Virtual Conference

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Below are the sessions from June 13 and 14, 2017.

Day One (Programming) | Day Two (Systems Administration)

Day One – Programming Topics

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Overview of Open Source on IBM i

Jesse Gorzinski – IBM

Are you interested in running Open Source on IBM i? This could mean compiling your own utilities, trying a new open-source language, or using some of the other tools that were shipped in the 5733OPS offering. If so, come to this session and hear the latest updates on the IBM deliveries. Also, learn about the IBM i open source community and how you can participate in this exciting frontier!

10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Break

10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Three Approaches to Web with RPG

Scott Klement – Profound Logic Software

The trend in providing an interactive web-based application has changed. Years ago, we would write programs that output HTML, and that HTML would be displayed in a browser. Today, the best practice is to use a JavaScript framework. Frameworks save developers a lot of work, and provide a nicer experience.

11:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Break

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Wicked Fast Development with X-Analysis

Robert Arce – Fresche Solutions

Sponsored Session

Accurate analysis, automated documentation, and fast navigation using X-Analysis helps developers significantly reduce the time to manage and enhance IBM i applications. Join leading expert, Robert Arce, to learn how to:

  • Easily visualize and understand application design and flow with automated graphical documentation
  • View the relations of your entity tables and referential integrity with a Data Model that is automatically generated from your DDS and/or DDL described tables
  • Execute powerful impact analysis that tracks “where used” information, starting from a single field or variable through all iterations and associated variables and fields and objects

12:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Break

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Unleash the Power of Your Data

John Gay and Becky Hjellming – Vision Solutions

Sponsored Session

Are you ready to unleash the power of your data by making it available wherever it’s needed in real time? Whether you need to eliminate data silos, offload data from production databases for reporting and analytics, consolidate data into data warehouses, or replatform databases for increased efficiency, this session is for you. Join us to learn how real-time database replication from Vision Solutions adds power to your business.

2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Break

2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Beauty and the Beast:  XMLSERVICE

Pete Helgren – Bible Study Fellowship

XMLSERVICE is a beauty of a solution when you have to connect the PASE Open Source world to your IBM i world of RPG programs and system commands, but it can be a beast to wrap your head around and get up and running.  This session covers the basics of what XMLSERVICE is, the toolkits that are available and then walks through each open source language offering on IBM i with examples to show you how to get up and running with Open Source side by side with your RPG.

3:40 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Break

3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Let’s Explore 5733OPS Option 7

Jesse Gorzinski – IBM

5733OPS option 7 delivers a number of useful utilities. Come to this session for a rundown of these utilities and a quick glance at how you’d use each one. You just might discover new ways to access your system, synchronize files, or get other important work done.

Day Two – Systems Administration

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

How to Access and Manage Your IBM i Today and in the Future

Tim Rowe – IBM

This session will first review how devices today are changing how we access and manage our IBM i. We will then look at IBM’s strategic direction for both access and system management. Solutions like Access Client Solutions, IBM i Navigator for i and iAccess Mobile will be discussed as well as how each fits into this strategic direction. This is especially true today, with the iAccess for Windows product not supported on Windows 10, we will look at the key solutions you need and help you understand what is available today. This session will not only look at the strategic views, but will also include some live demos and help you understand what additional sessions you should look for to dive deeper in to these key topics.

10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Break

10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

The Hardware Components of Virtualization in the Cloud

Larry Bolhuis – Frankeni Technology Consulting

IBM i and Power System have a long history of virtualization stretching back to Version 3, before they even had those names! We will consider many of the primary components used in virtualization. We’ll discuss a bit of their history and why they can do what they do today. We’ll discuss how they fit together to give us vast reliable and flexible capability either in our own data centers or in the Cloud.

11:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Break

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

DRaaS 101: Tips for Evaluating Cloud for Disaster Recovery as a Service

John Dunn – Vision Solutions

Sponsored Session

Understanding how to leverage the scalability, flexibility and affordability of the cloud as part of your disaster recovery strategy can be confusing. This session covers tips for choosing a cloud-based Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution that meets recovery point and recovery time objectives, provides complete protection for your data center, and flexibly supports physical, virtual and cloud servers.

12:20 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Break

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The ROI in Replacing Your Current Spool File Process

Jonathan Jeuck – Fresche Solutions

Sponsored Session

Existing IBM i form printing and distribution processes drain resources, cause extra work for staff, and slow down the delivery of documents. Unprofessional looking invoices and other documents can also leave a bad impression with customers. In this session, you’ll learn why modernizing your current spool file process is one of the fastest ways to see an ROI and how modern electronic form design and distribution helps you:

  • Improve customer service with electronic distribution
  • Reduce IT’s workload with flexible form templates
  • Eliminate printing costs
  • Improve your form branding with logos and custom layouts

All attendees will have the opportunity to get their own ROI calculator to learn how much could be saved with an electronic forms solution.

1:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Break

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Minimizing Downtime: HA & DR with External Storage

Brian Nordland – IBM

IBM i and Power System have a long history of virtualization stretching back to Version 3, before they even had those names! We will consider many of the primary components used in virtualization. We’ll discuss a bit of their history and why they can do what they do today. We’ll discuss how they fit together to give us vast reliable and flexible capability either in our own data centers or in the Cloud.

2:40 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Break

2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Cloud Storage Solutions for i

Steven Finnes and David Romo – IBM and Rocket Software

Cloud Storage Solutions for i is the first step in providing you the capability to interact with a public cloud provider, initially Softlayer, to conduct back up operations and file sharing configurations. BRMS turn-key has been created to enable simple deployment and automatic backup/recovery operations. We will include a live demo to show you how easy this is to setup and use as well we are going to talk the about road map looking forward. This is the future and you will want to understand this new capability because it will likely be in your future too.

3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Break

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

IBM i Mobile Access – Features, Usage and Administration

Wayne Bowers – IBM

IBM i Mobile Access is a solution provided as part of the IBM i Access Family of products that allows users to monitor, access and manage IBM i OS from a Mobile browser interface! Key benefits of this environment are ease of deployment, simple and robust configuration and administration tooling, along with a wide range of IBM i OS capabilities. During this session we will cover how to obtain and deploy the solution, overview the IBM i OS functions you will be able to interact with and demonstrate the ease of configuration and administration.