Four Hundred Monitor, September 25
September 25, 2019 Jenny Thomas
Summer came to an end this week, although it certainly doesn’t seem that way in Southern California where temperatures are still topping 90 degrees. With the onset of fall comes the promise of tech news as conference season gets back underway and the companies that sell hardware and software look to get into the 2020 budgets of the companies that will be looking to buy hardware and software in the new year. Whiles we linger in this limbo between summer and fall, take a gander on what’s been happening around IT in the last week, and don’t miss the Calendar at the bottom for end-of-year travel opportunities.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(IBM) Taking care of the planet is a cause that most everyone can get behind. Here is a look at what IBM is doing to help keep our oceans cleaner.
(HIPAA Journal) Yet another ransomware attack occurred just last week, this time disabling hospital systems in Wyoming.
(coindesk) Facebook and IBM may soon be working together on new blockchain technology.
(The Register) IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and other top execs have been orders to turn over internal communication as part of an ongoing age discrimination lawsuit.
(Los Angeles Times) An interested opinion piece in the LA Times about IBM’s first black software engineer.
Redbooks, White Papers, Blogs, and Other Resources
(HelpSystems) How will you use the IBM i in 2020? The 2020 Marketplace Survey is underway. Help our community develop a better understanding of the state of the IBM i by sharing your insight.
(IBM Developer) Do you know an IBM professional who demonstrates expertise in and extraordinary support and advocacy for IBM technology, communities, and solutions? Then you may know an IBM Champion! The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical community and rewards these contributions by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. Make a nomination now through November 4.
(ZEND) IBM i users can learn more about how to modernize apps and cut risk with Zend Server and PHP in this blog.
(IBM IT Infrastructure) Software-defined storage (SDS) is an approach to building storage that places a layer of software between storage and applications in order to help manage data growth and enable multi-cloud flexibility. Download the ebook, Software-Defined Storage for Dummies, to learn more.
(Connectria) This blog lists the 10 elements of physical security you should look for when looking for a hosting provider for your mission critical systems and data.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
September 26 – Webinar – See how NGS-IQ enable non-programmers to transform even IBM Query/400 queries originally designed for 5250 green screens into graphic Excel sheets, Web reports, and Adobe PDF files in this free Webinar.
October 1 – Webinar – Proper testing and compliance are critical to delivering high-quality IBM i applications. Many IT departments lack automation and thorough testing, which exposes organizations to risk. Join Ray Everhart and Marcel Sarrasin for this two-part webinar series from Fresche Solutions to learn how you can efficiently and accurately test your IBM i application environment while ensuring that sensitive data is protected.
October 3 – Webinar – Proper testing and compliance are critical to delivering high-quality IBM i applications. Many IT departments lack automation and thorough testing, which exposes organizations to risk. Join Ray Everhart and Marcel Sarrasin for this two-part webinar series from Fresche Solutions to learn how you can efficiently and accurately test your IBM i application environment while ensuring that sensitive data is protected.
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 7 – Las Vegas, Nevada – IBM TechU features skill-building sessions that are in demand and appeal to attendees who share a technical vision and curiosity. IBM TechU offers technical breakout sessions, roundtables, demos, and more. Join us for the most comprehensive technical training event on IBM Systems, products and solutions.
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.
October 25 – Washington, D.C. – Join Erwin Earley, Senior Solutions Consultant at Zend by Perforce, Clark Everetts, Senior Professional Services Consultant at Zend by Perforce, and Jesse Gorzinski, Business Architect of open source at the IBM i development lab for a full day dedicated to exploring PHP on IBM i. This post-con day at php[world] is a single-track event and requires a separate ticket, which can be purchased independently or alongside a conference ticket. Session topics include: An overview of the capabilities of PHP on IBM i; building web applications that use your IBM i data; leveraging existing business logic from your ILE programs and artifacts; the three pillars of modernization; what you need to know about IBM’s increasing use of open source with the IBM i platform; how you can use the features in Zend Server to rapidly build and manage applications on the IBM i platform.
November 11-13 – Virginia Beach, Virginia – Do you run IBM i? Network with fellow peers at the annual MAGiC conference. IBM i Chief Architect Charlie Guarino will keynote and featured speakers include: Charlie Guarino of Central Park Data Systems; Mike Pavlak of Fresche Solutions; Larry Bolhuis of Frankeni Technology Consulting; and Erwin Earley of Rogue Wave Software, Inc.
November 12-14 – Orlando, Florida – The Profound Logic User Seminar (PLUS) is three days of intense, product-focused learning with workshops, labs, and educational sessions. Get in-depth, hands-on instruction from Profound Logic experts for a fraction of the cost of on-site training. Learn at your pace with multiple session tracks. Attend a day dedicated to hands-on product workshops. Network with fellow Profound Logic customers and partners.