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    In the 4th installment of the iBegin: IBM i Essentials bootcamp series, Scott Klement will talk about the architecture of IBM i. This will include information on the history of IBM i and the basic object structure.

    In the 4th installment of the iBegin: IBM i Essentials bootcamp series, Scott Klement will talk about the architecture of IBM i. This will include information on the history of IBM i and the basic object structure.

    Scott Klement

    Director, Product Development and Support

    Scott volunteers as a member of COMMON's Board of Directors, Strategic Education Team, Certification Committee and Innovation Awards. He is the author of around 1000 articles and a dozen open source projects. Scott's efforts to help out the IBM i Community have resulted in dozens of awards and accolades, including an IBM Innovation Award, Gary Guthrie Award, Al Barsa Scholarship, John T Earl Scholarship, medals from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, and the COMMON Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame. IBM has named Scott an IBM Champion for Power Systems.

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    When first beginning work on IBM i, people always ask the same types of questions. How does it differ from other OS? What are the primary interfaces? What is the organizational structure like? In this bootcamp directed at new graduates and early-career professionals, we answers all of these questions and more.

    When first beginning work on IBM i, people always ask the same types of questions. How does it differ from other OS? What are the primary interfaces? What is the organizational structure like? In this bootcamp directed at new graduates and early-career professionals, we answers all of these questions and more.

    This bootcamp will be released over 13 weeks, from January 25th, 2024 through April 19th, 2024.

    All sessions will appear on the CONTENT tab of this page at 2:00PM CT on Fridays. Register now and return here on the premier dates to access the content.

    The primary subjects of the bootcamp are as follows.

    • Overview of IBM i
    • Acronyms and Terminology
    • Programming Languages
    • Career Pathways
    • Soft Skills
    • Interfaces and Connections
    • Security
    • Database

    This bootcamp is being provided at no charge to COMMON members through a generous sponsorship from Fortra.

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    Marina Schwenk will be discussing the available career paths in the IBM i ecosystem in this segment of the iBegin: IBM i Essentials bootcamp.

    Marina Schwenk will be discussing the available career paths in the IBM i ecosystem in this segment of the iBegin: IBM i Essentials bootcamp.

    Marina Schwenk

    Software Developer, Everbrite

    Marina started her career in January 2015 at Everbrite LLC in Greenfield WI after graduating from Gateway Technical College in May of 2014 with an Associate’s degree in IT Software Development. Marina works as a developer in both RPG and Java and she also is one of two junior IBM i admins at Everbrite. Marina earned her bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems Software Development from Bellevue University in June of 2017. She is currently working on her Master’s degree program in Computer Information Systems Software development, with the goal of teaching part time, and empowering the younger generation. Marina is also a member of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association, Women in IT committee and has recently started speaking on a couple of topics, ranging from RPG to SQL. She has completed one open source project and is currently working on releasing iUnit an open source RPG unit testing framework written in RPGLE.

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    Understand all the different areas of security one needs to consider — not just on IBM i — and prevent common mistakes and data loss or intrusion. This session will cover security best practices in objects, users, and system settings. Many of the built in IBM i Security features will be covered at a high level. But something everyone should be using is TLS encryption. That is why after we cover the basics system-wide, we are going to take a deep dive into TLS certificates and the tool used to manage them – Digital Certificate Manager, or DCM. Don’t miss it!

    Understand all the different areas of security one needs to consider — not just on IBM i — and prevent common mistakes and data loss or intrusion.  >span class="NormalTextRun SCXW72245912 BCX0">.  Many of the built in IBM i Security features will be covered at a high level.  But something everyone should be using is TLS encryption.  >span class="NormalTextRun SCXW72245912 BCX0">.  Don’t miss it! 

    Robert Andrews

    Team Lead

    IBM

    Robert Andrews is the Team Lead for the IBM i Security and Authentication Lab Services Power Systems Delivery Practice in Rochester, MN.  He is an Executive Security Consultant and a certified Thought Leader in IBM for security.  Besides security, Robert is an expert in Db2, journaling, and DDM/DRDA.  In addition to his technical work at IBM, Robert has been strongly involved in Emergency Management and Communications for over a decade at all levels from local to federal.  Robert has published seven books and holds degrees in mathematics, computer science, education, and management.

    Thom Haze

    IBM i Operating System Security Development, IBM

    Thom is the lead software developer for Digital Certificate Manager (DCM) and provides cryptography related enhancements to IBM i. He has been working on IBM i and earlier named platforms since 1989 on various projects such as Integrated Windows, Linux, and VMware Servers, Integrated File Server, IBM i Installation, and most recently on the IBM i Security team. Thom is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) focused on providing system availability,

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    You've been picked to keep your IBM i system up to date as far as operating system software goes. What do you do? What's the best way to handle, PTFs, OS upgrades and managing it all?

    You've been picked to keep your IBM i system up to date as far as operating system software goesWhat do you doWhat's the best way to handle, PTFs, OS upgrades and managing it all?  

    1. How to approach system OS maintenance 
     
    2. Compare various methods of applying PTFs 
     
    3. Making your next upgrade smooth 
     
    4. What if something doesn't work? 

    Jeff Carey

    Sr. System Administrator at Ensono

    Jeff Carey is an IBM i professional with over 25 years of experience on the platform, specializing in system administration. He currently is a Senior System Administrator for Ensono, a company providing managed services for Mainframe, IBM i, Cloud, and hybrid IT, headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois. He is on the Board of Omni User, the Chicagoland IBM i user group. He's participated in Toastmasters and local theater. He holds an MS in Information Technology from Northwestern University, an MBA from University of Illinois at Chicago, and an AB from the University of Chicago.

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    Replays of sessions from COMMON FOCUS 2024, originally aired February 13-14, 2024

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    Replays of half day workshops — around three hours each — from COMMON FOCUS 2024, originally aired February 13-14, 2024
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    This session will discuss the Unicode character set in general, and then focus on how Unicode data is processed in RPG, with special attention to the new CHARCOUNT NATURAL support. 1. Understand some of the issues associated with Unicode data 2. Understand how to use RPG's CHARCOUNT NATURAL support, which is especially important when working with UTF-8 data

    This session will discuss the Unicode character set in general, and then focus on how Unicode data is processed in RPG, with special attention to the new CHARCOUNT NATURAL support.

    1. Understand some of the issues associated with Unicode data 
    2. Understand how to use RPG's CHARCOUNT NATURAL support, which is especially important when working with UTF-8 data

    Barbara Morris

    Lead Developer for the RPG Compilers, IBM

    IBM

    Barbara Morris is the lead developer for the RPG compilers in the IBM Toronto Lab. She has been working on the RPG compilers since she started at IBM in 1989 after receiving a Computing Science degree from the University of Alberta. The first enhancement she developed was the ENDIF/ENDDO opcodes for RPG/400 in V2R1. Some of her most recent enhancements were the ON-EXIT and DATA-INTO opcodes and varying-dimension arrays. A few of the other notable enhancements that she developed for RPG include subprocedures, qualified data structures, call-interaction with Java, Open Access: RPG Edition, and fully-free-form RPG.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/14/2024

    Learn how to use DevOps to make your Development, Testing and Deployment steps truly agile - all while reducing risk and realizing immediate and significant ROI; then actually walk through all of the steps necessary to implement a DevOps pipeline for your application.

    Learn how to use DevOps to make your Development, Testing and Deployment steps truly agile - all while reducing risk and realizing immediate and significant ROI; then actually walk through all of the steps necessary to implement a DevOps pipeline for your application. 

     1. Learn about DevOps

     2. Learn about the significant ROI benefits of DevOps 

     3. Understand the DevOps steps needed 

    Andrew Clark

    DevOps Manager

    Arcad Software

    Andrew Clark has been working on Enterprise platforms for more than 30 years, starting his career as an intern at IBM working on the secret "Mankato Project” with RS/6000, mainframe, and pre-release versions of OS/400; advancing from testing to a Team Leader on the QQ (Query) team, he continues to build broad expertise on cross-platform SQL. His major responsibilities have shifted from development in multiple languages (RPG, C++/C# and Java, among others) on 5250, Windows and mobile devices, to Software Management. Most of his time now is dedicated to DevOps projects, especially those centered on the Cloud.

    Andrew lives just outside of Chicago, and tries to get out on his bike or make it to the Lake Michigan Dunes whenever he’s not learning new technology and the opportunity arises (weather accommodating!)

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    Workshop for IBM i System Administrators

    In this workshop for IBM i System Administrators, Steve and Pete will cover the following topics: 
     
    System Administration: What you need to know 
     
    System Cleanup 
     
    IPLs & PTFs: What you need to know 
     
    Smarter Hardware and Operating System Upgrades 
     
    File Sharing 
     
    To HMC or Not HMC 
     
    To Cloud or On-Prem 
     
    Internal vs External Storage 
     
    Tape vs. VTL vs. RDX 
     
    Backup and Restores 
     
    Security 
     
    Encryption for Disk and Tape 
     
    Getting to know the new Navigator for I 
     
    High Availability 
     
    Performance 
     
    Question and Answer  

    From Back ups, PTFs, Encryption options, Internal/External storage, Consoles, Hardware options. 

    Pete Massiello

    President, iTech Solutions

    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.

    Steve Pitcher

    IBM i Administration at iTech Solutions

    Multi-industry IT professional with experience as a developer, systems administrator and IT Director. Skilled in security and collaborative solutions with a focus on IBM i (AS/400 or iSeries). 

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    This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of PHP and exhibit a simple use case for an application.

    While other technologies are gaining ground, PHP is still far and away in the leadership position of web centric languagesThe workshop will focus on the fundamentals of PHP and exhibit a simple use case for an application.  Then we’ll decompose the application with a LOT of nifty tools and features.  We will begin in the procedural realm of PHP which is very similar in nature to RPG Free and then move into a high level discussion of the Object Oriented world of this most prestigious languageLike many web languages, the power is in the modules that can be added as needed so we’ll focus aggressively on how to leverage OPC (Other Peoples Code) to make your development experience that much more productive.   We’ll also focus on the PHP release cycle and how your shop can manage this without it becoming a nightmare.   

     

    1) Understand how to install and manage PHP & open source tools on IBM i      
     
    2) Explore the syntax of PHP as well as the development/execution model of scripts on IBM i 
     
    3) See how to enhance PHP via modular componentry, Db2 and extensions.    

    Mike Pavlak

    Perforce Software

    Mike Pavlak has been working with IBM midrange solutions since 1992 and IBM Mainframes before that. After years of developing applications using RPG, CL and PHP he managed IT development and IT for power protection manufacturer Tripp Lite. Later Mike was instrumental in developing the adoption of PHP as a primary solution for web development on IBM i working with Zend Technologies. Today, as Solutions Engineer with Perforce, Mike helps companies around the world approach the challenges of modernization and open source technologies. In addition to several roles as a volunteer with COMMON the premier IBM midrange user group, Mike also teaches PHP & Python classes part time at Moraine Valley Community College in Suburban Chicago. Mike lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, five kids, dog, cat, Russian tortoise, and a half dozen fish.