Volume 16, Number 39 -- November 10, 2016
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) IBM is cutting prices on 283 GB SAS disk drives used in the single-socket Power S814 server. That's just one of a bunch of things that make Power8 machines more appealing and less costly. Read on for more hardware enhancements that are part of the recent announcement package. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) What could be achieved if the RPG development community became more engaged in an open source-like community? Chances are good that it would promote creative expression, reuse of innovative code and serve as an accessible for the betterment of the overall IBM i community. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The odds of finding a hard disk drive in your next storage array grows slimmer by the day as the cost of solid state disks continues to drop. The price/performance curve for SSDs has improved so much relative to spinning disk, in fact, that decision makers in IBM's storage division see a day when data goes straight from flash to tape. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The first question asked when companies speak with service providers about hybrid cloud technology is: How much money they can save? That's the wrong question to ask. The first questions should be: What business challenges do we face? Can the cloud help to address these challenges? And to what extent should we be using the cloud? READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Changing technology invariably puts pressure on enterprise IT where unwillingness or inability to invest in transformational business processes. Strategic reactions to technological and business process shifts are happening throughout the IBM midrange. When the realization comes around that this is the time and place, we see technology adoption rates rise. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The IBM i platform has been hindered by a high up-front cost, a legacy perception, and executives whose tech decisions automatically default to X64. But another factor might be the most important. It's the decline in personnel with the requisite IBM i skills. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) High availability is a high priority as organizations realize their tolerance for downtime is shrinking, Managed service providers are stepping up to provide HA while reducing the cost and complexity. READ MORE >


(CIO) Investments in enterprise mobile apps is on the rise, according to a new survey of executives commissioned by Adobe. Fifty-six percent of survey participants expect their departments to spend more on mobile apps in 2007, while 66 percent expect more investment within three years. READ MORE >


(InformationWeek) What makes a great IT leader? Leaders aren't necessarily the smartest people in the room. Smart people who mind their business and do their own work are handicapped as leaders. Here are four tips to keep in mind as you look to advance your career. READ MORE >


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Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(COMMON) IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and Power Systems Champion Pete Massiello provide an overview of i 7.3, the newest release of the i operating system in this archived webcast. Highlights include DB2 for i temporal support for data analysis, enhanced OLAP functionality related to analytics, and security authority collection for a more secure system. COMMON membership is not required to view this webcast. READ MORE >


(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) 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 >


(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

November 10 -- Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - Sessions on SQL and PHP will be featured at the monthly meeting of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association. Guest speaker is Greg Cannella, director of MIS for Magid Glove and Safety Manufacturing. His first session examines the setup and use of functions in SQL. His second session focuses on creating dashboards using PHP. Between the sessions is dinner and networking with the members. 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 11 a.m. Pacific Time. LEARN MORE >


November 15 -- Coppell, Texas - Organizational change efforts fail more often than they succeed. Some common misconceptions can be assigned the blame. During the monthly meeting of the Metro Midrange Systems Association, you'll learn the keys to success from Bob Tipton, a change architect and facilitator, keynote speaker and author, who understands transformation. He will discuss how to leverage desires instead of fears, choices instead of insecurities, and strengths instead of shortcomings. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 and Tipton's presentation at 6:45. MMSA meetings are held at the IBM Innovation Center located at 1177 South Belt Line Road. LEARN MORE >


November 15 -- Costa Mesa, California - Modernizing IBM i applications begins with determining the best return on investment and controlling risk. Guest speaker Alan Seiden will be discussing this during the regular monthly meeting of the OCEAN User Group. He'll talk about effective strategies, RPG developers learning PHP, integrating PHP developers into IBM i environments, and creative ways to use PHP. Dinner and networking begin at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6:30. The meeting location is National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


November 16 -- Westbury, New York - IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will be on stage at the Long Island Systems Users Group monthly meeting. He has an "IBM i Around the Word" presentation at 5 p.m. and an "IBM i Trends and Directions" presentation at 8 p.m. In between, he'll squeeze in some dinner and field questions from the audience. This should be the best-attended LISUG meeting of the year. It will be held at the Westbury Manor located at 1100 Jericho Turnpike. LEARN MORE >


November 16 -- Webinar - IBM i security experts Patrick Botz and Patrick Townsend discuss three important information security tasks that are largely overlooked by most IT departments in this 1-hour webinar titled "Top IBM i Security Priorities for 2017." Botz and Townsend explain how IT teams--even small ones--identify and manage security priorities that keep their digital assets safe in an increasingly interconnected world. This webinar starts at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. LEARN MORE >


November 19 -- Costa Mesa, California - A one-day workshop titled "Make Your IBM i Sizzle with WordPress and Drupal is being presented by Alan Seiden, one of the top speakers and educators in the IBM i community. The workshop includes training in accessing DB2 data and RPG resources from PHP on i. How to install Zend Server for IBM i. How to configure MariaDB on IBM i. And how to install WordPress and access DB2 and RPG from a WordPress site on i. The workshop is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The workshop takes place at National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


November 22 -- Atlanta, Georgia - A one-day hands-on workshop presented by Jon Paris and Susan Gantner will explain the advantages of using procedures to modularize code and show how to utilize them to the best advantage. It begins with the details of coding procedures--the syntax as well as the best practices for using them as a means of structuring code. The procedure lectures will be followed by a series of hands-on exercises to help cement the principals discussed. The fundamentals of ILE, subprocedures, service programs, some binder language are also on the agenda. This educational opportunity is hosted by the IBM iTech local user group. Registration fee is $100 for members and $175 for non-members. Registration deadline is November 18. LEARN MORE >

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