Work from Home: A COMMON Guide to Success

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World events have compelled us to say goodbye to the daily commute and participate in a massive work from home experiment.  Many of us are privileged to have jobs that allow remote work.  It can be a challenging transition, however, especially if you have distractions in the home, are struggling to connect to your remote systems, or simply have never telecommuted before.  You may be feeling isolated and disconnected from your team and are looking for ideas on how to best adapt to these new realities and stay involved and connected. Work from Home: A COMMON Guide to Success will address the obstacles to working effectively and efficiently from home.  The series consists of panel discussions every Wednesday, starting April 8.  Our panelists are well versed in working from home and will provide their tried and true expertise in these discussions.

Panelists include:

  • Steven Wolk, PC Richard & Son (Moderator)
  • Kim Greene, Kim Greene Consulting
  • Mary Langen, Midrange Dynamics
  • Dawn May, Dawn May Consulting
  • Peg Tuttle, Midrange Dynamics
  • Richie Palma, iTech Solutions

Though all attendee questions will be accepted and considered by the panel, each date is structured around a specific topic:

  • 4/8/2020: Practical Tools Required to Work From Home
  • 4/15/2020: How to Be a Productive Employee From Your Home
  • 4/22/2020: Taking Care of Yourself when Working From Home
  • 4/29/2020: What to Do if You Find Yourself Furloughed

In addition to the panel discussions, on Fridays starting from April 17, we will offer presentations and discussion around issues specific to telecommuting in an IBM i shop. 

  • 4/17/2020: How to Set Up Your Home Printer as an IBM i Printer with ACS – Steve Pitcher & Pete Massiello, iTech Solutions Group
  • 4/24/2020: How to access your IBM i without VPN: Configuring and Understanding the Risks Involved – Steve Pitcher & Nathan Williams, iTech Solutions Group
  • 5/01/2020: TBA

Even if you have telecommuted before, working from home because of Coronavirus may feel like a strange new world.  The intention of this series is to bring together COMMON community members with IBM i and remote work experts.  The resulting discussion will provide you with the tools to be productive from home and help you feel less isolated and alone. 

  • WFH Panel: What to Do if You Find Yourself Furloughed

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/29/2020

    Podcast of the Work from Home Panel: What to Do if You Find Yourself Furloughed

    Podcast of the WFH Panel: What to Do if You Find Yourself Furloughed

  • Installing IBM i Access Client Solutions Using OpenJDK - Pete Massiello & Steve Pitcher

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/01/2020

    How to Access your IBM i without VPN: Configuring and Understanding the Risks Involved

    How to Access your IBM i without VPN: Configuring and Understanding the Risks Involved

    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). 

  • How to Access your IBM i without VPN: Configuring and Understanding the Risks Involved - Nathan Williams & Steve Pitcher

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    How to Access your IBM i without VPN: Configuring and Understanding the Risks Involved

    How to Access your IBM i without VPN: Configuring and Understanding the Risks Involved

    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). 

    Nathan WIlliams

    Nathan has over 20 years of professional experience using, administering, and supporting IS technology and over 18 years of experience with IBM Systems. Previously employed at companies such as Avis and AOL, Nathan had a combined 14 years of experience using and administering IBM systems, 17 years of experience in a customer support/service role, and 13 years in the telecommunications industry when he joined the iTech team. At iTech Solutions, Nathan provides support in System administration, OS upgrades, system migrations, HMC and SAN configuration and upgrades, and maintains our PTF catalog.

  • WFH Panel: Taking Care of Yourself when Working From Home

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Podcast of the Work from Home Panel: How to Be a Productive Employee From Your Home

    Podcast of the Work from Home Panel: How to Be a Productive Employee From Your Home

  • How to Set Up Your Home Printer as an IBM i Printer with ACS - Pete Massielo & Steve Pitcher

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/17/2020

    How to Set Up Your Home Printer as an IBM i Printer with ACS

    How to Set Up Your Home Printer as an IBM i Printer with ACS.  Part of Work from Home: A COMMON Guide to Success.

    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). 

  • WFH Panel: How to Be a Productive Employee From Your Home

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/15/2020

    Podcast of the Work from Home Panel: How to Be a Productive Employee From Your Home

    Podcast of the Work from Home Panel: How to Be a Productive Employee From Your Home

    Work from Home Panel

    • Steven Wolk, PC Richard & Son (Moderator)
    • Kim Greene, Kim Greene Consulting
    • Mary Langen, Midrange Dynamics
    • Dawn May, Dawn May Consulting
    • Peg Tuttle, Midrange Dynamics
    • Richie Palma, iTech Solutions

  • WFH Panel: Practical Tools Required to Work From Home

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/08/2020

    Podcast of the Work from Home Panel: Practical Tools Required to Work From Home

    Podcast of the Work from Home Panel: Practical Tools Required to Work From Home

    Work from Home Panel

    • Steven Wolk, PC Richard & Son (Moderator)
    • Kim Greene, Kim Greene Consulting
    • Mary Langen, Midrange Dynamics
    • Dawn May, Dawn May Consulting
    • Peg Tuttle, Midrange Dynamics
    • Richie Palma, iTech Solutions