Virtual Conference

Enjoy this easy way to update your knowledge without ever having to leave your desk. On July 23-24 join us as we hear from industry experts on a wide variety of topics. Best part is, it’s free. Read more.


POWERcasts are sponsored webcasts designed to provide current product or industry information to all audiences. Everyone can enjoy complimentary registration.

August 6:
What You Need to Know to Successfully Upgrade to IBM i 7.4

August 15:
Automating Db2 for i Data Distribution/Replication with IBM’s DataMigrator ETL

October 24:
Inside the Integrated File System

August 6, 2019

POWERcast: What You Need to Know to Successfully Upgrade to IBM i 7.4

Speaker: Pete Massiello
Price: Free courtesy of iTech Solutions Group
August 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. CST

When doing an upgrade to IBM i, there is more work involved in the planning of the upgrade than in the actual upgrade itself. When you have done the planning, the actual upgrade is simple. We will cover planning tips, pre-requisites, and then post installation requirements. Your upgrade isn’t complete until this last step is done. While this presentation will focus on upgrading to 7.4, if you are upgrading to an earlier release (7.3, 7.2), we will also cover those releases.

Learning objective:

  1.   Preparation steps required for OS Upgrade.
  2.   Compatibility issues between releases.
  3.   Requirements for upgrading.

About the Speaker

Pete Massiello has been working with the AS/400, iSeries, IBM i since 1989, focusing on systems management and technical support. He has held numerous technical positions through out his career. He is the President of iTech Solutions Group, an IBM Premier Business Partner delivering solutions and services to IBM i shops throughout the world. He is a member of IBM’s certification test writing team, an IBM Certified Systems Expert with certifications in IBM i Design, System Administration, LPAR, Virtualization, Implementation, and HMC management. Pete has a BS in Computer Science from Hofstra University, and an MBA from the University of New Haven. He was President of COMMON from 2010 to 2012, and again in 2014. He is a COMMON Hall of Fame speaker, and a frequent speaker at user groups all over the world. In 2011 IBM established the Champions award for Power Systems, Pete was one of the first recipients. In 2016, they revived the program and he was again made an IBM Power Systems Champion. Lightning struck for the third time in 2017, and that is the year he was also made the first Power Systems Lifetime Champion, an honor he continues to hold.

August 15, 2019

POWERcast: Automating Db2 for i Data Distribution/Replication with IBM’s DataMigrator ETL

Speaker: Doug Mack
Price: Free courtesy of Information Builders
August 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. CST

Moving or consolidating data in a multiple IBM i server environment, or an environment involving different databases and server platforms, can be complex and expensive. Even consolidating data from multiple libraries on a single server can be challenging. Building one-off customized data extracts can consume an I/T shop’s programming staff. In this session you’ll learn about how to leverage an Extract, Transformation and Load (ETL) tool to automate moving and transforming data involving Db2 for i databases. DataMigrator is a little known tool to do: near real time data replication, consolidate data from multiple (heterogeneous) databases into an enterprise data repository, or even migrate data from non-Db2 databases into Db2 for i. IBM’s DataMigrator is an IBM i integrated, SQL based, ETL tool that simplifies not only data movement, but complex data transformations as well.

About the Speaker

Doug Mack is a DB2 for i Analytics Consultant in IBM’s Systems Lab Services organization. Doug currently leads the Analytics team for the DB2 for i Lab Services team delivering Query/400 modernization, DB2 Web Query, Data Warehouse design, skills transfer, and implementation guidance services worldwide.

October 24, 2019

POWERcast: Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

Speaker: Chuck Losinski, & Ash Giddings
Price: Free courtesy of HelpSystems
October 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. CST

Before AS/400 fans ever even heard the term “iSeries”, IBM had already rolled out the integrated file system (IFS) to give IBM i users the ability to run applications that don’t follow the traditional library structure.

Today, IBM i shops use the IFS regularly for storage, web servers, applications, and more. Even the Windows IT team needs to access the IFS on IBM i for file exchanges! But with great power comes great responsibility—and many don’t have the knowledge or tools necessary to manage this technology.

During this live webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

  • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
  • How do I monitor the IFS?
  • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
  • How do I secure the IFS?

Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i. If you don’t have the time—or the desire—to do it manually, we’ll also show you how HelpSystems tools can make it easy for you.

We look forward to having you join us on October 24!

About the Speakers

Chuck Losinski has over 30 years of experience in IT, including 25+ years on the IBM i platform. His background covers a wide variety of technical responsibilities, involving system implementation, programming, operations, and support. He is certified as an IBM System Administrator and as a HelpSystems Robot Certified Specialist.

Ash Giddings began his career on IBM Mainframe before moving onto midrange systems such as IBM i and AIX and then Windows and Linux. He has worked for some of the largest data centers in Europe and has advised large companies around the world on way to save costs and improve efficiencies.