Four Hundred Monitor, March 20
March 20, 2019 Jenny Thomas
Did you know today, March 20, is considered the first day of spring? At least in the Northern Hemisphere it is. Also known as the spring equinox, today the length of the day is nearly equal in all parts of the world. While those of us on the Northern side of the globe start to enjoy longer, sunnier days, we can all enjoy the latest news from in and around our IBM i ecosystem. Be sure to check out our calendar at the bottom section for travel opportunities – a trip to COMMON in Southern California sounds like a great way to celebrate spring.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(RCR Wireless) IBM discusses how cloud, telecommunications, and AI are converging to achieve 5G.
(LinkedIn) The Batman and IBM Power Systems in the same sentence? This blog already sounds pretty cool. The author tells us how he believes the two relate.
(CNN) IBM has signed six international banks to use stablecoins, taking another Big Blue step toward cryptocurrency.
(Nextgov) The CIA’s new chief information officer has ties to IBM.
Redbooks, White Papers, Blogs, and Other Resources
(IBM Bi-Weekly) Have you listened in to the IBM Bi-Weekly podcast yet? The next episode drops March 25 and features a chat with co-hosts Josh Hall and Liam Allan and IBM I business architect Jesse Gorzinski about Open Source on IBM i.
(Zend) This blog from Edwin Early looks into a current IBM i trend augmenting of the functionality of third-party solutions with PHP-custom applications.
(Connectria) If you’re having trouble filling positions in your IT department, you are not alone. This article looks at the 10 hardest positions to fill, and sheds light on why more companies are outsourcing talent.
(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.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
March 21 – Webinar – Learn to think like a hacker and secure your data. In this free webinar, Dan Freeman, CISSP and Senior Solutions Consultant at HelpSystems, will show you how to go on the offensive with your data.
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.
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 27 – Webinar – The webcast “Being competitive in a software economy” with GitHub enterprise solutions engineers will feature tips and techniques for staying competitive in today’s fast-moving environment and keeping up with modern development workflows.
April 3 – Webinar – IBM i modernization experts Marcel Sarrasin and Greg Patterson host an introduction to WebSmart, including a live demo, with real-world examples of strategic applications that extend ERPs, integrate with other technologies and platforms and leverage existing business logic IBM i web and mobile development.
April 8-10 – Framingham, Massachusetts – The 29th Annual Northeast IBM i User Groups Conference will feature 70 sessions in seven skill categories. NEUGC is the largest technical conference in New England for IBM i. Don’t miss this annual opportunity to learn and network.
April 29 – May 3 – Atlanta, Georgia – The 2019 IBM Systems Technical University is an opportunity to sharpen your expertise with hundreds of sessions led by IBM distinguished engineers and product experts, experience the latest technology via demos geared to all skill levels, test-drive new products from IBM and IBM Business Partners, and expand your professional network. Learn from your peers via networking sessions and discussions on real-world IT challenges and successes. You’ll learn how to plan, architect, install, configure, migrate, operate and tune your IBM infrastructure for today and tomorrow.
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.