Volume 16, Number 27 -- August 11, 2016
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) IBM has a strategy for the i operating system. It's set by Chief Architect Steve Will and it's clear that the central constructs of the strategy are database oriented. You can count on continuing investments in DB2 for i. If there are tweaks in the IBM i strategy, look for them in other areas. Will discusses those in this article. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) When IBM invited managed service providers to take advantage of a deal that only included AIX and Linux systems, our reaction was predictable. Why not i? It took more than six months to get an answer, but finally MSPs can get utility-style pricing on the hardware and systems software used to build cloud-based systems. We think this will be good for Power Systems' business and good for the IBM i community. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Liam Allan is a likeable 19-year-old RPG programmer with an inquisitive mind and the confidence and initiative to do something with it. He figured out a few IT puzzles that led to a COMMON Student Innovation Award. That brought him to the COMMON conference, where he garnered attention and admiration well beyond what anyone might have predicted. And that's not the end of the story. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) An IBM i version of the popular open source change management tool Git is now available. RPG programmers take note. The opportunities to expand collaboration within the IBM i community just took a big step forward, especially among the young RPG programmers. IBM i development teams that are prohibited from sharing source code with the world can pay for a private Git repository, or they can store the repository themselves. Use of Git among RPG programmers is not expected to explode, but watch for it to steadily increase. READ MORE >


(IBM Systems Magazine) Jon Paris has supported the cause of open source languages and open source development on IBM i for years. But lately he's not convinced that IBM is delivering it in a way that reaches the right audience. To take that a step farther, he questions whether IBM really knows the audience it wants to reach. There's some confusion and it needs to be discussed. READ MORE >


(MCPress) There's a bit of drama in the IBM Notes/Domino camp. The last point release was about three years ago, and some say it was the last release of Notes/Domino for on-premises customers. IBM has not made an official announcement confirming or denying this. If that wasn't enough of an inadequacy, compare the output of features and fixes with those of five years ago and the track record is nothing to be proud of. Should customers be worried? READ MORE >


(CIO) A joint private-public commission, recently offered 21 recommendations to improve transparency, reduce waste and increase the efficiency of IT spending within federal agencies. The federal government is expected to spend nearly $90 billion on IT this year, yet transparency into how that money is spent and benchmarking to verify how well it's spent have been has been hard to come by. READ MORE >


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Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(IBM) The IBM i Strategy and Roadmap emphasizes the limitations of legacy business applications and the building of modern applications that are a blend of technologies from traditional business solutions integrated with open-source solutions. It also identifies the advantages IBM i clients have when solving business problems and extending value. READ MORE >


(IBM) Git-based source control for RPG and other languages on i is discussed during this hour-long session on YouTube. The presentation gets into the code development environment and modern tools for writing applications and managing source with open source industry-accepted tools. 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 >


(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

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 13 -- Atlanta, Georgia - A one-day PHP hands-on training event with Mike Pavlak, solutions consultant with Zend Technologies, is being presented by the IBMiTech local user group for the greater Atlanta area. Attendees need to bring their own laptop for the session and will be guided through many hands-on exercises throughout the day. The sessions will cover the fundamentals of PHP like variable use, arrays, function declarations and calls. LEARN MORE >


September 14 -- Manchester, New Hampshire - The New Hampshire Midrange User Group (NHMUG) meeting will feature IBM i subject matter expert Paul Tuohy as a guest speaker. Tuohy is one of the founders of System iDeveloper (SiD), a consortium of top experts and educators on i technology. SiD is the organization behind the twice annual RPG & DB2 Summit technical conferences. He's a highly regarded author, educator, and speaker. 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 speakers' list also includes Jim Buck, Bob Cozzi, John Valance, and Jim Knight. The annual conference will take place at IBM's offices located at 10 North Martingale Road. LEARN MORE >


September 20 -- Costa Mesa, California - Mobile The annual report of the state of the IT job market, presented by OCEAN member Bob Langieri, will be featured at this meeting of the OCEAN User Group. The presentation includes the latest trends for maintaining and enhancing IT careers. Skill set requirements have changed radically during the past five years and Langieri will discuss the changes and what actions to take to prevent an early end of your IT Career. Dinner and networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6:30. The meeting location is National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


September 22 -- South Burlington, Vermont - The twelfth annual Vermont Midrange User Group Technical Conference features three educational tracks: RPG, Web programming, and DB2/SQL. There are four sessions in each track. A session agenda can be found online. The event will be held at the DoubleTree Burlington is located at I-89 Exit 14 and Williston 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 6-7 -- Virginia Beach, Virginia - This two-day educational conference is being planned as the starting point for a new IBM i local user group in the area of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The session topics list includes RDi, .NET, cloud services and strategies for the IBM i, with more to be added. There will also be a modernization show down featuring several vendors solving a business problem. Each will have a 30-minute limit to explain their methodologies. A partial list of speakers and sessions is available online. Three companies form the nucleus of the organizational effort for this event--Hamway Software Solutions, Surround Technologies, and Secure Infrastructure & Services. Additional vendors will be participating in vendor expo. The event is taking place at the Wyndham Hotel. LEARN MORE >


October 18-21-- Las Vegas, Nevada - This year ZendCon, a conference for PHP developers, has more IBM i speakers than ever. This year the list includes: Tony Cairns (IBM), Massimiliano Cavicchioli (Zend), Jim Oberholtzer (Agile Technology Architects), Mike Pavlak (Zend), Stephanie Rabbani (BCD), Chuk Shirley (Sabel Steel), Shlomo Vanunu (Zend), and Alan Seiden (Alan Seiden Consulting). On October 19, Seiden will present a three-hour tutorial on DB2 for i and PHP. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will host the event. 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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