Volume 15, Number 34 -- October 8, 2015
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) The newest Technology Refresh for IBM i 7.1 and 7.2 is coming next month. In its never-ending quest to modernize the system, IBM is focusing its attention on the RPG, open source languages and frameworks, systems management, and the DB2 for i database. TRs are the IBM i road map in action and an indicator of IBM's investment in the platform. READ MORE >


(IBM Systems Magazine) IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will picks some Tech Refresh priorities to write about in his blog. IBM i support for the PurePower platform, tiered storage, and a more modern RPG are the highlights he discusses. 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 >


(McKinsey & Company) Outdated IT systems are an Achilles' heel for established companies seeking to compete successfully against upstarts. Established companies try to get as much as they can from their investments in legacy systems. When they come up against the systems' limitations, they devise patches or work-arounds. That's called missing the boat. READ MORE >


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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(IT Jungle) A ransomware epidemic is spreading across the country, impacting organizations of all shapes and sizes. Although we've not heard of ransoms involving IBM i servers or data, there are IBM i customers being hurt. United Computer Group, known in the IBM i community for its online business continuity services, has some stories to tell and some help for the victims. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Companies that don't have the budget for large scale application modernization projects, still find business pressures to convert certain 5250 screens to Web and mobile interfaces. Getting a dozen or two green screens converted to browser-based GUi screens can be done quickly and easily. And, more importantly, inexpensively. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Rocket Software develops and sells several brands in the IBM i space including Aldon, Seagull, BlueZone, and iCluster. Most of these brands were better known before Rocket bought them. The company says it's committed to and invested in the IBM i platform. It's CEO says Rocket is working on increasing its visibility. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Most RPG programmers know some coding shortcuts that help them code faster than a speeding bullet . . . or at least faster than they could code without the shortcuts. Shortcuts are a coder's friend. So a package of shortcuts is a bit like finding a $100 bill under your keyboard. You say, "Hey, I think I can make good use of that!" READ MORE >



Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(HelpSystems) Last year, more than 300 IBM i users shared information that gave our community a better understanding of the state of the IBM i platform. The results led to many insightful conversations about the future of the technology so many rely on. With this year's survey, the aim is to build on that foundation and reach an even broader segment of the IBM i community. Your participation is encouraged. READ MORE >


(IBM) This publication provides a technical overview of the features, functions, and enhancements that are available in IBM i 7.2. It includes Technology Refresh 1. It also describes many of the licensed programs and application development tools that are associated with IBM i. READ MORE >


(Fresche Legacy) Planning an IBM i modernization project is the first step in making the project successful. Making that plan usually requires some help. That's what this white paper is for. It takes a project and breaks it into six steps. READ MORE >


(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 >


(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 >


(IT Jungle) We call this the IT Jungle Performance Package. Pour some of this high octane smarts in your tank and see what a difference it makes. 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 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 8 -- Webinar - Getting your FTP server in compliance is the focus of this online session presented by Linoma Software. Topics of discussion include running an outdated FTP server in your DMZ; the security controls and audit reporting needed to meet the latest PCI and HIPAA compliance requirements; Using SFTP, FTPS, and HTTPS for file transfers; protecting files at rest and in motion with AES 256 encryption; setting triggers to automatically process files; controlling access to private and shared folders with granular permissions; and generating detailed audit logs and reports. The presentation begins at noon Central Time. LEARN MORE >


October 13 -- Milwaukie, Oregon - A presentation on PHP will be the highlight of this meeting of the Cascade User Group. The meeting will begin at noon at the offices of Nordisk Systems located at 6400 Southeast Lake Road, Suite 450. LEARN MORE >


October 14 -- Webinar - A comparison of on-premise managed file transfers and cloud-based file sharing services will be presented in this online session. An emphasis on regulatory compliance and protecting company data should be expected with topics such as local management of user accounts and files, encryption of files at rest and in motion, and subscription fees and storage limits included in the discussion. The presentation, hosted by Linoma Software, begins at noon Central Time. LEARN MORE >


October 15 -- Webinar - Modernizing the user interface of IBM i applications will be discussed in this presentation hosted by ASNA. This session shows how to use ASNA software to refresh and reinvigorate green-screen RPG applications. A live demonstration of Wings is provided. The presentation begins at 1 p.m. Central Time. 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 20 -- Dunwoody, Georgia - The Atlanta area IBM i community is invited to this meeting of the IBM iTech local user group. The agenda includes a brief overview of the partnership with IBM as an iTech sponsor; IBM i product information, demos and presentations; and the variety of monthly sessions that benefit members. Complimentary drinks and appetizers are part of the enticements. The event is scheduled form 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The location is the Brio Tuscan Grille located at 700 Ashwood Parkway. LEARN MORE >


October 20 -- Norwalk, Connecticut - An overview of the many new open source options available on IBM i will be the main topic during the Fairfield AS/400 Users Group monthly meeting. Topics include PHP, Ruby, Python, and node.js. The guest speaker is Jesse Gorzinski, a software engineer for IBM and 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 >


October 20 -- Bloomington, Minnesota - Open source applications available through the PASE AIX runtime environment will be the main topic at the monthly meeting of QUSER, the local user group for IBM midrange professionals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Caleb Shingledecker, a veteran of the IBM i ecosystem is the guest speaker. His presentation will include examples using the popular utilities curl and ghostscript. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. LEARN MORE >


October 20 -- Southfield, Michigan - An overview of the features, functions, and enhancements that are available in IBM i 7.2 will be presented by Mary Monine, an IBM technical sales specialist. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at IBM Southfield offices located at 18000 West Nine Mile Road. 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 >


October 21 & 22 -- Eindhoven, Netherlands - COMMON Belgium, COMMON Netherlands, and COMMON Luxembourg will present BeNeLux Power 2015, a conference with practical tips and techniques, keynotes on latest topics, and immediately implementable knowledge through hands-on workshops and certifications. It includes IBM and industry expert speakers and networking with the Benelux community of IBM i (AS/400) professionals. The agenda features educational tracks on application development, infrastructure, and IBM strategy, plus hands-on pre-conference workshops and a vendor expo. LEARN MORE >


October 22 -- Parsippany, New Jersey - Guest speaker Jesse Gorzinski will be presenting a three-session educational seminar on open source Python and node.js on IBM i. Topics include getting started, accessing content from the open source community, integration examples, gotchas, and building applications. Attendees have a choice of half-day, full-day or evening-only sessions. The event location is the Mirchi Restaurant at 252 Route 46 West. LEARN MORE >


October 28 -- Webinar - Creating IBM i-based mobile applications for smartphones and tablets is the featured topic in this online session hosted by ASNA. This session will demonstrate how to use ASNA software to get quick mobile application results. The presentation begins at 1 p.m. Central Time. 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 >


Editor: Dan Burger
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
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