Four Hundred Monitor, May 9
May 9, 2018 Dan Burger
Regardless of what side of the “Millennial” divide you stand on, the discussion of ageism in IT never gets old. Though a strong argument can be made that tech is driven by youth, there is also much to be said for experience, especially when talking about a platform like the IBM i. As our beloved platform creeps closer to its 30th anniversary, we can all agree that the IBM i needs young blood as much as it does the seasoned professional. This week, we take a look at some articles that tackle both side of the age issue.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(IBM) Some people hate birthdays. Others like to begin the party weeks in advance and continue long after. The celebration is already underway as the IBM i approaches the Big Three Oh. This week, IBM & Co shares three new client stories on its anniversary page.
(Pew Research Center) Turns out the adoption of technology isn’t just for the whippersnappers. This study finds that older Americans often take the lead in technology when compared to the Millennial generation.
(Entrepreneur India) Speaking of whippersnappers, Tanmay Bkashi isn’t your average programmer/AI expert. At 14, he has developed multiple apps, published a book, and been a speaker at IBM Watson summits.
(TechRepublic) Job postings for cloud computing are reportedly on the rise. If you’ve got your eye on that horizon, here are 10 skills you need to master.
(MemberClicks) Heading to COMMON…er, PowerUp…this month? Get prepared with this list of nine questions to ask any vendor on the trade show floor.
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.
(IBM Cloud) This podcast discusses how IBM is creating secure, blockchain-enabled self-sovereign identity for everyone on the internet.
(IBM) When organizations roll out new software, they do so with high hopes of streamlining processes and increasing business efficiency. Intelligent application overlay delivered with IBM Cloud helps companies save time and money.
(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 Power Systems) Industry leaders gathered at Think 2018 to talk about the latest tech, including Power9.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
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 17-20 — Warsaw, Poland – The Common Europe Congress brings together hundreds of Power System experts, users, vendors and like-minded professionals under one roof to network, learn, and share best practices. Education is delivered by industry experts, IBM developers, and like-minded peers. The Congress is designed to welcome networking and conversations to seeking solutions to your IT issues by conversing one-on-one with vendors in the exhibit hall or learning new ideas from casual conversation with your peers.
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.
August 20-22 – Denver, Colorado – INFOCUS features more than 220 sessions and access to in-depth information about JD Edwards. Build and grow your network with opportunities to participate in roundtable events and speak with special interest groups.
October 2-4 – Chicago, Illinois – System i Developer heads to Chicago 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.