AS/400 Future: IBM i Strategy and Roadmap

April 15th, 2019

Need information from IBM regarding the IBM i Strategy?

Overview

Curious about the IBMi or the AS/400?  Are you an IT Executive planning for your critical business applications?

While this came out a while ago, it makes sense to read this if you missed it.

IBM published this in 2016 as a white paper for IT Execs to understand the IBM i and where it is headed.  It may not answer all of your questions for sure.  But is makes sense to keep an eye on their published information.  It does help strengthen low cost of ownership argument.  There’s good information on server consolidation and other movement happening in the IBMi world.

Regardless, read it and keep in in mind as you strategize your critical business applications.  You will find support  from IBM.

The link:  IBM i Strategy and Roadmap

AS/400 Education: COMMON POWERUp19 and Silveredge Consulting

March 4th, 2019

Spring is well on it’s way, which means the COMMON POWERUp19 Conference is fast approaching! This year’s conference is in Anaheim, CA from May 19th through 22nd. Additionally, there will be preconference sessions on May 18th. Take advantage of this great opportunity for AS/400 education!

Overview

This year’s conference features nearly 100 speakers presenting over 300 sessions covering at least 21 areas to help your company get the most from your investment in the AS/400 system and for you to advance your IT skills and career.

There’ll be sessions to enhance your technical skills, such as: Application Development; Database (DB2);  High Availability Resilience; IT Leadership and Management; IT Strategy; Linux; Lotus Collaboration; Mobile and Modernization; Open Source Languages; RPG; Security; Systems Management; Virtualization; and Web Applications.

Additionally, there are courses to improve your “soft” skills, such as Client Connectivity, Developing Business Skills, and Networking. Participants may focus on a single area or participate in sessions from multiple areas, whichever option best fits your needs.

EXPO

This year’s EXPO promises to be very busy this year as well! EXPO is an incredible networking opportunity to meet with IBM i vendors, including Silveredge. Stop by and say hi to Lou Boers, VP-Technical Services and at least one of our consultants. Don’t forget to register for our raffle, and let us know where we can help. Chances are – we’ve done that!

Certifications

Furthermore, the COMMON POWERUp19 Conference will also be offering participants the chance to take COMMON certification exams that will allow you to demonstrate to others your commitment to your IT development. These exams include:  Associate AIX 7; Business Computing Associate; Business Computing Professional; Associate IBM i 7.1 Administrator; Certified Associate Application Developer – ILE RPG Programmer; and COMMON Certified Application Developer – ILE RPG on IBMi.

For more detailed information including registration info, please visit COMMON POWERUp19 Conference & Expo – IBM Power Systems Education.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RPG & DB2 Spring Summit 2019. Come and Meet Silveredge.

February 19th, 2019

OVERVIEW

We’re all getting ready for the RPG & DB2 Spring 2019 Summit in Charlotte, NC, from March 26th – 28th. Similar to previous years, a “headstart” day of several hands-on workshops will be offered on Monday, March 25th.

DESCRIPTION

This summit is a great way for developers to augment their IBM i skills and knowledge. Susan Gantner, Jon Paris, and Paul Tuohy will be joined by many additional industry renowned guest instructors who will present more than 50 sessions over the three days in a vast array of pertinent IBM i subjects. These will include the latest methods and best practices for immediate use in IBM i application innovation, web development, and mobile apps. More precisely, the topics will include: Python; RDi; ILE; Free Form RPG; DB2 for i strategies; Application Modernization; Best Practices for Modern RPG Coding; Favorite RPG Tips; and other modern tools.

SQL will once again be a significant focus at this year’s summit, and there will be plenty of new sessions dedicated to it. More specifically, sessions are offered on SQL for RPG Programmers; SQL Procedure Language for RPG Programmers; Best Practices; Writing Tips and Techniques; and many, many more. Seats are filling up fast!

And as always, there will also be lots of networking opportunities! During this year’s summit, you’ll have lots of chances during breaks, lunches, dinners, and the expo segments to talk with the guest instructors, vendors, and your peers in a slightly more casual and highly educational setting.

THE EXPO

In addition to all of the informative sessions, the EXPO is the place to be! Please join us at the Silveredge booth to chat with Lou Boers, VP-Technical Services and a consultant. We provide programming and analytical services to the IBMi community, driving value and quality to our customers and we’ve been doing that successfully since 1987.  We always look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Sign up for our raffle and let us know how we can help you. Chances are – we’ve done that!

WHERE TO REGISTER for the RPG & DB2 Spring 2019 Summit

For more detailed information and registration information on the Summit, please visit System i Developer – The RPG & DB2 Spring 2019 Summit. You will be glad you did!

RPG DB2 Fall Summit 2018. Come and Meet Silveredge.

August 29th, 2018

OVERVIEW

IBM i developers take note…Fall is on its way and football has begun! We’re all thinking about the Fall RPG DB2 Summit in Lombard, IL from October 2nd – October 4th. In addition, a “headstart” day of several hands-on workshops will be offered on October 1st.

DESCRIPTION

This summit is a tremendous chance for developers to augment their IBM i skills and knowledge. Susan Gantner, Jon Paris, and Paul Tuohy will be joined by many industry renowned guest instructors who will present more than 50 sessions over the three days in a vast array of pertinent IBM i subjects. These will include the latest methods and best practices for immediate use in IBM i application innovation, web development, and mobile apps. More precisely, the topics will include: Python; RDi; ILE; Free Form RPG; DB2 for i strategies; Application Modernization; Leveraging RPG for Web and Mobile Apps; Modern database techniques; and other modern tools.

We’ve also very recently learned that SQL has become a rather hot topic at this year’s summit, and the community helped ensure there would be plenty of new sessions dedicated to it. More specifically, sessions are offered on SQLRPGLE, SQL Writing Tips and Techniques, SQL Stored Procedures and Application Modernization, Dueling SQL, and many, many more. Seats are filling up fast!

And as always, there will also be plenty of networking opportunities! During this year’s summit, you have lots of chances during breaks, lunches, dinners, and the expo segments to talk with the guest instructors, vendors, and your peers in a slightly more casual and highly educational setting.

THE EXPO

In addition to all of the informative sessions, the EXPO is the place to be! Please join us at the Silveredge booth to chat with Sue Boers, President, Ambrose Marton, Executive VP, and Lou Boers, VP-Technical Services. We always look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Sign up for our raffle and let us know how we can help you. Chances are – we’ve done that!

WHERE TO REGISTER for the RPG DB2 Summit

Early registration discounts have just ended – so please use Silveredge’s custom promo code – SILVER. Using that code will give you a $200 discount off individual Summit registration starting on August the 18th.

For more detailed information and registration information on the Summit, please visit System i Developer – The RPG & DB2 2018 Summit. You will be glad you did!

AS/400 Education: Fall COMMON Conference 2018 and Silveredge Consulting

August 29th, 2018

Summer’s coming to an end and fall is on it’s way! Football will be in full swing before we know it, and that means the 2018 Fall COMMON Conference is fast approaching! This year’s conference is in Pittsburgh, PA from October 15th through 17th. Additionally, there will be preconference sessions that are available on October 14th. Take advantage of this great opportunity for AS/400 education!

Overview

This year’s conference features nearly 40 speakers presenting over 100 sessions covering 15 courses of study to help your company get the most from your investment in the system and for you to advance your IT skills and career. The courses of study include sessions to enhance your technical skills, such as: Application Development; Database (DB2); IT Open Source Languages; IT Strategy; Mobile and Modernization; Security; Systems Management; Web Applications; and RPG IV. Additionally, there are courses to improve your “soft” skills, such as Client Connectivity, Developing Business Skills, and Networking. Participants may focus on a single course of study or participate in sessions from multiple areas, whichever option best fits your needs.

EXPO

COMMON is predicting a very busy EXPO as well! This will give you an outstanding networking opportunity to meet with IBM i vendors, including Silveredge. Stop by and say hi to Lou Boers, VP-Technical Services and at least one of our consultants. Don’t forget to register for our raffle, and let us know where we can help. Chances are – we’ve done that!

Certifications

Furthermore, the fall COMMON conference will also be offering participants the chance to take COMMON certification exams that will allow you to demonstrate to others your commitment to your IT development. These exams include:  Associate AIX 7 Administrator; Business Computing Associate; Business Computing Professional; Associate IBM1 7.1 Administrator; Certified Associate Application Developer – ILE RPG Programmer; and COMMON Certified Application Developer – ILE RPG on IBMi.

For more detailed information including registration info, please visit COMMON 2018 Fall Conference & Expo – IBM Power Systems Education.

We look forward to seeing you there!