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Case Study: Filing Tax to the Government
Andy Youens, FormaServe
The IBM i has taken great strides forward in recent years, modernising the platform and allowing it to become a launchpad for a wide array of open source technologies.
This customer story showcases how the IBM i and open source technology can be used to develop a modern application to interact direct with UK government systems without a complicated middleware requirement.
Hear about the technologies we exploited including development, open source languages and modern application engineering techniques.
How 2020’s Events are Changing How IBM i Organizations Focus their Digital Efforts
Nick Hampson, Fresche Solutions
There is no doubt that 2020’s events are changing how IBM i organizations focus their digital efforts. Many of us are under pressure to adapt to urgent business needs. However, it is also important to examine how we can improve resilience by innovating and preparing our IT environments for future business opportunities and threats. Identifying IT initiatives that will drive immediate change and bring value to the organization is where we are seeing the shift in IT budgets.
Please join Fresche’s Nick Hampson for this session where he will highlight how to identify these high value efforts and how to align them with key business objectives. He will also discuss how to lead your organization into a digital era and why so many companies are focused on digital transformation.
You will learn about:
- Responding to challenges when disruption occurs
- Culture and initiatives for digital transformation
- Incremental modernization strategies that maximize time-to-value
- Business benefits derived from modernization and integration
Case Study: Using SQL to Overcome Challenges When Consuming XML
Vern Hamberg, Ecolab
In this new world of mobile data collection by our field specialists, we ran head-on into special characters as well as emojis. This case study tells the tale of overcoming the hurdles we were stumbling over to deal with them. Learning objectives:
- Learn what issues can be raised when using mobile devices to collect information from the field
- Learn how XML support in Db2 for i was used to resolve these issues
ERP, WMS and TMS on IBM i: Reduce Complexity, Increase Capacity and Save Money
Paul Gray, Friedman Corporation and Logimax & Charlie Hawkins, Varsity Logistics
When departments are siloed, they miss opportunities to share information and improve efficiencies. The same is true of your software.
In this session, learn how companies have increased capacity, generated double-digit growth, reduced time-to-customer, and saved significant shipping costs by integrating their ERP, WMS and TMS software on IBM i.
You’ll also get brief overviews of these three software products that work alone or in combination on IBM i to help you Make, Move, and Ship products:
Friedman Corporation’s Frontier ERP software: The best ERP for complex, make-to-order or assemble-to-order products, with real-time online ordering for customers and/or dealers, a powerful configurator, CAD integration, and more.
Logimax WMS software: Exceptionally robust, reliable and affordable warehouse management software that integrates with your other systems and shopping carts, with tools for kitting, yard management, cross-docking, and more.
Varsity Logistics’ ShipSoft TMS software: Multi-Carrier shipping software for Parcel and LTL from within your existing IBMI i-based applications. Supports all advanced shipping processes such as optimization, ship at packing, rate shopping, pick-to-label, and more.
Case Study: Keeping Food Supply Chains Moving with IoT and IBM i
Shelley Koch & Brenda Boese, K&J Trucking & Scott Andrews, Group33
K&J Trucking was started by Dave Koch in 1979 with the goal of becoming a top refrigerated carrier in the industry. The company runs their entire business and trucking operations on IBM i and Power Systems S914. K&J utilizes IoT (Internet of Things) applications on IBM i to monitor and track their truck fleet and ensure cargo stays fresh and safe. Each trailer has a device and application from Orbcomm that monitors temperature of the cargo, reducing the costly risk of a shipment of fresh meat or produce going bad and having to be thrown away. If the cargo is getting too warm, the driver will be notified, and a correction can be made. This application is running on IBM i and Power Systems S914, and all trailer data is stored in their Db2 for i database.
How Can I Get my IBM I to Process Inbound Emails into my Document Management System with No Effort from my Users”
Monty Chicola, Real Vision Software
An explanation of RVI’s ability to accept inbound Accounts Payable emails containing attached invoices, automatically index the invoices, and route the invoices through RVI workflow to the appropriate person. Workflow Analysis features will be discussed.
All in a GUI environment
On the IBM I. That is all available today.
2020 Sales Tax Changes: Mid-Year Update
Scott Peterson, Avalara
Now halfway through the year, COVID-19 has affected everything from buying habits to business operations, and even tax policies. Learn more about what’s changed in the world of sales tax in the first half of 2020 and what to expect for the rest of the year in our upcoming webinars. Our VP of U.S. Tax Policy, Scott Peterson, will shed light on the current state of sales tax obligations, the changes you can expect to see over the next six months, and how it all impacts your business. You’ll learn:
- The COVID-19 tax relief efforts that are still available to businesses
- How future tax policy may change as states look to recoup revenue lost from the pandemic
- The latest on economic nexus laws and marketplace facilitator laws
- Answers to your own questions
Case Study: Open Source Applied
Justin Reock, OpenLogic by Perforce
This isn't your typical case study, this is the reality of open source: One hundred percent of organizations use varying degrees of OSS, yet we still focus on one particular package or layer when it comes to sharing best practices. The reality is, when we get stuck, it's the configuration and operational interrelationships between packages that matter.
This session takes open source support data across multiple organizations to examine three different scenarios that represent the most common issues we see today (in fact, 80% of the cases we see are due to configuration and package interrelationship issues). Justin Reock covers e-commerce, mobile PaaS, and high performance computing examples to illustrate top problems and solutions for stack selection, infrastructure implementation, and production troubleshooting.
If you use or are planning to use Apache web server, ActiveMQ, CentOS, Docker, Kubernetes, Nginx, OpenSSL, Puppet, or PHP, these stories cover how most organizations use them. Even if you're not using these specific packages, the information presented here also applies to other technologies.