Volume 16, Number 35 -- October 13, 2016
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) When reviewing the IBM i roadmap to see how far the OS has come during the past six years, you'll notice that every six months IBM stops to refuel. Those stops are referred to as Technology Refreshes enhancements to the OS that add features and functions and lets the IBM i community know investment in the platform is ongoing and no one expects it to run out of gas anytime soon. The latest TR just arrived. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) There's always lot of chatter regarding the IBM i users. Are they migrating from the platform? Are they slow to upgrade the hardware and operating system? What are their concerns and what are they getting accomplished? The IBM i marketplace survey provides insight we otherwise would not have and each year there are more IBM i shops sharing their situations. It's survey time again. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) As IBM i shops transition from internal to external storage (storage area networks), IBM's PowerHA has gained popularity--particularly at the enterprise level--as an alternative to software-based HA. Recently there have been several noteworthy enhancements to PowerHA to reduce the complexity and expense. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) IBM's new Power E850C is a high performance version of its four-socket boxes that competes with Intel's Xeon E5-4600 and Xeon E7-4800 machines. Its design features OpenStack cloud controllers and PowerVM hypervisors for building private clouds. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) HelpSystems is best known for its systems automation software, but the company is much more than that thanks to the acquisition of software companies in the IBM i market that automate processes, secure data, provide data access, and, as of last week, implement high availability. The HA component comes with the purchase of Bug Busters Software Engineering. READ MORE >


(DB2 for i) Updates, upgrades, and keeping current play a big part in solving current business problems and providing immediate value with IBM i. Facilitate this by setting up a DB2 for i sandbox running i 7.3 in a small, but balanced, LPAR or standalone system. Take time every week to discover and experiment--try new database features and functions. Show off your work to the higher ups. READ MORE >


(IBM Systems Magazine) IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and Senior Technical Staff Member Dawn May each have the new Technology Refresh on their minds as they update their blogs. Will provides a general overview, while May targets enhancements that are software oriented--Web Query and Navigator for i, for instance--and announced simultaneously with the TR. READ MORE >


(Modern-i-zation) Tim Rowe, the business architect for application development on IBM i, provides his perspective on the Technology Refresh for IBM i 7.2 and IBM i 7.3 and associated software announcements. His highlights include RPG, RDi, WebSphere Application Server, Web services, open source, and software licensing. READ MORE >


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Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(IBM developerWorks) This wiki page contains the IBM i 7.2 TR5 enhancements information pertaining to DB2 for i, PowerHA, application development, open source, system management, and hardware. It provides the supporting details for this round of enhancements. READ MORE >


(IBM developerWorks) This wiki page contains the IBM i 7.3 TR1 enhancements information pertaining to DB2 for i, PowerHA, application development, open source, system management, and hardware. It provides the supporting details for this round of enhancements. READ MORE >


(60 Minutes) The long-running TV news show recently featured a segment on artificial intelligence. It describes the technology as "so promising that IBM has staked its 105-year-old reputation on its version of artificial intelligence called Watson -- one of the most sophisticated computing systems ever built." READ MORE >


(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) Video replays of the IBM Edge 2016 conference include keynote addresses, general sessions and interviews with IBM executives. Hear for yourself what IBM has on its priority list. 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

October 13 -- St. Louis, Missouri - Jeff Uehling, IBM i security architect for design and development, will discuss security enhancements built into the operating system since 7.1 as well as payment card industry standards during this meeting of the Gateway/400 Group, a System i user group serving the greater St. Louis area. The meeting location is Spazio's restaurant at 12031 Lackland Road. RSVP no later than Monday before the meeting date. LEARN MORE >


October 18 -- Costa Mesa, California - Node.js as an addition to existing RPG programming efforts will be the featured topic at the regular monthly meeting of the OCEAN User Group. Alex Roytman, CEO of Profound Logic, will be the guest speaker. His presentation will explore how Node.js is capable of deploying applications that are database-driven and transactional; how Node.js and RPG integrate for powerful business applications; and how to manage Node's "Callback Hell" through a development framework. 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 >


October 18 - North Attleboro, Massachusetts - A disaster recovery workshop, presented by subject matter expert Richard Dolewski, will be presented for the New England Midrange Users Group. This workshop demonstrates a real-world, time-tested approach for keeping organizations in business after a disaster. It includes planning, building and testing the system. The meeting will be held at the Ambrosia Tavern located at 116 Elm Street and begins at 5:15 p.m. LEARN MORE >


October 18 -- Nashville, Tennessee - Advanced features of SQL will be the presentation topic at the Tennessee IBM Mid-Range User Group meeting. The session, presented by IMUG President David Lane, will cover subjects such as the use of predicates, SET option, CASE, CAST, OLAP features, special registers and SQL return codes. All of these can be embedded in an RPGLE program. The meeting will be held at Shoney's located at 2645 McGavock Pike. It begins at 5:30 p.m. LEARN MORE >


October 18 -- Norwalk, Connecticut - The Fairfield AS/400 Users Group monthly meeting topic is RESTful Web services. Guest speaker Ed Blahut will explain a real world example of consuming a RESTful web service via the newer SYSTOOLS.HTTP functions offered in DB2 for IBM i. Blahut, is an eCommerce Programmer/ Analyst at Wacoal America. He is currently heavily involved in the eCommerce world integrating Websphere and IBM i solutions. FASUG meetings are held at the Norwalk Inn, 99 East Avenue, and begin at 5:30 p.m. LEARN MORE >


October 18 -- Eden Prairie, Minnesota - Terry Ford, a security practice leader for IBM Lab Services, will be discussing IBM i administrative vulnerabilities at 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 HelpSystems located at 6455 City West Parkway. 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 19 -- Westbury, New York - The Long Island Systems Users Group monthly meeting will include two presentations by IBM i disaster recovery expert Richard Dolewski. At 2 p.m., Dolewski will present a disaster recovery workshop. At 8 p.m., he will expose bad IBM i habits and provide advice on breaking those habits. In between the sessions is time for networking, cocktails, and dinner. LISUG meetings are held at the Westbury Manor located at 1100 Jericho Turnpike. LEARN MORE >


October 20 -- Webinar - This session digs into the low-level details of creating a modern, browser-based alternative UI for existing green-screen applications. It emphasizes the what can be done beyond simply capturing the 5250 data stream. The 60-minute presentation includes a demonstration of ASNA Wings and emphasizes the use of existing RPG logic and file IO. It gets under way at 1 p.m. Central Time. LEARN MORE >


October 20 -- Parsippany, New Jersey - Guest speaker Richard Dolewski will present two sessions at the regular monthly meeting of the North Eastern Systems Technology Users (NESTU). His first session topic is "IBM i in the Cloud on Your Terms." His second session topic is "Building a Disaster Recovery Plan for Today's Business." The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Spice Grill located at 111 Route 46 East. LEARN MORE >


October 21 -- Coppell, Texas - A two-part, hands-on workshop designed to help you get started using Rational Developer for i and Remote System Explorer and exploiting its productivity features is being presented by subject matter expert Susan Gantner. The day-long workshop includes tips for configuring your first connection, customizations to the workbench, and practical hands-on experience with many of those features during lab time. It will be held at the IBM Innovation Center located at 1177 South Belt Line Road. 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 >


November 2 -- Webinar - Organizations with multiple development environments have historically managed each of those environments separately. That's changing. This presentation, by IBM i software change management vendor ARCAD, discusses how all code can be managed with the same tool using one repository, one branching system, and one way to manage versions. Topics of interest in this session include IBM i development, Subversion, Git, Team Foundation Server, impact analysis, build processes, deployment, and DevOps. The guest speakers include IBM i Business Architect Tim Rowe. The presentation begins at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. LEARN MORE >


November 3 & 4 -- Columbus, Ohio - This two-day educational event is a showcase for Profound Logic application development software and topics related to application modernization on IBM i. It's set up for Profound customers and IBM i professionals researching application modernization options. IBM Power Systems Champions Scott Klement and Brian May are presenting sessions along with Profound CEO Alex Roytman and other Profound technical folks. LEARN MORE >

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