Four Hundred Monitor, May 24
May 24, 2017 Dan Burger
What’s more popular than a barbeque on a summer weekend? That’s easy. Steve Will, IBM i chief architect at the COMMON Annual Meeting. In his “You and i” blog, the Chief writes about the fun and the fundamentals of an IBM i technical conference.
Proof that what goes around comes around is the chatter these days about running IT as a business. That means IT needs to make money not spend it. And do you know the top reasons for employees leaving their jobs? Hint: It’s not the money. One more thing . . . IT service providers are coming North America.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(You and i) IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will writes about his perspectives of the COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition. He highlights cognitive computing, fresh faces, and IBM i strategy, architecture and promotion as notable examples of how things are changing in the IBM i community.
(InformationWeek) Heading up an IT department isn’t just about serving the business; today it means running the IT operation as a business itself. Here are ten ways you can run IT like it was a business.
(Team Tipton) People don’t leave their jobs, they leave their managers. The top two reasons employees voluntarily leave their jobs? Poor leadership, and bad relationships with their bosses. And the costs to organizations that have bad bosses masquerading as micromanagers are unfortunately often hidden, rationalized or excused.
(CIO) IT service providers set up more new IT delivery centers in North America than anywhere else in the world last year, according to new research. The need to be close to U.S. customers coupled with the increased use of automation to control costs is making North America a more attractive option for service delivery.
Redbooks, White Papers, and Other Resources
(BCD Software) The top reasons for IBM i green-screen modernization are presented in this ebook publication that is supported by real-world examples. Topics of discussion include browser-based look and functionality; improved workflows and access to information; increased productivity; and taking advantage of mobile devices.
(COMMON) Coming in June is the COMMON Boot Camp, online education for the inexperienced RPG programmer (10 sessions) or system administrator (17 sessions). The overview of these sessions are posted now.
(IBM) The IBM Watson developer community lives here. Getting started tutorials, finding tools, resources, documentation, and a question and answer forum—it’s all here.
(IBM) The IBM open source wiki page includes links to a boatload of information. Topics like speakers and their presentations, developer tools, requests for enhancements, and the licensed open source offerings are just a click away.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
June 13 & 14 — London, England – The International iPower Conference is a two-day event that features educational labs and hands-on workshops on day one and lecture-type sessions on day two. Session topics include security, SQL development, Watson analytics, cloud strategies, business intelligence, and in-depth examinations of IBM i and DB2.
June 13 & 14 — Virtual Conference – Twice a year, COMMON stages a virtual conference with online educational sessions featuring topics such as: open source on IBM i, Web development using RPG, XML services, accessing and managing IBM i, virtualization, high availability, and mobile access. It’s free!
June 20 — Costa Mesa, California – DB2 Web Query for i will be the featured topic at the regular monthly meeting of the OCEAN User Group. This presentation by IBM database expert Doug Mack will include how to analyze Query/400 definitions; plot data points on geographical maps; build a data warehouse or mart; connect to Watson; build visualizations over system utilization information; assess compliance with security standards; and the DB2 Web Query install package. The meeting location is National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard.
July 20-22 — Costa Mesa, California – The OCEAN Tech Conference is featuring more than 45 sessions and more than 20 speakers over three days. Topics include SQL and DB2, systems management, RPG, RDi, open source, cloud and professional development. Standard sessions and a vendor expo take place on Thursday and Friday. Workshops and hands-on labs are scheduled Saturday. The list of presenters includes: Ted Holt, Scott Forstie, Jesse Gorzinski, Scott Klement, Alan Seiden, Charles Guarino, Aaron Bartell, and Mike Pavlak. The conference location is National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard near Orange County Airport.