November 7, 2017

Webcast: Open Source Code (Sencha) – a Win on IBM i

Speaker: Monty Chicola, Real Vision Software

Price: Free for Members, $99 for Nonmembers

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Central

You can develop grids, forms and graphs in minutes using open source Sencha on IBM i. Using Sencha is fast, and the results are very impressive.

If you are still scratching your head over green screens or which way to jump into GUI, learn to develop using Sencha as an open source code project. There is nothing to buy, and you can be up an running in minutes. The class will include handouts and actual source code you can run back in your own shop.

Impress your co-workers, bosses and the accounting department for a change!

About the Speaker

Monty Chicola is Founder and President of Real Vision Software. He started as a System Developer in 1980 and then worked in hardware and software development management roles. In 1992, Monty founded Real Vision Software, an IBM Advanced Business Partner that provides document imaging solutions.

Besides leading Real Vision Software, Monty has been a personal pilot for 30 years.

November 8 and 9, 2017

Webinar: Getting to Know IBM i Access Client Solutions

Speaker: Wayne Bowers, IBM

Price: $149 for Members, $249 for Nonmembers

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central Each Day

IBM i Access Client Solutions is the newest member of the IBM i Access Product Family. It is a platform independent client that is supported on multiple Operating Systems like Macintosh, Linux and Windows. Familiarity with IBM i Access Client Solutions is very important as this is the future of the IBM i Access Family software on workstation operating systems. This future looks very bright, and IBM i Access Client Solutions provides ease of deployment and operational improvements in nearly every function the client provides. Actually the future is already here, as in April of 2015 IBM announced that there are no plans to support the r7.1 IBM i Access for Windows client on future versions of the Windows OS. So, this IBM i Access Client Solutions product is the only environment fully supported on the Windows 10 OS, and it is the strategic direction for IBM i Access workstation client environments.

Session 1 – November 8

Living without Client Access

Many of us have a very high level of comfort with the IBM i Access for Windows or the Client Access software that we have used for over well over 15 years. The thought of discontinuing the use of that and moving to a new software package may be accompanied by anxiety. During this session, we compare and contrast IBM i Access Client Solutions to IBM i Access for Windows. There are differences between how these products perform, and this session offers tips and techniques on accomplishing the tasks and processes for which we use IBM i Access, focusing on those differences. We will cover items including, but not limited to, Best of Breed 5250 Emulator, System i Navigator vs. IBM Navigator for i, Data Transfer spreadsheet integration, Remote Commands and managing configurations.

Session 2 – November 9

Installing and Administering IBM i Access Client Solutions

This session focuses on the Administration tools and approaches for IBM i Access Client Solutions.  A special focus is placed on moving a PC that has IBM i Access for Windows installed to IBM i Access Client Solutions. We will review the recommended best practices for deploying IBM i Access Client Solutions and migrating your IBM i Access for Windows investment to this environment.

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 since 2009.

December 20, 2017

Webcast: Failure to Modernize – The Real Cost!

Speaker: Jim Buck, imPower Technologies

Price: Free for Members, $99 for Nonmembers

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Central

In 2008, Jim wrote an article for COMMON called A Perfect Storm. This article discussed the low enrollment rates for Information Technologies classes in the United States. Fast forward to 2017, Information Technology education in colleges has made a comeback. Now there is a shortage of qualified young IT professionals with enterprise skills.

The shortage of young IBM i professionals will be a significant challenge to you and your company. Learn what your company needs to do to access to the next generation of IBM i professionals. Jim will discuss what will attract young IT professionals to your company and how your company can be assured that there are young people trained in the technologies needed for the future. This shortage will affect careers and the bottom line.

About the Speaker

Jim Buck is the president and founder of imPower Technologies, where he provides professional IBM i training (online and in-person workshops) and consulting services. He is active in the IBM i community, working to help companies train their employees in the latest IBM technologies and develop the next generation of IBM i professionals.

Jim’s career in IT has spanned more than 35 years, primarily in college education, manufacturing and healthcare industries. He is the Past president (13 years) of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association ( and has served on several teams developing IBM and COMMON certification tests. Jim has co-authored several IBM i books with Bryan Meyers that are used by many companies and in colleges worldwide. The latest is Programming in ILE RPG, 5th Edition.

Other accomplishments include: recipient of the 2007 IBM System i Innovation – Education Excellence Award, 2014 COMMON President’s Award and named IBM Champion – Power Systems for 2013/2016/2017.