Volume 15, Number 38 -- November 5, 2015
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) If IBM is successful in changing the course of the mighty Intel River and diverting the customer flow to Power Systems, its investment in Linux will be strategic genius. IBM i advocates, who are wondering what's in the Linux strategy for them, are being asked to see their systems as more than transaction processing machines. With a wider view of IT, what's in it for them comes into focus. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Many Four Hundred Monitor readers are also dialed in to Four Hundred Guru, our technical tips and advice newsletter edited by Ted Holt, a software developer, subject matter expert, and conference speaker in addition to his writing and editing abilities. Last week, Holt was presenting sessions at the RPG & DB2 Summit and he brought back these i-witness observations. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Online B2B purchasing is a vital part of many IBM i businesses. As that sales highway generates more traffic, companies realize their ERP systems and warehouse management systems are too important to fail. They look for high availability and disaster recovery to prevent the downtime that has become unaffordable. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) After basking in the spotlight that shines on top executives on the IBM i stage, what's next for IBMers who left their fingerprints on Big Blue's greatest legacy? It's part of IBM's grand plan to rotate executives through a variety of jobs and responsibilities. We see them come and go. But where do they go is the question? READ MORE >


(WSJ) After 14 consecutive quarters of declining revenue, people are questioning whether IBM can keep itself current during these volatile times. For answers, The Wall Street Journal interviews IBM CEO Virginia Rometty, who emphasizes the investments that are working to Big Blue's advantage, the transformation underway, and the foundation of a 21st century digital company. READ MORE >


(Seeking Alpha) IBM has taken a beating from many sources that attribute consistent revenue declines to bad management decisions. Despite negative market perceptions, IBM is an enormously profitable company and its revenue will begin to stabilize as macroeconomic headwinds moderate. READ MORE >


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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(IT Jungle) The vital role small businesses play in economic growth is well documented. It survives and even thrives with little attention from the follow-the-money practices of the IT sales and marketing giants who fight for the few big deals rather than the many small sales. Well, here's some good news for the small-budget IBM i shops looking for backup and recovery options that can save time and money. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The automated monitoring and management of IT systems has come a long way since the days of the AS/400. As the system was modernized to what we now call the IBM i, Big Blue and third-party vendors have raised the bar on automation considerably. In some cases, this includes a much tighter bond between IT and business objectives. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) A cloud-based analytics service designed for IBM i-generated log data may not be on your radar screen, but someday soon it might be. The focus of this service is on capturing and analyzing messages from the operating system, the message queue, the system audit journal, history logs, system performance data, and custom data sets. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Economic growth often leads to IT department challenges. You can feel the heat when business is booming and IT becomes the weak link. Do you deal with this by automating business processes? Here's how a distribution company successfully handled its fast-developing situation. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Self-auditing capabilities that detect changes to security configuration and definition files have been put in place to keep watch over system administrators, the folks with open and unrecorded access to IBM i-based systems. Auditors, system admins who want to be beyond suspicion of nefarious deeds, and CEOs nervous about weak links in corporate security should all take note of this. READ MORE >



Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(System i Developer) IT Jungle readers know Ted Holt as the editor of Four Hundred Guru, our technical newsletter. His technical expertise and teaching skills landed him a slot on the twice annual RPG & DB2 Summit conferences. Little did anyone know what else The Guru was capable of doing. READ MORE >


(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) Known by the shortened title of "The Modernization Redbook," this sizeable publication covers key trends for application structure, user interface, data access, and the database. In short, it examines modern policies for dealing with existing applications and the creation and maintenance of new applications. 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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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 - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - Featured topics at the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association meeting will be system commands with Java and CL and using XMLSERVICE with .NET for IBM i data access. Guest speaker is Richard Schoen, director of document management technologies for RJS Software Systems, a division of HelpSystems. Schoen has more than 27 years of development, integration, and document management experience on system platforms that include IBM i, Windows, Mac, and Linux. His Java and CL session begins at 5 p.m. and his XMLSERVICE session begins at 7 p.m. In between sessions there is time for dinner and networking. The meeting takes place at Mo's Irish Pub located at 10842 West Bluemound Road. 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 >


November 12 -- St. Louis, Missouri - Node.js, server side technology for developing robust and scalable network applications, is the feature presentation at the regular monthly meeting of the Gateway/400 Group, a System i user group serving the greater St. Louis area. Tony Cairns, a senior programmer at IBM, will be the guest speaker. 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 >


November 17 -- Coppell, Texas - Building Web applications with PHP, HTML, CSS, and Javascript will be discussed during the monthly meeting of the Metro Midrange Systems Association, a user group for the Dallas and Fort Worth metro areas. Guest speaker John Valance specializes in database and Web application development on the IBM i platform. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 and Valance's presentation at 7. MMSA meetings are held at the Dallas - IBM Innovation Center located at 1177 South Beltline Road. LEARN MORE >


November 17 -- Costa Mesa, California - IFS security and the most common vulnerabilities on IBM i will be the topics of two sessions during the next OCEAN user group meeting. Security expert Carol Woodbury, vice president of global security services at HelpSystems, will be the guest speaker. Woodbury will make presentations at 5 and 7:15 p.m. with dinner and networking in between. The meeting will take place at National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


November 17 -- Minneapolis, Minnesota - Mark Olson, IBM worldwide Power Systems product manager, will be discussing Power8 technology 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 Universal Hospital Services located at 6625 West 78th Street. LEARN MORE >


November 17 -- Southfield, Michigan - Technology project management tips for success and building enhanced management skills will be the lead agenda items during the Southeast Michigan iSeries User Group meeting this month. Guest speaker is Colleen Garton, a certified project management professional, consultant, trainer, and public speaker. Her presentation will be in a streamed in webinar format. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at Eaton Corporation offices located at 26201 Northwestern Highway. LEARN MORE >


November 17 -- Nashville, Tennessee - Java for RPG developers is the featured topic at the Tennessee IBM Mid-Range User Group meeting. The session, presented by Mark Harrison, manager of an IBM i programming team for a large non-profit health system, will cover subjects such as modernizing current development, object oriented compared to procedural languages, coding standards, calling Java from RPG, and starting Java projects on IBM i. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt located at 2613 West End Avenue. It begins at 5:30 p.m. LEARN MORE >


November 18 -- Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - Barbara Morris and Eric Simpson are the guest speakers at the Toronto User Group meeting. Morris, IBM's lead developer for RPG, will discuss free form RPG in a session that begins at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., Simpson, a Rational software developer in IBM's Toronto Labs, will provide an overview of the latest version of Rational Developer for i (RDi). The meeting location is the Living Arts Centre located at 4141 Living Arts Drive. LEARN MORE >


November 18 -- Jericho, New York - Tim Rowe, IBM i business architect for application development and systems management, will be presenting two sessions at the Long Island Systems Users Group monthly meeting. In his 5 p.m. session, Rowe will discuss modernization on IBM i. His 8 p.m. session topic is accessing IBM i from mobile devices. In between the two presentations is time for dinner and networking. LISUG meetings are held at The Milleridge Inn located at 385 North Broadway in Jericho. LEARN MORE >


November 24 -- Norcross, Georgia - A one-day, hands-on workshop designed to help RPG developers get started with RDi will be presented by Jon Paris and Susan Gantner for the members of the IBM i Tech Community user group in the greater Atlanta area. Session topics include working with the editor and the features integrated with it, tips for RDi installation and configuration, modification of the tool set to fit your needs, and keyboard shortcuts. The free workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the offices of Corus360 located at 130 Technology Parkway. 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 >


December 3 -- Manchester, New Hampshire - Four Hundred Guru Editor Ted Holt will be presenting a one-day seminar for the New Hampshire Midrange User Group. His four session topics are: Easily Modify Report Programs, Programming with Assertions, Table Driven Programming, and Thirty SQL Tips. The seminar is free for NHMUG members and $35 for non-members. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. It takes place at The Yard Restaurant located at 1211 South Mammoth Road. LEARN MORE >

Editor: Dan Burger
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
Contact the Editor: If you have a resource, event, or any other interesting item
that you want to see publicized in Four Hundred Monitor, send Dan Burger
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