Allyn Walsh of IBM will share with us the PowerHA SystemMirror solutions to provide 24/7 availability to mission-critical applications, even during unplanned outages.
Allyn Walsh is a member of the IBM Advanced Technical Support organization. He has over 23 years experience working with the (AS/400, iSeries, System i) supporting OS/400 – IBM i. He is the Subject Matter Expert for ATS on the topics of PowerHA System Mirror for IBM i, Power Systems hardware management and virtualization, upgrade and migration planning.
Specialties: Pre-sales technical assistance. Regular speaker at Technical Conferences and User Groups. PowerHA for IBM i, Power Systems hardware and management.
Topic: Modernizing and Automating Your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Solutions
About: Chris Bremer holds a Business Administration degree from John Carroll University. His history in engineering data storage software gives him a unique perspective on cyber security. He has 35 years of experience in the tech field and still lives and breathes technology. If he is not skiing, he is either thinking about how to make a product better or coming up with a new product.
Company Info: For nearly 45 years, Dynamic Solutions International (DSI) has quietly set the standard for data storage and security. From mid-sized companies to large corporations, more than 2,000 customers and counting have trusted DSI to navigate the fads, trends and true innovations of the IT landscape.
Modernization and automation are key components to effectively manage your business continuity and disaster recovery solutions for data storage. DSI’s engineers have developed software that will work with your current IBMi environment to manage these processes. Our expertise is in the design and architecture of Virtual Tape Library (VTL) systems, deduplication VTL systems, or even hybrid systems, which combine VTL with a tape solution for archival purposes.
We will showcase the entire suite of VTL solutions and the benefits they offer for modernizing and automating your current process. Along with the VTL solutions, we will give an overview of our proprietary software and the functionality it provides to end users and the multiple types of environments that we support. We will illustrate how to set up a seamless backup and disaster recovery solution between multiple sites which is an approach to data security that is currently in operation with hundreds of our clients today.
Time: 11:30am to 12:00pm (networking & registration) – 12:00pm to 1:00pm (Lunch)
Check in – 11:00am to 11:30
11:30am – Kick Off and Introductions
11:40am to 12:10pm – Speaker – Ronnie Daniel from Utah Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association.
12:10pm to 12:30pm – Buffet Lunch
12:30pm to 1:15pm Speaker – Greg Iverson, Sinclair – presentation on IBMi project with time for questions and answers.
1:15pm to 1:30pm – Gift drawing, gift card distribution, networking and mingling with those who linger.
Location: Sinclair Corporate Offices (same as last year)
550 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Location Details: 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.)
Ronnie Daniel – Executive Director of the Utah Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
Ronnie will speak about the Alzheimer’s epidemic and the programs and services available to patients and caregivers here in Utah. He’ll discuss the local impact of the disease to our senior population and the financial ramifications of Alzheimer’s on our economy.
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States with more that 5.4 million people affected. Over 15 million caregivers provide ongoing support. This disease is the most costly disease by far, and is the only one of the top ten killers without a way to prevent, cure or even slow the disease.
Greg Iverson – Director of Strategic Planning for Sinclair Oil (since 2013)
Responsible for Development Planning, Business Analysis, Project Management, Customer Engagement, Service Management
Prior Jobs include:
President – Pacific Pride – Salem Oregon. Transaction / clearing house processing Franchisor with over 1,300 fuel sites across the U.S. (AS400 shop)
General Manager – Telapoint, Louisville, KY. Bulk fuel supply logistics SaaS solutions. Solutions used to manage more than 30 Billion gallons of fuel per year by various large distributors and oil companies. Adopted Agile development. (Java, HTML, .Net)
Marketing Manager – Sinclair Oil. Responsible for Fleet Marketing /Sales, Truck Stop Marketing, Marketing and Advertising, Lubricant Department
President – LinkNet de America Latina, Mexico City. Establish VOIP company in seven operational sites in Mexico. (Cisco VOIP)
Vice President International Sales – Noise cancelation algorithm for Telcos and consumer devices
Retired from AT&T after 16 Years. Responsibilities ranged from contact center management to management of global voice and data accounts, with team members in 17 countries.
Education / Training
Global MBA Certificate – Penn State
BA – International Business Management – Westminster College
Post Graduate Work: Kellogg / Northwestern
Lubrizol: Lubricant Fundamentals
OPIS Training Certificates: Fuel Buying Strategies, Energy Futures Trading
Other / Interests
Certified Commercial Pilot / Instructor (including Boeing 727 Engineer)
Class Commercial Driver License – including Hazmat, Double and Triple Tankers
Enjoy international travel and culture (we’ve had 11 foreign exchange students)
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.
Location: Murray City Offices (City Council Chambers)
5025 South State Street, Murray, Utah
Speaker: Joe Wood, JAWS MCI, LLC & Kris Aubrey, BMA Banking Systems
Topic: Upgrading to V7R2
Considering an upgrade to IBM i 7.2 ?You should.It was released 15 months ago and general IBM support for 6.1 has ended on 09/30 of this year.Joe Wood will present a local user’s full upgrade experience.Those who attend the presentation will receive the “Checklist” used along with short cuts, tips, and how to avoid pitfalls.This 7.2 upgrade experience is a Non-HMC environment and we chose to go “disc-less” (NO CD/DVD’s were used).Learn how to get the software, PTF strategies, and how to use image catalogs to speed your upgrade process.Not only can this apply for a single local Power System, but has great use for a remote Power Servers or LPAR.Learn where your business partner can and cannot help you.We’ll share timelines, screen shots, and answer questions as time permits.
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
UPDATE:We want to thank Erik Knudson of Serious Computer Solutions for sharing his knowledge of the Performance Monitoring Tools on the IBM i. This was a very informative presentation. If you were not able to be there you can review the slides from his presentation here: Presentation File
Speaker: Erik Knudson, Senior Technical Consultant, Sirius Computer Solutions
Topic:IBM i Performance Monitoring Tools and Techniques
Date:Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time:11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location:Murray City Offices (City Council Chambers), 5025 South State Street, Murray, Utah.
Lunch: Lunch will be served, compliments of Sirius Computer Solutions
Erik will present on the topic of IBM i performance. Gone are the days of “simply” adding memory to get better performance. Erik will cover topics from monitoring to basic tuning. Expect to learn when and how to use the myriad of IBM i tools available. Some of these tools are legacy green screen Licensed Program Products, others are PC based compliments, and of course IBM’s System i Navigator.
Erik Knudson is a senior technical consultant with Sirius Computer Solutions in Salt Lake City. He started working on AS/400 systems when the 9404-C models were announced and has worked in Salt Lake City for over 13 years, working primarily on administration-related subjects including high availability, performance, communications, backup & recovery, and networking. Erik has traveled to over 100 US based customers during his tenure with Sirius, including Alaska & Hawaii. His most recent projects have had him installing Power8 systems and a handful of 7.2 local upgrades. His experiences have spanned from one of the largest IBM i customers based in Kirkland WA down to V5R1 < 50gb systems. Regardless of your environment size, vintage, or industry, Erik can relate. His passion lies in trouble-shooting.