Volume 15, Number 33 -- October 1, 2015
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) The rise and fall of vertically integrated ERP suites parallels the rise and fall of the market for big symmetric multi-processor (SMP) servers, like IBM's Power Systems. The cohesiveness of that unified stack is disintegrating at all levels--from the underlying servers and databases that ERP systems run on, to the devices that display the UIs. What does that mean for IBM i when ERP software is arguably the biggest driver of sales for IBM i servers? READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) It's not difficult to compare what you have application-wise with what is becoming the norm: Web applications look better and work better on both desktop and mobile devices than anything we've developed before. A single UI can change based on the screen real estate of desktop, tablet, and smartphone clients. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) IBM, with its Open Power partners, is creating a different class of Linux-only machines that cannot easily run either IBM i or AIX, unless IBM ports both operating systems to the PowerKVM hypervisor. The indirect benefit to IBM i gets talked about, but what about direct benefits and making IBM i stronger by increasing workloads at the 125,000 or so customers who use it or its predecessors? READ MORE >


(Motley Fool) IBM's OpenPOWER initiative is still in its infancy, but the company has big goals and nearly 150 member companies on board. Here are three things Big Blue wants you to know about OpenPower. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Jack Henry & Associates, the financial services software company with a large IBM i (AS/400) customer base and a consistent need for entry level RPG programmers, has created its own skills pipeline. Word has gotten around that for $700 and a dedicated effort to learn IBM i and RPG, a decent job with good benefits it the reward. READ MORE >


(CIO) Recruiting to bring new skills to your IT environment is only part of workforce management. Keeping the best skilled employees and advancing the skills of existing IT personnel is a better investment according to many human resources professionals. READ MORE >


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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(IT Jungle) For some organizations, mobile applications create tremendous efficiencies. Adding the capability to capture digital signatures is a logical extension of their mobile application planning. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The hacker is back. A presentation at the DEF CON conference that focused on security flaws in IBM i got the attention of IBM i security expert Carol Woodbury, who had a few things to say about it. Sparks fly as the hacker and Woodbury continue the clash. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Developing Web applications that run on IBM i have many IBM midrange shops buzzing with activity. Leveraging existing RPG skills is the way we like to see the Web apps being developed. For those who agree, here's an option that is probably new to you. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) SoftLanding Systems is known in the IBM i community for its change management software. So it comes as a surprise that the company announced a new content management and document management product. READ MORE >



Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(LaserVault) Backup and recovery are so much better than they used to be. In this report you'll find a comparison between LTO tape and tapeless backup. Not surprisingly, the emphasis is on speed on both the backup and the recovery, but you'll also learn about the hazards of relying 100 percent on tape. READ MORE >


(Profound Logic) This white paper examines the most common challenges to mobile application development for IBM i shops. The contents include: going mobile with limited staff or budget, choosing hybrid or native development, and easing BYOD development stress. READ MORE >


(Maxava) Unplanned downtime can result in data loss and other business risks. This report examines on-premise and cloud-based disaster recovery and the benefits of each option. READ MORE >


(CCSS) Any IBM i machine or network can underperform, regardless of how well that system or network is managed. This white paper will help you identify the common indicators of poor job performance, the consequences that impact users and IT staff, and the dollar value of unchecked job performance and status issues. READ MORE >


(BCD) Green screen modernization is about more than giving your legacy applications a pretty face. Download this e-book (no charge) to learn about business reasons for IBM i green-screen modernization. READ MORE >


(Botz & Associates) Here's a guide book that presents a sensible business approach to single sign-on for environments with Windows and IBM i (AS/400, iSeries), AIX, Linux, Apache and/or WAS. It includes the pros and cons of four SSO methodologies, how to identify the best SSO implementation--including managed services--for your organization, and insights into which technologies are the key ingredients in SSO. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Performance enhancing skills are only a click away. 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

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October 1 -- Webinar - PHP mobile and desktop applications are popular choices for developing Web applications on IBM i. Why? Because PHP is open source and leverages existing RPG code and skills. In this online session, presented by BCD Software, there will be a demonstration of quickly developed PHP mobile applications using templates and wizards that call RPG programs. The presentation begins at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. LEARN MORE >


October 1 -- Manchester, New Hampshire - The New Hampshire Midrange User Group (NHMUG) will be hosting a one-day educational seminar focused on Node.js, DB2, and RPG. The agenda includes four sessions: Intro to Node.js; Node.js, DB2 and RPG--Talking together at last; Building Your First App with ExpressJs; and Git on IBM i. Application development expert Aaron Bartell will provide the instruction. This educational opportunity will take place at The Yard Restaurant located at 1211 South Mammoth Road. It begins at 8:30 a.m. LEARN MORE >


October 5-7 -- Fort Lauderdale, Florida - The COMMON 2015 Fall Conference & Expo features two and one-half days of in-depth education on a broad range of relevant IBM i, Linux, and AIX topics. The agenda includes more than 100 sessions including vendor-led sessions on products. Pre-conference workshops are also available. Compared to COMMON's Annual Meeting each spring, this conference is shorter and less expensive. Register by August 10 and save $350. LEARN MORE >


October 5-9 -- Orlando, Florida - The 2015 IBM Systems Technical University event features IBM Power Systems and z Systems. The IBM Power Systems sessions focus on Power8 processor-based systems, software and solutions for IBM i, AIX, and Linux. Technical content, skill-building sessions, and hands-on labs are led by product experts. Topics include: Power8 scale-out and enterprise servers; analytics, cloud and hybrid cloud deployments; NoSQL, CAPI technology, and flash storage; mobile infrastructure; and Linux on Power/KVM implementation and best practices. LEARN MORE >


October 8 -- St. Louis, Missouri - SQL subject matter expert Ted Holt will be presenting an assortment of powerful, effective, and easily implemented SQL tips and techniques during the meeting of the Gateway/400 Group, a System i user group serving the greater St. Louis area. Holt is the technical editor for the Four Hundred Guru newsletter published by IT Jungle. He is also one of the speakers associated with the RPG & DB2 Summit conferences. The tips and techniques Holt will be sharing with the Gateway members are based on DB2 for i, but many of them apply equally to other platforms. All skill levels, from the SQL novice to the advanced user, will have something to gain. Holt will be making this presentation remotely. (With a little encouragement, you might persuade him to play his ukulele.) The meeting begins with lunch at noon and the presentation following lunch. The meeting location is Spazio Westport at 12031 Lackland Road. RSVP no later than Monday before the meeting date. LEARN MORE >


October 15 -- Lombard, Illinois - IBM i application development expert Jon Paris will be the guest speaker at the OMNI User Group meeting. His session will focus on methods and strategy that will help ensure modern applications can be deployed on IBM i easily and without breaking the budget. It will include open source applications and tools that can be easily implemented on your IBM i and creating powerful browser-based database applications in minutes using readily available application frameworks. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. with registration and networking, followed by dinner at 6, and the business meeting and presentation at 7. It will take place at Casey's Restaurant and Bar located at 415 East North Avenue. LEARN MORE >


October 15 -- Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - Paul Tuohy, one of the most prominent consultants and trainer/educators for application modernization and development technologies on the IBM midrange, will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association. He will be making two presentations. The first is titled "I Didn't Know You Could Do That Using SQL" and the second is "Externalizing Database Processing in RPG IV." This meeting will take place at Alito's Restaurant located at 3041 North Mayfair Road. LEARN MORE >


October 15 -- Webinar - As the world of application development continues to evolve, IBM i is continuing to evolve along with it. During this online session the topic of discussion hovers over the IBM i strategy around open source and why you need to care. Node.JS, Python, Ruby, and Git will be explored. LEARN MORE >


October 19-22 -- Las Vegas, Nevada - ZendCon 2015 is expanding its IBM i content with more solutions, more sessions, and more tutorials. The session agenda includes Zend Framework ZF2, DB2 Security on IBM i, and a new track designed to help developers and administrators manage PHP and IBM i development. In addition to PHP on IBM i topics, subject matter experts Mike Pavlak, Alan Seiden, Tony Cairns, and Jim Oberholtzer will provide insights into Apache, DB2 and Zend Server. A tutorial day featuring a deep dive of dependency management using Composer and DB2 and SQL for PHP on IBM i will be held on Monday--the day before the conference begins. The event location is the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. LEARN MORE >


October 20 -- Costa Mesa, California - Database re-engineering and SQL will be the featured topics at the regular monthly meeting of the OCEAN User Group. There will be two presentations by IBM DB2 for i expert Dan Cruikshank--one at 5 p.m. and one at 7:15. In between is time for dinner and networking. The database re-engineering discussion will include an overview of the IBM re-engineering strategy, reverse engineering an existing database, refactoring data access, and restructuring the tables. The SQL discussion will focus on moving OPNQRYF to SQL using RPG Open Access. The meeting will be held at National University, which is located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


October 20-22 -- Chicago, Illinois -The RPG & DB2 Summit includes sessions on modern IBM i code, UIs, Web and mobile apps, and new integrations--all using practical, use-it-today tips and techniques based on RPG IV, SQL, DB2 for i, RSE/RDi, Web Services, PHP, CL and more. Get one-on-one advice from top experts such as Jon Paris, Susan Gantner, Paul Tuohy, Scott Klement, Barbara Morris, and Ted Holt in a highly interactive, fun environment. An online agenda of seminars, workshops, and sessions is now available. LEARN MORE >


October 21 -- Jericho, New York - IBM i software engineer Jesse Gorzinski is scheduled for two presentations at the Long Island Systems Users Group monthly meeting. Gorzinski is the team leader of the IBM i Emerging Solutions team, which is responsible for a variety of strategic deliverables including open source, DB2 tools, and system management software. LISUG meetings are held at The Milleridge Inn located at 385 North Broadway. LEARN MORE >


December 2 & 3 -- Chicago, Illinois - Open source languages and development frameworks are the focus of this two-day COMMON educational event. Getting started with Node.js, Ruby, and Python, all supported on IBM I, includes learning to compile code, version control, database connections, and building applications. Expert instructors include Aaron Bartell, Pete Helgren and Kevin Adler. LEARN MORE >


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