UIIPA – Our 33rd Year!

UIIPA – Our 33rd Year!

Utah IBM i Professionals Association

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September Meeting: Business Intelligence and Data Analytics – What’s the Difference?

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 StaterDiana 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.

June Election Luncheon Highlights

Our June meeting was our annual election luncheon held at the Brick Oven restaurant in South Jordan. We had some great pizza and a great time catching up with our friends in the IBM i world. The election results were as follows:

PresidentGary Larson
Vice PresidentMatt Kingdon
Secretary – Joe Wood
Treasurer Mike Meservy

Our guest speaker was Tony Latimer, Horticulture Specialist at Thanksgiving Point. Tony shared with us his knowledge and gardening wisdom, including what it’s like to be in charge of planting over 250,000 tulip bulbs for the famous Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival.

Thank you to all who attended!

Tony Latimer











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Annual Officer Elections and Luncheon – “ Tip Toe Through The Tulips”

Our meeting this month will be held on Wednesday, June 11th at 11:30 A.M. at the Brick Oven restaurant located at 10622 South River Front Pkwy, South Jordan, Utah. This is our annual election luncheon.  Come and enjoy endless rounds of Brick Oven’s famous pizzas, along with homemade bread sticks, cinnamon sticks, and dessert pizzas brought right to your table. Get as much as you would like to eat, but you never have to leave your seat!

Our guest speaker will be Tony Latimer, Horticulture Specialist at Thanksgiving Point, famous for their magnificent gardens and annual Tulip Festival. Come listen to an expert talk about what it takes to maintain the beautiful gardens at Thanksgiving Point and a behind-the-scenes look at the Tulip Festival. Feel free to bring your spouse or a guest if you like.

Tony Latimer

Tony Latimer – Horticulture Specialist at Thanksgiving Point

Tony Latimer has worked for Thanksgiving Point since 2000 in various roles such as Garden Supervisor, Greenhouse Manager, Garden Manager, and currently as Horticulture Specialist.  As a Horticulture Specialist he manages a 55 acre estate garden, 7,000 square feet of greenhouse space, and the landscape maintenance of the Thanksgiving Point complex which includes; a 22 acre park, 4 acres of gardens used for weddings and other events, and a number of other landscaped building.  Tony graduated in 1997 from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture.  For 2 years he worked in a 7 acre production greenhouse growing annuals, poinsettias, and chrysanthemums.  He spent another year working in property maintenance before coming to Thanksgiving Point.  He is currently serving on the Executive Board of the Utah Nursery and Landscape Association.

This is our Annual Officer Elections for the Utah IBM i Professionals Association and we invite everyone to come and vote to select our next year’s leadership. 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.

A paid membership entitles two people to come to the luncheon free of charge. Any additional guests will be charged $15.00 per person at the door. Checks should be made out to UIIPA. We will need to give the Brick Oven a count of how many people we are expecting to attend. So please RSVP to a member of the board by noon on June 9th.

Some highlights of the Thanksgiving Point Gardens:



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May Meeting Highlights

May meetingWe want to thank Mark Ruberry of IBM for flying in from Seattle to speak to our group this month. His topic was POWER8 and IBM i 7.2 Announcements. We had a great turnout and we were not disappointed with the presentation. We also enjoyed a BBQ lunch provided by Matt Kingdon and Ciber.

POWER8: IBM continues to deliver on technology with the latest hardware announcements, significantly improving the performance and throughput. When IBM says it is going to deliver, it does just that. It was interesting to note that Google has teamed up with IBM in the development of custom made hardware based on the POWER8 chip to use in their search engine servers. Obviously, with Google, they need processing power and POWER8 delivers.

IBM i 7.2: IBM announced the release of IBM i 7.2, the first new release in four years. This release provides significant new function to the operating system including taking advantage of the new Power Systems servers running on the new POWER8 technology.

 IBM i 7.2 new enhancements include:

  • Enhanced security options in DB2 for i
  • Many new functions for programmer productivity and expanded function in DB2 for i
  • Improved ease of use with IBM Navigator for i
  • Enhancements to iAccess Client Solutions
  • Extension of security to more applications through new single sign-on (SSO) environments
  • Liberty Core as the base for Integrated Application Server
  • Support for Zend Server 6.0 on IBM i 7.2
  • Performance improvements for the IFS
  • Extensions to the printing environments
  • Expanded Hub functions for Backup, Recovery, and Media Services (BRMS)
  • PowerHA SystemMirror for i Express Edition with new HyperSwap capability
  • Support for new Power Systems built with POWER8 architecture and processor
  • Additional I/O capabilities including support for WAN over LAN
  • Rational tools enhancements to support Free Format RPG
  • Support for the open-source file-serving solution Samba

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May Meeting: Mark Ruberry presents POWER8 and IBM i 7.2 Announcements

Power8Our May meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15th at 11:00 a.m. at the Murray City Offices (City Council Chambers), 5025 South State Street. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy a FREE BBQ LUNCH at the end of the presentation provided by Matt Kingdon of CIBER!

ATTENTION: Please note this month’s meeting is being held on a Thursday instead of the usual Wednesday.

Topic: POWER8 and IBM i 7.2 Announcements

Speaker: Mark Ruberry

  • IBM POWER8 Announcement: In a move to disrupt the server industry, IBM debuted its newest Power Systems servers built on an open computing platform. These new systems are the culmination of $2.4 billion of investment, three-plus years of development and exploit hundreds of IBM patents. Powered by the POWER8 microprocessor, the systems are created to harness massive amounts of data and can analyze Big Data workloads up to 50 times faster than commodity servers. In tandem with this announcement, the OpenPOWER Foundation officially unveiled its technology roadmap. This roadmap marks a significant shift in the business computing industry and highlights the potential of a collaborative ecosystem to spawn innovation.
  • IBM i 7.2 Announcement: With the announcement of IBM i 7.2, IBM is extending the integration message of IBM i. This new release of IBM i provides significant new function in DB2 for i, systems management, and security as well as enhancing many other integrated components and licensed programs. IBM i 7.2 includes support for the latest Power Systems server family.

Please join us for this informative presentation.

Mark RuberryMark Ruberry is an IBM Client Technical Specialist supporting Power Systems. He has worked in the Information Technology industry with IBM for 35 years. Mark began his career with IBM as a Systems Engineer providing technical support for the IBM family of mid-range systems including the 5110, 5120, System/23, System/34, System/36, System/38, and AS/400. Mark worked for IBM Global Services during the 1990s providing consulting services to customers with AS/400 and iSeries systems. His service engagements included many CISC to RISC system migrations. Mark transitioned from Global Services to his current role during the summer of 2000. He has worked on almost all aspects of Power Systems and the IBM i operating system.


April Meeting: DB2 Database Security and Privacy

UPDATE: Thank you Dean for a great presentation. For those who would like a copy of his presentation you can click on this link: DB2 Database Security and Privacy

Our April meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 9th at 11:00 a.m. at the Murray City Offices (City Council Chambers), 5025 South State Street. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy a FREE PIZZA LUNCH at the end of the presentation!


Topic: DB2 Database Security and Privacy

Speaker: Dean Compher


Identity TheftIf you aren’t scared about the security of your database, you should be!

  • Is your database protected?
  • Do you know who is accessing your data?
  • Who is changing your data?
  • Who is stealing your data?
  • DB2 is not your grandma’s database anymore. Don’t protect it like it is.

For database security answers, “DB2 Dean” Compher is the go-to guy. Come hear Dean teach us the ins and outs of database security at our April meeting.

dataprotectionThe security and privacy of the data in your relational databases is becoming harder to protect all of the time. As you can see from the news reports about the Target credit card breach and the State of Utah Medicaid records breach, perimeter security is not adequate. Multiple layers of security are needed to have a good defense including the ability to obfuscate test databases that you copy from production and being able to monitor who is doing what in your production DB2 databases and send immediate alerts when policies are violated.

This includes obvious threats such as access from unknown IP addresses and observing unusual patterns of access. In this discussion we will review the tools IBM provides to centrally privatize test data and monitor production access for your DB2 on iSeries databases and other databases in your organization as well.

Dean Compher

Dean Compher is an IBM Technical Sales Specialist (a.k.a. Sales Engineer) in Utah who supports IBM’s Big Data and Information management products including databases, data governance, information life cycle management, and data security tools. Dean has many years of IT experience including application development and database administration. While he works more in the realm of Linux, UNIX and windows tools, many of these tools span platforms including the security tools and DB2 Connect. Plus he has many contacts in the iSeries world and can usually find iSeries help when needed. You can access Dean’s web site for futher information here: www.db2Dean.com

March Meeting: Perform Modernization Magic with Profound UI and RPG Open Access

Our March meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 12th at 11:00 a.m. at the Murray City Offices (City Council Chambers), 5025 South State Street. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Come watch Alex Roytman juggle!  Profound Logic Software

While you are it, discover why RPG Open Access is one of the most significant enhancements to RPG we’ve ever seen, and how it simplifies the modernization and development of IBM i applications.

Modernization Magic with Profound UI and RPG Open Access
By Alex Roytman
CEO of Profound Logic Software

This session will show you through hands-on demonstrations why all three of the following modernization techniques are important:

1)      New development and re-development of apps on IBM i
2)      Green-screen DDS to Rich UI Conversion
3)      5250 Web-enablement

And will show you how juggling all three is easy – and outright fun – with Profound UI and RPG Open Access!

Alex RoytmanAlex Roytman is the founder and CEO of Profound Logic Software. His expertise and passion in the field of Web and Mobile development have led his company to create many popular modernization tools, win multiple awards for innovation, and gain over a thousand loyal IBM i customers in more than 50 countries. 

He is an IBM i evangelist and educator who shares his knowledge of RPG development, application modernization and RPG Open Access at user groups and events around the world.

February Meeting: Creating Mobile Apps with Plain ol’ RPG

Our February meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 12th at 11:00 a.m. at the Murray City Offices (City Council Chambers), 5025 South State Street. 

Roger Pence will join us via teleconference for this presentation.  There will be several choices of pizza to enjoy while we listen.  Please join us.

How to Create Great Mobile Apps with Plain Ol’ RPG
By Roger Pence
ASNA Product Evangelist

mobile-rpg-intro-350x353ASNA recently released ASNA Mobile RPG (MR). MR lets you create a great mobile user interface and write mobile applications (that target either smartphones and/or tablets) for it with ILE RPG. Your RPG programmers won’t need to spend months learning HTML, JavaScript, CSS, or any of the other traditional technologies used to create mobile apps. You will get the full scoop on MR in this session ASNA Mobile RPG benefits include:

  • Rapid results
  • Target smartphones or tablets
  • No HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, Objective C or other traditional technologies to learn
  • Empowers your RPG programmers to create mobile apps
  • Integrate RPG with native mobile facilities such as the phone, text messaging, and geo location

Don’t miss this great session! It isn’t a sales pitch, instead Roger rolls up his sleeves and shows you how to use Mobile RPG to get your mobile on! Read more about ASNA Mobile RPG at http://asna.com/mobile-rpg

Roger PenceATT00001Our speaker, Roger Pence, is ASNA’s Product Evangelist and its Marketing Director. Roger has trained thousands of ASNA customers over the years and is also heavily involved with creating technical and educational content for ASNA Marketing. Prior to joining ASNA Roger was a senior technical editor for NEWS/400 magazine and the author of the 400/Group’s AS/400 and Windows newsletter.

January Meeting: Developing Secure Applications

UPDATE: Thank you Robin for a great presentation. For those who would like a copy of his presentation you can click on this link: PowerTech – User Group Presentation – Developing Secure Applications on IBM i

Our January meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8th at 11:00 a.m. at the Murray City Offices (City Council Chambers), 5025 South State Street. This will be a two-hour session with a free pizza lunch break in the middle.

Our meeting topic will be Developing Secure Applications. Although your IBM i server is one of the most securable platforms available, the protection of critical data is often undermined by weak security design at the application level. 

This session will cover the main considerations that a programmer should be aware of as they design their applications:

  • Object ownership
  • Public and private authorities
  • Adopted authority
  • Command line permission
  • Client-server considerations

Our discussion will include why auditors are often deemed to be a programmer’s nemesis, and what it is that they really need from us.

New PictureOur speaker will be Robin Tatam, Director of Security Technologies for PowerTech and a COMMON subject matter expert (SME) for security.  As an award-winning speaker on security topics, Robin has been interviewed and quoted by industry magazines and has published numerous trade articles.  He is also co-author of IBM’s Redbook publication on IBM i Data Encryption. Robin can be reached by email at robin.tatam@powertech.com.

Annual Christmas Luncheon

Come join us at our annual Christmas Luncheon to be held December 11, 2013 at the Golden Corall in West Valley City located at 3399 West, 3500 South at 11:30 a.m.

This month’s luncheon will feature two special speakers.

Fredrick and Esperance

Fredrick Ntabwoba and his wife, Experance Rugomwa, lived through the challenging 1990s racial upheavals in their homeland, Rwanda. With their three children, they escaped to a refugee camp in Zambia, where Fredrick was able to teach English and French at the local convent school. After four years in the camp and the tragic loss of their son, the couple and their two daughters were assigned to Salt Lake City, Utah, as refugees.

“I went to the British Library to find out about Utah,” Ntabwoba said. “I had never heard of it before, but it felt like the right place for us.”

A prayerful person by nature, Fredrick knew his family was watched over, especially after they arrived in Salt Lake City and a thoughtful volunteer service missionary couple stopped by their new apartment. The missionaries and the resettlement agency helped them find furnishings, food, household goods and their way around and through the services provided them in their new community.

“Since I was young,” Fredrick explained, “everywhere I’ve gone the way has been prepared for me. There were always people willing to help me.”

Now, after 13 years in Utah, Fredrick works at the Utah Department of Workforce Services to help other refugees navigate their resettlement. Esperance works as a case manager for one of the refugee resettlement offices in Salt Lake City.

We look forward to hearing from Fredrick and Esperance on December 11th.