an agenda that includes sessions on the latest IBM i announcements, upgrading to IBM i 7.3, database modernization, and embedding SQL in high level language programs. Guest speakers include IBMers Steve Fier and Dan Cruikshank, and Pete Massiello, president of iTech Solutions. The event location is the Fireside Inn & Suites located at 25 Airport Road. LEARN MORE >


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