Four Hundred Monitor, January 28
January 28, 2019 Jenny Thomas
This week we are seeing a lot of news on the cloud and blockchain technologies. It is no coincidence that IBM is firmly rooted in both of these areas, and Big Blue is starting to see rewards from the seeds it has been planting and tending so carefully. While the IBM i doesn’t always weigh prominently in these conversations, good news for IBM is good news for our ecosystem, too. We also got to take a look at IBM’s final earnings report from last year and their expectations for the year ahead. Overall, the future looks bright . . . and busy!
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(Real Money) IBM has strategically position itself as a leader in blockchain and cloud technologies. Are we about to see the pay off?
(IBM News Room) “In 2018 we returned to full-year revenue growth, reflecting growing demand for our services and leadership solutions in hybrid cloud, AI, analytics and security,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer. Here is the full earnings report from IBM.
(PowerWire.eu) This piece offers clarification to the question of whether or not you need to pay for Java on the IBM i.
(Reuters) IBM’s blockchain network continues to grow as Aetna and other health insurers announce a new partnership aimed at cutting costs in the healthcare industry.
(CloudTech) With all the excitement around the potential of clouds, it is easy to overlook some of the possible pitfalls. This article looks at whether encryption keys should be stored in the cloud.
Redbooks, White Papers, Blogs, and Other Resources
(Profound Logic) Today is the final day to participate in Profound Logic’s annual State of IBM i Modernization survey. Your responses help to paint a picture of how the platform is being used, and what the future of the platform looks like. Take a break and weigh in right now – you will be entered to win an Amazon Fire TV Cube for participating.
(Maxava) Before the digital waters rise, consider the value of a monitoring method. This blog tackles cloud-based monitoring.
(Connectria) If your company is looking into managed service providers, you might want to check out these six ways to build a better relationship with your MSP first.
(RPGPGM.com) The latest entry in this blog that covers from the AS/400 to the IBM i looks at padding columns using SQL.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
January 29 – Webinar – This free webinar featuring Rocket Software will outline why terminal emulation should be part of your mainframe security strategy.
January 29 – Webinar – This live webinar will demonstrate proactive job monitoring and notification with Robot Monitor. Learn how to: Set up monitoring for database requests: QZDASOINIT, QRWTSRVR, etc.; bring visibility to SQL requests that are hammering your system; watch for long-running jobs and other batch issues that slow throughput; set up notification for jobs consuming too much CPU; report on historical job and subsystem performance; and reduce run priority for offending jobs or hold them automatically.
February 6 – Webinar – IBM Champions Pete Massiello and Richie Palma answer all your POWER9 questions. Topics include: How POWER9 compares to previous models; the outlook for POWER9 in 2019; and the benefits of migrating to POWER9.
February 12 – Webinar – If you’re considering an IBM POWER upgrade, attend New Generation Software’s live Webinar for guidance in your evaluation, including paying additional fees for IBM query and reporting software you may never use. See demos of why NGS’ proven alternative, NGS-IQ, could provide you with a more practical, useful solution.
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.
February 19 – Costa Mesa, California – OCEAN’s 30th Anniversary celebration features IBM Champion Charles Guarino and IBM’s Alison Butterill. Learn modern development skills and join the discussion on what’s ahead for 2019.
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.