Four Hundred Monitor, February 25
February 25, 2019 Jenny Thomas
At IT Jungle, our business is writing. We write about the latest news and trends. We offer analysis, opinions, and tech tips. We work hard every day to be a reliable resource for everything you need or want to know as it relates to the IBM i. Part of being a good writer is being a good listener. So we were all ears when we heard IBM Champions Liam Allan and Josh Hall were starting up their own podcast where they can chat about whatever is on their minds regarding the IBM i and its ecosystem. The link for details on how to tune in is below, followed by the latest headlines from the tech world.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(IBM i Weekly) This new podcast from co-hosts Liam Allan and Josh Hall will focus on the technical aspects of the IBM i operating system. Tune in every other week to hear as they, along with occasional guests, explore IBM i hot topics.
(TG Daily) At Think 2019, IBM addressed how it plans to take care of the massive qualified employee shortfall in the technology industry, with a focus on women in the workforce and diversity in general.
(Investor’s Business Daily) This video out of CES 2019 looks at how IBM Watson is helping businesses of all kinds leverage artificial intelligence to make key decisions.
(InfoWorld) At 60 years old, it is understandable why discussion about COBOL might revolve around replacement, but with this trusted programming language behind many critical enterprise applications in some of the world’s largest organizations, there’s a case to be made for modernization.
(Computer Business Review) IBM continues its run into the food and agriculture industry by winning a major contract with COFCO to establish and roll out a range of SAP systems for the company’s overseas agriculture business platform.
Redbooks, White Papers, Blogs, and Other Resources
(Connectria) This blog looks at the race for digital transformation, and how to catch up.
(Profound Logic) The 2019 State of the IBM i Modernization survey is closed, but you can register here to be among the first to get a look at the results.
(Zend) With immediate app execution insight, performance info, memory consumption, SQL queries, profiling or detailed errors, and more, this blog addresses why Z-Ray is a must-have for every PHP developer.
(Astadia) This whitepaper on mainframe platform modernization offers advice to organizations, including why modernize a mainframe and the associated challenges with mainframe modernization.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
February 28 – Webinar – This free session will show you how to remove risk of human error and eliminate guess work by automatically resizing your fields.
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.
June 12-19 – Berlin, Germany – The Common Europe Congress brings together Power System experts, users, vendors and like-minded professionals to network, learn, and share best practices. Education is delivered by industry experts, IBM developers, and like-minded peers. The Congress is designed to welcome networking and conversations to seeking solutions to your IT issues by conversing one-on-one with vendors in the exhibit hall or learning new ideas from casual conversation with your peers.