Speaker: Greg Patterson, Senior Sales Engineer (BCD, A Division of Fresche)
Topic: From RPG OA to Node.js: Modernization Solutions for the IBM i Platform
Who Should Attend: Developers and Administrators. All (members and non-members) are welcome.
Greg Patterson has been in the IT field for 17 years, the last 8 with BCD, where he is currently a Senior Sales Engineer. In addition to business development activities, Greg also coordinates pre-sales technical demonstrations and discussions, performs business analysis and is sometimes involved at the coding level for specific projects. Greg has a deep knowledge of BCD products from his time spent in support as a Senior Presto Support Specialist.
There are many different approaches to modernizing green screens and developing new IBM i web and mobile applications. In this session, you’ll learn the pros and cons of RPG OA, refacing, PHP and Node.js. If you have an HTTP application workload now, or are considering it in the future, please attend this session and see how easily it can be to administer, developer, and carve out multiple-environments without the complexity and overhead of another LPAR or full OS to manage.
You’ll also see technical demos of how to modernize green screens and develop new web and mobile applications with BCD’s Presto and WebSmart solutions.
Greg will give us 15 minutes covering the pros/cons of the various application modernization methodologies followed by two product demonstrations.
Come on out and show your support for BCD. Special thanks to Maxava (Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, & High Availability Software for the IBM i) for their generous contributions and support of the UIIPA membership.
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm (Free parking, Raffle, & Lunch provided by New Generation Software)
Location: Murray City Offices (City Council Chambers)
5025 South State Street, Murray, Utah
Speaker: Rich Diedrich, Senior Technical Staff member (IBM i Applications & Lab Services)
Topic: Cryptography / Encryption for the IBM i
Rich Diedrich is a Senior Technical Staff Member in the IBM Lab Services Power Systems Delivery Practice for IBM i. His specialties include application modernization, cryptography, application communication, and unusual requests. He has been working at IBM Rochester for more than a third of a century and in Lab Services for the last couple of decades.
His presentation covers everything from the history of, to an example PCI implementation. You will learn about these key points:
Symmetric key, Asymmetric key and secure hash algorithms
Business Considerations for data transmissions, data at rest, system/application considerations, and Key management
Specific IBM i Support for Cryptography
IBM i capabilities
IBM i key management
IBM i API’s
Cryptography: Example PCI Implementation
Rich’s material will appeal to both Operational & Development groups, mark your calendar and don’t miss this session.
In attendance this month we also have Diana Stater who is a Business Intelligence and Financial Management Software Specialist with New Generation Software, Inc. New Generation Software, Inc. (NGS) is a leading provider of business intelligence, query/reporting, and analytics solutions designed for IBM i users.
We’d like to thank Rich, Diana, and Maxava (Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, & High Availability Software for the IBM i) for their generous contributions and support of the UIIPA membership.
P.S. The Annual Christmas Luncheon will be held on Wednesday December 16th2015 at the Sinclair Oil Headquarters near downtown Salt Lake City. More details to follow.
September marks the return of our monthly meets. We hope you have had a nice summer break and are ready to get back into the groove of things. We have some excellent speakers lined up. Here’s the next one:
Date: Wednesday, September 16th
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location:Murray City Offices (City Council Chambers)
Mike Pavlak has been working with IBM midrange solutions since 1992 and IBM Mainframes before that. After years of developing applications using RPG, CL and PHP he managed IT development and IT for power protection manufacturer Tripp Lite.
Mike joined Zend Technologies as a Solutions Consultant working with the IBM sales team in 2008 and enjoys helping IBM i customers explore PHP as a state of the art solution for application modernization.
In addition to several roles as a volunteer with COMMON the premier IBM midrange user group, Mike also teaches PHP classes part time at Moraine Valley Community College in Suburban Chicago.
Mike lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, five kids, two dogs, two cats, a leopard spotted gecko, Russian tortoise, two rabbits, and a half dozen fish.
Our June meeting was our annual officer election luncheon. This year it was held at Tucanos Brazilian Grill at the Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City. We had some great food and an enjoyable time catching up with our fellow UIIPA members. The newly elected officers are:
Matt Kingdon – Ciber Joe Wood – JAWS Management, Consulting & Investments, LLC Michael Leary – People’s Utah Bancorp Mike Nageli – BMA Banking Systems
Our guest speaker was Tim Hastings, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the State of Utah. Tim shared with us his knowledge and wisdom with regards to the information security world. If you were not able to attend you can access the slides from his presentation here: Presentation File
Help us celebrate our 30th year as a user group at our Annual Officer Election Luncheon for the Utah IBM i Professionals Association.
Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in and mingle, 12:00 noon lunch
Location: Tucanos Brazilian Grill at the Gateway Mall, second level. The Gateway is located in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, along 400 West, between 200 South and South Temple.
Parking: Easy access parking is conveniently located in the Summer and Winter Parking Garages, accessible from 200 South and 100 South. The Summer Parking Garage is located closest to the restaurant. The first hour of parking is free with a parking validation, two hours or less is $1.00, three hours or less is $3.00. Street parking in the area, in some locations, is 2 hours.
Special Guest Speaker
We are very pleased to have Tim Hastings,Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the State of Utah as our special guest speaker this year. As the news reminds us almost daily, our complex electronic world is under assault relentlessly by cyber-attacks of every kind. Tim brings us real-world experience in dealing with these issues as the State of Utah’s CISO since April of 2013. As a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s AERS Advisory practice, Tim spent nearly 14 years assessing and developing information technology, security and privacy processes and controls. Tim specialized in security risk and compliance, working with clients to build robust security management programs aimed at achieving compliance, reducing risk, and providing maximum enterprise value.
Tim is currently living in Park City with his wife and 4 boys who moved here after living most of their lives in Houston and Austin, Texas.
We invite everyone to come and vote to select our next year’s leadership. The offices to be filled are: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. All current members can run for an officer position. If you would like to run yourself or have any members you would like to nominate (with their approval) please contact Joe Wood at: email@example.com
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We ask each member to consider this opportunity to become involved in leading this group here in Utah. It is indeed an honor and opportunity to get to know other talented individuals in this group and the IBM supporting team and other IBM business partners who help in pulling together our monthly meetings.
Free Lunch for Paid Members!
A paid corporate membership entitles two people to come to the luncheon free of charge. A paid individual membership entitles one person to lunch. Any additional guests will be charged $20.00 per person at the door. Checks should be made out to UIIPA. We will need to give Tucanos a count of how many people we are expecting to attend. So please RSVP to Joe Wood by noon on June 15th at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our thanks go out to Allyn Walsh for flying all the way from Rochester, Minnesota to speak to our group on March 11th and experience some Spring skiing in Utah. Allyn gave us a comprehensive presentation on the new features and functions of HMC Version 8. Among other things he covered the following:
Introduce new features and enhancements
HMC V8.820 New GUI Tech Preview
HMC machine type model support
Supported upgrade paths
Classic or Enhanced
New install wizard
Performance and Capacity Monitor
Thanks again Allyn for a great presentation. If any of you were not able to make it to our meeting with Allyn you can access his presentation here in PDF form: Presentation File
Our annual Christmas Luncheon was a great success this year with over 50 people in attendance. It was held at the headquarters of Sinclair Oil Corporation in their company banquet room. We want to thank Sinclair Oil for hosting this event and sharing their world class chef and beautiful facilities with us. We were treated to a wonderful salmon and prime rib meal.
Our speaker was George Odencrantz, Vice President of Information Technology at Sinclair Oil. George shared with us the long history of IT at Sinclair Oil and how they are dealing with the challenges of legacy systems in a modern world. Sinclair has come a long way from the early days of manual systems to the widely diverse systems of today. George talked about the current emphasis to rebuild their systems using the modern tools and methods available for the IBM i.
At the end of the meeting we held a drawing for door prizes. Each attendee went away with a fun gift. We have a great group and it’s always enjoyable to get together. Thank you to all who attended.
Come join us for our traditional UIIPA Christmas Luncheon. Kick off your festive season in style with a fantastic Salmon and Prime Rib lunch, a great speaker and prizes!
Date: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Time: Registration and mingle from 11:30-Noon with Lunch served at Noon.
Place: The banquet room at the Sinclair Oil Corporate offices located at 550 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. (Enter the parking at the East entrance and park in the Sinclair Oil employee parking on levels P1 and P2.)
Come and share the Christmas cheer with your fellow UIIPA members and friends. That’s what this group is about. Sharing and progressing. We are looking forward, as always, to this month’s meeting. Come out, mingle, learn and share with each other!!
Remember, everyone attending will receive door prizes and a special drawing will be made for other special prizes!
Menu to Include:
Green Salad with Candied Walnuts and Cranberries
Combination Salmon and Prime Rib entrée
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberries
Rolls & Butter, Soft Drinks and Water
A paid membership entitles two people to come to the luncheon free of charge. Any additional guests will be charged $20.00 per person at the door.
We will need to give Sinclair Oil’s executive chef a count of how many people we are expecting to attend. So please RSVP to a member of the board by noon on Friday, December 12th.
Our speaker for the Christmas Luncheon this year will be George Odencrantz, Vice President of Information Technology at Sinclair Service Company. George will share with us the long history of technology at the Sinclair companies, what they are working on now and where he sees things going in the future.
Sinclair Oil is a privately held company owned by the Holding Family. It includes an oil and gas division, hospitality and resorts division and ranching division. The oil and gas division refines about 35 million barrels of crude a year and sells over 2 billion gallons of finished product per year and has significant oil and gas exploration projects. The hospitality division is represented by 7 hotels and 2 ski areas. Our ranching division, located in Wyoming and Montana, farms about 30,000 head of cattle per year.
George has been with the Holding’s for 40 years. Starting at The Westgate Hotel in San Diego and spent 3 years at Sun Valley in Idaho before coming to the oil company in 1980.
Responsibilities include purchasing and managing computer systems, data communications and telecommunications for oil and hospitality. With a staff of 22 we manage to handle almost all of the IT functions for the company.
Our infrastructure include a couple of hundred servers, a couple of thousand desktops, three distributed control systems and the WAN/Lan’s to support them. We also support fifteen PBX’s and the trunks lines to support them.
We are also responsible for purchased and internally developed software that supports all of our business units.
The November meeting will be a customer presentation given by Kevin Murdock, IT Director for Dealertrack DMS, a local South Jordan based company (http://www.dealertrack.com). (Contact information can be found HERE.)
Date: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Location: Murray City Offices (City Council Chambers), 5025 South State Street, Murray, Utah.
Lunch: Complimentary lunch will be Subway Sandwich platter, chips and drinks
Kevin will speak to us about the Dealertrack journey and how they’ve built a world class operation on the IBM i. The session will touch on applications, technologies, databases, and share how the platform is being used to deliver global cloud solutions.
Kevin Murdock is the IT Director for Dealertrack DMS. At Dealertrack DMS, Kevin is responsible for a fast growing SaaS application used by 50k+ users in the auto dealership market. At the core of Kevin’s current architecture is the IBM i platform. High availability, disaster recovery, and performance tuning are daily areas of focus for Kevin and his team. Just recently, Kevin and his team performed a successful production datacenter migration.
Kevin’s 15 year technology background has been focused on enterprise network & security, IBM Midrange computing, storage & virtualization, and datacenter services.
Kevin has a unique perspective from his experience as a customer and a solution provider. Kevin spent 4 years as a pre-sales engineer, providing technical solutions to multiple customers in the western states. These solutions included datacenter design, storage, virtualization, high-availability/disaster recovery and IBM Midrange architectures.
Our September meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the Murray City Offices (City Council Chambers), 5025 South State Street. Everyone is welcome to attend.
NOTE: Lunch will be served!
Topic: Business intelligence and Data Analytics – What’s the Difference?
Speaker: Diana Stater
Diana Stater of New Generation Software, Inc. (NGS), will break through the jargon of business intelligence and data analytics using the “Analytics Triangle” to help you understand the goals of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics, and the database management tasks and data visualization techniques that support them. You’ll gain insight into the very different perspectives and roles of programmers, business analysts, executives, and customers/suppliers. The presentation will also include some practical applications of “big data” concepts for small to mid-size, B2B companies.
Diana Stater is a Business Intelligence and Financial Management Software Specialist with New Generation Software, Inc. New Generation Software, Inc. (NGS) is a leading provider of business intelligence, query/reporting, and analytics solutions designed for IBM i users.