IBM iRev Up Your Business Applications

The IBM i Driveway to Watson is back by popular demand!

IBM Watson is the cognitive platform for business. You can uncover insights, engage in new ways, make decisions with more confidence and do your best work. IBM Bluemix, now known as IBM Cloud infrastructure, helps you solve real problems and drive business value with applications, infrastructure and services. You can do all of this today from your existing IBM i environment!

Your business can expand its solutions into the world of cognitive thinking using IBM Watson and IBM Bluemix. How can you integrate these new capabilities – such as language translation, text-to-voice, cognitive searching and Watson analytics – into your existing RPG applications and Db2 for IBM i data?

Don’t let your business idle. Join us on the driveway this November 28th and 29th in Rochester, Minnesota.

Event Details

IBM i Driveway to Watson: Rev Up Your Business Applications

Presented by COMMON and IBM

Dates: November 28 and 29

Location: IBM Executive Briefing Center, Rochester, MN

Price: $349/person

Breakfast and lunch are included both days.


All times Central.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Arrival and breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Overview

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Intro to Bluemix and Watson – Tim Rowe

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. RPG Talks to Watson & Creating REST APIs with Ease – Tim Rowe

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Hands-on Lab

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Morning Review

1:15 pm. – 2:15 p.m. Connecting to IBM i from Open Source – Jesse Gorzinski

Open source languages offer a key piece of the IBM i application development portfolio, as well as another route for connecting to IBM Watson and Bluemix technologies. In this session, we will discuss how to connect to IBM i (including Db2 and RPG) from these new languages. We will cover various options for talking to IBM i from remote (Linux/Windows/Mac) systems, IBM Bluemix, as well as from applications running on the IBM i that are integrated with Watson.

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Hands-on Lab

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Connecting to IBM i from Open Source – Jesse Gorzinski

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Hands-on Lab

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Networking Reception sponsored by Fresche Solutions

Fresche Solutions

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Arrival and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Review Previous Day

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Db2 for i and Watson Analytics – Scott Forstie and Sarah Mackenzie

In April, 2017, the Db2 for i team collaborated with the Bluemix and Watson Analytics (WA) teams to add direct support for moving data from Db2 for i. Bluemix’s Data Connect and Watson Analytics Connection both support Db2 for i as a data source. This session will include a detailed explanation of the setup steps and considerations for moving data into WA. Further, we will explore WA’s capability to analyze data. We’ll see how different perspectives can yield new correlations and insight. We’ll see how IBM Watson Analytics for Social Media can be used to add non-traditional data to Watson. Db2 for i’s capability to access multiple forms of data will be highlighted when we demonstrate how to extract, transform and load Audit Journal detail into Watson. These and other topics related to Watson Analytics with Db2 for i will be featured in this session.

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Db2 for i and Watson Analytics – Scott Forstie and Sarah Mackenzie

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Hands-on Lab

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Morning Review

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Prepping and Untangling Data for Watson – Doug Mack and Rob Bestgen

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Hands-on Lab

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Db2 for i and the Art of the Possible with Watson Services in Bluemix – Scott Forstie and John Eberhard

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Hands-on Lab

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wrap Up


Rochester, MN, is located approximately 80 miles SE of Minneapolis/St. Paul. It is served by Rochester International Airport (RST). Fights can also be booked into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). From MSP, one can rent a car or take a shuttle to Rochester. Shuttle options include GO Airport Shuttle and Rochester Shuttle Service.

A room block has been reserved at the Hampton Inn & Suites Rochester-North. To receive a rate of $104/night, please call 1.507.289.6100 or 1.800.219.9497 and mention IBM Bluemix Driveway.