An IT Jungle Reader Appreciation Offer from iSeries DevCon
September 20, 2010 Dan Burger
I don’t mean to boast, but as a reader of IT Jungle newsletters you are already understand the importance of keeping current with the IBM i community’s array of hardware, software, and services. You get it. You’re connected. And we’re glad you’re with us.
For many of you IBM i enthusiasts (even those who refer to the system by one of its former, more familiar brand names), education and training is a priority. And even as such, ongoing education may not always translate into a reality. So IT Jungle has an incentive to maybe make it your reality this year.
We have an opportunity for you to attend one of the top, multi-day technical conferences available. You’ll pay no registration fee and incur no charges for your lodging during the conference.
Training budgets are tight whether the money is coming from the company you work for or whether it’s coming out of your own pocket. But the importance of building skills has never been more important to both companies and individuals in terms of remaining competitive in the marketplace.
So when an opportunity like this one comes along, there’s good reason to take a closer look.
Already you’re thinking, “OK, what’s the catch?” Well, I’ll lay the catches out for you.
To begin with, you have to pay for your transportation to and from the conference. On the bright side, deals on airfare to Las Vegas are typically pretty good no matter where you’re located. Next, you’ll have to make arrangements to get off work. For some, this is no problem. Others may experience pain and suffering. This is beyond the control of IT Jungle. Sorry. But again on the bright side, you’ll be getting three days of best practices, step-by-step instruction in sessions that have real-world applicability for a fraction of the cost normally associated with face-to-face, hands-on education.
And the last catch is . . . only two of these educational offers are available. You have to send an e-mail to IT Jungle to make yourself eligible. That has to be accomplished no later than October 6. The lucky names will be chosen in a completely random fashion. The two selections, from the e-mail replies, will be made October 13. There will be no purchases necessary (and you need not be present to win). One email per person, please.
Here are the particulars you’ll undoubtedly want to know:
The conference is the 12th Annual iSeries DevCon and it takes place November 15 to 17 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The five educational tracks being offered are: Getting the most from System i; Leveraging RPG for System i application development; Developing world-class Web applications; extending System i applications with emerging technologies; and Managing and administrating in a System i environment. Individual session descriptions are posted on the iSeries DevCon Website under the “Tracks & Sessions” drop-down menu.
To become eligible for the complimentary conference registration and accommodations, send us an email with your name, company, and email address. We’ll follow that up by contacting you to confirm your intentions.
If you’re interested in attending iSeries DevCon, even if you pay for it in full, let us know in the email and a 15 percent IT Jungle reader discount can save you some money on the registration fee. The full price of the registration is $1,599. The IT Jungle reader discount will reduce that amount by $239.85. Consider it our thanks to you for supporting our newsletters.
It’s occurred to me that the perception of information technology is hung up on what the technology alone can or can’t do, how long it takes to implement, and what it costs. The most underrated aspects of IT are the people and their skills. And I suspect it has occurred to you that a good IT staff with current skills is arguably the best return on investment a company can make. And if a company won’t invest in training and education, IT staffers should do it for themselves.