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  • Virtualization on Power Systems - Ian Robinson

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    This session describes the entire virtualization stack on POWER9 platforms, from hypervisors to virtualization managers to multi-cloud managers, including typical deployment architectures and use cases.

    This session describes the entire virtualization stack on POWER9 platforms, from hypervisors to virtualization managers to multi-cloud managers, including typical deployment architectures and use cases.

    Learning Objectives:

    • 1. Understand the hypervisor choices for Power platforms
    • 2. Understand the Power virtualization management options
    • 3. Understand the Power cloud management options
    • 4. Understand the multi-cloud management options that integrate Power

    Ian Robinson

    Virtualization and Multi-Cloud Offering Manager, IBM

    Ian Robinson is the worldwide virtualization and multi-cloud offering manager for IBM Systems, responsible for IBM’s portfolio of virtualization, entry private cloud and hardware management solutions for the Power Systems platform. He joined IBM in 2009 with its acquisition of Transitive Corporation, where he was VP of Marketing, and prior to that he worked in technology management roles at VMware, Zone Labs and Brio Software. He is a Senior Member of the ACM and IEEE, and has an MBA and MS in Engineering from San Jose State University, and an MS in Information Systems from the University of San Francisco.

  • RPG Freed from the Fetters of Fixed Format - Birgitta Hauser

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    In this session you will learn how to code free-format H-, F-, D- and P-Specs beginning with the new DCL-Opcodes, continued with the new keywords for defining data types in stand-alone fields or data structure sub-fields.

    Finally! The time where RPG was a cryptic, column oriented, hard to decode programming language is over. Beginning with release V5R1M0 free format coding for C-Specs was introduced … but it took until release 7.1 TR 8 (respectively release 7.2) until the H, F, D and P-Specs got a free format equivalent. The complete free format coding includes several simplifications and/or assumptions, for example if not explicitly defined differently a file (F-Spec) is handled as input file. Instead of single characters that had to be coded on a specific position, descriptive keywords are introduced, for examples specific keywords exist for all data types. The sequence of F- and D-specs is no longer mandatory. And with release 7.2 TR 3 the last restriction (RPG source code has to be coded between position 8 and 80) is removed.

    Learning Objectives:

    In this session you will learn how to code free-format H-, F-, D- and P-Specs beginning with the new DCL-Opcodes, continued with the new keywords for defining data types in stand-alone fields or data structure sub-fields. This session will cover the file definition for keyed or unkeyed access in input and update mode. You’ll also learn how to define all kinds of work fields, constants, arrays, (nested) data structures etc. The coding of (sub-) procedures, prototypes and procedure interfaces are demonstrated as well as the coding of special data structures, such as program status data structure and data areas.

    Birgitta Hauser

    Database and Software Architect - Fresche Solutions, Inc.

    Birgitta is a database and software architect at Fresche Solutions.

  • Case Studies in Embedding SQL into Legacy RPG Programs - Gregory Simmons

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    This session is a compilation of lessons learned while breathing life into legacy code. Come join us to learn handy, time-saving tools to adding the latest in IBM i technologies to your own code base!

    Code Monkeys unite! I've been monkeying with code for the better part of 25 years now and if you’re like me, most of your days aren't spent on new development, but rather on code that may, in some cases, be older than you are! While some of this code is old, that doesn't mean necessarily that it doesn't work. Far from it, this old code has been contributing day in and day out to the success and growth of my company. Sound familiar? This session is a compilation of lessons learned while breathing life into legacy code. Come join us to learn handy, time-saving tools to adding the latest in IBM i technologies to your own code base!

    Learning Objectives:

    • Explore easy ways to breath some fresh air into legacy code.
    • Tips and techniques for dealing with multi-member physical files while converting RPG code to SQLRPGLE code.
    • What to watch out for when doing code conversion.
    • Watch out for potential degradation of performance, but also watch for potential boosts in performance.

    Gregory Simmons

    Software Engineer, Jack Henry & Associates

    Gregory Simmons is a Senior Application Developer at Jack Henry and Associates, where he contributes to new and existing banking and financial software products for midsize local and regional banks. He is a COMMON certified Application Developer – ILE RPG on IBM I on Power. He is also a registered instructor with IBM’s Academic Initiative and an RPG and IBM i instructor at Scott Regional Technology Center, where he focuses on enlightening the next generation of IBM i programmers.

    Simmons currently serves as Scoutmaster of his son’s local Boy Scout Troop. He enjoys camping, fishing, backpacking, running, scuba diving, and working with others to try new things outside of their comfort zones.

  • SQL Writing Tips and Techniques - Rob Bestgen

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    This session will compare and contrast different ways to approach a problem from an SQL perspective. Whether it is writing queries or procedures, taking the right approach for writing SQL can help the database help you.​

    SQL is a very powerful language for processing data. There are many ways to write SQL statements to get the desired results. However, not all queries are created equal. This session will compare and contrast different ways to approach a problem from an SQL perspective. Whether it is writing queries or procedures, taking the right approach for writing SQL can help the database help you.

    Rob Bestgen

    Business Architect for IBM i, IBM

    Rob Bestgen is a Business Architect for IBM i, responsible for development strategy for systems management and external interfaces. He is also chief architect of the DB2 SQL Query Engine for DB2 i. Rob is also a member of the DB2 for i Center of Excellence team in lab services and does consulting and education in that role.

  • Latest on Putting IBM i to the Cloud - Kris Whitney

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    Get the latest information on two of our current Public Cloud offerings. This will include both some use cases and ways you operate IBM i in the Cloud.

    Get the latest information on two of our current Public Cloud offerings.  This will include both some use cases and ways you operate IBM i in the Cloud.

    Kris Whitney

    Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM

    Kris Whitney is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM Rochester. He has worked at IBM for the last 19+ years and currently is leading the development for Db2 Mirror for i and IBM i Public Cloud enablement.

  • Real-Time Governance of Database Activity - Scott Forstie

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    This sessions will introduce the different technologies that IBM i clients can leverage to help them survive and thrive in an audit intensive world.

    Many customers are striving to meet an ever increasing expectation of database governance. How can you prove the data is protected? What actions did the super users take today? Who or what work process caused a row to get into the current state?


    This sessions will introduce the different technologies that IBM i clients can leverage to help them survive and thrive in an audit intensive world. Amongst the topics discussed will be Audit journals, Data Journals, Temporal Tables, Generated Columns, Client Special registers, and IBM Security Guardium.

    Scott Forstie

    Db2 for i Business Architect

    Scott Forstie is a Senior Technical Staff Member within IBM i development and spends most of his time working as the Db2 for i Business Architect. He has worked on IBM operating system development since joining IBM in 1989.

    Scott is a frequently published author, speaker at industry events around the globe and can be found @Forstie_IBMi and forstie@us.ibm.com. Scott is an avid runner and enjoys cooking.

  • IBM i Services for the Systems Administrator - Dawn May

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    IBM i Services - certainly you've heard about these SQL interfaces and how they can provide access to useful system information; many of these services are very useful for system administrators. This presentation will review several of these IBM i Services and how you can use them to improve or customize the management of your IBM i partition. Attend this session to add new tools to your management toolbox.

    IBM i Services - certainly you've heard about these SQL interfaces and how they can provide access to useful system information; many of these services are very useful for system administrators. This presentation will review several of these IBM i Services and how you can use them to improve or customize the management of your IBM i partition. Attend this session to add new tools to your management toolbox.

    Dawn May

    Owner, Dawn May Consulting, LLC

    "i Can" blog published by IBM Systems Magazine and a frequent speaker at local user group meetings and IBM i conferences around the world.

    You may contact Dawn by email at DawnMayiCan@outlook.com, find her on twitter at @DawnMayiCan, or connect on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dawnmay/.">Dawn May is a leading authority on IBM i performance management, work management, systems management, and general system diagnostics. She has in-depth knowledge of the IBM i operating system developed through her distinguished career with IBM.

    A former IBMer, Dawn is now an independent consultant, assisting companies with system performance reviews and recommendations. She also teaches clients on the latest IBM i tools to enable them to get the most out of their IBM i systems.

    Dawn is the author of the "i Can" blog published by IBM Systems Magazine and a frequent speaker at local user group meetings and IBM i conferences around the world.

    You may contact Dawn by email at DawnMayiCan@outlook.com, find her on twitter at @DawnMayiCan, or connect on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dawnmay/.

  • Image Catalogs: How They Changed My Life! - Jeff Carey

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    Are you currently using image catalogs and virtual optical drives in IBM i? If not, find out why you should be!

    Stop working nights! Stay home on the weekend! Are you currently using image catalogs and virtual optical drives in IBM i? If not, find out why you should be! If you are, find out how to use them better! Upgrades can become a breeze, PTFs can easily be distributed across systems, and Linux software can be downloaded right from the web to IBM i! Starting in V5R1, IBM introduced the capability of creating virtual optical devices and media. See the impact this seemingly simple technology can have on the routine tasks you perform as an IBM i administrator.

    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.

  • A Whole New World: MQ Web Admin & REST API on IBM i - Jon Rumsey

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    This session introduces some of the new capabilities available for the first time on the platform in the IBM MQ 9.1 release, the IBM MQ Web Console and REST APIs for administration and messaging.

    IBM MQ celebrated its 25th birthday in 2018, this milestone also coincided with the release of the latest long term support (LTS) release of IBM MQ on the IBM i platform, version 9.1. This session introduces some of the new capabilities available for the first time on the platform in the IBM MQ 9.1 release, the IBM MQ Web Console and REST APIs for administration and messaging. The web browser based console offers a new alternative to traditional MQ admin via green screen CL commands, similarly the REST API offers a much simpler programmatical interface to constructing PCF messages using JSON.

    The attendee will learn how to:

    • - Install, configure and secure the IBM MQ Web console and REST API on IBM i
    • - Use the IBM MQ Web console to configure and manage a server installation of queue managers
    • - Use the IBM MQ Web console to configure dashboards with graphical monitoring of MQ application activity and resources
    • - Use the IBM MQ REST API to perform common administration tasks against any queue manager
    • - Use the IBM MQ REST API to put and get simple messages into MQ

    Jon Rumsey

    Senior Software Engineer, IBM

    Jon is from the Hursley lab in the UK, he has worked in the IBM MQ Development team for 20 years on a range of distributed platforms, specializing in the IBM i platform. Jon has helped to deliver a number of MQ features on the platform since multiple queue manager support in MQSeries 5.1 through to the recent addition of the Web Console and REST API in IBM MQ 9.1.

  • IBM i 7.4 Overview - Steven Will

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    IBM i has so many features and functions, it's impossible to know about them all. In this session, Steve Will, IBM i Chief Architect will give an overview of the most recent capabilities which have been produced for IBM i, so you can be up-to-the-minute up-to-date!

    IBM i has so many features and functions, it's impossible to know about them all. In this session, Steve Will, IBM i Chief Architect will give an overview of the most recent capabilities which have been produced for IBM i, so you can be up-to-the-minute up-to-date!

    Steven Will

    Chief Architect - IBM i, IBM

    Steve has worked on the IBM i operating system and its predecessors since the initial development of the AS/400. Since 2007, he has been the IBM i Chief Architect, responsible for the strategy of the operating system and the plan for future releases.