Volume 15, Number 35 -- October 15, 2015
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) Scott Forstie is the DB2 for i business architect at IBM. His database team develops more enhancements for the IBM i operating system than any other team. It's been that way for years. If you want to know what IBM is doing to invest in IBM i, start with DB2 for i. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Some people have a burr under their saddles because there aren't enough Power8 servers supporting IBM i. That burr becomes especially bothersome when the limited server selection pushes some IBM i shops into software tiers that are considerably more expensive. READ MORE >


(IBM Systems Magazine) The IT career of Roxanne Reynolds-Lair is a success story of considerable note. The former CIO at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles recognized the capabilities of IBM i and how they best fit in a multiplatform computing environment. She stacked up Innovation Awards like cord wood. She gave back to the IBM i community with energy and enthusiasm. So what is she doing now? READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) LTO Generation 7 tape drives will soon be available with performance enhancements that double the capacity and performance of LTO Generation 6 hardware. Long-term storage of unstructured data, such as video or other image files, is chiefly responsible for the market demand, but there are IBM i shops looking for this kind of capacity and performance to back up databases and applications. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) It seems as though processors have the life span of a firecracker with a lit fuse. Time passes quickly in this business. IBM's Power7+ processors are two years old and that puts them in the twilight of their existence. There's plenty of performance there for many companies, but there's not much time left to make a Power7 deal. READ MORE >


(Botz Security Bytes) It's time to think about budgeting for security projects in 2016. In order to determine how much money you need to spend, you first have to figure out which security projects and products you need. To do that, think about security management as a business process. READ MORE >


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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(IT Jungle) BCD Software and Zend Technologies have more than one thing in common, but the main thing is PHP, the popular open source scripting language that many IBM i shops have chosen to build Web applications. With the approaching availability of PHP 7, there are indications the BCD-Zend partnership will progress. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) IBM has a strategic goal of supporting multiple programming models on IBM i. The expectations are that users can apply new approaches and integrate them with existing investments. Those programming models come from the open source community. Ruby, Python, and node.js all have IBM i support. Another important step was the just added support for the GCC compiler, which is expected to increase the number of applications running on i. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) As a method for describing data originating on the Web and making database queries, JSON is a popular alternative to XML. We've been seeing pieces of JSON support added to IBM i in recent Technology Refreshes, but the most recent TR has nothing new in this regard. It's safe to say we'll see more on JSON with the next TR. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The evolution of Web services in IBM i environments involves XML and SOAP architecture. It's been that way since the beginning. But REST-based services are coming on strong. One of the reasons for this is that REST is simpler to work with than SOAP, and when complexity is reduced people become encouraged instead of discouraged. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Windows mobile devices have a mountain to climb before they are as well accepted as Apple and Android devices. But don't think that it has no chance of gaining momentum. LANSA, the IBM i ISV, is already active in Windows mobile development. 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 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 >


November 4 -- Webinar - This session explains how ASNA Visual RPG, a .NET-based RPG compiler, can help bridge the gap between your RPG and PC programming teams. Demonstrations of ASNA Visual RPG and ASNA DataGate (DB2 for i access) are also provided. The presentation begins at 1 p.m. Central Time. LEARN MORE >


November 5 -- 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 >


November 12 -- 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 >


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