Four Hundred Monitor, September 12
September 12, 2018 Jenny Thomas
Some acts are hard to follow. Sometimes you don’t even want to try. I find myself in that position today as I attempt to step in to the shoes of really one of the very best people, not just in our little ecosystem, but in the world. If I had it my way, Dan Burger would be writing Monitor, like he has from the day we launched it, and I would be looking forward to our weekly exchange when he passed it on to me for a light edit before we shared it with the IBM i world. We lost Dan to cancer recently, so things will never really be the same here in at IT Jungle. Our team recently wrote a more fitting remembrance of Dan, which you can read here. Dan was a great lifelong friend to me and I miss him so very much. I know he wants us to soldier on and see IT Jungle continue to thrive and contribute to this community, so for him I will dry off my keyboard and do my best to follow his example.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(Forbes) Another look at the recently rolled out E950 and E980. Will they help IBM continue its recent growth in the systems business?
(Digital Trends) IBM is one year into its partnership with MIT for research in the field of artificial intelligence. The purpose is to explore what is possible without letting AI ruin us.
(Fast Company) Fans of the Houston Astros know that analytics can bring home World Series rings. But can those same theories used by the MLB be applied to recruiting talent in IT?
(DevOps.com) It wouldn’t take much to convince the hard core among us that COBOL is a beautiful language. But it is still nice to talk about.
(The Mary Sue) Have you heard of Grace Hopper? Thanks to a new movie in the works, you soon will understand her role in the world of IT that we know today. In addition to being an admiral in the Navy, Hopper is seen as a female IT pioneer and credited with the first software compiler and the language COBOL.
Redbooks, White Papers, and Other Resources
(iTech Solutions) Is your company ready for hurricane season? With the East Coast bracing for Hurricane Florence, now might be a good time to read up on what you can do to prepare.
(OpenLegacy) A veterinary cooperative partnered extends its AS/400 system to iPad Mini tablets to provide real time access while in the field visiting their patients. Check out this case study to read they did it.
(Proximity) Ensuring track and trace capability is built into your manufacturing operations will give you the ability to practice continuous improvement with accurate product and process data. IQMS’ whitepaper outlines some best technology practices for tracking, tracing and reporting on manufacturing production.
(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
(HelpSystems) What does BI mean for your business? Read the whitepaper “4 Things IT Managers Should Know About the Changing World of BI” for help with data access reporting practices.
(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
September 18 – Webinar – In part one of three free sessions on IBM i modernization for COMMON members from ARCAD Software, speakers Floyd Del Muro and Ray Bernardi take a look at the available modernization choices. What is best for you: DIY or “as a Service”?
September 20 – Webinar – PHP is the top platform for building and modernizing IBM i applications. In this webinar in a series of PHP expert talks, Massimiliano Cavicchioli discusses how to build applications on i using Zend Expressive, Zend Server, the IBM i Toolkit, and DB2.
September 25 – Webinar – In part one of three free sessions on IBM i modernization for COMMON members from ARCAD Software, speakers Floyd Del Muro and Ray Bernardi discuss laying a secure foundation with a structured DevOps process.
September 27 – Webinar – In part one of three free sessions on IBM i modernization for COMMON members from ARCAD Software, speakers Floyd Del Muro and Ray Bernardi delve into ways to automating the conversion from RPGLE or CA 2E (Synon) to Free Form RPG and DDL/SQL.
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.