Four Hundred Monitor, January 4
January 4, 2021 Jenny Thomas
Welcome back! When last we were together, we were all eagerly anticipating the end of a very long and arduous year. Now we find ourselves in the new year with a bit of renewed hope for a return to some sense of the normalcy, although we must continue to tread carefully toward that goal. As we hang up our new calendars, we have the opportunity to look ahead about what may come to pass in the next 12 months. Last year, the prognosticators didn’t do such a great job since nothing went according to plan. But still it is fun to think about what might be, and we’ve rounded up some predictions for the year for you to review below. Here’s to hoping for a healthier and happier trip around the sun in 2021.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(CIO) A listing of the top trends for 2021.
(InformationWeek) Another take on coming trends in the new year.
(CNN) Are unhackable computers on the horizon? Some think it’s a real possibility.
(ZDNet) The way we worked changes a lot for many in 2020, some experts weigh in on what’s to come in 2021.
(ComputerWorld) A list of the computing leaders and innovators we lost in 2020.
Redbooks, White Papers, Blogs, and Other Resources
(COMMON) It’s time to renew your COMMON membership. There are no fee increases for 2021 but lots of benefits to look forward to in the coming year.
(ARCAD Software) IBM and ARCAD invite you to a “Lunch & Learn” series to explore the latest techniques in DevSecOps and Modernization on IBM i. Gain valuable education from expert IBM i practitioners to leverage your application assets, tune your DevOps processes, and grow your customer base.
(Maxava) Download a free copy of Maxava’s Disaster Recovery Strategy Guide for IBM i, which includes a step-by-step guide to develop a pragmatic DR plan; cloud recovery, replication and monitoring options; comprehensive checklists; easy-to-follow decision trees; risk cost calculators; DR solutions overview; monitoring and management overview; and an RFP builder.
(IBM) Certified pre-owned servers, storage, and parts are on sale. Save 15 percent on your first online purchase through IBM.
(Zend) Interested in new skills for the new year? Zend has PHP training appropriate for beginner, intermediate, or advanced students.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
January 7 – Webinar – COMMON hosts the YiPs. Join this free session with fellow Young i Professionals to discuss the importance of creating a “Me File” and documenting your successes.
January 16 – Webinar – The live webinar from Micro Focus will explore how Visual COBOL is the key to future innovation. Learn how to build on strength, adding future innovation to reliable COBOL business systems with minimum change needed for Net Express, Server Express and OCDS users.
January 19 – Webinar – Simon Hutchinson will share tips and techniques to take advantage of the latest IBM i SQL features so you can enhance your daily tasks during this free webinar hosted by OCEAN User Group.
January 20 – Virtual Meeting – The Long Island Systems Users Group monthly meeting will feature a session on IBM i (SQL) Services presented by Scott Forstie.
February 3 – Webinar – COMMON hosts the YiPs. Join this free session to discuss with fellow YiPs and a guest speaker how to negotiate a salary. Learn when and how to ask for a raise, how to calculate your worth to a company, and how to broach the topic with your superior. Join your fellow Young i Professionals to learn how to have these intimidating (but important) conversations.
May 3-5 – Framingham, Massachusetts – Plan now for the 2021 Northeast User Group (NEUGC) Conference. NEUGC is the largest technical conference in New England for IBM i.
May 24-27 – Columbus, Ohio, and Virtual – POWERUp 2021 will be COMMON’s first Hybrid conference and will offer an in-person experience and virtual access to our remote attendees. Join friends and colleagues in the COMMON community and enjoy the best in Power Systems and IBM i education over the course of four days. Choose from nearly 300 sessions, which cover a broad range of IT topic areas that will be delivered live in-person and virtually. POWERUp will also boasts the largest Expo of its kind so that all attendees can learn about all the great products and solutions available to this community from our vendor partners. This conference is structured to give you the pure education and professional connections needed to best enhance your career.