July 23 and 24

Don’t miss the Virtual Conference, the best way to keep your knowledge up-to-date without having to leave your office. Better yet, it’s free, so it is training that fits into every budget.

The schedule is now available! You can view the exciting session line up below.

Note: the conference may have started, but you can register through the end of Wednesday. If you can’t attend live, still register as you will have access to the recordings for 30 days post event. 



9:00 a.m. CST

DB2 Mirror Revealed — Kris Whitney, IBM

In this session, Kris will dive into the latest new technology for IBM i – Db2 Mirror. He will discuss the value of Continuous Availability and how this is accomplished on IBM i.

10:00 a.m. CST

Exploring Open Source on IBM i  – Erwin Earley, Zend by Perforce

Open Source is exploding on the IBM i platform. This workshop provides us a unique opportunity get up close and personal with open source on the world’s best platform! We will start out by talking about what open source means to the platform and take a look at setting up the initial open source ecosystem. From there we will take a look at the containerization capability provided by the chroot utility and how it can be used to build file-system containers so that different developers can have different software/package collections. Once our containers are setup we will then explore the various open source programming languages including python, node.js, and php and take a look at how to integrate those languages with Db2 and ILE. Finally we will take a look at how open source productivity solutions such as WordPress, Magento, and Drupal can be implemented on the platform. Time has never been better to take a dive into the Open Source end of the pool.

11:15 a.m. CST

Will My QZDASOINIT Job Ever End? — Chuck Losinski, HelpSystems

Real-time job monitoring and control in Robot Monitor

Your IBM i server performance is under attack from the outside, getting hammered by user-submitted queries and external applications, not to mention batch and interactive jobs.

You need to know when system performance degrades (and why) or your reputation—and potentially your job—could be on the line!

Join this webinar where our experts show you how proactive job monitoring and notification with Robot Monitor can really save your butt when things go bad. You’ll learn how to:

  • Set up monitoring for database requests: QZDASOINIT, QRWTSRVR, etc.
  • Bring visibility to SQL requests that are hammering your system
  • Watch for long-running jobs and other batch issues that slow throughput
  • Set up notification for jobs consuming too much CPU
  • Report on historical job and subsystem performance
  • Reduce run priority for offending jobs or hold them automatically

Don’t let QZDASOINIT jobs put a stranglehold on system resources while you fly blind. Get to the bottom of job performance issues faster with Robot Monitor.

Sponsored by HelpSystems

12:00 p.m. CST

REST APIs for Direct DB2 Access — Tim Rowe, IBM

Rest APIs are key to the world these days. IBM i includes a REST services infrastructure and engine that greatly simplifies the ability to take an existing RPG or COBOL program (or SRVPGM) and create a running REST interface with a few simple clicks. Applications have been connecting to ILE apps for a while now. The latest support now also lets you directly access Db2 for i with a REST API. We will dive into this New support to help you understand how to build Rest APIs with only SQL.

1:00 p.m. CST

AI and Watson in the Real-World — Brendan Kay, Fresche Solutions

This session, which is focused on real-world examples, emphasizes on the business value derived from AI. After attending this session, IBM i clients will better understand where and how Watson/AI can be used in their organization.

Sponsored by Fresche Solutions

2:00 p.m. CST

Recent RPG Enhancements – Scott Klement, Profound

Take a tour of the latest enhancements in RPG.


9:00 a.m. CST

SQL for the Administrator — Scott Forstie, IBM

SQL is often thought of as how you access data from a database. While it does a great job with that task, SQL is far more versatile. SQL is a language for accessing and manipulating ‘data’. Not just limited to the database. With the many SQL Services that the IBM i operating system has added over the past years, these services coupled with SQL provide a great way to access and manage many aspects of your IBM i. This includes dealing with security as well as other system management activities. In this session Scott and Tim will be sharing some of their favorite Services and the SQL to make them sing. This session is intended to help the non SQL expert add some new options into their “toolkit.”

10:10 a.m. CST

Speed Dating with Db2 Web Query Date Dimension Table — Doug Mack, IBM

In reporting and Business Intelligence, dates are used it seems like everywhere. You want a report that is based on some express based on today’s date (like a rolling date report). Or you want to filter the report based on a date range. Ever want to run a report that excludes HOLIDAYS or WEEKENDS? But its not always easy, especially for MOST IBM i shops using legacy date formats like decimal or char(6) with no century indicator. In this session, we’ll show you how powerful date processing is in Db2 Web Query and its provided date dimension table(s).

Sponsored by Information Builders

11:10 a.m. CST

IBM i in the Cloud — Kris Whitney, IBM

Get the latest information about Cloud technologies for IBM i. Both how to have IBM i interact in the world of cloud, as well as our current Public Cloud offerings.  This will include both some use cases and ways you operate IBM i in the Cloud.

11:50 a.m. CST

Three Options for Addressing Common IBM i Cloud Challenges – Amar Patel & Dave Wiseman, Connectria

Research (and our own anecdotal evidence) suggests that many of the organizations that rely on IBM Power Systems are having a hard time ensuring proper governance of their cloud-based resources.

In this webinar, we’ll talk about three strategies that can help you:

  • Improve cloud governance without increasing headcount.
  • Strengthen your cybersecurity perimeter and ensure compliance.
  • Ensure consistent application of best practices across divisions, locations, and cloud environments.
  • Quickly assimilate unfamiliar IBM systems after a merger or acquisition.
  • Improve asset utilization and control cloud costs.

Not only will you hear from two of our very best IBM i experts, but we’ll also share several case studies from real customers who have resolved their challenges with using one or more of these approaches.

Sponsored by Connectria

1:00 p.m. CST

Understanding Your High Availability and Disaster Recovery Options – Brian Nordland, HelpSystems

Throughout this session we will discuss the types of outages, and the technologies available to protect against those types of outages in order to help you make decisions to map out your HA and DR journey. This session will give a brief overview of a number of technologies including:

LPM, Remote Restart, HyperSwap, Full System Replication, IBM VM Recovery Manager, Logical Replication, PowerHA, and Db2 Mirror.

2:00 p.m. CST

Green Screen UI Modernization for Busy IBM i Developers — Greg Patterson, Fresche Solutions

When approaching your green screen modernization project, a screen-by-screen approach can seem quick and simple. But when you have to build UIs for hundreds of screens – then maintain and update them – you might realize that this approach requires a lot of time and effort.

Join Greg Patterson to see how quickly you can modernize your green screens using automated modernization solutions.

You’ll learn how Newlook and Presto:

  • Turn your 5250 applications into modern UIs that you can deliver on any device
  • Show you a heatmap of screen usage to know where to focus efforts
  • Quickly modernize applications with global rules and settings
  • Integrate with web applications, APIs / web services and web portals
  • Automatically enable your applications for mobile devices

Sponsored by Fresche Solutions

3:00 a.m. CST

IBM i Security: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly — Robin Tatam, HelpSystems

Don’t miss out on more than a decade’s worth of market research on the security configurations of IBM i servers and the successes and failures of organizations that run critical applications on them. HelpSystems has audited thousands of IBM i servers around the world, gaining extensive, real-world insight into the deployment state of IBM i security controls.

Learning Objectives:

Join the author of the wildly popular “State of IBM i Security” study for a recap of eye-opening statistics from the current report. Along with the results, this session provides review and tips in seven configuration categories:

  • Network-initiated commands & data access
  • Server-level security controls
  • Profile and password settings
  • Administrative capabilities
  • Public accessibility to corporate data
  • System event auditing
  • Virus scanning Learn what steps your own organization must take to address these continually overlooked and dangerous security exposures—including some that are often missed by professional auditors!