December 12 and 13

Join us for two days of online education. Event schedule and remaining sessions to be announced soon.

Registration is free and open to the public.

Note: If you can’t attend live, registering will provide you with 30 days of free access to the recordings.

(Access to our registration system, Cosmo, is also free. Contact us at 1.312.279.0912 if you need assistance.)


Using Watson from RPG

Speaker: Scott Klement, Profound Logic

IBM has been making a splash with Watson and cognitive services. Did you know that you can use IBM Watson from your RPG applications? You can, if your IBM i can access the Internet. In this session, Scott explains how to integrate Watson’s capabilities into your RPG applications.

What You Need to Know to Successfully Upgrade to 7.3, 7.2, and 7.1

Speaker: Pete Massiello, iTech Solutions Group

When upgrading IBM i, there is more work involved in the planning of the upgrade than in the actual upgrade itself. By having done the planning, the actual upgrade is simple. We will cover planning tips, prerequisites and then post installation requirements. Your upgrade isn’t complete until this last step is done. While this presentation will focus on upgrading to 7.3, if you are upgrading to an earlier release (7.2, 7.1), we will also cover those releases.

What’s New in Db2 for i

Speaker: Scott Forstie, IBM

In the tradition of previous Technology Refreshes (TR), the database team is delivering enhancements on the same cadence. Attend this session to hear about the many enhancements to SQL on i, SQL Query Engine, IBM i Services and more. This session will cover the new and enhanced Db2 for i capabilities added to IBM i 7.2 and IBM i 7.3 over the last Technology Refreshes.

IBM i 7.3 TR1 | IBM i 7.3 TR2 | IBM i 7.2 TR5 | IBM i 7.2 TR6

IBM i Talks to Watson

Speakers: Alison Butterill, Scott Forstie, Jesse Gorzinski, Doug Mack, and Tim Rowe, IBM

Did you know that Watson and IBM i can work together? This session will review what Watson is and its importance in your business. We will then dive into the technology that allows you to connect your IBM i data to Watson. There are several different options, and we discuss each as we review this connection.

IBM i Security from the Ground Up

Speaker: Carol Woodbury, HelpSystems

Attend this session to learn the basics of IBM i Security. Carol will cover the three building blocks of IBM i Security – Security-relevant System Values, User Profile Configuration and Object Security. She will also describe how (the order) the system checks security as well as program adoption.

Let’s Join Together – Joining SQL Tables and Views

Speaker: Birgitta Hauser, Toolmaker Advanced Efficiency GmbH

Accessing data with SQL becomes more and more important as resolving a single request data located in multiple tables must be filtered, accumulated and/or merged together. Therefore, we need to focus our attention on consolidating data split over multiple tables. SQL provides different methods for joining tables and views together, such as inner, outer, exception, cross and full join. A table or view even can be joined with itself or with the result of a different select statement. The result returned from multiple select statements can be merged, and even accumulated, in a single SQL statement.

Continuous Integration (CI): Building a Strategy for IBM i Using Git, Jenkins and JIRA

ARCAD SoftwareSpeakers: Floyd Del Muro and Ray Bernardi, ARCAD Software

How can traditional IBM i development languages, like RPG, CL, DDS or even COBOL, be integrated into the process used by other development teams using modern and/or open source tools like Jenkins, Git and JIRA? Learn how to bring these typically disparate teams into sync, using the same tools and delivering changes together.

We’ll take you through each phase of the DevOps cycle and see how to accomplish this integration, including what the challenges are for using open source tools across both IBM i and distributed systems. We’ll demonstrate how you can automate the most complex tasks like the dependency recompile (build) of specific IBM i technologies, such as ILE and Db2 SQL. Also, we’ll explore DIY techniques like Web services for accessing APIs to leverage existing tools and the resources you already have.

Security Primer: Compliance Made Simple for IBM Power Systems

Vision SolutionsSponsored by Vision Solutions

Speakers: Bruce Bading, IBM Veteran; Richard Marko and Edward Vesely, Vision Solutions

When it comes to managing the security and compliance of your IBM Power Systems environment, there’s no need to complicate things. A simple and safe framework that prevents problems and allows you to sleep at night is the key to confidence.

An IBM security veteran and Vision Solutions will present:

  • Exclusive industry research that addresses your compliance and auditing concerns
  • Updates on industry standards and how compliance frameworks can address PCI DSS, GDPR, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, NY State and EU requirements
  • Information about vital layers of security that protect your systems and support your compliance management and reporting needs

Navigating the Cloud

ConnectriaSponsored by Connectria Hosting

Speaker: Dave Wiseman, Connectria Hosting

Cloud adoption is accelerating at a rapid pace among businesses of all sizes, and the vast majority of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy. But what is driving this adoption? How do you know if cloud computing is right for your business and how do you select the right clouds and vendors?

This presentation is designed to help you navigate the journey in the cloud. It addresses key cloud trends which are shaping the industry, challenges and concerns surrounding the cloud and how to address them. It also provides a road map for managing a cost-efficient, multi-cloud environment while ensuring a high level of performance and security.

HA/DR Trends and Technology

Vision SolutionsSponsored by Vision Solutions

Speakers: Edward Vesely and Dan Simms, Vision Solutions

With 80% of IT pros planning HA/DR initiatives for the coming year, you need to be aware of changes in the technology landscape and new challenges on the horizon. Join Vision Solutions experts for an info-packed webcast as we share findings and conclusions from our latest survey from Vision Solutions Insights. Learn trends, explore the impact of cloud, find out HA/DR tech options and figure out new ways to obtain a higher level of availability.

We will cover:

  • Key HA/DR findings from our surveys
  • Different HA/DR options for IBM i
  • The latest objectives for uptime and data preservation
  • Achieving near-zero downtime with active-active replication
  • Improving DR plan confidence

Profound.js: The Future of Open Source Development on IBM i

Profound LogicSponsored by Profound Logic

Speaker: Alex Roytman

Businesses on IBM i have long been searching for the best way to bring their legacy applications into the modern age. Many businesses have taken on high-risk and high-cost system rewrites and migrations to try and update their antiquated systems. For many, these projects have been massive failures that cost millions of dollars and wasted years of development effort.

In this presentation, Alex will cover a completely new and unique way to modernize your legacy applications: Profound.js.

He will demonstrate how Profound.js:

  • Uses the power of Node.js in place of costly system re-writes and migrations
  • Supports an agile approach to legacy application modernization, not to mention IoT, Cloud and Watson APIs
  • Delivers truly modern applications in a fraction of the time re-writing can take
  • Overcomes the “callback hell” issues associated with Node development
  • Integrates with Profound UI (GUI modernization) for a seamless, end-to-end legacy modernization solution