Four Hundred Monitor, January 7
January 7, 2019 Jenny Thomas
The New Year is underway here in the Jungle. As much as we all appreciated (and needed) some downtime to reflect on last year and recharge for the months ahead, we are just as happy to be back delivering the news to our community. It turns out not everyone in the IBM i ecosystem has been on hiatus, as we see many informative webinars coming up this month and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty on deck to deliver the keynote at CES this week. We have a small favor to ask before you start digging back in to projects at work. Take a moment to voice your opinion in the annual State of IBM i modernization survey hosted by Profound Logic. You can find the link below and your opinions help us get a gander into what 2019 may bring.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(PR Newswire) IBM chairman, president, and CEO Ginni Rometty is set to deliver the opening keynote at CES 2019, tomorrow, January 8, in Las Vegas. Rometty will discuss what’s coming next in pioneering technologies including artificial intelligence, blockchain, and cloud.
(i-UG IBM i User Group) User groups are still working to keep the IBM i and its community current. Now’s the time to get involved and join the largest IBM i user group in the U.K.
(ISMG Network) Let’s hope 2019 will be the year of cyber security as more industries are taking great action to protect their data. Major health data breaches were added to the official federal tally in 2018.
(Pund-IT) This deep dive piece investigates how Power Systems solutions have remained on the road of “computational longevity” for enterprise computing.
(Business Today) The jump to Quantum computing isn’t as far as you might think. Will Quantum computing replace artificial intelligence as the hot topic in 2019?
Redbooks, White Papers, Blogs, and Other Resources
(Profound Logic) There’s still time to weigh in on Profound Logic’s annual State of IBM i Modernzation survey. Your responses help to paint a picture of how the platform is being used, and what the future of the platform looks like. Get entered to win an Amazon Fire TV Cube for participating. The survey closes January 28.
(Dani’s IBM i blog) Web developer Dani Szwarc works for a company that offers solutions for IBM i application modernization and management needs. But it wasn’t until recently that he started wanting to learn more about our favorite platform. This blog details his journey into the IBM i.
(Zend) This blog breaks down Z-Ray, which Zend says is a must-have for every PHP developer.
(Fresche Solutions) Many companies are under pressure to modernize their business applications beyond the scope and capability of CA 2E. This IBM white paper includes an evaluation of the maintainability of Java code converted from RPG by Fresche’s X-2E.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
January 9 – Webinar – IBM Champions Pete Massiello and Richie Palma will hold a virtual POWER9 panel discussion. Topics include: How POWER9 compares to previous models; the outlook for POWER9 in 2019; and the benefits of migrating to POWER9.
January 9 – Webinar – IBM i backup/recovery expert Debbie Saugen will share her top 10 tips and tricks for successful recoveries using Backup, Recovery and Media Services for IBM i (BRMS) during this 30-minute webinar.
January 11 – Webinar – Learning how to modernize queries with Sequel and your Power Systems server. This webinar will cover why you should modernize, what your organization needs from data today, and how to easily share IBM i data, including exporting the information to Microsoft Excel.
January 29 – Webinar – This free webinar featuring Rocket Software will outline why terminal emulation should be part of your mainframe security strategy.
February 12-15 – San Francisco – Learn how to get the most out of current (and future) IBM products and technologies at Think 2019. This conference boasts more than more than 1,000 labs, 1,000 certifications, and 250 deep-dive technical labs. Plus there is a cool lineup of speakers that includes IBM leaders and successful business people. Early registration discount ends this Friday, November 16.
March 26-28 – Charlotte, North Carolina – The RPG & DB2 Summit will be held at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. The conference will feature a new Db2 for i track updated with additional SQL and modernization techniques, practical skills for IBM i-based queries and analytics, and data integration options. Plus many new sessions on SQL, RPG, RDi, ILE, Python, open source languages and tools; an open source roundtable; an Open Source Squad offering individual help installing and using open source; and pre-conference hands-on workshops on RDi, SQL, Python and Service Programs. The early bird registration rate of $1,295 is in effect through February 15, 2019. RPG & DB2 Summit alumni and their colleagues receive a $100 discount when they register using their alumni ID.
March 25 – Charlotte, North Carolina – The IBM i CIO Summit provides a commercial-free forum for CIOs and IT Directors to meet in person and share ideas on how to address common challenges. With discussions facilitated by Alan Seiden, topics range from managing new technology and hiring the right skills to delivering enhancements, integrations and new applications faster; getting started with modernization; evaluating cloud options; and more. An optional second day includes a CIO roundtable and complimentary participation in the opening day of the RPG & DB2 Summit.
May 19-22 – Anaheim, California – POWERUp19 is heading to the Disneyland® Resort. With over 300 sessions for Power Systems and IBM i education, you can keep your skills up-to-date by creating a custom schedule based on your specific needs.