Four Hundred Monitor, February 6
February 6, 2019 Jenny Thomas
AI. AI. AI. That is not the chorus of a new song, but the sound of the IT tech news this week. But it isn’t just our industry that is hyper focused on artificial intelligence. If you watched the Superbowl this past Sunday, perhaps you noticed the trend of commercials featuring robots and AI nods, including spots from TurboTax, Michelob Ultra, and Amazon’s Alexa. While entertaining, it is also demonstrates how pervasive AI has become in everyday life. Since there’s no escaping AI, at least we can learn from what others are doing as your company tackles how to best integrate AI technology into operations.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(Fast Company) A new partnership between IBM and McCormick & Company, the supermarket seasoning giant, looks to use AI to guess the next new flavor craze and cook up tastier food.
(Harvard Business Review) As AI takes hold in every industry, successful companies are creating dedicated artificial intelligence teams to they are getting the most from their data.
(IBM Research) A field experiment in a Tokyo shopping mall utilizes AI to provide navigation not just for the general public, but also people who are visually impaired, wheelchair users, and those who don’t speak Japanese.
(The Blog) AI is growing up fast. It is vital to carefully consider the values adopted to build today’s AI systems, which will be reflected in the decisions those systems make a long time down the road.
Redbooks, White Papers, Blogs, and Other Resources
(HelpSystems) The fifth IBM i Marketplace Survey offers insight into one of technology’s best-kept secrets: the IBM i. Watch this recorded webinar for insights on year-over-year trends and new data points. The expert panel includes IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington from HelpSystems, IBMers Alison Butterill and Ian Jarman, and Timothy Prickett Morgan from IT Jungle.
(LANSA) Five tips on how to balance low code productivity with engineering best practice.
(IBM) Industrious is IBM’s quarterly magazine that covers the latest trends in industry. Issue 4 is out now.
(GoAnywhere) Protecting data is key to the success and longevity of your company. This blog tackles using managed file transfer as a new cybersecurity strategy for sensitive files.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
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 7 – Webinar – Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i. Learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS) during this webinar.
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.