Volume 16, Number 19 -- May 19, 2016
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) The Spring COMMON conference is still the biggest IBM i show on earth. Like a magnet, it attracts a crowd of IBM i and Power Systems enthusiasts who are intent on honing their skills and applying them to running organizations more effectively and efficiently. The IBM i community truly is something special. You see that very clearly at COMMON. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) More IBM i professionals attend COMMON's Annual Meeting and Expo than any other event. Along with that comes a gathering of software and services vendors devoted to business solutions for the IBM i community. If you want to see proof that the IBM i platform is an innovative platform, visit the expo area at the COMMON conference. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) From the time free form RPG was introduced with IBM i 7.1 TR 7, expectations have been high. There's been much talk about the potential for greatness, but only scattered reports of success. Finally, free form RPG is lighting up the scoreboard. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Application development, including application modernization, is producing some amazing results in IBM i shops. BCD Software is one of several application development vendors in the IBM midrange market that can help application developers shoot fast and straight. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) It's really difficult to overstate the importance of application development to any organization. Getting it right and keeping it simple is the target, but often the aim differs wildly from the result. This is particularly evident with mobile application development. Managing the development process is getting a great deal of attention. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Open source solutions on IBM i is led by PHP. Much of the credit for PHP on i goes to Zend Technologies. The company expects to ship the version 9 release of Zend Server for IBM i in about two months, although an early release version of the code could be available within a matter of weeks. For those who need more performance, this will be a celebration. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The field-level encryption capability that IBM introduced with IBM i 7.1 is a powerful tool for securing sensitive data. However, IBM i shops that have not modernized their legacy RPG applications with SQL access methods find it difficult to use. That should change with new technology coming out of Townsend Security. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) When an organization undertakes an ERP migration, an IT director can get pretty nervous. There's a lot that can go wrong and the entire company is not only watching, but is affected by the migration, even when all goes well. It's one of the toughest tests of IT agility. READ MORE >


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Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(HiT Software) This case study features a real world example of making DB2 for i data in multiple countries available for reporting and data warehousing in Atlanta, Georgia. It emphasizes rapid data updates without constraining system resources. READ MORE >

(BCD) This library of pre-recorded educational sessions provide in-depth information to help you become more familiar with topics such as RPG Open Access, PHP development, Web and mobile interfaces, and modernization strategy. READ MORE >

(UCG Technologies) In the last five years, cybercrime has gone pro. This manual discusses ransomware software that encrypts a user's or a company's files and ransoms those files by forcing payment to regain access. 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

June 28 -- Virtual Conference - First of all, this all-day, online event is free. It includes seven educational sessions on topics such as RPG Web services, open source development environments, application modernization and system administration. It even includes a vendor expo. This is a COMMON user group event, but membership is not required to attend. LEARN MORE >


May 19 -- Webinar - Modernizing the user interface of IBM i applications is often imagined to be a bigger task than it really is. In many cases it can be accomplished in minutes. During this presentation, featuring the development methodologies created by IBM i tool vendor ASNA, existing green-screen RPG applications are transformed into modern browser-based apps. The session begins at 1 p.m. Central Time. 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 -- Webinar - An online session titled "How to Improve Your PCI Compliance: Avoiding the Common Mistakes of a PCI Audit" will be presented by Linoma Software with advice contributed by Alan Sabatka and Bob Huerter from Continuum Security Solutions. Topics of discussion include the PCI audit process, common misconceptions and business mistakes, and best practices for meeting PCI requirements. The presentation begins at noon Central Time. 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 >


June 28 -- Virtual Conference - First of all, this all-day, online event is free. It includes seven educational sessions on topics such as RPG Web services, open source development environments, application modernization and system administration. It even includes a vendor expo. This is a COMMON user group event, but membership is not required to attend. LEARN MORE >


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