Four Hundred Monitor, April 18
April 18, 2018 Dan Burger
Who runs the world? This week in Monitor we see a trend in stories from the web featuring female leadership. IBM is no newb to promoting women to leadership positions (do we really need to make the Ginni Rometty reference here?), and this week CNBC takes a closer look at IBM’s female-helmed blockchain team, which is unusual in the male-dominated space.
IBM’s first chief privacy officer also speaks with AdWeek this week about the changes in corporate privacy over the last 20 years.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(CNBC) Blockchain is a hot trend in tech, and the fact that IBM is an industry leader in that space is not much of a surprise. What is interesting is one of the many ways IBM is standing out when compared to other blockchain start-ups. CNBC reports that in a study of 50 blockchain companies, just 16 percent are led by women. Over at IBM, blockchain development is led by Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president of global industries, platforms and blockchain, and she says is just one of the many gifted technical and creative women on the team.
(Forbes) IBM hit a record high of $215.90 a share in 2013 and trades at $157 a share today. Forbes takes a look at what to expect from IBM’s earning report this week.
(IBM) Why should System Admins care about open source? Jesse Gorzinski, Business Architect, Open Source on IBM i, takes to his blog to discuss three benefits of open source support as one of latest and greatest additions to the IBM i platform.
(Logistics Management) The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has been making inroads over the years in various sectors. But a joint report issued this week by global express and logistics services provider DHL and IBM takes an in-depth look into the impact of AI within logistics.
(AdWeek) Harriet Pearson became IBM’s chief privacy officer in 2000 and was influential in determining how corporations approach privacy. Today she is an expert corporate data privacy and cybersecurity consultant. She looks back on corporate privacy has evolved over the past two decades.
Redbooks, White Papers, and Other Resources
(IBM) IBM is committed to the continued evolution of IBM i for running modern workloads efficiently and securely. The 10-year support roadmap complements the RAS features of Power Systems to create a secure, resilient platform.
(IBM) An IBM i website that celebrates 30 years of innovation includes customer stories that demonstrate how IBM i innovations spark current business advantages and are part of planning for future successes.
(IBM) The Think conference may be over, but the opportunity to watch keynote addresses, innovation talks and interviews remains for those who wonder what IBM and other IT leaders are thinking. Watson, cloud and IoT are prominent topics. There are dozens of videos to choose from.
(IBM) Data integration between systems of record and systems of engagement is the key to success for future business. This article explains how to develop and deploy web or mobile native applications quickly using Node-RED as the web application building tool. Node-RED is the open source that is contributed by IBM. You can build web applications using a graphical user interface (GUI) with drawing tools and minimize application code writing. Node Red provides a browser-based editor drawing tools and minimizes application code writing.
(IBM) Full support for IBM i 7.1 will end April 30. What are the reasons for upgrading and why would you choose 7.3 over 7.2. Information on these topics can be found here.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
April 19 — Webinar – IBM i Query, Reporting, and Analytics with NGS-IQ. IT managers, software developers, programmers/analysts, and power users will learn about the features and modules of NGS-IQ for query, reporting, and analytics. This free webinar begins at 11 a.m. PT and will last approximate one hour.
April 19 — Parsippany, New Jersey – Guest speaker Steven Wolk will discuss the development of leadership traits and techniques at the regular monthly meeting of the North Eastern Systems Technology Users (NESTU) meeting. Topics will include leading more effectively, motivation that improves results, and recognizing good leadership skills in others. The event begins at 5 p.m. and will be held at the Spice Grill located at 111 US-46.
April 19 — Coppell, Texas – The basics of the Python programming language will be on the agenda during the monthly meeting of the Metro Midrange Systems Association, a user group for the Dallas and Fort Worth metro areas. Guest speaker Mike Pavlak will be explaining the details of topics such as installing and using Python on IBM i, extending its power using contributions from the larger open source community and exploring DB2 Data Access and IFS file system access as primary use cases for Python on IBM i. The event begins at 6 p.m. MMSA meetings are held at the IBM Innovation Center located at 1177 South Belt Line Road.
April 23-25 — Framingham, Massachusetts – The Northeast IBM i User Group Conference features more than 70 educational sessions in seven skills categories. It offers the opportunity to learn about new technologies, engage with vendors to discuss packaged software advancements, hear IBM i executives and lead developers discuss products and roadmaps for the platform, and gain knowledge that can benefit your company and your career. The user groups that combine to organize this conference come from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
May 20-23 — San Antonio, Texas – PowerUp 18 (formerly the COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition) is the largest IBM i educational event of the year. It includes more than 300 sessions related to IBM i, as well as AIX and Linux. Open source, high availability, security, DB2, and application development are a few of the popular skill-building topics. The agenda includes all-day pre-conference workshops, open labs, and a wide variety of lecture-type sessions presented by subject matter experts. Pre-conference workshops (May 19) are also planned.
June 12 & 13 — Milton Keynes, England – The annual i-UG International i-Power conference features topics for everybody who works on or with IBM i and Power Systems. The topics include Web dev using open source tools, building IBM i LPARs, securable systems, GDPR compliance and many additional developer-themed sessions and workshops. IBM i development experts Susan Gantner, Jon Paris and Paul Tuohy are part of the stellar group of speakers. 2018 is the 30th anniversary for IBM i and the 25th anniversary for the i-UG. To celebrate, attendees, speakers and sponsors of the conference are invited to a free gala dinner, including entertainment, during the first evening of the conference.
October 2-4 — Dallas, Texas – System i Developer heads to Texas with its bi-annual RPG & DB2 Summit. This highly interactive conference focuses on the top skills that forward-thinking RPGers need for their daily work with practical knowledge that you can apply as soon as you return to the office.