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Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(You and i) What’s the future for IBM i? Well, that depends on who you ask and how far into the future you want to predict. If you ask Steve Will, chief architect for IBM i, you’re going to hear about product roadmaps, integration of new technologies, investments in DB2, virtualization, availability and simplification of system management.
(iDevelop) For those of you who work out each day at the IBM i Application Development Fitness Center, the past year brought some new equipment to the “gym.” Consider Jon Paris and Susan Gantner your personal trainers for today and let them show you what’s working out well for them.
(Botz Security Bytes) Security is a top concern for almost every IT professional. And those that aren’t concerned, should be. If you need to build your knowledge of security, this is a good place to begin. Learn the basics of single sign-on, Kerberos and Enterprise Identity Mapping and take it from there.
(LinkedIn) Microsoft-oriented tech writers get schooled by IBM i advocate Bob Loosey, who opens their eyes to the integrated SQL relational database, single-level storage and data management architecture, and the faulty assumptions that Windows systems are less expensive to own and operate.
(Change Management Pro) Conflict is good. Avoiding conflict is bad. The best possible outcomes include alternative viewpoints, but too often unproductive conflict makes a mess of things before a discussion can take an idea and make it better.
Redbooks, White Papers, and Other Resources
(IBM) The security and integrity features of the IBM i Power are legendary, but are also widely misunderstood. In this video, Jeff Uehling, business architect for IBM i security, discusses the value of running business applications on a platform that provides superior protection for data.
(IBM) This document is intended to address the most frequently asked questions concerning IBM i performance on Power Systems. It provides best practice guidelines for the most commonly seen performance issues.
(IBM) The IBM i Strategy and Roadmap emphasizes the limitations of legacy business applications and the building of modern applications that are a blend of technologies from traditional business solutions integrated with open-source solutions. It also identifies the advantages IBM i clients have when solving business problems and extending value.
(IBM) This Redbook was written to help developers understand what modern RPG looks like and how to move from older versions of RPG to a newer, modern version. It also covers the basics of Integrated Language Environment (ILE), interfacing with many other languages, and the tools for doing development on IBM i.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
January 26 — Webinar – Consolidating file transfer processes, centralizing administration and generating detailed audit logs on all activity are all on the agenda for this educational session hosted by Linoma Software. Included is a demonstration of how to perform file transfers using intuitive screens and simple processes. The session begins at noon Central Time.
March 14 -16 — Delavan, Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Midrange Computing Professionals Association Spring Technical Conference is the largest conference in the Midwest. It features more than 50 informative presentations on current topics such as SQL, PHP, RPG, .NET and IBM administration. A full session agenda will be available online soon. In addition to the all-day technical session on Tuesday, there is a one-day event highlighting the opportunities for women in IT. The tech conference includes a vendor expo and is hosted by the LakeLawn Resort.
March 21-23 — Orlando, Florida – The RPG & DB2 Summit, hosted by System i Developer partners Susan Gantner, Jon Paris and Paul Tuohy, features three days of training that modernizes and expands IBM i development skills features three days of training that modernizes and expands IBM i development skills. An optional fourth day of hands-on workshops on March 20, provides an intensive dive into a choice of SQL, RSE/RDi, Service Programs or PHP sessions. The conference focuses on helping IBM i developers achieve continuous skills improvement based on current tips and techniques that can be implemented immediately. An early registration rate of $1,295 is available through February 17.
April 10-12 — Framingham, Massachusetts – The Northeast IBM i User Group Conference features more than 70 educational sessions in six skills categories. It offers the opportunity to learn about new technologies, engage with vendors to discuss packaged software advancements, hear IBM i executives and lead developers discuss products and roadmaps for the platform, and gain knowledge that can benefit your company and your career. The user groups of the Northeast come from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
May 2 & 3 — Markham, Ontario, Canada – The Toronto User Group’s annual technical education conference, TEC 2017, features IBM i-centric subjects that include: RPG application development, Web and mobile development, application modernization, accessing and optimizing DB2 data, performance management, and system management. The conference will take place at the SAVOY Conference Centre (Monte Carlo Inn) located at 7255 Warden Avenue. in Markham. Early registration discounts are available.
May 7-10 — Orlando, Florida – The 2017 COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition is the largest IBM i educational event of the year. It includes more than 300 sessions related to IBM i, as well as AIX and Linux. Open source, high availability, security, DB2, and application development are a few of the popular skill-building topics. The agenda includes all-day pre-conference workshops, open labs, and a wide variety of lecture-type sessions presented by subject matter experts. An early registration discount ($1,595 for members; $1,895 for non-members) is available through December 30.