UIIPA – Our 33rd Year!

UIIPA – Our 33rd Year!

Utah IBM i Professionals Association

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Anyone attend COMMON?

Good morning GSLMUG’rs!  Hopefully we’ll see you at our meeting later this morning.  Our presentation is on WordPress.

I wanted to ask, did any of you have a chance to attend the COMMON conference this week?  If so, let us know what you learned from it this year.  I was able to go as a press member so I didn’t get to go to the classes themselves but in talking with some of the other attendees, there were lots of great sessions.  Let us know what you got out of it.

Influence of Social Media on IBM i Community

I need your feedback!

What do you think are some of the most beneficial websites, news publications, social media outlets, or groups that has helped you in your IBM i career and why? For example, do you get great advice when you post on a certain LinkedIn group? Or has twitter helped you stay informed on what is happening in the market?

Leave your comments below and help us understand what has influenced you the most.

Keep in touch.

Who’s fault is it?

Death of the AS/400?

In our user group discussions we hear the undercurrent of worries about the death of the AS/400 and where our jobs will be in the future.  Do I believe that our revered IBM i system is dying? Absolutely not! In fact there is a great LinkedIn discussion going on right now started by Nathan Andelin that I think all of us need to be paying attention to.  It talks about what we need to be doing as Admins and Developers to put the IBM i back in the very viable role as the solution for our respective business communities.  But the responsibility rests on each of our own shoulders.

Take a look and give us your thoughts.


Windows Replaced By IBM i, Hosted Software, And Web Portal

One of our own User Group Members, Nathan Andelin, has been and avid influencer in the IBM i Community and has been developing cloud solutions for the Educational market.  He was recently interviewed by Dan Burger of IT Jungle where he outlines the great benefit of using the IBM i for providing hosted solutions that are superior to Windows based solutions.  Great work, Nathan!

See the article at the link below.


June 20th – Annual Election and Speaker

June Event

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This month is our Annual Officer Election Luncheon so come join us for lunch and bring your nominations and votes with you! 😉

There has been a lot of interest in the new IBM Pure Systems that was announced a few weeks ago and so we have rescheduled the meeting to be on June 20th so that we can have a special guest come and talk to use specifically about this.  Mark Ruberry is an IBM Client Technical Specialist supporting IBM Power Systems from IBM and has agreed to come and talk to us about the IBM Pure Systems announcement.  He will talk about the Expert Integrated Systems and answer the questions that we have about how this relates to the IBM i community.

Here is an agenda of his presentation:

Expert integrated systems combine the flexibility of general purpose systems, the elasticity of cloud and the simplicity of an appliance tuned to the workload.

Expert integrated systems fundamentally change the experience and economics of IT with built-in expertise, integration by design and a simplified experience.

IBM PureSystems is IBM’s first-ever family of integrated systems with built in expertise.

The characteristics of PureSystems are:

Built-in expertise

Expert integrated systems capture and automate best-practices and expertise, reducing manual steps that delay projects.

Integration by design

Expert integrated systems should start with carefully selected. integrated, tuned and optimized components designed for the workload. The ability to optimize the system for workload expertise must be built-in, and open for all application providers to participate.

Simplified experience

With expert integrated systems you don’t have to focus time on supporting individual software and hardware components. Instead, you purchase, deploy, manage and upgrade one integrated system.

IBM PureSystems use Patterns of Expertise that can automatically balance, manage and optimize the elements of your solution, from the underlying infrastructure and platform resources up to the application.

These patterns of expertise help deliver and manage today’s modern business processes, services and applications. They do so by encapsulating, into a repeatable and deployable form, proven best practices and expertise gained from decades of optimizing the deployment and management of data centers, software infrastructures and applications around the world. These patterns are not just a blueprint or a set of instructions to help you; the expertise is built-in and ready to help you achieve:


As you seek to innovate to bring products and services to market faster, you need fast time-to-value. Expertise built into a solution can eliminate manual steps, automate delivery and support innovation


With optimized patterns of expertise, you can accelerate cloud implementations to lower risk by improving security and reducing human error.


You need a less complex environment. Patterns of expertise can help you simplify the deployment and management of application workloads while minimizing potential startup issues and manual errors.


To reduce costs and conserve valuable resources, you must get the most out of your systems with energy efficiency, simple management and fast, automated response to problems. With built-in expertise, you can optimize your critical business applications and get the most of your investments.

PureFlex System is an infrastructure system that provides an integrated computing system — combining servers, storage,networking, virtualization, and management into a single structure.

PureApplication System is specifically designed and tuned for transactional Web and database applications. Solutions enabled on the PureApplication System are packaged into patterns built for a cloud environment and easy deployment.

Golden CorralCome and join us for a Lunch and Learn at the Golden Corral at  8860 Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT 84088, starting at 11:30 am.  Don’t forget to send your RSVP for a headcount.

Single Sign On on i

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What exactly is Single Sign On when it comes to the IBM i?

Do any of you have this implemented in your applications? If so, please explain a little about how this is done.

Please share with us your wisdom and thoughts.



IBM Power Systems update and Luncheon – Speaker, Pat O’Rourke

GSLMUG users,

IBM is having an update luncheon on the Power Systems.  Below is the link to register.


The Salt Lake City IBM Power Systems Team would like to invite you to join Pat O’Rourke, from the Austin Executive Briefing Center, for a Power Systems Update on Thursday February 23, 2012. Power Systems provide servers and software that are the foundation for an enterprise infrastructure that can help you manage rapid change, reduce business risk, and meet higher service levels, all in the most cost-effective manner. Pat will share our latest announcements and current Power Systems Trends and Directions.

Our GSLMUG website for 2011 in review

GSLMUG members,

Below is a report of how our website has been used this past year.  I appreciate your comments and insight.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 23 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.