Four Hundred Monitor, May 23
May 23, 2018 Dan Burger
COMMON stole the spotlight this week with its POWERUp 18 event in Austin, Texas. IT Jungle’s own Alex Woodie was our boots on the ground at the show, giving us the inside scoop from the opening session and what appears to be a bright future for IBM i and the Power business. And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the continued celebrations of the 30th anniversary of our beloved platform. If you haven’t been reading The Four Hundred this week, you have been missing out. After you catch up here, take a look below at what’s happening around our ecosystem.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(Forbes) By partnering with Nutanix, IBM is looking to deliver the industry’s first hyperconverged platform on the POWER architecture.
(YouTube) A 30th anniversary is certainly a reason to celebrate. Liam Allan, IBM Champion and Fresh Face of IBM i, took to YouTube while at the PowerUp 18 event in Austin, Texas, with Steve Sibley and Pepper the robot to commemorate this special occasion.
(Technician Online) IBM has selected NC State to be the first institution in North America to become a quantum computing hub as part of IBM’s Q Network.
(Medium) Put Watson to work for you. IBM looks to make artifictial intelligence more available with IBM Watson Studio.
(MIT Technology Review) While 30 years of the IBM i is impressive, it is always fun to see what the future holds. Check out this list of the top 10 technology breakthroughs of 2018.
Redbooks, White Papers, and Other Resources
(GoAnywhere) Is your organization on track to meet GDPR requirements? Check your progress with this GDPR readiness checklist.
(IBM Big Data & Analytics) This podcast, featuring data scuentsit Dez Blanchfield, takes a look at how the new Power 9 changes the game when it comes to moving lots of data
(IBM IT Infrastructure Blog) Is your enterprise ready for artificial intelligence? IBM has introduced new software and hardware innovations for enterprise AI.
(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
June 6 – Webinar – Join Fresche’s Ray Everhart and United Heritage’s Rob McBride at this free webinar to learn why X-Analysis is the one tool every IBM i developer should own and how you can improve IBM i developer activity by 50 percent.
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.
July 19, 20 & 21 — Costa Mesa, California – OCEAN TechCon18, the annual OCEAN User Group IBM i technical conference, will include more than 50 educational sessions, a solutions expo, and a buffet dinner with IBM i-themed musical entertainment. OCEAN is celebrating 29 years of training at affordable prices and the opportunity to have fun and network with the IBM i community. The conference will feature the leading tools and techniques to modernize all aspects of IT from systems administration to programming to management. Topics include the latest developments in open source, modern programming, and Power9 technology. Attendees enhance skills and increase their value to their organizations.
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.