Four Hundred Monitor, April 3
April 3, 2019 Jenny Thomas
It was nice to see some of our IBM i community getting into the April 1 spirit this week, even if it did make the job of finding news of the week tricky for me. I almost fell for Profound Logic’s “rebrand” into Profound Logistics, and I enjoyed seeing the iTech Solutions new superhero work uniforms. There was some real news this week as well, which we have gathered and summarized for you in true Four Hundred Monitor fashion. Read on to find out what’s up in the IT world, and don’t forget to check the calendar for upcoming webinars and shows.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(The Motley Fool) Is IBM in for a banner year? Big Blue’s shares on the stock market have seen great gains already this year, which could be an indicator of more good things to come.
(Reading Eagle) Is IBM targeting “gray hairs” in an effort to bring in t a younger workforce? That is the claim of this lawsuit.
(InformationWeek) Nobody likes to take the fall when mistakes happen. But when it comes to IT errors, who should get the blame?
(ComputerWorld) Blockchain, bitcoin, and cryptocurrency jobs are on the rise, and this article finds IBM in the top three companies that are hiring.
(WRAL TechWire) Fostering the next generation is important in every industry, but betting 304 middle school age girls to set a world record by coding at the same time is also just plain cool.
Redbooks, White Papers, Blogs, and Other Resources
(IBM Bi-Weekly) Episode 3 from co-host podcasters Liam Allan and Josh Hall is live. This time they are joined by Business Architect of Open Source on IBM i Jesse Gorzinski.
(Zend) If your development team hasn’t moved to PHP 7, here’s the argument for why it’s time to make the switch.
(IBM IT Infrastructure Blog) This series looks to dispel myths surrounding x86 and Power Systems
(Connectria) Choosing the best hosting partner is serious business. This interview has some tips on what your organization should be looking for.
(HelpSystems) What’s your plan when your AS/400 talent retires? If you need one, register to download this handy guide to help you get started.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
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 6 – Webinar – How can you prepare to handle the departure of AS/400 experts and RPG programmers retiring from the workforce? During this 30-minute webinar, our IBM i experts from HelpSystems share strategies learned internally and from customers that will allow you to get the job done as expertise walks out the door.
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.
April 16 – Webinar – Get the 3 Keys To IBM i Modernization Success at this free Webinar where ARCAD experts will look at case studies that examine the three aspects of a successful modernization: Tools, Process, People.
April 16 – Webinar – COMMON members are invited to attend a free webinar entitled, Ensuring API Success on IBM i: Why Creating a RESTful API Isn’t Enough. Learn how to: leverage the benefits of APIs on IBM i; create, orchestrate, and manage your APIs to expand functionality; enhance security; and optimize quality of service for your web and mobile applications.
April 24 – Webinar – Get 150 tips for IBM i System Admins and Operators with Steve Pitcher during this live webinar: Rapid Fire Admin. From command line to shell to IBM Navigator for i, Steve will sprint through these tips at a pace of at least two tips per minute, for at least 150 tips! This session is updated every quarter with new and relevant information so that you don’t miss good foundational tips.
April 25 – Webinar – Enjoy a free, high-speed, 30-minute look at the query, reporting, & analytics features of the NGS SDK, which enables secure Web and Windows access to Db2 on i without ODBC or the complexity of IBM Db2 Web Query. The NGS SDK now includes Windows and Microsoft Office integration features to simplify and automate Excel workbook, Access database, and Word document updates.
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.