Volume 16, Number 24 -- July 14, 2016
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) It's been more than two years since IBM delivered the Power8 chips and the prices on the Power Systems S-class machines that support IBM i (in addition to Linux and AIX) have not changed. This chaps TPM's hide and maybe yours is feeling a little chapped as well. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Open source will have a major impact in the future of business computing and what we see happening with IBM i support for Ruby, node.js, Python, and PHP is a preparation for the future. Give IBM credit for realizing the future of the platform requires that multiple open source programming models be supported. But look to other sources, not IBM, to make these programming models work. READ MORE >


(IBM Systems Magazine) IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will returned from a lengthy blog-writing absence with a barrage of proclamations, acclamations and notifications. There's a new IBM i home page, a "How to Become an IT Legend" video, a refreshed IBM i strategy white paper, an updated IBM I support roadmap, new customer references, and examples of the IBM i social media efforts. READ MORE >


(InformationWeek) Microsoft and IBM are working together on a program called the Surface Enterprise Initiative. IBM plans to use its analytics and enterprise app background to build software for companies specializing in financial services and consumer packaged goods. It will work with Microsoft to help businesses become more mobile. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Even in the IBM i community, businesses are migrating email services from desktops to the cloud. As that happens, users look for the tools that allow them to work quickly, efficiently, and securely. Could you take on this type of project without any snags? READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The foundation of the IBM i community depends on local user groups to be strong. Those local user groups aren't as strong as they used to be, but grant money from the high availability and disaster recover vendor Maxava has been important in keeping local user groups in the game. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The largest obstacle that stands in the way of IBM i shops implementing projects such as the development of Web and mobile interfaces and electronic document management is the lack of skills in the IBM i workforce. That's the conclusion of a recent informal poll conducted at two European technical conferences by SoftLanding Systems. READ MORE >


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Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(IBM) Watch this video titled "How to Become an IT Legend" to witness how Norm "saved his company tons of money by upgrading their existing system with IBM i. Now, they can run new mobile and analytics applications, and deploy it in the cloud." It looks like a TV commercial, but it's not. It's designed to be shared through social media, which includes emailing the link to your friends on the Windows side of IT. READ MORE >


(IBM) There's a new IBM i home page. It's been online for a month or more. It emphasizes business solutions and resources. Compared to the old IBM i home page, it's way more modern and easier to navigate with buttons on the business solutions page for middleware, virtualization, security, open applications, and licensing. The resources page invites readers to join a Google Hangout and steers the inquisitive to browse topics related to cloud, mobile, analytics, and service predictability. 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

July 19 -- Coppell, Texas - Strategies for wringing more value from your DB2 for i database and more relevance from your department will be discussed by Mike Cain, senior technical staff member within the IBM Systems Lab Services Organization. Cain and his lab services team have assisted thousands of clients, coaxing the best out individuals and organizations. This will be one of the top Metro Midrange meetings of the year and should not be missed. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 and Cain's presentation at 6:45. MMSA meetings are held at the IBM Innovation Center located at 1177 South Belt Line Road. LEARN MORE >


July 19 -- Lombard, Illinois - Two topics--implementing MariaDB on IBM i and building a company intranet will be the focus of sessions presented by Chicago's favorite IBM i speaker Mike Pavlak. MariaDB is designed to be a drop in replacement for MySQL and is being widely adopted. And intranets are being built on IBM i with tools that are free. Pavlak will share tips and advice on these topics in two separate sessions. The meeting will be held at Casey's Restaurant and Bar located at 415 E. North Avenue. It begins at 5 p.m. 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 >


August 24 & 25 -- Chicago, Illinois - A two-day technical conference highlighting open source and systems management education is being hosted by the COMMON user group. The session schedule and speakers' biographies are available online. Registration fee is $495. LEARN MORE >


September 20 -- Schaumburg, Illinois - The 2016 Omni Technical Conference and Expo is a one-day conference featuring 16 educational sessions, including a briefing by IBM Chief Architect Steve Will, RPG sessions by Scott Klement, and RDi presentations by Charles Guarino. The annual conference will take place at IBM's offices located at 10 North Martingale Road. 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 8-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 >

Editor: Dan Burger
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
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