UIIPA – Our 32nd Year!

UIIPA – Our 32nd Year!

Utah IBM i Professionals Association

June Election Luncheon Highlights

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

Thank you to all who attended!

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Annual Officer Election Luncheon June 17th

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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

Tim HastingsWe 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.

Officer Elections

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: uiipa.org@gmail.com

We are in particular need of someone who can takeover the maintenance and updating of this website. If you have WordPress skills – you are needed! Please step forward and help us out!

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: uiipa.org@gmail.com 

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May Meeting: IBM i Performance Monitoring Tools and Techniques

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.

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Erik KnudsonErik 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.

 

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April Meeting: IBM i Modernization – Web Services and Browser-based Applications

UPDATE: We want to thank Russ Roberts for sharing with us this valuable information regarding IBM i Modernization. Very well done! If you were not able to make it to the meeting you can access the slides for his presentation here: Presentation File

Speaker: Russ Roberts, CHG Healthcare

Topic: IBM i Modernization: Web Services and Browser-based Applications

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Murray City Offices (City Council Chambers), 5025 South State Street, Murray, Utah.

ModernizationOur presentation this month will be given by Russ Roberts of CHG Healthcare. He will focus on the use of the IBM i as a Web Server to serve data to browser-based applications. Russ will discuss how the two work together to provide a much better user experience over the 5250 interface and how this changes how we develop applications. It makes application development more diverse so Russ will do a brief overview of HTML and CSS, what they are and what they do. A more in-depth discussion will be on JavaScript and IBM i Web Services, along with Russ’s software, DB2 for i Web Services, which provides create, read, update, and delete capabilities to your applications. Other things that will be covered are:

  • The Basics of JavaScript syntax
  • Introduction to JavaScript Frameworks
  • The Chrome Developer Console
  • Code Editor Options

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March Meeting Highlights

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
  • Upgrade Planning
  • HMC machine type model support
  • Supported upgrade paths
  • Console Management
    • Classic or Enhanced
    • New install wizard
  • PowerVM management
  • LPAR management/Templates
  • 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

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March Meeting: New Features and Functions of HMC Version 8

Come to our March meeting and learn together!

ibm_zenterprise_2-1024x628Speaker: Allyn Walsh, Certified Senior IT Specialist at IBM

Topic: New Features and Functions of HMC Version 8

Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

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 served

Allyn Walsh of IBM will share with us the new features and functions of HMC Version 8. You know about IBM POWER8’s superior performance. Hardware Management Console (HMC) Version 8 adds new capabilities in PowerVM management, Templates, Performance Capacity Monitoring (PCM) and more. The Integrated Visual Monitor makes POWER8 much easier to use, and improved template functionality and standardized APIs empower advanced users to get to the next level of efficiency.

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Allyn Walsh

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.

February Meeting: Real World Implementation of Disaster Recovery on the IBM i

UPDATE: We want to thank Chris and Jay for a very informative presentation. Very well done! If you were not able to make it to the meeting you can access the slides of their presentation here: Presentation File

The February meeting will be a customer presentation given by Chris McIntyre and Jay Weaver of the Bank of Utah.

Date: Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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 served

 

Chris McIntyre and Jay Weaver from the Bank of Utah will be presenting how they stay current on disaster recovery planning, and how they use disaster recovery planning to improve the end user’s experience each day.  Chris and Jay will demonstrate how they use their remote data center equipment for application testing, as well as how to they keep production data replicated and still make it available for application testing and validation.  Having all of the data from IBM i is great, but having a complete environment is essential.  It is all about the end user experience, and being able to quickly demonstrate it works.dilbert

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January Meeting: SQL Tips and Techniques on the IBM i

UPDATE: We want to thank David Larsen for a great presentation. If you were not able to make it to the meeting you can access his reference material here: 1) 33-Page slide deck  2) Document with all reference links

 

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Topic: SQL Tips and Techniques on the IBM i

Date: Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Location: Murray City Offices (City Council Chambers), 5025 South State Street, Murray, Utah.

Our user group presentation this month will be by David Larsen. He will be introducing the basics of SQL and its implementation on the IBM i. For some of you, SQL is a very familiar tool you use every day. But for others it is a mystery of what it actually is and why you would want to use it. David will give us an overview of SQL with examples of SQL generation with System Navigator, some embedded SQL examples and many tips on how to get started using SQL. So come and learn how to use this very powerful tool.

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David Larson is currently a software engineer at Lagoon Corporation. Previously he was the Director of Information Systems at Murray City for 16 years and also served as IT Director and Manager with other companies. He is also a founding member of the user group and has worked on the IBM i for many years.

 

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2014 Christmas Luncheon Highlights

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.

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2014 Annual Christmas Luncheon

Christmas-LuncheonCome 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

Vegetable Medley

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.

 Guest Speaker:

George OdencrantzlogosOur 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.

Come join us for this year’s fun Christmas event!

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