UIIPA – Our 33rd Year!

UIIPA – Our 33rd Year!

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November Meeting: Customer Presentation – Building World Class Operations on the IBM i

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

 

8461870667_388b8e8e40_zKevin 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.

3857e80Kevin’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.

 

The IBM i Legacy

“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.

January Meeting: Developing Secure Applications

UPDATE: Thank you Robin for a great presentation. For those who would like a copy of his presentation you can click on this link: PowerTech – User Group Presentation – Developing Secure Applications on IBM i

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:

  • Object ownership
  • Public and private authorities
  • Adopted authority
  • Command line permission
  • Client-server considerations

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.

New PictureOur 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 robin.tatam@powertech.com.

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.

Video of Gary Larsons’ Presentation on IBM i Access

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IBM i Access Client Solutions

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 »

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.

http://www.linkedin.com/groupAnswers?viewQuestionAndAnswers=&discussionID=176660618&gid=1107217&trk=eml-anet_dig-b_nd-pst_ttle-cn&ut=0UQKMXHeL1vBs1

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.

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