Volume 16, Number 22 -- June 16, 2016
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) Application modernization in the IBM i community relies in big part on the software of third-party vendors. Two of the vendors that have helped many IBM i shops modernize are looksoftware and BCD Software. After years of competitive clashes, the two firms have joined forces. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The acquisition activity in the IBM i vendor ecosystem has a ripple effect throughout the community. Opinions differ as to whether vendor consolidation provides benefits or not. HelpSystems has one of the largest software businesses dedicated to the IBM i platform and is a big force in the market. The perspective of HelpSystems' CEO is on display here. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) IBM i shops are interested in extracting insights from their data just like everyone else. How they do that, however, is not just like everyone else. New software that brings automated statistical analysis will attract some attention, particularly among those who think combining data discovery capabilities with self-service data preparation is a smart idea. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Do-it-yourself IT is not as common as it once was. Meanwhile, hiring the expertise to build out a project is becoming more commonplace. For instance, Focal Point Solutions Group--an IBM i-based managed service provider specializing in high availability, disaster recovery architectures, and security monitoring--has expanded its services to include security assessments and document management in the cloud. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The demand for systems among hyperscalers and cloud builders has slowed and the enterprise server refresh that kicked off in 2014 has petered out. Without knowing anything else, you might suspect the server market overall slipped in the first quarter 2016. Can you count on things to be what they seem? READ MORE >


(IBM Systems Magazine) What will companies do with their RPG code and RPG programmers? In other words, what is the future of RPG? The questions and answers have been given many times. Still, there's a lot of head scratching going on. Meanwhile, there are companies doing great work with modern RPG and modern RPG programmers. READ MORE >


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Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(Townsend Security) Encryption is one of the best ways to protect this information, but misperceptions related to cost, performance, and ease of use run rampant. In this archived webcast, Patrick Townsend sets the record straight on the top five encryption myths for IBM i users. READ MORE >


(BCD Software) This archived webinar examines Node.js and why it's being chosen for IBM i web and mobile development. Open-source expert Aaron Bartell and IBM's Tim Rowe discuss how to get started using Node.js, what can be accomplished, and why IBM's support of open source technologies is increasing. 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

June 17 -- Coppell, Texas - A one-day workshop on embedding SQL in application programs will be presented by Ted Holt. This workshop is designed for experienced developers who know how to write and compile programs and has a basic knowledge of common SQL statements, in particular SELECT, INSERT, DELETE, and UPDATE. A few of the topics to be covered are: coding SQL statements, embedding SQL is RPG programs, and using SQL to add flexibility to programs. More details are available on the Metro Midrange website. Holt is a prolific author on the topics of IBM i, RPG and COBOL development, and is the editor of IT Jungle's Four Hundred Guru newsletter. The workshop will be held at the IBM Innovation Center located at 1177 South Belt Line Road. LEARN MORE >


June 20 -- Nashville, Tennessee - Guest Speaker Bertie LuRose Magee will share the cool stuff she learned at the recent COMMON Annual Meeting and Expo in New Orleans during the monthly meeting of the Tennessee IBM Mid-Range User Group. Magee was impressed with the latest enhancements added to the IBM i operating system, the Power Systems hardware, and the related software. The meeting will be held at Shoney's located at 2645 McGavock Pike. It begins at 5:30 p.m. LEARN MORE >


June 21 -- Costa Mesa, California - Mark Ruberry, an IBM Client Technical Specialist, will be reviewing the most recent IBM i announcements at the OCEAN User Group meeting this month. Topics of discussion include hardware updates, database enhancements, the new security software known as authority collection, systems management improvements, and licensing changes. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and the location is National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. Please register by noon June 20. LEARN MORE >


June 21 -- Lombard, Illinois - Scott Forstie, the DB2 for i business architect at IBM, will be discussing temporal support for DB2 on i during the monthly meeting of the OMNI User Group. This session will describe the capabilities for comparing current data with data chosen from selected points in the past. 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, which is located at 415 East North Avenue. 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 >


June 29 -- Webinar - Document management and process automation reduce labor-intensive tasks that are a drag on productivity. In this session the emphasis is on capturing, managing and accessing important documents such as purchase orders, accounts payable invoices, or security reports. Topics include integrating a document management system with your ERP; capturing documents in one central repository; and improving customer, vendor, and employee response times. The presentation begins at 11 a.m. Central time. LEARN MORE >


July 13 & 14 -- Chicago, Illinois - A two-day technical conference highlighting open source and systems management education is being hosted by the COMMON user group. The sessions schedule and speaker's biographies are available online. LEARN MORE >


July 21 - 23 -- Costa Mesa, California - The annual IBM i Technical Conference hosted by the Ocean User Group of Southern California will be held at National University. This three-day training event includes approximately 40 technical presentations. Thursday is devoted to modernization and personal development sessions and Friday features a variety of session topics including open source development strategies, upgrading to RDi technologies, Web services, mobile development, security, and plenty more. The impressive list of speakers includes Alison Butterill, Carol Woodbury, Dan Cruikshank, Larry Bolhuis, Charles Guarino, Mike Pavlak, Alex Roytman, Brian May, and others. Friday's agenda also includes a vendor expo. The Saturday agenda features four boot camp sessions: DB2 & SQL, security, systems management, and a topic yet to be determined. National University is located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


October 4-6 -- Lombard, Illinois - The RPG & DB2 Summit is a semi-annual technical conference that focuses exclusively on training IBM i developers and database engineers. It's hosted by the highly regarded subject matter experts Susan Gantner, Jon Paris, and Paul Tuohy and includes a lineup of impressive speakers and sessions. The upcoming Summit will feature in-depth coverage of the top IBM i 7.3 enhancements for DB2 for i, as well as a new hands-on workshop focused on using RPG procedures and service programs to modularize code. The eight-hour workshop is scheduled as an optional pre-conference day, Monday, October 3, and requires a separate registration. A list of conference sessions is available online. LEARN MORE >


October 24 - 26 -- Columbus, Ohio - The COMMON Fall Conference & Expo is set up for three days of education and networking. The majority of sessions will be aimed at the traditional IBM i professionals, but sessions on AIX and Linux will also be on the agenda. In addition to approximately 100 traditional education sessions, there are typically a few one-day workshops offered in advance of the conference and requiring a separate fee. The session agenda has not been finalized at this time. COMMON certification exams are also part of the overall training and education package. LEARN MORE >


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The Server Refresh Cycle Loses Steam

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