Upcoming Online Educational Events

POWERcasts are sponsored webcasts designed to provide current product or industry information to all audiences. Everyone can enjoy complimentary registration.

February 21:
Best Practices for Improving IBM i Password Security and Automation

February 27:
Taking the Risk Out of Application Modernization with Integrated DevOps

March 21:
Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

MEMBERcasts are webcasts hosted by COMMON, designed to help hone skills and provide industry and product information. These webcasts free COMMON members and nonmembers are welcome to attend for a small fee.

March 28:
Designing Responsive IBM i Mobile Web Applications

February 21, 2019

POWERcast: Best Practices for Improving IBM i Password Security and Automation

Speaker: Mel Zucker
Price: Complimentary courtesy of Software Engineering of America
February 21, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST

With the increasing amount of restrictions and rules set in place for passwords, taking the time to implement and move to a higher password security level in your IBM i environment is a critical component to enhancing overall system security as well as allow your company to keep up with password standards.

Join us Thursday, February 21st at 1pm EST, as we discuss ways you can improve your IBM i password security to meet newer requirements, as well as how you can automate the password reset process once elevated guidelines and standards are in place.

In This Webinar We:

  • Discuss different levels of password security and key considerations when moving to stronger password security levels on the IBM i
  • Password Requirements for Regulations such as PCI DSS, SOX, HIPAA, and GDPR
  • Explain how automated password reset solutions works with your policies
  • Learn about the potential costs and time used with manual password reset
  • Discuss best features to consider in an automated password reset solution

About the Speaker

Mel Zucker has been a Senior IBM i Solutions Engineer with Software Engineering of America for the past 9 years. Prior to joining SEA, Mel was a member of the IBM team supporting their line of midrange products for over 30 years. While at IBM, Mel was the recipient of multiple IBM Means Service and System Engineering Achievement awards.

February 27, 2019

POWERcast: Taking the Risk Out of Application Modernization with Integrated DevOps

Speaker: Daniel Magid and Charles Jones
Price: Complimentary courtesy of Rocket Software
February 27, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST

In today’s digital world you either modernize or run the risk of falling behind. Customers and employees alike expect rapid delivery of new enhancements that create more modern, engaging web and mobile experiences. The rapid pace of innovation, combined with the complexity of these new multiplatform environments, increases the potential risk of application failures. In order to meet compliance needs, you must maintain a single point of control and enforce delivery standards for application development regardless of the IT platform.

While many of these capabilities exist for modern platforms, companies with significant investments in IBM i or AS/400 often find their needs ignored. If your modernization strategy doesn’t include integrated DevOps capabilities, administrators may find it difficult to respond quickly to the needs of developers. This, in turn, affects how quickly you can address customer needs.

Join Rocket’s Dan Magid, Vice President of Modernization Solutions, to learn how to monitor and manage your application lifecycle using automation and modern DevOps tools and practices. Dan will discuss ways you can enable your teams to deliver quality applications on time, on budget, and with reduced costs and risks.

About the Speakers

Daniel Magid is the Rocket Vice President in charge of Solution Sales. He is responsible for all of Rocket’s IBM i solutions including Rocket’s Modernization, ALM & DevOps, and HA/DR solutions. Daniel has been deeply involved in the IBM midrange market for more than 30 years. Through his many articles, speaking engagements and interviews in leading IT publications, he has become a recognized authority on IBM i, enterprise software change management, DevOps and application modernization. Before becoming Vice President of Solution Sales, Daniel ran all of the IBM i R&D labs at Rocket.

Charles Jones is a Sales Engineer at Rocket Software where he works with customers throughout North America to implement Rockets Digital Transformation solutions.Charles has 30 years of experience working in the enterprise software solutions space and has spent the last 20 years focused on helping customers implement their enterprise integration and modernization strategies.

March 21, 2019

POWERcast: Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

Speakers: Tom Huntington, Chuck Losinski, and Donnie MacColl
Price: Complimentary courtesy of HelpSystems
March 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST

Before AS/400 fans ever even heard the term “iSeries”, IBM had already rolled out the integrated file system (IFS) to give IBM i users the ability to run applications that don’t follow the traditional library structure.

Today, IBM i shops use the IFS regularly for storage, web servers, applications, and more. Even the Windows IT team needs to access the IFS on IBM i for file exchanges! But with great power comes great responsibility—and many don’t have the knowledge or tools necessary to manage this technology.

During this live webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

  • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
  • How do I monitor the IFS?
  • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
  • How do I secure the IFS?

Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i. If you don’t have the time—or the desire—to do it manually, we’ll also show you how HelpSystems tools can make it easy for you.

We look forward to having you join us on March 21!

About the Speakers

Tom Huntington is Executive Vice President of Technical Solutions at HelpSystems and has been named an IBM Champion for the last three years. He oversees business alliances and large customer relationships and ensures that HelpSystems software works with other major software and hardware vendors worldwide.

Chuck Losinski has over 30 years of experience in IT, including 25+ years on the IBM i platform. His background covers a wide variety of technical responsibilities, involving system implementation, programming, operations, and support. He is certified as an IBM System Administrator and as a HelpSystems Robot Certified Specialist.

Donnie MacColl has 25+ years of experience working in the IT industry, specializing in IBM systems, network, and enterprise management. Today, he helps organizations improve cost efficiencies with advanced automation and has implemented solutions across some of the largest data centers in the United States, Asia Pacific, and Europe.

March 28, 2019

MEMBERcast: Designing Responsive IBM i Mobile Web Applications

Speakers: Greg Patterson
March 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST

IBM i organizations benefit when users can access web applications from both desktops and mobile devices, all from the same code base. Learn how Bootstrap, the most popular framework for developing responsive web and mobile applications accommodates different device types without spending valuable time developing multiple versions of your applications. You’ll also see case studies of real-world IBM i responsive mobile applications.

About the Speakers

Greg Patterson has been in the IT field for 18 years, the last 10 with Fresche Solutions where he is currently a Modernization Specialist. In addition to business development activities, Greg also coordinates pre-sales technical demonstrations and discussions, performs business analysis and is sometimes involved at the coding level for specific projects. Greg has a deep knowledge of Fresche products from his time spent in support as a Senior Technical Support Specialist.