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.

January 15, 22, & 29: Git on IBM i

January 24: How to Let Go of Inefficient Forms Processes

February 7: Secure and Automate Your File Transfers for IBM i

January 15, 22, & 29, 2019

POWERcast: Git on IBM i

Speakers: Jesse Gorzinski, Christian Weber, & Ray Bernardi

Price: Complimentary courtesy of ARCAD

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central

This is a three-part POWERcast on extending Git as a Single Source Repository across your Enterprise.

Session 1: January 15, 2019
Git Started: Using Raw Git on IBM i
Featuring Jesse Gorzinski, Sr. Architect at IBM

Thanks to open source technologies, IBM i systems can do more than ever! What does it mean to you? Come join us for this discussion, where we will explore Git and the surrounding open source ecosystem plus what it can do for your business.

Session 2: January 22
Git Going: Social Coding on GitHub Enterprise
Featuring Christian Weber, Sr. Solutions Engineer at GitHub

In today’s competitive world, software developers and organizations are being increasingly challenged to deliver innovative solutions or be left behind by their competitors. Developers have defined software development as one that is a collaborative practice, in which developers from all over can contribute to code. GitHub helps developers collaborate on projects, as well as providing tooling automation to allow Developers to decrease the amount of context switching when delivering innovation. In this session, we’ll discuss the value proposition of GitHub, the changing notion of the software developer, and considerations around building a modern software practice – to not only attract top talent, but to also lay the groundwork for innovation to flourish!

Session 3: January 29
Git Ahead: IBM i DevOps Cycle with Git including Build, Test & Deploy
Featuring Ray Bernardi, Sales Engineer at ARCAD Software

Git is an integral piece to a complete DevOps cycle, a cycle you can easily tie together with tools aware of the intricacies of the IBM i platform. You may like the collaboration Git provides on its own and also want the social features GitHub brings, but how can all that be integrated on a platform which, to be frank, wasn’t built with Agile in mind? It is possible to have the best of both worlds – an Agile workflow which greatly increases productivity and the stability that the IBM i platform brings. This session will show you things you may not have thought possible, such as taking IBM i native code from a GitHub repository, building it directly on IBM i, and deploying the objects to an automated test environment. But it doesn’t stop there! We will examine a complete CI/CD workflow, from a feature branch all the way to a production deployment. All of this and more is possible with a tightly integrated toolset.

About the Speakers

Jesse Gorzinski works for the IBM i development lab in Rochester, MN. He is the Business Architect of open source technologies. Jesse, who was doing RPG programming at the age of 18, is an expert on application development on IBM i, as well as system access and modernization. His hobbies include playing with his dog, replacing complex applications with 5-line Python programs, and advocating for the use of new technologies on IBM i!Prior to his 2006 employment at IBM, Jesse worked with the AS/400 as an I/T administrator for an IBM customer in the finance/mortgage industry, where he specialized in data backup/recovery, process optimization, and information integrity. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science as well as a Master of Business Administration degree.

Christian Weber is a Remote-First, Solutions Engineer at GitHub. After spending the first chapters of his career in Financial Technology, Christian now focuses on assisting both cultural and digital transformation in large, medium and small software organizations. In his spare time, Christian enjoys playing guitar, listening to loud music, and zoom-zooming in his Miata!

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 events and many other technical conferences around the world. He has authored articles in several publications on the subject of application analysis and modernization, SQL, and business intelligence.

January 24, 2019

POWERcast: How to Let Go of Inefficient Forms Processes

Speaker: Richard Schoen
Price: Complimentary courtesy of HelpSystems
January 24, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST

Is your organization using AFP utilities? Or a home-grown forms application cobbled together before your current IT team came on board? Are your reports coming in spool files from your IBM i (AS/400, iSeries)?

Well, IBM discontinued support for AFP utilities in IBM i 7.3. That old application probably can’t support your business as it grows and changes. And data from a printed spool file has to get delivered electronically somehow.

Sounds like you need to move on.

Join the webinar to learn how to let go of the old and automate your document creation and distribution process.

You’ll see how you can:

  • Use data from your IBM i reports to create electronic forms
  • Automatically distribute documents through whatever channel works best
  • Future-proof your solution with software that works with Windows and other platforms as well as it does IBM i
  • Manage and archive forms output securely

About the Speaker

Richard Schoen founded RJS Software Systems in 1990 and served as its President and CTO until the company was acquired by HelpSystems in 2014. With over 27 years of development, integration, document management and process automation experience on all system platforms, Richard has a unique perspective on making systems talk to each other that helps keep HelpSystems’s document management products well positioned to take advantage of growth opportunities in today’s rapidly changing markets.

In his current role, Richard serves as a document management guru and industry expert for technologies on the IBM i and Windows platforms. Richard often speaks on document management and business process automation-related topics and hosts technical presentations.

February 7, 2019

POWERcast: Secure and Automate Your File Transfers for IBM i

Speaker: Heath Kath
Price: Complimentary courtesy of HelpSystems
February 7, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST

Is your organization using legacy programs or unsecured processes to transfer files on the IBM i? It can be time consuming to write and maintain file transfer scripts, solve connection issues with trading partners, and ensure data is protected every step of the way.

Join us to learn how to streamline, secure, and audit your file transfers. We’ll cover the benefits of secure protocols and encryption, common pain points with traditional file transfer methods, and how a solution like GoAnywhere MFT can help you simplify and centralize file transfer activity between vendors, customers, and trading partners.

About the Speaker

Heath Kath is a Senior Solutions Consultant at HelpSystems working on the GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer product line. He provides pre-sales support specializing in demos and proof of concepts. Heath has over 27 years of database experience accessing and distributing data around the IBM i, including 11 years working at IBM. As an IBM i Certificated Specialist, Heath’s background includes CL and RPG programming, Query/400, SQL, Query Manager, Backup and Recovery, and Journaling.