Volume 16, Number 31 -- September 15, 2016
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) When Bernie Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme collapsed in 2008, erasing $65 billion in supposed wealth, the midrange community was somewhat surprised to learn that an AS/400 was at the heart of the operation. Soon thereafter, FBI agents called Rochester, Minnesota, with a request for IBM: Give us an expert witness who can untangle the ancient RPG II code and explain how it works to a jury. That job eventually fell to longtime IBMer Rich Diedrich. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) More analysis. Less inefficiency. Better business. It's not uncommon for people to overlook the IBM i Power Systems platform when it is data warehouse project planning time, but Laura Hamway sees things differently. Most of the frustration that I've been hearing over the past 20 years is that the reporting in the packaged ERP systems is not sufficient," Hamway says. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Fresche is an IBM i application development software company with tools and services that have helped many companies enhance existing RPG applications and create new Web and mobile apps. As more shops decide it's time to modernize, Fresche sees an expanded partnership program as an important channel for delivering its tools and expertise. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Micro Focus, a company familiar to the IBM i community because of its acquisition of Attachmate two years ago, was in the spotlight last week after announcing its intention to merge Hewlett Packard Enterprise's software business. Much of the software that MF is getting from HPE has very little bearing on IBM i shops. It includes a broad portfolio of software for managing systems and applications, as well as databases and analytics tools. The chances are slim that the latter will ever be ported to IBM i, although the former could get IBM i hooks. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Rational Developer for i (RDi) now supports the Mac OS client, along with Windows and Linux machines. This news comes with the V9.5.1 update to RDi. For the time being, the compatibility only includes Mac OS X 10.11 and RDi functions, such as program verifiers and syntax checkers, are unavailable, but if Mac users make some noise, the holes will be filled in. READ MORE >


(InformationWeek) "The way I see it, a manager is someone who is transactional, while a leader is someone who is transformational. Achieving true leadership in IT is a particularly tricky proposition. It's about balancing transformational and transactional roles, which do not naturally dovetail," says Elliot Luber. "Often true leadership gets lost in the transactional business of writing code, managing infrastructure, and meeting deadlines." 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 >


(Fresche) This on-demand webinar discusses the integration of code analysis, editing and management including impact analysis and automated code review. It emphasizes application lifecycle management and the way developers work with regard to productivity and accuracy. READ MORE >


(Maxava) The Disaster Recovery Strategy Guide for IBM i, defines the risks of planned and unplanned downtime and explains the benefits of on-premise and cloud-based disaster recovery. READ MORE >


(Linoma Software) Bad habits prevail in the use of Web-based file transfers. Security and management risks go unnoticed or are knowingly ignored. This paper explains how FTP can be used to increase IT manageability, while decreasing security exposures and adhering to growing compliance/auditing requirements. READ MORE >


(CEF) The COMMON Education Foundation is sponsoring students to attend the 2016 Fall COMMON Conference and Expo from October 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio. CEF will cover hotel expenses for three nights, conference registration, and a travel allowance. Students will need to make their own travel arrangements and will then be reimbursed the travel allowance amount. Hotel and registration will be covered upfront by CEF, so students will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses for these two items. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Every IBM i programmer and system admin loves tech tips that provide shortcuts, solve bottlenecks, and generally make workdays feel like Friday instead of Monday. IT Jungle's Four Hundred Guru is a gold mine of great advice and the article index uses a Google search that helps you find what you are looking for. READ MORE >



Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

September 20 -- Norwalk, Connecticut - The Fairfield AS/400 Users Group monthly meeting topic is moving forward with Access Client Solutions, the replacement tools for the old Client Access tools. Guest speaker is Jesse Gorzinski, team leader of the IBM i Emerging Solutions team. FASUG meetings are held at the Norwalk Inn, 99 East Avenue and begin at 5:30 p.m. LEARN MORE >


September 20 -- Coppell, Texas - IBM i evangelist and application development expert Susan Gantner will be the guest speaker during the monthly meeting of the Metro Midrange Systems Association, a user group for the Dallas and Fort Worth metro areas. In this session, Gantner will cover her favorite things about developing RPG code using RDi. Her topics will include the program outline, the verifier, content assist, filtering, and the tab key that actually works! The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 and Gantner's presentation at 6:45. MMSA meetings are held at the IBM Innovation Center located at 1177 South Belt Line Road. LEARN MORE >


September 20 -- Nashville, Tennessee - This meeting of the Tennessee IBM Mid-Range User Group will feature a presentation on PHP and RPG integration by Clark Everetts, a professional services consultant. Everetts' presentation will highlight the open source XML Toolkit, how to call RPG programs and stored procedures, access recordsets, data structures, CL commands, data queues, data areas, and spool files, and includes an overview and walk through of code examples. The meeting will be held at Shoney's located at 2645 McGavock Pike. It begins at 5:30 p.m. LEARN MORE >


September 16 -- Reno, Nevada - The Reno/Sparks Midrange Users Group (RSMUG) is meeting with guest speaker Diana Stater making a presentation on reporting and data access. During her session, Slater will emphasize integrating modern reporting and data access into IBM i application environments to get more value from modernization efforts. The meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the offices of No-IP.com located at 425 Maestro Drive. Lunch is provided. Contact Matt Booher at 775.287.8787. LEARN MORE >


September 19-22 -- Las Vegas, Nevada - IBM's Edge 2016 conference is placing an emphasis on cognitive computing, open source, cloud, analytics, and infrastructure. The session lineup takes into account new technologies that deliver business value as well as deep-dive technical education. It includes breakout sessions, hands-on labs, demonstrations, expert panels, and networking opportunities with industry experts and IT professionals. The speaker list includes top IBM executives as well as IBM clients sharing their strategies and best practices. 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 20 -- Auburn Hills, Michigan - A deep dive into free-form RPG will be presented at the regularly scheduled local user group meeting of the Southeast Michigan IBM i User Group. Guest speaker is Barbara Morris, the lead developer for the RPG compiler in the IBM Toronto Lab. Her presentation will explain how to code free-form H, F, D and P specs, with special attention to the things that trip many people when they first try coding free-form D specs. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the offices of Copper Standard located at 2110 Executive Hills Court. This meeting can be attended remotely. Details will be posted prior to the meeting day. LEARN MORE >


September 21 -- Westbury, New York - The Long Island Systems Users Group monthly meeting will include two presentations by IBM i Emerging Solutions team leader Jesse Gorzinski. At 5 p.m., Gorzinski will he latest easy-to-use IDE for writing most open source languages, node.js, python, and even modern RPG with Orion. At 8 p.m., he will cover the latest news with open source on IBM i. LISUG meetings are held at the Westbury Manor located at 1100 Jericho Turnpike. LEARN MORE >


September 22 -- Parsippany, New Jersey - Guest speaker Jesse Gorznski will discuss open security in i5/OS at the regular monthly meeting of the North Eastern Systems Technology Users (NESTU) meeting. Gorzinski, team leader of the IBM i Emerging Solutions team, will discuss Run SQL Scripts and other DB2 tools in one session and IBM i access and management in a second sessions The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Spice Grill located at 111 U.S. Hwy 46 East. LEARN MORE >


September 22 -- South Burlington, Vermont - The 12th 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 >


September 27 -- St. Louis Park, Minnesota - Kevin Adler, a member of the IBM i Emerging Solutions team, will be presenting a session on Git, Python, and open source on the IBM i during the monthly meeting of QUSER, the local user group for IBM midrange professionals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. at the offices of Meridan IT located at 5775 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 850. LEARN MORE >


September 28 -- Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - Charles Guarino, an IBM midrange consultant and trainer, will present two sessions at the monthly meeting of the Toronto User Group. Guarino's session, at 5 p.m., will be an introduction to processing XML in RPG and SQL. His session, at 7 p.m., will examine Web services on IBM i. Between the sessions will be a buffet dinner. The meeting will be held at the Living Arts Centre located at 4141 Living Arts Drive. LEARN MORE >


September 29 -- Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - Jon Paris and Susan Gantner, award-winning speakers and co-authors of the popular IBM Red Book "Who Knew You Could Do That with RPG IV?" will be the guest speakers at the monthly meeting of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association. During Paris' session, the topic of discussion will be free software for IBM i. Gantner's presentation topic will be on useful features found in Rational Developer for i. The first begins at 4:30 p.m. The second begins at 7:30. In between is dinner and networking with the members. The meeting takes place at Alito's located at 3041 North Mayfair 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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