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.

December 19: IBM i Encryption Made Easy by Syncsort

January 15, 22, & 29: Git on IBM i

January 24: How to Let Go of Inefficient Forms Processes


January 10: Forecast: Mostly CLOUDy

In-depth Webinars

Recordings Available: IBM i Access Client Solutions

Recordings Available – Limited Time Only

Webinar: IBM i Access Client Solutions

Speaker: Wayne Bowers

Price: $249 Members, $349 Nonmembers

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

IBM i Access Client Solutions is the newest member of the IBM i Access Product Family, and it is a platform-independent client that is supported running on multiple Operating Systems like Macintosh, Linux, and Windows. It is the strategic direction for IBM i Access workstation client environments. This webinar will explore three topics regarding this client.

Session 1: Meet IBM i Access Client Solutions

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. During this session, we will make a survey of the IBM i Access Client Solutions functions and features that accomplish the tasks and processes we use IBM i Access for. Become familiar and more comfortable with IBM i Access Client Solutions!

Session 2: Deploy IBM i Access Client Solutions

This session will walk though the tooling and capabilities available to deploy IBM i Access Client Solutions and the best practice approaches to get this new client out in your enterprise. This will include topics like staging product images for unique groups of uses, deploying configurations automatically, and more.

Session 3: Administer IBM i Access Client Solutions

This session will specifically focus on the advanced Administration tools and approaches for IBM i Access Client Solutions. This includes topics like advanced deployment, controlling where user’s settings are stored, capabilities to run Access from a command, and more.

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.

December 19, 2018

POWERcast: IBM i Encryption Made Easy by Syncsort

Speakers: Patrick Townsend and Jeff Uehling

Price: Complimentary courtesy of Syncsort

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central

Need to encrypt sensitive data on your IBM i – including personally identifiable information, personal credit information, or personal health information – but worry about the complexity of implementing encryption? Let Patrick Townsend, Founder & CEO of Townsend Security, and Jeff Uehling, Product Management Director for Security at Syncsort, put your fears to rest.

Learn how the IBM i Field Procedures (FieldProcs), introduced in V7R1, have greatly simplified encryption projects, often eliminating the need for application changes. Join this webinar to learn:

  • IBM i encryption basics
  • What FieldProc is and how it works
  • How to easily encrypt and decrypt data without impacting existing applications
  • Challenges and practical considerations for FieldProc encryption
  • The importance of encryption key management to meet compliance requirements
  • Introduction to encryption and key management from Syncsort and Townsend Security

Encryption has never been easier. Register today to learn from the experts in IBM i cryptography.

About the Speakers

Patrick Townsend is Founder and CEO of Townsend Security, specialists in helping companies bring their data security into compliance with PCI DSS, HIPAA, GDPR and other State and Federal security regulations. Patrick has been active in the IBM i community and speaks frequently on the IBM i and data security.

Jeff Uehling is Syncsort’s Product Management Director for security products. Jeff previously worked for over 30 years at IBM where he served as lead architect for IBM i security technology and as a council member of the IBM security technical community. Jeff’s interests lie in system integrity, cryptography and compliance.

January 10, 2019

MEMBERcast: Forecast: Mostly CLOUDy

A look at what “the Cloud” is and how to select it for your business.

Speaker: Jeff Carey

Date: January 10, 2019
Time: TBD

This session will cover basic cloud concepts and things to consider when choosing to “go to the cloud” and which cloud.

Topics will include:

  • What is the Cloud anyway?
  • Key terms and buzzwords
  • Decision points:
    • Private vs. public
    • “Bare Metal” vs. VM, Serverless vs. Containers
    • Which provider or build your own?
      • Amazon (AWS)
      • Google
      • IBM
      • Use cases

After this introduction, the attendee should be able to look at Cloud offerings and see how they integrate into their business.  The session will be a basis for further research to make informed decisions for the enterprise.

About the Speaker

Jeff Carey is an IBM i professional with 25 years of experience on the platform, specializing in system administration. He currently contracts for an international financial services company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. He is on the Board of Omni User, the Chicagoland IBM i user group; past COMMON President; and has participated in Toastmasters and local theater. He holds an MS in Information Technology from Northwestern, an MBA from University of Illinois at Chicago and an AB from the University of Chicago.

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 brief discussion, where we will explore git and the surrounding open source ecosystem, and 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 webinar, 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 an 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 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.

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. 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.