Four Hundred Monitor, May 2
May 2, 2018 Dan Burger
The robots are coming . . . to help? The only thing clear about the future of artificial intelligence is that it is set to play a huge role in how we analyze and use data. How worried or excited we should be about the possibilities is still murky. AI will impact how we work, and possibly if we work, which has caused law makers to start taking a closer look at the potential impact of AI on jobs and the economy. Meanwhile, IBM and others are all in and looking to emerge as leaders with AI in most every industry.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(InformationWeek) The U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee’s subcommittee on Information Technology recently heard expert testimony on artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to weigh in on what role government should have in making policy. While most can agree AI is bound to be a game changer in job creation in the next decade, no one knows for certain if the changes will be good or bad for the U.S. workforce.
(The Hindu) Artificial intelligence is taking center stage at IBM’s labs in India, where work is being done to see how AI can be used to understand a wide range of topics, from social bias to agriculture.
(CIO) Technology is improving and changing at a dizzying pace. To stay alive in IT, you need to stay ahead of the curve. Take a look at a few IT jobs bound for extinction.
(Forbes) Most of us associate virtual reality with video games. But when coupled with artificial intelligence, virtual reality becomes extended reality, and suddenly we have the possibility of interacting with and dissecting data in a real world view.
(Tech Crunch) Last issue we talked about IBM’s inroads in blockchain technology. Now IBM has rolled out TrustChain, which will follow the jewelry supply chain from mine to store.
Redbooks, White Papers, and Other Resources
(IBM) This Redbook looks at networking design for IBM High Performance Computing (HPC) and AI for Power Systems. This paper will help you understand the basic requirements when designing a solution, and the components in an infrastructure for HPC and AI Systems.
(ComputerWorld) Companies are looking to better understand customers and how to keep them engaged in our Digital World. This white paper from OpenText has some ideas on how to leverage the customer experience.
(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) Full support for IBM i 7.1 ended 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.
(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.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
May 3 — Webinar – Modernizing the user interface of your IBM i applications doesn’t have to be a death march. This webinar, titled “Put your IBM i RPG apps on the Web with ASNA Wings,” will demonstrate how ASNA Wings lets you create a modern, browser-based alternative UI and then deploy to the Web or local intranet. This session shows how to use Wings to refresh and reinvigorate user interfaces on RPG applications. There will be a live demo of Wings and a quick look at ASNA’s standalone 5250 browser terminal.
May 10 — Webinar – What is GDPR and who needs to follow this new worldwide law? These questions will be answered in COMMON’s webinar, titled “GDPR for IBM i shops.” Learn about the law and techniques for compliance beginning at 12 p.m. CT. The webinar is free to COMMON members, $99 for non-members.
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.
June 14 — Livonia, Michigan – The Michigan IBM Power Systems Technical Education Conference features more than 50 educational sessions in skills categories that include Web development, open source languages, system management, database development, backup and recovery, and Power9 trends and directions. 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. A session agenda is available online.
June 21 — Webinar – Open Source Databases are one of the fastest growing topics of interest today, and NoSQL databases are no exception. NoSQL databases provide for storage and retrieval of data that is modeled in ways other than tabular relations used in relational databases. This webcast will explore why NoSQL databases are important, as well as showing you how to work with some of the more popular NoSQL databases such as MongoDB. The webinar is free to COMMON members, $99 for non-members.
October 2-4 — Chicage, Illinois – 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.