Upcoming Online Educational Events

Complimentary POWERcasts

POWERcasts are sponsored webcasts designed to provide current product or industry information to all audiences. Everyone is welcome to attend.

September 18, 25, and 27: 3 Steps to Zero-Risk Modernization featuring Barbara Morris, Tim Rowe, and Scott Forstie

October 3: IBM PowerHA – The Straight Scoop about Hardware Replication for IBM i

In-depth Webinars

October 30 and 31, November 1: IBM i Performance

December 11, 12, and 13: ACS

September 18, 25, and 27, 2018

POWERcast: 3 Steps to Zero-risk Modernization on IBM i featuring Barbara Morris, Tim Rowe, and Scott Forstie

Speakers: Floyd Del Muro and Ray Bernardi, ARCAD Software

Price: Complimentary courtesy of ARCAD Software

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central Each Day

Starting a modernization project on IBM i can be a daunting prospect, faced with the many options out there: Webservices? N-tier? Web, mobile? Java, .NET?

Join us for our three-part POWERcast series on September 18th, 25th and 27th with Barbara Morris, Scott Forstie and Tim Rowe, and learn how to get from A-Z with minimum risk!

Featuring actual case studies, our series is structured around a 3-step approach to risk-free modernization:

Step 1: Analyze – Where do I start to modernize? What are my choices?
Step 2: Structure – Laying a secure foundation with a structured DevOps process
Step 3: Transform – Automating the conversion of RPG source code, database and UI

Our special guests:

September 18th – Tim Rowe takes a tour of the very latest technology options on IBM i, with the goal of « Making IBM i normal ! ». Tim guides us into making the right choice of development language, database, method and tooling using the «best tool for the job », taking performance and data integration into account. Assess the use of open source tools like Git and Jenkins in an enterprise DevOps setting. Learn the latest in connectors including MQ, JDBC, ODBC, REST and SQL Services… A round trip of the « art of the possible » on IBM i !

September 25th – Barbara Morris proves that Free Form RPG is a game-changer, making RPG universally easy to code and maintain. Learn which “old-fashioned” RPG coding patterns to avoid. Code modularity means breaking up code into smaller pieces for easier re-use. But how to make existing monolithic RPG code modular ? Start with a prior analysis of the code, and a gradual implementation of changes – from simple improvement of variable names, through to complex changes, such as pulling out a section of code into a procedure. Safeguard your work with continual testing, already in place before making large-scale changes to the code.

September 27th – Scott Forstie takes the subject of modernization down to the database, discussing the options for automated conversion to SQL and the rights and wrongs of a surrogate approach.

About the Speakers

Floyd Del Muro, DevOps and Technology Evangelist, has 26 years of experience on the IBM midrange platform. In his role at ARCAD Software, Floyd has been extensively involved in the management of DevOps and Enterprise Modernization projects on IBM i, from planning stages through to delivery. Drawing on his experience in project rollout, managed services and the introduction of agile methods, Floyd is a trusted advisor and speaker on the subjects of DevOps, Test Automation and Application Lifecycle Management.

Ray Bernardi, Senior Solutions Consultant, is a 30-year IT veteran. He has been involved with the development and sales of many cutting-edge software products throughout his career, with specialist knowledge in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) products from ARCAD Software covering a broad range of functional areas including enterprise IBM i modernization and DevOps. In addition, Bernardi is a frequent speaker at COMMON and many other technical conferences around the world and has authored articles in several publications on the subject of application analysis and modernization, SQL, and business intelligence.

October 3, 2018

POWERcast: IBM PowerHA – The Straight Scoop about Hardware Replication for IBM i

Unbiased Review of PowerHA from an Independent Advisor Who Offers Multiple HA and DR Solutions

Speaker: Matt Staddler, IT Solutions Group

Price: Complimentary courtesy of IT Solutions Group

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Central

Is your company considering a high availability choice or move? Perhaps you already have a logical replication HA solution but are thinking about switching to IBM’s PowerHA hardware mirroring. Get the straight scoop! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get a fair and balanced look at IBM PowerHA with Matt Staddler, a seasoned HA veteran who knows firsthand that no single technology or brand of HA solution fits all types and sizes of IBM i environments. That’s why his company, IT Solutions Group, offers multiple HA options.

In this webcast, you’ll learn the pros and cons of hardware and logical replication in various IBM i environments. Plus, you’ll see a live demo system switch of PowerHA.

About the Speaker

Matt Staddler is Founder and President of IT Solutions Group (ITSG). As an IBM Advanced Business Partner, ITSG understands, sells, installs, and supports both types of high availability solutions for IBM i. Logical replication solutions use the integrated journaling as well as the remote journaling capabilities of the IBM i OS, while hardware replication uses physical disk mirroring. Each replication technology has advantages and disadvantages, depending on a company’s needs, budget, and skills. Experience the many benefits of working with an unbiased business partner such as Matt when evaluating IBM i High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions.

October 30 and 31, November 1, 2018

Webinar: Performance

Speaker: Dawn May

Price: $249 Members, $349 Nonmembers

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Central Each Day

Session 1: Collection Services Deep Dive
Collection Services is always running on your IBM i partition, collecting valuable performance data. This session is a deep dive into Collection Services, covering all aspects of how the collector works, best practices for the configuration of Collection Services, and an overview of the Db2 files.

Session 2: Don’t Wait! Get in the Fast Lane with IBM i Wait Accounting
IBM i wait accounting is a powerful feature to determine what your jobs are doing when they are not using the CPU. This session will give an overview of what wait accounting is and what wait data can tell you about your system and applications. It will also cover the Job Watcher performance data collector, which excels at gathering the data needed for detailed analysis on wait conditions.

Session 3: IBM i Performance Data Investigator – Analyze your CS and JW Data
This third session will focus on the Performance Data Investigator and show examples of analyzing Collection Services and Job Watcher data with PDI, as well as common issues to look for.

About the Speaker

Dawn May is a leading authority on IBM i performance management, work management, systems management, and general system diagnostics. She has in-depth knowledge of the IBM i operating system developed through her distinguished career with IBM.

As an independent consultant, Dawn assists companies with system performance reviews and recommendations. Dawn also teaches clients on the latest IBM i tools to enable them to get the most out of their IBM i systems.

Dawn is the author of the i Can blog published by IBM Systems Magazine and a frequent speaker at local user group meetings and IBM i conferences around the world.

December 11, 12, and 13, 2018

Webinar: ACS

Speaker: Wayne Bowers

Price: $249 Members, $349 Nonmembers

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Central Each Day

Session information coming soon.

About the Speaker

Wayne Bowers has been with IBM since 1997, where he works with the IBM i Global Support Center in Rochester MN. He is an Advisory Software Engineer specializing in the support of the IBM i Access (aka Client Access) products, Integrated Blade server solutions, and the TCP Telnet communications server. Wayne has been developing and delivering presentations on IBM i Access products since 1999, and at COMMON events since 2009.