UIIPA – Our 32nd Year!

UIIPA – Our 32nd Year!

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RDi – The Future of coding on the IBM i

Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Time: 11:00am – 12:30 pm (Free parking, Raffle, Lunch, & Networking)

Please note the change in location for this month’s session:

Location: Dealertrack – Sandy campus (2nd floor of WCF Insurance building) – 100 W Towne Ridge Pkwy, Sandy, UT 84070 Dealertrack_WCF_building_directions    **Please park on west side of building**

Topic: RDi – The Future of coding on the IBM i

Speaker: Doug Howard, Senior Software Engineer at Dealertrack, Inc (Cox Automotive)

Session Abstract:  We will learn how powerful RDi is and how much it can improve your coding.  There are many things you can do in SEU that you can do in RDi.  We will cover topics like setting up a connection in RDi, using Filters, compiling, managing perspectives and views, what they are and what they do.  We will dive into Preferences to see how to customize RDi to best suit your workflow.  We’ll examine useful Keyboard Shortcuts and discuss how to create your own commands within RDi.  We’ll do an overview of Debugging and look at some useful Plugin tools available in RDi.

Who Should Attend:  RPG Developers should attend this session and anyone interested in using RDi more or for the first time.  Managers and Administrators who have teams who use or may be considering RDi and would like to understand the features available in RDi should also attend.  All Members & Non-member are welcome.


Doug Howard
 is currently a Senior Software Engineer at Dealertrack, Inc. (Cox Automotive).  He has been working as an RPG programmer for 13 years.  He has been using RDi (WDSC) since 2005.

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to New Generation Software, Inc. (NGS) for sponsoring our Pizza lunch for this month’s meeting.

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.

Thank you also to Dealertrack, Inc. for hosting this month’s session.

IBM I Navigator Performance Tasks

Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Time: 11:00am – 12:30 pm (Free parking, Raffle, Lunch, & Networking)

Location: ADP Salt Lake City – 2835 Decker Lake Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84119 [Directions/Parking Info]

Topic: IBM I Navigator Performance Tasks

Speaker: Dawn May, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Rochester

Session Abstract:  Navigator for i has an extensive set of performance tasks and this session review the basics of these performance tasks and how to use them. This presentation will review the Performance Data Investigator, aka “Investigate Data”, which allows you to graphically view and analyze IBM i performance data, including some helpful tips on how you can “Investigate Data” to better understand your system’s performance and how you can use the Performance Data Investigator for day-to-day management of your IBM i partition. This session will also review the newest performance tasks, including database performance graphs, health indicators, performance reports, system monitors, and how to use batch model for sizing exercises (see some example screenshots below).

Who Should Attend: This session will appeal to anyone on the Power System platform.  All Members & Non-member are welcome.

Dawn May
is a Senior Technical Staff Member for IBM in Rochester, Minnesota.  Dawn is the IBM liaison to the IBM i Large User Group (LUG), the COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC), and the COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC). In this position she works with these client groups to organize and lead meetings and manage the requirements process. Dawn also works as a consultant within the IBM Lab Services organization. Dawn has extensive experience on the IBM i development team. She is a frequent speaker and is also the author of the “i Can” blog, which you can find at http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/Blogs/i-Can/.  You may contact Dawn by email at dmmay@us.ibm.com or connect with her on twitter at @DawnMayiCan.

 

 

 

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.

DevOps for IBM i and Modernization Tools

Date: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Time: 11:00am – 12:30 pm (Free parking, Raffle, Lunch, & Networking)

Location: ADP Salt Lake City – 2835 Decker Lake Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84119 [Directions/Parking Info]

Topic: DevOps for IBM i and Modernization Tools

Speaker: Floyd Del Muro, Business Development Manager, Arcad Software

Session Abstract:  Most of us on the IBM i now develop in a mix of languages and platforms in addition to modernization projects. Diverse languages have meant different source code management (SCM) and deployment systems. It’s been every IT manager’s “Holy Grail” to manage all the code in the same tool: one repository, one branching system, one way to manage and deploy versions, in the end, one version of the truth. So the traditional native IBM i SCM tools are losing ground and versatility. Welcome SCM tools like Rational Team Concert (RTC) and GitHub for distributed source control. But each of these SCM tools fail in two key areas on the IBM i: the BUILD or recompile and Deploy of IBM i artifacts. We will explore technology options to bridge these gaps and automate a complete DevOps cycle on IBM i.

Who Should Attend: DevOps, Software Engineers, QA/QC Testers, Infrastructure Engineers, Modernization Engineers, Managers, anyone interested in modernization on the IBM i.

Floyd Del Muro: With 27 years of experience on the IBM midrange platform, Floyd Del Muro is the Business Development Manager for the ARCAD Software group.  In his role at ARCAD Software, Floyd has been extensively involved in the management of DevOps and Enterprise Modernization projects on IBM i, from planning stages through to delivery.  Drawing on his experience in project roll-out, managed services and the introduction of agile methods, Floyd is a subject matter evangelist and speaker on the subjects of DevOps, Test Automation, Application Lifecycle Management and Modernization.

 

 

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.

 

Reorganize Physical File Member (RGZPFM)

Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Time: 11:30am – 1:00 pm (Free parking, Raffle, Lunch, & Networking)

Please note the change in location for this month’s session:

Location: Dealertrack – Sandy campus (2nd floor of WCF Insurance building) – 100 W Towne Ridge Pkwy, Sandy, UT 84070 Dealertrack_WCF_building_directions

Topic: Reorganize Physical File Member (RGZPFM)

Speaker:  Kent Morris, Manager, Infrastructure Engineering (IBM i), Dealertrack, Inc.

Session Abstract: 

Kent will pose several questions regarding RGZPFM such as:

  1. What do you hope to get from RGZPFM?
  2. What are your experiences using RGZPFM?
  3. What specific questions do you have about RGZPFM?

He will then take us into a deeper discussion of the various options and trade-offs.

Who Should Attend: This session will appeal to Power System Administrators, RPG Developers, Infrastructure Engineers, anyone seeking to expand their knowledge of IBM i and DB2.

Kent Morris is currently a Manager of Infrastructure Engineering (IBM i) at Dealertrack, Inc. His prior work spans 30 years at IBM, including 23 years experience supporting IBM i operating system, 10 years doing premium support world wide, and 13 years as a Team Lead of the DB2 support team.

Kent’s expertise and technical focus is in database and performance troubleshooting. There aren’t many issues connected to these subjects that he hasn’t dealt with many times.

 

 

 

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.

Additional special thanks to Dealertrack, Inc. for hosting this month’s session.

IBM i Open Source Solutions

Date: Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Time: 11:00am – 12:30 pm (Free parking, Raffle, Lunch, & Networking)

Location: ADP Salt Lake City – 2835 Decker Lake Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84119 [Directions/Parking Info]

Topic: IBM i Open Source Solutions – 5733 OPS Options 1-15

Speaker: Joe Wood, Engineer – ADP, LLC

Session Abstract:  This month’s session will focus solely on the Open Source offerings from IBM that are available for 7.1/7.2/7.3 running on Power 5/6 and above.  These are No charge, No license key, No hassle License Program items.  We’ll give an overview of what they are and make a case as to why you should have these readily available on your system(s) for developer use.  We’ll walk through HOW to obtain & install helpful hints on supporting items, prerequisites, and share some paths traveled.

QSH, Python, Bash, Orion, PHP, Ruby, Zip/Unzip, XML, Node.js, GIT, GCC / chroot – WHY you might want one or more of these, HOW to get them, and HOW to start using them.

Who Should Attend: This session will appeal to Power System Administrators, Developers of all languages, including those who are looking to expand a skill set.  Developers on “other” platforms will find these offerings extremely useful as well.

Joe Wood is currently an Engineer in the Global Enterprise Technology Group @ ADP, LLC where he shares responsibility for the company’s IBM Power Platform which complements a larger group of zSeries Mainframes, Windows servers, and Open System platforms serving 620,000 customers spanning 125 countries with 55,000+ Associates.  Joe has 34 years of experience on the IBM midrange platform serving in capacities from Operator/Admin to top level IT leadership.  His experiences in small, medium, and large businesses (Including consulting) have contributed to his ability to be everything from “hands on jack of all trades” to developing and implementing IT/Business strategic directions.

He has participated in and presented at the U of U IT round table series, a Westminster MBA Knowledge management session, and numerous IFDA (International Foodservice Distribution Association) events around the U.S.  Joe has a passion for process improvement, behavior changing software/technologies, and thoroughly enjoys competing at any level and activity. He has served in various volunteer capacities including School Community Council chairperson, UIIPA User Group leadership, and IFDA’s IT Committee Chair. He regularly joins networking and share groups when and where relevant.

His life is centered around his wife & two daughters who brought gender balance into the mix with “Duke”, a toy poodle in 2010 !

 

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.

December 2016 User Group Meeting and Christmas Luncheon

We have an extraordinary speaker lined up for the December meeting.

SCOTT FORSTIE will join us Wednesday December 14th, 2016 from 11:00am to 2:30pm. Please come out for all or part, you don’t want to miss this one.

You must RSVP for any portion of this great opportunity (Thank you for the RSVP’s already received).

Membership privilege: A paid corporate or vendor membership entitles two people to attend the lunch meeting free of charge. A paid individual membership entitles one person to attend the lunch meeting free of charge. Additional guests/lunches may be purchased in advance for only $10.00 ($15.00 day of the show – at the door). GROUP discounts available, just ask any leadership member.

Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Agenda:
10:45 – 11:00 – Check-In / Networking
11:00 – 11:50 – Scott Forstie presents: Hidden Gems in DB2 for i
11:50 – 12:00 – Break / Networking
12:00 – 12:30 – Lunch
12:30 – 01:20 – Scott Forstie presents: Modernize Application Development with SQL Services
01:20 – 01:30 – Break / Networking
01:30 – 02:30 – Fireside w/Forstie – Possible roundtable discussions:

  • SQL UDF’s
  • iASP & Multi-LPAR considerations
  • DDM vs. DRDA
  • Future enhancements – TR6
  • Stored Procedures, Triggers &  Functions
  • RCAC (Row Column Access Control)
  • “Review my SQL” – Stump the expert(s) – must be submitted in advance

Location: *SAME NEW LOCATION!*

ADP Salt Lake City – 2835 Decker Lake Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84119 [Directions/Parking Info]

Who Should Attend: Developers, Administrators, Engineers, SQL gurus, Non-SQL gurus, DBAs of DB2 and/or SQL, Power Networkers, Jacks of all trades, Managers/Management, Business Partners, and anyone else who’s touched an IBM server.

Scott’s Bio:  Scott Forstie is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM. He is the DB2 for i Business Architect, working on all things related to the database on IBM i.

Scott is responsible for everything related to DB2 for i. He is a frequently published author and speaker at industry events.

He also is the content manager of the IBM i Technology Updates wiki where IBM i operating system enhancements are described.

He can be reached at forstie@us.ibm.com or followed on Twitter @Forstie_IBMi. Scott enjoys running and is an avid cook.

 

SQL – Did you know ?

Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Time: 11:00am – 12:30 pm (Free parking, Raffle, Lunch, & Networking)

Location: *SAME NEW LOCATION!*

ADP Salt Lake City – 2835 Decker Lake Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84119 [Directions/Parking Info]

Lunch: Lunch & Networking beginning at Noon

Speaker: SQL Panel of Experts

Topic: SQL on the IBM i

Who Should Attend: Developers and Administrators. All (members and non-members) are welcome.

Practical Tips, Techniques, and Features.  This will be a highly interactive and demonstrative session.  ONLY those in attendance will receive code sharing and working examples.  If you currently have an SQL challenge, submit it ahead of time (via email) and our expert panel will provide the solution on Wednesday !

Our Panel of Experts:

  • Sheldon Foster – Software Engineer, Dealertrack
  • Lauren Jensen – Programmer/Analyst, BMA Banking Systems
  • Harolodo Paulino – Programmer/Analyst, BMA Banking Systems

 

 

Building better Web Applications on IBM i ( 2016-17 KickOFF ! )

Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Time: 11:00am – 12:30 pm (Lunch, Free Parking, Networking & Raffle)nathan

Location: *SAME NEW LOCATION!*

ADP Salt Lake City – 2835 Decker Lake Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84119 [Directions/Parking Info]

Lunch: Lunch & Networking beginning at Noon

Presenter: Nathan Andelin President of Relational Data, LLC in SLC

Topic: 

Nathan Andelin of Relational Data, LLC here in SLC will present and share his view of Application Modernization concepts and how they’ve achieved success in hosting a multi-tenant SaaS solution on a single IBM power server/LPAR.  Nathan’s solution was nationally recognized and received a trade publication write-up a few years back.  Please review prior to the meeting:

http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh081312-story02.html

Who Should Attend: Developers and Administrators will benefit from this session as Nathan touches on the following topics in concept and demonstration(s).

  • Setting up web application environments  –  Production, Test, Dev
  • Multi-Tenant SAAS concepts
  • Authentication & Authorization in web application environment without using IBM I User profiles
  • Using Native IBM I application architecture to deploy web applications
  • Creating an ILE RPG development took kit for application modernization efforts
  • Apache Server instances

If you have 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.

 

relationaldata

 

 

 

 

http://relational-data.com/

 

June Election Meeting – Watson, Cognitive Computing

Date: Wednesday, June 15th, 2016ibm_watson

Time: 11:45am – 1:15 pm (Catered Lunch, UIIPA Leadership Election, Free Parking, & Raffle)

RSVP: Suggested (reply now)

Location: *NEW LOCATION!*

ADP Salt Lake City – 2835 Decker Lake Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84119 [Directions/Parking Info]
Lunch: Catered Lunch available for $10.00/ea to non-members and additional guests (http://uiipa.org/membership/ – Individual memberships entitled to 1 lunch/vote, corporate memberships entitle to 2 lunches/votes)  Pre-Pays welcome, Cash/Credit card at the door, or pay online via PayPal (bottom of Membership page)

Presenter: IBM Guest Speaker – Watson, Cognitive Computing

Topic: Watson, Cognitive Computing

Who Should Attend: All Members, potential members, vendors, Past-Present-Future UIIPA Leaders

 

See Watson in action on Jeopardy:

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IBM i 7.3 Announcements – Highlights, Capabilities, and Beyond

Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm (Free Parking, Raffle, & Lunch)

Location: *NEW LOCATION!*

ADP Salt Lake City – 2835 Decker Lake Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84119 [Directions/Parking Info]

Lunch: *** Sponsored by DSI – Dynamic Solutions International ***  “Backup to the Future with VTL”

Presenter: Mark Ruberry – IBM Client Technical Specialist

Topic: IBM i 7.3 Announcements – Highlights, Capabilities, and Beyond

Who Should Attend: Developers, Admins, Support Staff, Bosses, Network/Security Engineers, etc.

Agenda:

• IBM i in 2016IBM-Power-7

• Hardware Update

• DB2 for i Enhancements

• IBM i Authority Collection

• Systems Management and Application Development

• DB2 Web Query for i Update

• PowerHA Update

• Licensing Update

• Events and Miscellaneous

Bio: 

Mark Ruberry is an IBM Client Technical Specialist supporting IBM Power Systems. He has worked in the Information Technology industry with IBM for 37 years. Mark began his career with IBM as a Systems Engineer providing technical support for the IBM family of mid­range systems including the 5100, 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 withMark Ruberry

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 including system installation, logical partitioning, virtualization, operating system installation and upgrades, application development, database, security, SNA and TCP/IP networking, performance analysis, capacity planning, high availability, disaster recovery, and integration with Linux, Unix, and Windows servers.