Four Hundred Monitor, July 25
July 25, 2018 Dan Burger
We hope you’re not getting tired of hearing about blockchain because a lot of companies are pinning their hopes to this burgeoning technology. IBM is one of many global IT leaders pouring talent and money into mastering blockchain with an eye on big payoffs in the future. This week we also take a look at what companies and individual employees can be doing to improve their futures, including ways to certify your skills. And there’s a new battle brewing between the U.S. and China as the race to exascale computing heats up.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(The Street) IBM released its Q2 earnings report and points to blockchain as one of the reason for the current uptick, and is relying on that trend to continue.
(ComputerWorld) IBM may be placing big bets on blockchain, but how can you know when it’s time for you to deploy at your organization?
(InformationWeek) Most companies always have the future on their radar, but how your company is aligning with technology right now is just as important.
(CIO) Successful IT project managers have the ability to lead initiatives from beginning to completion. Having certifications to showcase your credentials is an excellent way to get your job search a jumpstart.
(MIT Technology Review) The U.S. and China are back in competition, this time to be the first to conquer exascale computing.
Redbooks, White Papers, and Other Resources
(TechTarget) With more than 100 services across 16 regions around the world, you need a guide to figure out how Amazon Web Services (AWS) can impact your organization. This white paper provides a solid foundation that will give you an understanding of key services and enable you to explore the other services on your own to find which mixture best suits your organization’s needs.
(MuleSoft) How does your company stack up when it comes to digital transformation? A new report shows that 80 percent of a surveyed 650 companies who said they are working on digital transformation will lose revenue if the project isn’t completed in the next 12 months. Download the Connectivity Benchmark Report 2018 to find out the top digital trends, the biggest challenges, and the one strategy companies use to develop applications and projects more efficiently
(IBM i Competence) How confident are you in your IBM i competence? Take the test and certify your skills with COMMON.
(IBM) This free e-book covers everything you need to know about what blockchain is, how it works, and how you can get started building a blockchain network today.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
August 16 – Webinar – Start Using RDi Immediately after attending this webinar featuring Charles Guarino, who will introduce you to the basics of using RDi and set you on the path to better tooling.
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.
September 13 – St. Louis, Missouri – IT Jungle’s own Four Hundred Guru Ted Holt will be talking about 21st Century CL and/or SQL PL at the regular monthly meeting of the Gateway/400 Group, a System i user group serving the greater St. Louis area. Jim Buck will be the guest speaker. The meeting begins with lunch at noon and the presentation following lunch. The meeting location is Spazio’s restaurant at 12031 Lackland Road. RSVP no later than Monday before the meeting date.
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.
October 11 – St. Louis, Missouri – Using SQL and cursors in your programs is the feature presentation at the regular monthly meeting of the Gateway/400 Group, a System i user group serving the greater St. Louis area. Jim Buck will be the guest speaker. The meeting begins with lunch at noon and the presentation following lunch. The meeting location is Spazio’s restaurant at 12031 Lackland Road. RSVP no later than Monday before the meeting date.
October 15-17 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – COMMON’s Fall conference and expo promises two days of IBM i skill building.
November 6-8 – St. Louis, Missouri – The Profound Logic User Seminar (PLUS) is three days of product focused learning with workshops, labs, and educations sessions.