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  • 14 Feb 2018 10:23 AM | Deleted user

        Free forum includes open discussion with Steve Will —


    CIO and IT Director “friends of MMSA” are invited to the next IBM i CIO Summit, March 19-20, 2018, right here in Dallas.


    Organized by IBM Champions Alan Seiden, Susan Gantner, Jon Paris, and Paul Tuohy, this complimentary, non-commercial event provides a confidential forum for executive-level IT professionals to meet each other and explore ways to leverage their IBM i applications, improve job satisfaction, and achieve greater professional success.


    Special guest Steve Will, IBM i Chief Architect, will join the group on March 19 for lunch and a private discussion on the direction of IBM i. On March 20, he will present Game On!  IBM i — From Strategy to Reality and converse with attendees at meals and an evening reception.


    To date, just over half of the available seats have been reserved by IT executives from industries such as insurance, finance, food and manufacturing.


    The first day of the CIO Summit, held in the executive boardroom at the Tower Club in Dallas, will feature open discussions—facilitated by Alan Seiden—on topics of interest to the group. Conversation will be supplemented by brief talks on select topics such as staffing, how to attract young RPG developers, and IBM i direction.


    On the optional second day, CIO guests can join their developers at the RPG & DB2 Summit. The March 20 agenda includes sessions on such topics as IBM i development strategies and direction; a roundtable discussion on Future-Proofing Your IBM i Investment with Jon Paris, Susan Gantner, Paul Tuohy, and Alan Seiden; time to network with other CIOs and Steve Will; and opportunities to socialize and brainstorm with developers in an environment where leading development experts can answer questions on the spot.


    The CIO Summit is a free, by-invitation-only event open to a limited number of CIOs or IT Directors whose IT staff includes developers.


    For additional information and to request an invitation or nominate your CIO for the event, visit http://www.seidengroup.com/ibmi-cio-summit, or email Seiden Group.


  • 24 Jan 2018 1:22 PM | Deleted user

    The RPG & DB2 Summit returns to Grapevine the week of March 19 and MMSA members are eligible for a special discount. Since the last time it was in our area, the Summit has some new and exciting things in store, including: 

         New speakers: Alan Seiden, Scott Forstie, Hernando Bedoya and 21-year-old RPG phenom Liam Allan

         New topics such as using Git with RPG, DevOps, MVC, iSphere, Talking to Watson from RPG and Hidden Gems in Db2 for i

         2 new hands-on workshops: Python and RDi Beyond the Basics

         A peek into the next IBM i technology release with Steve Will

         An exhibitor "gong show" - an entertaining way to quickly meet the exhibitors

    Those new offerings join plenty of always popular topics related to developing IBM i applications. The Summit specializes in practical, use-it-today tips and techniques presented by approachable speakers in a relaxed and fun environment. Just a few of the topics include:

         Free form RPG

         Embedded SQL

         ILE, service programs & modular coding

         Web services & RPG

         RDi & other modern development tools

         New DB2 for i capabilities

         RPG, the Web, and mobile apps

         Application & database modernization

         Python, PHP and node.js

         XML, JSON & much more! 

    You can add on one out of 4 optional full-day hands-on workshops on Monday before the main conference begins. Topics include RPG Procedures & Service Programs, SQL for RPGers, Python and RDi Beyond the Basics.

    Discounts are available to MMSA members to attend the RPG & DB2 Summit. Use the promotion code MMSA2018 to unlock these special registration rates.

      Thru Feb 16: $100 off early registration rate = $1195 for non-alumni; $1095 for Summit alumni***

      After Feb 16: $200 off standard registration = $1295 for non-alumni; $1195 for Summit alumni*** 

    ***Summit Alumni (and colleagues at their company) should register using their Summit ID to get the alumni rate.

    Can't get away for the full conference? Choose any single day (including workshops) - $495 for MMSA members. Email terry@SystemiDeveloper.com for single-day registration details.

    Check out systemideveloper.com/Summit/conferences.html for more information. Email info@SystemiDeveloper.com with any questions. 

  • 8 Dec 2017 4:13 PM | Deleted user


    Sunday, May 20, 2018 - Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Marriott Rivercenter , San Antonio, TX

    Get ready for an exciting new experience this May. Extra education. Panel discussions. Mid-morning keynotes. You’ll want to experience the POWER of this conference.

    Join the POWERUp18 email list to receive updates regarding the event as they become available.


  • 8 Dec 2017 4:10 PM | Deleted user

    SAVE THE DATE! Join us in Dallas, March 20-22, 2018 for the next Summit! 

    Twice per year, System i Developer brings you an intimate, highly interactive conference focused on the top skills that forward-thinking RPGers need for their daily work - practical knowledge that you can apply as soon as you return to the office. This highly-acclaimed curriculum is condensed into an intensive, affordable three day learning experience. Don't miss it!

  • 10 Nov 2017 11:03 AM | Deleted user

    You Read that Right - FREE Registration

    Michael: You are entitled to free education on December 12 and 13. The COMMON Virtual Conference is back, and there's nothing to buy.


    Yes, nothing...Zero. Nil. Zilch. Nada.


    However, the education you'll pay nothing for is priceless. The knowledge and skills you gain from attending will pay dividends, both professionally and personally. Session topics include Watson, IBM i and Db2 - just to name a few. Click here for full session descriptions. Additional sessions are coming, so keep checking the page after you register.


    Make a zero cost investment in yourself. Register now.


    P.S. Share this email with your colleagues and friends. There's no cost to them as well.

  • 1 Nov 2017 10:51 AM | Deleted user

    Open Source Code (Sencha) - a Win on IBM i

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    If you are still scratching your head over green screens or which way to jump into GUI, learn to develop using Sencha as an open source code project.

    When: November 7, 2017

    Getting to Know IBM i Access Client Solutions

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    Session 1: Living without Client Access Session 2: Installing and Administering IBM i Access Client Solutions

    When: November 8–9, 2017

    IBM i Driveway to Watson

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    IBM Watson is the cognitive platform for business. You can uncover insights, engage in new ways, make decisions with more confidence and do your best work. The IBM Bluemix cloud platform helps you solve real problems and drive business value with applications, infrastructure and services. You can do all of this today from your existing IBM i... Details
    When: November 28–29, 2017
    Where: Rochester, MN

  • 27 Oct 2017 5:21 PM | Deleted user

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  • 25 Oct 2017 2:42 PM | Deleted user

    October 23–26 — Las Vegas, Nevada – ZendCon offers authoritative sessions, in-depth technical tutorials, exhibit hall activities, and informal opportunities to spotlight the best in enterprise PHP and open source development, focusing on the latest for PHP 7, the evolution of frameworks and tools, API excellence, and innovations on many open source technologies related to the web. It includes a track specifically for IBM i development.

    October 24 — Mississauga, Ontario, Canada – A one-day workshop on modernizing RPG applications will be presented RPG subject matter expert Paul Tuohy. This workshop will focus on modern programming practices and tools that can transform old monolithic RPG applications into a modern, modularized form that makes them useful in the years ahead. During this session, attendees will take a sample application and follow it through the conversion process from RPG/400 (basic RPG IV) to RPG IV and ILE features, modularizing the code, adding DB2 UDB features and replacing the green screen with a graphical or browser-based interface. Registration is $249 for Toronto User Group members and $299 for non-members.

    October 25 — Webinar – This online session examines the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server. Understanding and ensuring application data integrity is critical in preventing security vulnerability and complying with regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA. The presentation begins at noon Central Time.

    November 8 – Webinar – This session is focused on producing meaningful reports from your production database. Many business analysts are challenged by reformatting dates, calculating costs, applying unique business rules, if-then statements, a variety of table joins, challenging aggregation requests and multiple output formats. Simplifying the process is the main topic of discussion. This presentation begins at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

    November 14 — Webinar – File transfers can be time consuming to write and maintain. This presentation will help solve connection issues with trading partners and ensure data is protected every step of the way. It also emphasizes the importance of keeping detailed logs of file transfer activity to meet today’s strict compliance requirements like PCI DSS and HIPAA. Topics for discussion include secure protocols, encryption, and moving files between IBM i and other servers. The session begins at 10 a.m. Central Time.

  • 25 Oct 2017 2:34 PM | Deleted user

    As a Member of MMSA, you receive all the benefits of being a COMMON Member, such as access to free education. Take advantage of this benefit by registering for a webcast this month and next. The price is right to learn something new.

    Open Source Code (Sencha) - a Win on IBM i

    Speaker: Monty Chicola, Real Vision Software

    November 7, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Central

    Learn More | Register


    You can develop grids, forms and graphs in minutes using open source Sencha on IBM i. Using Sencha is fast, and the results are very impressive.


    If you are still scratching your head over green screens or which way to jump into GUI, learn to develop using Sencha as an open source code project. There is nothing to buy, and you can be up an running in minutes. The class will include handouts and actual source code you can run back in your own shop.


    Impress your co-workers, bosses and the accounting department for a change!


    Free for COMMON Members

    Failure to Modernize - The Real Cost!

    Speaker: Jim Buck, imPower Technologies

    December 20, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Central

    Learn More | Register


    In 2008, Jim wrote an article for COMMON called A Perfect Storm. This article discussed the low enrollment rates for Information Technologies classes in the United States. Fast forward to 2017, Information Technology education in colleges has made a comeback. Now there is a shortage of qualified young IT professionals with enterprise skills.


    The shortage of young IBM i professionals will be a significant challenge to you and your company. Learn what your company needs to do to access to the next generation of IBM i professionals. Jim will discuss what will attract young IT professionals to your company and how your company can be assured that there are young people trained in the technologies needed for the future. This shortage will affect careers and the bottom line.


    Free for COMMON Members

    Another Member benefit is discounted, in-depth education. As Access Client Solutions is the way of the future on workstation operating systems, you may want to attend this online training.

    Getting to Know IBM i Access Client Solutions

    Speaker: Wayne Bowers, IBM

    November 8 and 9 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central Both Days

    Learn More | Register


    IBM i Access Client Solutions is the newest member of the IBM i Access Product Family. It is a platform independent client that is supported on multiple Operating Systems like Macintosh, Linux and Windows. Familiarity with IBM i Access Client Solutions is very important as this is the future of the IBM i Access Family software on workstation operating systems. This future looks very bright, and IBM i Access Client Solutions provides ease of deployment and operational improvements in nearly every function the client provides. Actually the future is already here, as in April of 2015 IBM announced that there are no plans to support the r7.1 IBM i Access for Windows client on future versions of the Windows OS. So, this IBM i Access Client Solutions product is the only environment fully supported on the Windows 10 OS, and it is the strategic direction for IBM i Access workstation client environments.


    Day 1: During this session, we compare and contrast IBM i Access Client Solutions to IBM i Access for Windows.

    Day 2: This session focuses on the Administration tools and approaches for IBM i Access Client Solutions. A special focus is placed on moving a PC that has IBM i Access for Windows installed to IBM i Access Client Solutions.


    Discounted Price of $149 for COMMON Members (Save $100)

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