The November meeting will be a customer presentation given by Kevin Murdock, IT Director for Dealertrack DMS, a local South Jordan based company (http://www.dealertrack.com). (Contact information can be found HERE.)
Date: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
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 Subway Sandwich platter, chips and drinks
Kevin will speak to us about the Dealertrack journey and how they’ve built a world class operation on the IBM i. The session will touch on applications, technologies, databases, and share how the platform is being used to deliver global cloud solutions.
Kevin Murdock is the IT Director for Dealertrack DMS. At Dealertrack DMS, Kevin is responsible for a fast growing SaaS application used by 50k+ users in the auto dealership market. At the core of Kevin’s current architecture is the IBM i platform. High availability, disaster recovery, and performance tuning are daily areas of focus for Kevin and his team. Just recently, Kevin and his team performed a successful production datacenter migration.
Kevin’s 15 year technology background has been focused on enterprise network & security, IBM Midrange computing, storage & virtualization, and datacenter services.
Kevin has a unique perspective from his experience as a customer and a solution provider. Kevin spent 4 years as a pre-sales engineer, providing technical solutions to multiple customers in the western states. These solutions included datacenter design, storage, virtualization, high-availability/disaster recovery and IBM Midrange architectures.
“It started as a simple idea: create an application system for midsized business.”
Insights from IBMers Frank Soltis, AS/400 Chief Architect, and Steve Will, IBM i Chief Architect, on how integration and investment protection were the foundation for the industry’s most successful midrange system.
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:
Public and private authorities
Command line permission
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.
Our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Bill Hunter gave a very good presentation about the basics of ILE RPG on the IBM i. We appreciated his insight and the additional comments from the rest of the group. See this video for a review and leave your comments and suggestions to inspire the rest of us.
Are you an IBM i Access user (formerly known as IBM Client Access)? IBM has added a brand new member to the family called IBM i Access Client Solutions. It provides a Java based, platform-independent solution that runs on most operating systems that support Java, including Linux, Mac, and Windows. Read more »
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.
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!
Dale Flavin, one of our group members, is looking for someone to help him with a development project on the IBM i. He’s posted the information on the LinkedIn group and I thought I’d pass it along to you. See the link below for additional information.