Four Hundred Monitor, June 12
June 12, 2019 Jenny Thomas
You’ve probably heard the saying “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Personally, I don’t think many people would find that to be a true statement, but then again, there is something to be said for keeping your name in the news cycle. Speaking of which, IBM has had a busy week with a mix of good and bad stories to keep Big Blue in the public eye. Continuing to push its AI initiatives, IBM has named 40 women as leaders in the field (good), but at the other end of the spectrum is a plan for massive layoffs (bad). You can catch up on all of it in the Top Stories below, and don’t miss the Calendar for happenings on the web and in your area.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(IBM) IBM has recognized 40 women business pioneers from 15 countries at the inaugural AI Women Leadership. The list recognizes women across a variety of industries and geographies for pioneering the use of AI to advance their companies in areas such as innovation, growth, and transformation.
(WAFB) In an effort to meet a job quota before its June deadline, IBM is launching its apprenticeship program at its Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in order to receive funding from the state.
(Fortune) IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty calls for education training for “new collar” jobs, a play on the term “blue collar,” to enable more people to make a good living without needing a traditional four-year degree.
(Yahoo Finance) All of the news out of IBM isn’t good. IBM has come up with a restructuring plan to terminate around 1,700 employees from several of its units in different locations.
Redbooks, White Papers, Blogs, and Other Resources
(Connectria) Still considering your cloud options? This blog outlines five cloud technology trends to watch for.
(Profound Logic) Have you caught Profound Logic’s Tuesday Tutorial series? This week’s episode demonstrates the DDS Conversion tool in Profound UI, which can help you convert your DDS source into Rich Display files.
(IBM Bi-Weekly) Tim Rowe, IBM business architect of Application Development & Systems Management for IBM i, joins host Josh Hall to discuss application development for IBM i in episode 7.
(Fresche Solutions) This Fresche Thinking blog simply outlines the IBM i in nine slides and is available for download.
(OpenLegacy) Don’t forget about security when planning your organization’s digital transformation. This article looks at how to keep your IBM i safe.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
June 20 – Webinar – Watch Simon Hutchinson of rpgpgm.com explain how SQL views can make it easy for your business users to understand and work with your DB2 on i data. There will also be a demonstration of NGS-IQ query, reporting, and analytics can take advantage of SQL views to produce Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, web reports, and multi-dimensional models.
June 20 – West Lebanon, New Hampshire – Don’t mess the 31st Annual New Hampshire/Vermont IBM i User Group Meeting, which will include presentations by Steve Fier and Ted Holt.
June 24-25 – Livonia, Michigan – MiTEC 2019, the Michigan IBM Power Systems Technical Education Conference, will power you into the future. June 24 features four workshops: RDI/RPG Bootcamp. Systems Management, Python, PHP. June 25 offers over 45 sessions covering topics including system architecture, application development, mobile applications, RPG, Python, business intelligence, disaster recovery, and performance monitoring. Lots of opportunities to learn and share with peers, renowned speakers, IBM developers, executives, and fellow members. Plus a Vendor Expo!
June 25-26 – Ehningen, Germany – The SAP on IBM i Summit 2019 is for IBM i customers running SAP workloads on IBM i or considering running SAP workloads on IBM i. Learn about the new release IBM i 7.4 as well as the latest trends and developments for SAP on IBM i. Attending the SAP on IBM i Summit 2019 will help you optimizing your existing SAP system landscape and getting ready for the digital transformation. Presenters include experts from both IBM and SAP with many years of experience with SAP and IBM i technologies and solutions.
June 26 – Webinar – iTech Solutions is offering a IBM i Virtual Day of Education featuring sessions and live Q&A from IBM Champions Pete Massiello, Richie Palma, and Steve Pitcher. If you missed conferences like IBM Tech U, NEUGC, or POWERUp 2019, this is a great chance to attend helpful sessions and ask questions right from your own desk or gain access to the recordings. Learn tips, tricks, and information you need to know to successfully run your IBM i shop. Attend sessions of your choice with just one registration.
July 25-27 – Costa Mesa, California – Build on your IBM i talent at the OCEAN TechCon 2019. Expert topic speakers will include: Patrick Behr, Charles Guarino, Birgitta Hauser, Simon Hutchinson, Pete Massiello, Linda O’Neil, Richie Palma, Mike Pavlak, and Robin Tatam. Three Days of Inspiration will include: Day 1 – Professional Development and Modernization; Day 2 – 5 Tracks of Technical How-To’s from Advanced RPG, Open Tools, Systems Management, Virtualization, IOT, plus a free Vendor Expo; Day 3 – Optional Jump-Start Labs. Registration opens May 1. Early Registration is $175. Questions? Contact Bob Langieri – firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: TechCon 2019
October 3 – South Burlington, Vermont – Save this date for the 2019 VTMUG Technical Conference & Expo. Already scheduled speakers include Charlie Guarino, Ted Holt, and Scott Forstie. More details to come!
October 14-15 – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Join IT executive peers and host Alan Seiden for the next IBM i CIO Summit. Participants exchange tips and brainstorm ideas for addressing common challenges faced by IBM i CIOs and IT Directors—managing new technology; hiring the right skills; delivering enhancements and new applications faster; getting started with modernization; evaluating cloud options; managing expectations; and many other topics. Seating is limited and reserved for CIOs or IT Directors who have responsibility for application development. Request an invitation here.
October 15-17 – Minneapolis, Minnesota – The RPG & DB2 Summit returns to Minneapolis with new sessions, new workshops, new ideas, and new tools. Paul Tuohy, Susan Gantner and Jon Paris lead a team of 13 top experts teaching the critical skills you need to excel with modern IBM i development. SQL, RPG, Db2, ILE, open source, ACS, RDi, data analytics, web services, web and mobile apps—it’s all packed into a highly-concentrated 3-day learning experience.