Volume 16, Number 32 -- September 22, 2016
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(IT Jungle) IBM hasn't enhanced its green-screen development tooling for something like 15 years. That doesn't seem to bother most RPG developers. They could switch to the modern development toolset for IBM i, which benefits from IBM investment for enhancements and is recognized for increased developer productivity, but many prefer what they are comfortable using. However, new endeavors in development may signal a change of tools. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Security is an ongoing process. It's not inherent in the system, not even the legendary IBM i platform. The reality is that few companies have security processes in place and most do not actively monitor their systems for potential issues. Some believe that because security has not been an issue in the past the risk is not great, but the risk is growing and that's no exaggeration. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The odds of probability are tipping toward IBM choosing to turn over the manufacturing of all but the largest of its Power-based servers and its System z mainframe line to another company or companies. The recent introduction of the Power Systems LC machines provides support for that hunch. IBM i shops might be stopping to think about the implications. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) JD Edwards ERP software and IBM midrange computers combined to climb some pretty tall business mountains over the years. They still do. But Ed McVaney, founder of JDE, has a new enterprise business software venture in the works. Write down the name Nextworld and keep an eye on it. READ MORE >


(MCPress) Finally IBM has an update for Notes and Domino. It includes 81 fixes, an incremental delivery model to provide features and fixes, and a promise for N/D support for "at least" the next five years. The update was slow in coming, which may indicate a loss of product focus, and the roadmap plans are receiving criticism. READ MORE >


(Harvard Business Review) Change is an unavoidable constant in our work lives. Sometimes it's within our control, but most often it's not. Our jobs or roles change - and not always for the better. Our organizations undergo reorgs and revamp their strategies, and we need to adjust. READ MORE >


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Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(IBM) Kody Robinson, a developer for Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC), shares his experience developing on IBM i, during this YouTube video. Among other things, he talks about what makes IBM i and Power Systems technology different than other platforms. AECC was awarded the 2016 COMMON and IBM Innovation Award for its use of free format RPG, RDi and PHP. 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 >


(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 >


(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 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 >


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 27 -- Webinar - This webinar highlights real-world examples of PHP applications that have contributed strategically to IBM i organizations by generating revenue, improving business processes and increasing productivity. Topics of discussion include: B2B/B2C eCommerce applications; inventory, invoicing, order tracking; and responsive mobile friendly applications. The session begins at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. LEARN MORE >


September 27 -- Webinar - This webinar highlights real-world examples of PHP applications that have contributed strategically to IBM i organizations by generating revenue, improving business processes and increasing productivity. Topics of discussion include: B2B/B2C eCommerce applications; inventory, invoicing, order tracking; and responsive mobile friendly applications. The session begins at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. 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 12 -- Webinar - Modernizing legacy applications while avoiding high risks and high costs is the road IBM i shops want to travel. During this presentation, the emphasis is on Node.js and how it can be quicker and easier to achieve modernization goals. The session speakers are Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan (2016 COMMON Student Innovation Award winner). The webinar begins at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. 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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