Four Hundred Monitor, September 26
September 26, 2018 Jenny Thomas
IBM has been putting a lot of eggs in the Blockchain basket, and it looks like its investments are starting to hatch. Blockchain is starting to take hold in the U.S. with one of the nation’s largest retailers making it a business requirement for its suppliers. But Blockchain isn’t the only investment that is paying off for IBM. Watson is also branching out into farms, factories, and offices around the globe. Now is the time to start planning for those Fall conferences so be sure to take a look at our Calendar below for many opportunities for networking and continuing your IT education.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(Bloomberg) In one of the biggest commercial uses yet, Walmart is set to require certain suppliers to use IBM Blockchain.
(IBM News Room) New Watson AI solutions have been released to help in nine industries.
(Working Mother) IBM continues a 33-year streak on the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list. Companies aren’t listed by number, but IBM did make the Top 10 group for reasons including preferential parking for pregnant workers and nursing mother rooms.
(IBM Developer) Here are five tips to create a great port to Linux on Power.
(Forbes) Even HR has to keep pace with technology. Here’s a look at how AI may change how HR looks in the future.
(Wall Street Journal) IBM apprentices, who range from teenagers to people in their late 50s, receive more than 200 hours of classroom instruction as well as job experience under a mentor.
Redbooks, White Papers, and Other Resources
(IBM) This video shows how IBM Brazil is using IoT and Blockchain in the farming industry.
(Zend) What is modernization? This blog looks at the main goals of modernization and how PHP helps realize those goals for many businesses.
(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.
(HelpSystems) GDPR is in effect but that doesn’t mean every company is in compliance. This article takes a look at what GDPR fines mean for IBM i.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
September 27 – Webinar – This free 60-minute webcast will demonstrate how ASNA Wings can improve existing IBM i RPG applications. You’ll see Wings in action modernizing an RPG user interface from green-screen to Web page in minutes!
September 27 – Webinar – This webinar will discuss five reasons why companies should move beyond the native IBM i Job Scheduler to a more robust scheduling platform.
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 – Denver, Colorado – INTERFACE 2018 is for professionals focused on latest developments in IT.
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.
October 15-19 – Hollywood, Florida – IBM Systems Technical University TechU is a technical training event for Power Systems and Storage where you will learn how to plan, architect, install, configure, migrate, operate and tune your IBM infrastructure.
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.