Four Hundred Monitor, January 27
January 27, 2021 Jenny Thomas
“Hybrid” may already be the buzzword of the year as it can be described so much of what is happening in 2021. Many of us have adapted to a hybrid working environment where we work from home and occasionally may visit the office. Kids in some parts of the U.S. continue to go to a hybrid version of school that involves virtual and in-person class time. For IBM, hybrid is all about the cloud, and this week we see those stories dominating the headlines as the pressure mounts for Big Blue to start seeing some returns on all of its cloud-related investments in recent years.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(CRN) The focus remains on the cloud for IBM CEO Arvind Krishna, who plans to invest $1 billion to expand its partner network.
(The Motley Fool) IBM’s numbers for Q4 of 2020 aren’t great news as the shift to the cloud continues to go slower than expected.
(Benzinga) Not everyone is that concerned about IBM’s latest numbers and slow pace compared to its cloud competitors.
(ZDNet) Another investment is part of IBM’s plan on the road to hybrid cloud dominance.
(Forbes) If all goes according to plan, NewCo will be perfectly positioned when it goes public at the end of 2021.
Redbooks, White Papers, Blogs, and Other Resources
(CommunityPlus+ PHP) If you’re in need of free PHP for IBM i, CP+ is a full-featured, high quality PHP distribution suitable for production use, built, maintained and supported by Seiden Group.
(CYBRA) A blog about how RFID can improve supply chain speed and flexibility.
(Precisely) This annual survey provides a revealing look at the current state of IBM i security. Take the survey to share your IBM i security challenges and get alerts to results.
(Seiden Group) QCachegrind is a free profiling tool for PHP that can help you profile the performance of your open source applications.
(IBM) The sale continues on certified pre-owned servers, storage, and parts are on sale. Save 15 percent on your first online purchase through IBM.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
January 27 – Webinar – IBM and ARCAD Software 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. Each 20-minute session contains a business and technical element.
January 28 – Webinar – COMMON Europe hosts “LPARKit – quick deployment of IBM i and PowerVM simplification.” Join this session presented by Cloud Walkers and get familiar with LPARKit. The tool that simplifies IBM i LPAR creation on any type of infrastructure, supports IBM i cloning functionality which does not require an external storage. The demo will show you how to: create and clone IBM i OS on the configuration managed by Virtual Partition Manager; create and clone IBM i OS on the configuration managed by the Hardware Management Console; map/unmap virtual storage adapters and create mapping reports from IBM i command line.
January 28 – Webinar – Register to attend this roundtable webinar discussion – 10 Surprising Insights On Used IT – with IDC, IBM, Skytap, Celerity, and ChannelWorks featuring IDC research on the used IT marketplace. Learn why organizations are increasingly turning to used IT, the most important criteria in selecting a used IT equipment provider and how used IT may help accelerate your sustainability initiatives, plus more research insights.
January 29 – Webinar – IBM and ARCAD Software 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. Each 20-minute session contains a business and technical element.
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.
February 9 – Virtual Meeting – The first meeting of the Central Texas IBM i User Group (CTXiUG) will be an online presentation by Simon Hutchinson, author of the web site RPGPGM.com. Simon will demonstrate a variety of tips, techniques, and ideas to take advantage of IBM’s Db2 for i new SQL features and functions to simplify many of your programming needs and daily tasks.
February 16 – Webinar – Ocean User Group presents “i for 2021 – Top Technologies & Strategies for Success,” a panel discussion moderated by Charles Guarino and featuring panelists Alison Butterill, Scott Forstie, Susan Gantner, Steph Rabbani, and Robin Tatam.
February 18 – Webinar – Register to attend “Get Your Guard Up!” to learn how to protect your organization from cyberattacks, which are on the rise and projected to grow further in 2021. This remains true even on Power Systems, especially for Linux and IBM i IFS. Join this 1-hour session to learn how to identify vulnerabilities and secure Power Systems from costly security breaches.
February 23 – Webinar – IBM i Offering Manager Alison Butterill and IBM i Senior Technical Staff Member Scott Forstie will discuss cloud, AI, IoT and other cognitive technologies in this webinar presented by Ocean User Group. Alison and Scott will give a brief presentation and then open up the roundtable for conversation, questions and discussion.
March 9-26 — Paul Tuohy, Susan Gantner, and Jon Paris host a free Summit Lunch & Learn Series focused on the latest IBM i development enhancements and tools. Each Lunch & Learn day includes bite-sized technical tips from Susan, Jon, or Paul; a demo of an IBM i development tool; and a live Q&A. Check out the topics and register free for select sessions or the whole series.
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.