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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) Some independent software vendors have created a negative impact on IBM i and it deserves a closer look. It's not just one person's opinion. The murmurs can be heard from all corners of the IBM i community. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) If you haven't met the General Data Protection Regulation, let me introduce you. If your business has customers in Europe, you'll need to get to know GDPR really well and real soon. And even if you don't have customers in Europe, this type of strict privacy protection could be a U.S. regulation in the near future. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Every new generation of DDR main memory brings advantages of lower latency, higher frequency, higher bandwidth, and lower energy consumption. When the Power8 systems arrived in 2014, the Power8 processors were based on DDR3 technology, but now DDR4 memory chips are available and here's what that means. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Chris Rushak is an RPG developer who one day had to figure out how to implement a mobile application that would solve his company's inventory inaccuracy problem with less than $20,000 in the project budget. Here's how he did it. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The open source scripting language Perl will claim a place on the IBM i roadmap when the recently announced Technology Refresh becomes available November 10. So what does IBM i support for Perl mean? Another integration point with a large development community and more tools in the toolbox. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Cloud storage isn't new on the IBM i platform. Managed service providers have been handling online backups for more than a decade. But soon IBM plans to get in on the cloud storage business, which may shake up the business landscape. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Replicating data is a challenging proposition because businesses typically move data to be consumed by other applications that need it accurate, secure, and as close to real time as possible. Reading data from the source, transferring it and writing the data to a second source sounds like it should be easy. So why isn't it? READ MORE >


(InformationWeek) Why is this recovery audit services company migrating data from an AS/400 to a Cloudera Hadoop stack? According to the director of data services, it will be less costly and the data analysis will be considerably faster. How much faster is considerably faster? A factor of 10x is being reported. 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 >


(IBM i Marketplace Survey) The annual IBM i Marketplace Survey is our best view of the IBM i ecosystem. October is data collection month and we encourage all IBM i shops to participate in the information gathering. What we know about the IBM i community is sorely lacking in details that show the current status, the achievements that have been accomplished, and the concerns about the future. 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 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 >


November 3 -- Dallas, Texas - At this one-day IBM i-focused event called iBelieve, a panel of experts will examine key IT industry trends, IBM's strategic direction and road map, and how to leverage an IBM i investment to accomplish current business goals and prepare for the future. The agenda features morning discussions on executive level topics and afternoon technical sessions pertaining to application and database modernization tactics. IBM i Product Offering Manager Alison Butterill leads the list of speakers that includes subject matter experts Chris Koppe, Greg Patterson, and Ray Everhart from the application tool vendor Fresche. There's no charge for registration to this event, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the IBM Innovation Center in Coppell, Texas. LEARN MORE >


November 10 -- Webinar - This session examines Web and mobile business intelligence by combining IBM i query and reporting with Microsoft Power BI. Topics of discussion include simplified reporting, OLAP, and data extraction and transformation for IBM i users. It's hosted by New Generation Software and features NGS-IQ software. The session will emphasize how an IBM i query and reporting solution can complement and simplify adoption of Microsoft Power BI to deliver cost-effective and secure Web and mobile business intelligence. The presentation begins at 11a.m. Pacific Time. LEARN MORE >

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Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
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