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Monday, May 24
 

8:00am EDT

In-Person Attendee Breakfast
Attendees in Columbus, come eat breakfast before opening session!

Monday May 24, 2021 8:00am - 8:30am EDT
Breakout 0 / Battelle Ballroom

8:30am EDT

President's Kickoff
Welcome to the conference, and the COMMON President's kickoff message.

Speakers
avatar for Gordon Leary

Gordon Leary

AMPORTS, Inc
Gordon is the IT Manager of AMPORTS, Inc. and has been involved with the IBM midrange community since 1987. AMPORTS is an automotive port processor with locations in the US and Mexico. Gordon has attended COMMON conferences since 1988, and in the last several years, he has participated... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 0 / Battelle Ballroom

9:00am EDT

Analyze your IBM i Application Technical debt
Many legacy IBM i applications are burdened by areas of code that are over-complex or are monolithic and difficult to maintain. These ‘hotspots’ generate unnecessary technical debt and can drain the revenue of your business. In this session, you will learn how to: • Analyze the ‘health’ of your source code using a set of specific metrics • Isolate risky or expensive areas of code • Create a viable remediation plan within your budget

Monday May 24, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

9:00am EDT

How to write an RPG prototype to match a C prototype in QSYSINC/H
In this session, I'll show you how to write RPG prototypes for APIs where RPG programmers have to rely on the documentation plus the C prototype in QSYSINC/H. I'll do a simple one just to show the process, and then I'll do a more complex one with data structure parameters.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Morris

Barbara Morris

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... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

9:00am EDT

PHP Migration with PHPCompatibility Tool
You need to know how big or small the job is before you begin a PHP version migration. I'll show you how to use a free, open source tool called PHPCompatibility to generate a report that tells you almost everything you need to change, line by line, in your application, to migrate to a new PHP version. I'll show you how to set it up, choose which code from your application to include and exclude from scans, and run the report. I'll show you what reported recommendations you should focus on, and which ones you can safely ignore. I've helped migrate nearly seven million lines of PHP in the last three years. This is but one of the tools we use. Would you like an introduction?

Speakers
avatar for Clark Everetts

Clark Everetts

Senior Professional Services Consultant, Zend by Perforce
Clark works for Zend by Perforce as a Senior Professional Services Consultant, helping clients innovate, meet business needs, and build better web applications through architecture and performance audits, mentoring in software development best practices, and guiding them using PHP... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

9:00am EDT

Why Screen-Based APIs are Essential in Every Modernization Strategy
“My key stakeholders want me to expose functionality on IBM i as APIs to cope with rapid business change and disruption and they want results yesterday.” Does this sound like you? In this presentation, we’ll define a strategy that leverages (digital-worker automation/screen-based APIs) to deliver the immediate results your stakeholders are asking for. This strategy will enable you to incrementally transform and renew the underlying implementation in order to get faster results and foster innovation—at your own pace.    

Speakers
avatar for Jeroen van Dun

Jeroen van Dun

Product Manager, Rocket Software


Monday May 24, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

9:00am EDT

Fun with dates and times in SQL!
Db2 for i includes a lot of powerful scalar functions for date and time calculations, even without calendar table. By using this functions it is easy to determine the day of the week, the week according the ISO guidelines, the month end or the date of the next Wednesday. If we combine this functions, it is possible to determine the date of the first monday in a month, the date of the monday in any week or to calculate the number of working days (monday-friday) between two dates and much more.

Speakers
avatar for Birgitta Hauser

Birgitta Hauser

Database and Software Architect
Birgitta Hauser worked on the IBM i and its predecessors since 1992. She graduated with a business economics diploma, and started programming on the AS/400 in 1992. She worked and works as traditional RPG Programmer but also as Database and Software Engineer, focusing on IBM  i application... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

9:00am EDT

How to Integrate Your IBM i IT and Security Data into Today’s Modern Analytics Platforms
Modern analytics platforms need a holistic view of the IT environment to maximize their value.  Without including IBM i data means risking data blind spots in your analysis.  This session will highlight how IBM i customers can integrate their IBM i security and IT operations data into modern analytics platforms like Splunk, Kafka and ServiceNow.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Hartley

Ian Hartley

Product Management Director, Precisely
Ian is a Product Management Director at Precisely where he is responsible for the Ironstream line of products. He has a varied background in software product development and architecture. Starting his IT career back in the 80's with the "Teach Yourself COBOL" manual landing on his... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

9:00am EDT

IBM i in 2021 - Focus Areas from the Chief Architect
What are the key focus areas for IBM i in 2021? What's IBM doing with, and for, IBM i and its community? Steve Will, IBM i Chief Architect, shares his thoughts and points out areas you will want to pay attention to, in 2021.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Will

Steve Will

IBM i CTO & Chief Architect, IBM
Steve is the CTO and Chief Architect for the IBM i Operating System.  Spending the past fourteen years of his IBM career in this position, he has become an award-winning speaker, author of the influential blog "You and i," (https://bit.ly/You-and-i-blog) and is one of the most sought-after voices at customer briefings and events. Steve has worked on IBM i and its predecessors since before the creation of the AS/400, and is currently responsible for setting the strategy of the IBM i operating system, as well as deciding which en... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

9:00am EDT

Why Bother with Security?
During this session Carol will describe the business benefits of securing your IBM i system. She will describe why one has to bother with security on IBM i, the business and operational risks businesses face if they don't pay attention to security as well as tips for describing security in business terms to help you get buy-in for your security projects from upper management.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Woodbury

Carol Woodbury

President, CTO, Co-Founder, DXR Security
With over 25 years experience in the area of IT security, Carol is known world-wide as an expert in the area of computer security.  During her career, Carol has architected security solutions for Fortune 100 companies as well as small and medium-sized organizations.  Carol is passionate... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

9:30am EDT

Connecting to IBM i from the Cloud
Overview of the various options to call to Db2 for i, CL Commands, Program Calls from Cloud Native application. We will take a look at deploying dockerized example web application connecting to Db2 for i.

Speakers
avatar for Abdirahim Musse

Abdirahim Musse

Software Developer, IBM
Abdirahim is a Software Developer at IBM Rochester. Specifically he works on the Open Source team delivering interesting packages and solutions for IBM i. He enjoys learning and working on all things Open Source especially Node.js and Python projects.


Monday May 24, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

9:30am EDT

Safeguard IBM i Code Quality
As your IBM i development team grows, code quality can suffer, putting your enterprise at the risk of spiraling technical debt. In this session, you will learn how to: • Automate the detection of quality flaws in RPG and COBOL code • Make code quality checking a continuous part of your DevOps cycle • Eliminate new security vulnerabilities

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Tickner

Jeffrey Tickner

ARCAD Software
Jeff Tickner has worked in Change Management on the IBM I for 17 years at different companies. He is certified in Rational Team Concert as well has having experience with other Change Management packages from SourceSafe to Subversion. Jeff currently works for ARCAD Software, an international... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

9:30am EDT

Terminate your 5250 terminal. MiWorkplace is in town
Join us as we show you how to develop modern ILE code quickly and easily using MiWorkplace templates to create an ILE service program in less than twenty minutes.

Speakers
avatar for Karl Haggart

Karl Haggart

Managing Director, Remain Software


Monday May 24, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

9:30am EDT

Updating the PHP Landscape
PHP continues to be an important and widely used language on IBM i. There have been many significant changes in the PHP landscape over the last year including new offerings and new language versions. In this session we will provide an overview of the different ways to get PHP on the platform and provide a comparison of each. We will also touch upon features of the latest release of the language, version 8.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Irish

Mark Irish

Software Engineer, IBM
I am a software engineer at IBM working on open-source software enablement for the IBM i. I am particularly knowledgeable about Node.js and Machine Learning software libraries. Feel free to talk to me about your open-source questions and tell me what open-source software you'd like... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

9:30am EDT

Calculating Sub-Totals and Totals with SQL
By using the GROUP BY clause in a SQL Statement data can be accumulated, and totals, averages and much more accumulated. By specifying CUBE, ROLLUP and GROUPING SETS in the GROUP BY clause GROUP BY Clause, all kinds of sub-totals and totals can be included.

Speakers
avatar for Birgitta Hauser

Birgitta Hauser

Database and Software Architect
Birgitta Hauser worked on the IBM i and its predecessors since 1992. She graduated with a business economics diploma, and started programming on the AS/400 in 1992. She worked and works as traditional RPG Programmer but also as Database and Software Engineer, focusing on IBM  i application... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

9:30am EDT

Ansible for IBM i
Overview of the Ansible strategy for IBM i. This session is an introduction to what Ansible can do for IBM i customers.

Speakers
avatar for Yun Wang

Yun Wang

STSM, IBM i Business Architect, IBM
Wang Yun (王云) is senior technical staff member and business architect of IBM i development team, focusing on systems management and cloud management for i. He has been with IBM for 15 years and worked on various projects such as cloud enablement for i, automation for i, Db2 Mirror... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

9:30am EDT

IBM i PLUS Cloud is the Answer
Far too many people are being led to believe that "Cloud" is supposed to replace the very valuable, extremely critical, workloads running on IBM i. The truth is, adding "Cloud" to your IBM i workloads is the right answer. In this session, Steve Will, IBM i Chief Architect, will give you the high-level view of why this is most certainly true.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Will

Steve Will

IBM i CTO & Chief Architect, IBM
Steve is the CTO and Chief Architect for the IBM i Operating System.  Spending the past fourteen years of his IBM career in this position, he has become an award-winning speaker, author of the influential blog "You and i," (https://bit.ly/You-and-i-blog) and is one of the most sought-after voices at customer briefings and events. Steve has worked on IBM i and its predecessors since before the creation of the AS/400, and is currently responsible for setting the strategy of the IBM i operating system, as well as deciding which en... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

9:30am EDT

Why Authorization Lists?
Everything you wanted to know about authorization lists but were afraid to ask. You will come away understanding the benefits of using authorization lists, where they fit in the security checking algorithm and techniques for managing them including the use of IBM Services.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Woodbury

Carol Woodbury

President, CTO, Co-Founder, DXR Security
With over 25 years experience in the area of IT security, Carol is known world-wide as an expert in the area of computer security.  During her career, Carol has architected security solutions for Fortune 100 companies as well as small and medium-sized organizations.  Carol is passionate... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

10:00am EDT

Common LR removal mistakes in RPG
Performance tells you to remove the last record indicator from you program so you aren't opening and closing files all the time. Sounds easy, but now the program doesn't work correctly anymore! What performance didn't tell you about the side affects of removeing the LR indicator.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Diephuis

Jim Diephuis

Senior Managing consultant, IBM
Jim has been with IBM since 1978, starting with the 'System 3 to System 38 batch conversion utility'. He then worked in the database area of the S/38 and AS/400 for many years before moving to what is currently Lab Services. In Lab Services, Jim focuses on helping IBM i clients move... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

10:00am EDT

Managing multi-platform development from your IBMi
As we all progress into a development environment with multiple languages deployed to multi platforms, managing inter-dependencies and deployment gets ever more difficult. Here we will show you some simple tools and techniques to make life a little easier using X-Ref for interdependencies and TD/OMS and Jenkins for deployment.

Speakers
avatar for Karl Haggart

Karl Haggart

Managing Director, Remain Software


Monday May 24, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

10:00am EDT

OpenAPI (Swagger) and How Development Shops Interact with IBM i as an Open-Platform Appliance
OpenAPI is widely considered the solution for documenting and conveying APIs (specifically RESTful endpoints) within your enterprise. Swagger is a user-experience built on the OpenAPI specification to significantly improve the interaction between your API (IBM i) developers and the UI/UX architects of front-end solutions. Let's explore how we leverage the OpenAPI specification across various RESTful service techniques, and understand the power of Swagger as a development and separation of duties toolset.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Bentley

Brad Bentley

Senior Managing Consultant, IBM
Brad Bentley is a Senior Managing Consultant with IBM Systems Lab Services in Rochester, Minnesota, USA.  He has held a wide variety of positions in IBM from development on Db2 for i, to platform testing, to assisting numerous customers of all sizes across many different fields... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

10:00am EDT

Php chat server in 20 minutes (ReactPHP)
ReactPHP is a set of php packages that has a fast growth in popularity. It allows is to write fast PHP-solutions with a minimal amount of code and files. In this session I will use these packages to write a chat-server and host this on the IBM i in the shortest way possble.

Speakers
avatar for Mario Aquino

Mario Aquino

Software Engineer, Easi


Monday May 24, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

10:00am EDT

Integrating SQL into Db2 Web Query to simplify reporting challenges
One of the hidden gems of Db2 Web Query is the ability to use SQL as a data source for a report or dashboard. Some of those challenges include using date attributes, eliminating use of temp/work files for data pre-processing, and enabling web query over IBM i Services for systems and security metrics monitoring and reporting.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Mack

Doug Mack

Consultant LAB Services, IBM
Doug Mack is a DB2 for i Analytics Consultant in IBM’s Power Systems Lab Services organization, employed by IBM in the United States. Doug currently leads the Analytics team for the DB2 for i Lab Services team delivering Query/400 modernization, DB2 Web Query, Data Warehouse design... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

10:00am EDT

Get your i ready for Ansible
This session will introduce how to set up your IBM i environment so that it could be managed by Ansible.

Speakers
avatar for Li Jun Zhu

Li Jun Zhu

Software Engineer, IBM
I am working on IBM i Cloud and System Management area.


Monday May 24, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

10:00am EDT

IBM i Ethernet Options: What are the Differences?
In this session, Steven McIver will give a high-level overview of the different options for connecting IBM i to your network.

Speakers
avatar for Steven McIver

Steven McIver

IBM i Certified Administrator, iTech Solutions
Steven is a certified IBM i System Administrator who has been working in IT for over 14 years. He was recognized as an IBM Fresh Face for his work on IBM i infrastructure in his early career. His main focus has been supporting IBM i and IBM Power Systems, and also specializes in VIOS... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

10:00am EDT

Moving to a Higher Password Level (QPWDLVL)
Many organizations are requiring stronger passwords but the default password level (0) can't support them. Reaching the ultimate goal of QPWDLVL 3 with the least amount of disruption takes planning. Join Carol as she describes the steps you'll want to take to successfully make this move.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Woodbury

Carol Woodbury

President, CTO, Co-Founder, DXR Security
With over 25 years experience in the area of IT security, Carol is known world-wide as an expert in the area of computer security.  During her career, Carol has architected security solutions for Fortune 100 companies as well as small and medium-sized organizations.  Carol is passionate... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

10:30am EDT

Procedure Overloading with RPG
By using the ILE concepts we are able to write highly modularized applications with RPG. But what we were missing for a long time was the ability to overload procedures. Procedure overloading means, that different procedures/functions with different parameter definitions can be called with the same name. This session will show how procedure overloading can be implemented in RPG

Speakers
avatar for Birgitta Hauser

Birgitta Hauser

Database and Software Architect
Birgitta Hauser worked on the IBM i and its predecessors since 1992. She graduated with a business economics diploma, and started programming on the AS/400 in 1992. She worked and works as traditional RPG Programmer but also as Database and Software Engineer, focusing on IBM  i application... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

10:30am EDT

Security Options for API and Web Service Enablement
As IBM i customers open up their IBM i systems to outside connections, they are understandably concerned about the security implications for their core applications and data. There are a variety of techniques available to secure your IBM i that allow you to safely enter this new interconnected world. In this session, we will cover the basics of API and web service security and the pros and cons of different approaches.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Magid

Aaron Magid

VP, Open Source Technologies, Open Source Technologies
Before I came to the IBM i, I led the JavaScript web application development for an IoT company. Now I'm working to bring the IBM i together with the world of open source technology. I'm always happy to chat about web technology, IoT, IBM i in the cloud, modern devops, or just about... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

10:30am EDT

Understanding PHP Framewoks
Frameworks can be a great tool for making your applications easier to develop and maintain, and provide powerful capabilities you shouldn't need to develop on your own. This session will take a look at core framework capabilities, with a special emphasis on the Laminas Project, an open source PHP framework under the Linux Foundation. In the session, you will learn both why frameworks exist, as well as see frameworks in action. If you need to develop a web application or API, come to this session to see why PHP is the tool for the job, and frameworks will let you get the code done faster.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Weier O'Phinney

Matthew Weier O'Phinney

Product Manager and Principal Engineer, Zend by Perforce
I am an original contributor to Zend Framework, an enterprise PHP framework, and took over as Project Lead in 2009. Starting in 2019, I helped transition the project to an open governance model to the Linux Foundation as the Laminas Project. In addition to developing PHP frameworks... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

10:30am EDT

Use Microservices to Eat the Legacy Elephant One Bite at a Time!
Today a very large portion of the world’s business critical systems are considered to be "legacy". Sounds familiar ? There have been thousands of failed attempts to modernise or replace these legacy systems. In most cases the ‘eating the elephant’ in one go approach didn’t work. Microservices can save you from a world of pain when attempting to rebuild or improve your old application. It can be done on IBM i ! Learn how to ‘eat the elephant one piece at the time’ by using microservices, but most importantly ‘without getting indigestion’.

Speakers
avatar for Koen Decorte

Koen Decorte

CEO, CD Invest



Monday May 24, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

10:30am EDT

Convert spool file data into Excel with the "easy button"
Practical example of how to reverse engineer the data stored in a spool file to get it into Excel (or PDF or any of the other formats supported by Db2 Web Query). The technique is very simple using an IBM i Service and Systools to query for the spool file of interest then pushing the magic button to dump the data into various Excel formats.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Mack

Doug Mack

Consultant LAB Services, IBM
Doug Mack is a DB2 for i Analytics Consultant in IBM’s Power Systems Lab Services organization, employed by IBM in the United States. Doug currently leads the Analytics team for the DB2 for i Lab Services team delivering Query/400 modernization, DB2 Web Query, Data Warehouse design... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

10:30am EDT

Troubleshoot IBM i Networking
Every IBM i is connected to a network in some way, with an Ethernet TCP/IP connection being the de-facto standard. When there are problem with the network communication it can be very disruptive to operations and sometimes difficult to get a handle on. In this session we will cover some of the basic network troubleshooting tools and approaches on the IBM i OS.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Bowers

Wayne Bowers

Software Engineer, IBM
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, Console, the TCP Telnet communications server, and the... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

10:30am EDT

Use Cases for Ansible on IBM i
This session will show some specific use cases and demo running Ansible playbooks and roles from Ansible Tower for IBM i use cases.

Speakers
avatar for Yun Wang

Yun Wang

STSM, IBM i Business Architect, IBM
Wang Yun (王云) is senior technical staff member and business architect of IBM i development team, focusing on systems management and cloud management for i. He has been with IBM for 15 years and worked on various projects such as cloud enablement for i, automation for i, Db2 Mirror... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

10:30am EDT

Using Authority Collection to Remove *ALLOBJ
Most organizations have several profiles that have been assigned *ALLOBJ special authority and want to remove it but are afraid of the fall-out (those very rude 'Not Authorized' messages. During this session Carol will describe how to use the Authority Collection feature to determine what authorities the profiles need to be able to successfully remove *ALLOBJ special authority and avoid breakage.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Woodbury

Carol Woodbury

President, CTO, Co-Founder, DXR Security
With over 25 years experience in the area of IT security, Carol is known world-wide as an expert in the area of computer security.  During her career, Carol has architected security solutions for Fortune 100 companies as well as small and medium-sized organizations.  Carol is passionate... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

11:00am EDT

Connecting Amazon Marketplace to IBM i
Amazon is the biggest global marketplace. With REST APIs it has never been easier to connect your IBM i business applications to this game-changing digital channel. Join us to see the elegance of integrating RPG applications with Amazon’s latest Selling Partner API (SP-API). Presented by Stuart Milligan, Midrange Dynamics solutions architect and the product manager for MDRest4i

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Milligan

Stuart Milligan

Architect, Midrange Dynamics
Stuart Milligan is a Midrange Dynamics solutions architect and the product manager for MDRest4i. After selling X-Analysis to Fresche Solutions in 2013, Stuart founded the new IBM i technology Rest4i, before merging it with Midrange Dynamics in 2019. Co-author of two IBM Redbook... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

11:00am EDT

Help, my printed reports could use a facelift !
As our businesses move to modern report presentations such as Excel spreadsheets, fancy PDF documents, etc. we face the challenge of taking our existing stock of printer files and programs and converting them to produce modern output. Learn how to build modern reports by using RPG and open source. Use true type fonts, include images, print by using PCL and PS languages, build excelfiles, ... Your wildest dreams are possible, just use the tools available on your IBM i.

Speakers
avatar for Koen Decorte

Koen Decorte

CEO, CD Invest


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jasper zip

Monday May 24, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

11:00am EDT

How to Create Quick and Easy Grids on the web using db2 data & PHPGrid
Need a quick, easy and inexpensive way to create web accessible grids of db2 data? In this session I will show you how to create beautiful, editable and fully customizable PHP grids on IBM i with only TWO lines of code using the product from phpgrid.com.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Lyons

Michelle Lyons

Chief Operating Officer, imPower Technologies
Michelle is an independent IBM i consultant and co-owner of imPower Technologies with Jim Buck. She has been actively involved in the IBM i community – volunteering for COMMON, working on the annual “Women in IT” Event for Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

11:00am EDT

My Top 10 Reasons why you should start Unit Testing
Unit testing is a pretty new concept for most developers. This session explains why you should consider adopting unit testing in your everyday development.

Speakers
avatar for Marina Schwenk

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 the IBM i admin at Everbrite... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

11:00am EDT

How to write SQL without knowing SQL
Learn how to use the recently upgraded SQL prompting in Run SQL Scripts in ACS to write SQL by just repeatedly hitting Ctrl-Space.

Speakers
avatar for Edmund Reinhardt

Edmund Reinhardt

IBM i Application Development Tools Lead, IBM
Edmund Reinhardt has been working on application development tools for IBM i for over 25 years. Starting with the green screen tools in 1989 through each technology iteration from OS/2 to Java. As the architect for Rational Developer for i, he is passionate about engaging and delighting... Read More →



Monday May 24, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

11:00am EDT

Create Your First Administration Runtime Expert Template
The Administration Runtime Expert (ARE) is a powerful feature of IBM i that can be used to verify system configuration and application attributes are as expected. You can use ARE to verify one partition or many partitions. Once you have your ARE template created, you can schedule verifications and be notified automatically if unexpected issues are reported. This session will demonstrate how to create an ARE template and use it to verify the selected attributes.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn May

Dawn May

Owner, Dawn May Consulting, LLC
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... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

11:00am EDT

Hidden Gems of IBM i
The IBM i team has been delivering new function two times per year since 2010. New releases and technology refreshes deliver a broad range of function and sometimes the smallest line items can be easily missed. Alison, and the IBM i team have reviewed the past releases/refreshes and have assembled some of their favourite hidden gems; things that you might have missed but should know.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Butterill

Alison Butterill

WW IBM i Offering Manager, IBM
Alison Butterill is the offering manager for IBM i. She owns the responsibility for the IBM i business, including defining and guiding future directions and strategies. She works with the IBM i sales, marketing, and development teams as well as clients and partners to ensure that... Read More →
avatar for Tim Rowe

Tim Rowe

Business Architect Application Development & Systems Management for IBM i, IBM
Tim Rowe is the Business Architect responsible for Application Development and Systems Management for the IBM i operating system. His responsibilities include helping to make sure that the IBM i has what is needed to be successful both today and into the future. He sends much of his... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Mackenzie

Sarah Mackenzie

IBM
Sarah has worked at IBM since 2013 and is a key developer working on the IBM i Development team in Rochester. She is specifically focused on Db2 for i and is responsible for helping to implementing many of the recent enhancements to Db2 for i, including RCAC and Temporal Tables. Sarah... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

11:00am EDT

Multi-factor Authentication for IBM i
Brief overview and demo of multi-factor authentication (MFA). Presentation includes architecture, deployment, and usage of MFA for IBM i.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Hill

Tim Hill

Distinguished Engineer, Rocket Software
Tim Hill is a Distinguished Engineer and VP of Engineering at Rocket Software.  He’s responsible for Rocket-IBM products on Power in security, cloud, and AI/ML.  Technology areas of personal focus include model-based reasoning, deep learning, complex event correlation, network... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: All About PHP with Matthew Weier O'Phinney
Attend and ask all your PHP-related questions, with Matthew Weier O'Phinney, Product Owner and Principal Engineer, Zend by Perforce.  

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Weier O'Phinney

Matthew Weier O'Phinney

Product Manager and Principal Engineer, Zend by Perforce
I am an original contributor to Zend Framework, an enterprise PHP framework, and took over as Project Lead in 2009. Starting in 2019, I helped transition the project to an open governance model to the Linux Foundation as the Laminas Project. In addition to developing PHP frameworks... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: Multi-Platform Development and Managing Complex Projects with Koen Decorte
Attend and ask all your questions about multi-platform development and managing complex projects with Koen Decorte, CD Invest.

Speakers
avatar for Koen Decorte

Koen Decorte

CEO, CD Invest


Monday May 24, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: REST APIs with Tim Rowe
Attend and ask all of your REST API questions.  

Speakers
avatar for Tim Rowe

Tim Rowe

Business Architect Application Development & Systems Management for IBM i, IBM
Tim Rowe is the Business Architect responsible for Application Development and Systems Management for the IBM i operating system. His responsibilities include helping to make sure that the IBM i has what is needed to be successful both today and into the future. He sends much of his... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: RPG with Barbara Morris
Attend and ask all your RPG-related questions of Barbara Morris, lead developer for the RPG compilers.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Morris

Barbara Morris

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... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: SQL Language with Birgitta Hauser
Attend and ask all your SQL language questions of Birgitta Hauser.  

Speakers
avatar for Birgitta Hauser

Birgitta Hauser

Database and Software Architect
Birgitta Hauser worked on the IBM i and its predecessors since 1992. She graduated with a business economics diploma, and started programming on the AS/400 in 1992. She worked and works as traditional RPG Programmer but also as Database and Software Engineer, focusing on IBM  i application... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: Ask Steve Will, IBM i Chief Architect
Attend and ask all your IBM i feature-related questions of Steve Will, Chief Architect - IBM i.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Will

Steve Will

IBM i CTO & Chief Architect, IBM
Steve is the CTO and Chief Architect for the IBM i Operating System.  Spending the past fourteen years of his IBM career in this position, he has become an award-winning speaker, author of the influential blog "You and i," (https://bit.ly/You-and-i-blog) and is one of the most sought-after voices at customer briefings and events. Steve has worked on IBM i and its predecessors since before the creation of the AS/400, and is currently responsible for setting the strategy of the IBM i operating system, as well as deciding which en... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: Managing IBM i with Ansible with Yun Wange
Attend and ask all your questions about Ansible with Yun Wang, Business Architect, IBM.

Speakers
avatar for Yun Wang

Yun Wang

STSM, IBM i Business Architect, IBM
Wang Yun (王云) is senior technical staff member and business architect of IBM i development team, focusing on systems management and cloud management for i. He has been with IBM for 15 years and worked on various projects such as cloud enablement for i, automation for i, Db2 Mirror... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: Security on IBM i with Carol Woodbury
Attend and ask your security-related questions of Carol Woodbury, President and CTO of DXR Security.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Woodbury

Carol Woodbury

President, CTO, Co-Founder, DXR Security
With over 25 years experience in the area of IT security, Carol is known world-wide as an expert in the area of computer security.  During her career, Carol has architected security solutions for Fortune 100 companies as well as small and medium-sized organizations.  Carol is passionate... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

12:00pm EDT

COMMON Expo
Open hours at the COMMON solutions exposition

Monday May 24, 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Breakout 0 / Battelle Ballroom

2:00pm EDT

Build a Dazzling Web or Mobile App on IBM in Minutes — No Coding Required!
The Valence Framework for IBM i, available for free download, includes a browser-based low-code development utility called Nitro App Builder (NAB), through which anyone with a solid understanding of their IBM i database can create slick-looking web or mobile apps, including dashboards and data grids with download-to-Excel functionality, all in a matter of minutes! Running entirely on IBM i, the NAB tool can also be used to create intricate file maintenance apps through which users can adjust content in one or more physical files — you control which fields they can see or edit. 

All of this can be achieved with no coding, though IBM i developers can easily extend the app's functionality with RPG or SQL code to handle business logic as needed. Advanced programmers comfortable with HTML5 and JavaScript code can take things even further, creating super elaborate data-entry apps that work hand-in-hand with server-side RPG logic through the Valence Portal.


The bottom line: With Valence, whether you're a developer or a super user, you can crank out highly functional web and mobile apps on IBM i in no time — no prior experience in web or mobile development required. Come to this quick demo session to see the latest release of the Valence framework, and how easy it is to build and deploy such an app on your system.



Speakers
avatar for Robert Swanson

Robert Swanson

Senior Partner, CNX Corporation
Robert's blood runs "deep green" after having launched his IT career in 1992 as a developer in the 5250-heavy AS/400 world, specializing in the development of shop floor applications for manufacturing and distribution sites. In subsequent years the platform — and the platform's... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

2:00pm EDT

Choosing the Right PHP for IBM i
PHP continues to be an important and widely used language on IBM i. And, with new offerings that make it easy to work with PHP on IBM i, it’s clear that PHP and IBM i will be a winning combination for years to come. But PHP, as a language used in delivering fast, web-enabled mobile services, requires an ongoing commitment to security, performance, and support to ensure a sterling customer experience.
 
In this presentation, our expert gives a high-level overview of two Zend solutions for IBM i, Zend Server and ZendPHP, and discusses how they can improve infrastructure support, security, and performance.
 
Attend this session to learn:
 
  1. How Zend Server can increase ROI on IBM i.
  2. The benefits of fully-supported PHP with ZendPHP.
  3. How Zend Server and ZendPHP integrate with IBM i.
  4. And more!

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Weier O'Phinney

Matthew Weier O'Phinney

Product Manager and Principal Engineer, Zend by Perforce
I am an original contributor to Zend Framework, an enterprise PHP framework, and took over as Project Lead in 2009. Starting in 2019, I helped transition the project to an open governance model to the Linux Foundation as the Laminas Project. In addition to developing PHP frameworks... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

2:00pm EDT

Open API on IBMi
Unlock your IBM I data easily, quickly, and safely by building fully functional REST APIs that automatically generate RPG-Free routines to allow you to re-use your existing IBMi resources. We will show you how to make a REST API with Remain OpenAPI Studio based on an existing database definition and generate a ready-to-run RPG back-end. The resulting API is fully compatible with the OAS3 standard to allow easy and controlled access to your back-end data and resources.

Speakers
avatar for Karl Haggart

Karl Haggart

Managing Director, Remain Software


Monday May 24, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

2:00pm EDT

You Can Communicate with Power and Influence
Do you have a great idea, and you’re not sure how to get your team members on board? Would you like to advocate for the IBM i platform more effectively?  Or maybe you want to share your passion with the world in a podcast or video series.  Peg will tell you how she had a vision, found her voice, and brought her podcasting goals to life with “The incredible i Show” and “Rosary Road.”  What Peg discovered in her journey over the past year can help you step out of your comfort zone, connect with others who support your ideas, and ultimately achieve your communication goals.

Speakers
avatar for Peg Tuttle

Peg Tuttle

Midrange Dynamics
Peg has spent 35+ years in the IBM i community. Throughout her career she has assisted IBM i shops, matching them with solutions focused on operations, security, disaster recovery, high availability, change management, and more. Peg excels in networking and building long-term relationships... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

2:00pm EDT

Dipping your Toe in the Jargon of the Internet of Things
With an estimated 50 BILLION devices attached to the Internet, with a business value of over ONE TRILLION DOLLARS, you need to learn about this technology! We will race through the basic concepts of the IoT, terminology and why this is such an exciting technology to explore.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Guarino

Charles Guarino

CEO, Central Park Data Systems
Charles Guarino believes in the “power” of IBM Power Systems. His career reflects his dedication and interest in bringing the platform and its solutions to others and as a result has been recognized as an IBM Champion.He is a member of COMMON’s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

2:00pm EDT

Upgrading to IBM OS400 V7R3 – can I get there from here if I’m on an old version i.e. V5R3
We have moved many companies from older versions of OS400 to the newer V7R3 versions over the past couple of years and yes you can get there.  It takes a little more work and creativity but we have done it successfully, many times. Spend a few minutes with us to discuss some of the need to knows for getting there.

Speakers
avatar for Russ Afton

Russ Afton

Senior Solutions Architect, Arbor Solutions
IBM Business Partner with 39 years IBM midrange experience, Project Mgmt, Programming, OS Upgrades, Server Migrations, Server Recovery Consulting, Temporary CIO multiple times, Infrastructure sales of IBM/HPE Servers, IBM/HPE Storage, Security Products by Fortinet, VMware, VEEAM... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

2:30pm EDT

Advantages of using JavaScript Frameworks for Front End Web Development
- JavaScript Frameworks and architecture options - Choosing the right framework, technology and architecture for you - IBM i considerations

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea Fenton

Chelsea Fenton

Web Services Team Lead, Fresche Solutions


Monday May 24, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

2:30pm EDT

RDi - Shortcut to Efficiency
This session covers ways to be more efficient using RDi. We will cover helpful keyboard shortcuts as well as built in functionality that I use on a daily basis.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Zaringhalam

Michael Zaringhalam

Developer, PC Richard & Son
Have you ever wanted to meet someone who started Hawaiian Shirt Fridays at their work place? If the answer is 'Yes!', then feel free to reach out with any questions you have regarding Hawaiian shirts... Or IBM i related topics. My main focuses are RDi, DB2, Modernization, and D... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

2:30pm EDT

Hear Our Voice : A Young Woman's Struggle In The World of IT
There are struggles in the IT world that woman face that go unnoticed to everyone around them. From starting developing classes, getting employed, to proving themselves every step of the way. This session will give tips on how to overcome those struggles the smart way.

Speakers
avatar for Nilofur Khan

Nilofur Khan

Sales Development Specialist, iTech Solutions
Nilofur Khan is the Sales Development Specialist at iTech Solutions. With over 15 years of experience in Healthcare and Customer Service, she brings many new skills to the plate. Although new to the platform, Nilofur has never turned down an opportunity to be proactive and learn in... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

2:30pm EDT

Why you should instrument your SQL Workloads with Client Registers
Client Registers are an overlooked Db2 for i feature that can streamline SQL analysis on your systems. Learn how to easily instrument your SQL workloads with the client registers to add workload and business context to all your SQL statements. You'll also see how these register values can be displayed with the ACS SQL Performance Center tooling.

Speakers
avatar for Kent Milligan

Kent Milligan

Senior Db2 for i Consultant, IBM
Kent Milligan is a Senior Db2 for i Consultant in the IBM Lab Services Power Systems Delivery Practice.  Kent has over 25 years of experience as a Db2 for IBM i consultant and developer working out of the IBM Rochester lab. Prior to re-joining the DB2 for i Lab Services practice... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

2:30pm EDT

How to Minimize Risks and Eliminate Downtime when Migrating to the IBM i Cloud
Migrations typically are challenged with issues like downtime and problems after cutover.  The purpose of this session is to highlight a technique utilizing logical replication to migrate active on-premise production workloads into the IBM i Cloud with minimal downtime.

Speakers
avatar for Barry Kirksey

Barry Kirksey

Principal Sales Engineer, Precisely


Monday May 24, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

2:30pm EDT

Image Catalogs: Write once with NFS
Set up a shared NFS drive to deploy PTFs and upgrades with image catalogs. Save time, save space! Make your admin life easier.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Carey

Jeffrey Carey

Sr. System Administrator, 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... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

2:30pm EDT

The Danger of Sharing root (/) and a few other NetServer tidbits
Sure, it's easy to share root, but have you thought about what users can access and what they can do? This session will show you the dangers of sharing root and other thoughts on file sharing strategy.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Fenlon

Margaret Fenlon

Software Engineer, IBM
Margaret started working for IBM in 1983 on the S/36. From 1986-1994 she worked in various areas of what is now the IBM i including Authorization Management support of POSIX and the integrated file system. She worked on the port of SAP R/3 from 1994-1997. In 1998 Margaret joined the... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

2:30pm EDT

Why do you need IBM Db2 Mirror for i?
Continuous availability is the next step to high availability or disaster recovery plans. Discover how Db2 Mirror for i improves business continuity problems and how it can shift availability to a near zero RPO and RTO.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Whitney

Kris Whitney

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.


Monday May 24, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

3:00pm EDT

Browser development tools - Critical insights for web applications
Are you developing web applications on IBM i? Or refacing them? Every modern web browser includes Developer tools, a powerful set of utilities that help speed up development by reducing troubleshooting time and giving you insight into your applications. You’ll learn how to inspect HTML, CSS, JavaScript, identify network and page loading bottlenecks, and better understand your applications. You'll also learn how to use the mobile device emulation so you can see how your application will appear when presented on a wide range of devices. Whether you’re new to web development, or a seasoned developer, you'll learn useful tips, benefits and features of the Developer tools included in Google Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer and more.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Patterson

Greg Patterson

Modernization Specialist, Fresche Solutions
Greg Patterson has been in the IT field for over 20 years, the last 13 with Fresche Solutions where he is currently a Modernization Specialist. In addition to business development activities, Greg also coordinates pre-sales technical demonstrations and discussions, performs business... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

3:00pm EDT

Evaluating RDi debugging features
RDi debugging has been improved in the last year and we’ll show these new features using a live demonstration.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Guarino

Charles Guarino

CEO, Central Park Data Systems
Charles Guarino believes in the “power” of IBM Power Systems. His career reflects his dedication and interest in bringing the platform and its solutions to others and as a result has been recognized as an IBM Champion.He is a member of COMMON’s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

3:00pm EDT

IBM i just makes dollars and cents: The business value of IBM i
In this session we will look at the business value of IBM i. We will look at the financial side of running IBM i. Why the foundational building blocks of this operating system allow it to run with extreme reliability, scalability, and integrity with a fraction of the support staff. How IBM i uses all of this to provide competitive advantage over the competition.

Speakers
avatar for Richie Palma

Richie Palma

Tech Solutions Consultant, iTech Solutions
A Tech Solutions Consultant for iTech Solutions Group, IBM Champion for Power, IBM Fresh Face, founder of the “Midrange Meetup” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on the steering committee for YIP’s (Young i Professionals), and on the board for SEMIUG (South East Michigan IBM i User... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

3:00pm EDT

SQL Routines Performance Checkup
The SQL language makes it easy to create your business logic in stored procedures, triggers, and user-defined functions. Each of these routines have options that performance, but most programmers usually take the default option values without giving any thought to their impact. Learn about these overlooked performance options and how to run reports to quickly identify routines using suboptimal options.

Speakers
avatar for Kent Milligan

Kent Milligan

Senior Db2 for i Consultant, IBM
Kent Milligan is a Senior Db2 for i Consultant in the IBM Lab Services Power Systems Delivery Practice.  Kent has over 25 years of experience as a Db2 for IBM i consultant and developer working out of the IBM Rochester lab. Prior to re-joining the DB2 for i Lab Services practice... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

3:00pm EDT

IBM Db2 Mirror for IBM i Performance Considerations
IBM Db2 Mirror for IBM i enables continuous availability, but what are the implications for performance? Come and learn some of the key performance considerations at both a partition level and an application level when deploying Db2 Mirror.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Barsness

Eric Barsness

Executive Consultant, IBM
Eric Barsness is an Executive Consultant and IBM Master Inventor in IBM System Lab Services. Eric specializes in IBM i performance and scalability and leads the IBM i performance team in Lab Services. Eric has been improving the performance of IBM i, Db2, and customer applications... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

3:00pm EDT

Ready, set, go with DCM
You really can't avoid using certificates in most business applications today. IBM i comes with a pre-packaged toolkit to create, install and manage certificates in a variety of applications. This session covers the basics: 1) Create and use Self signed certificates 2) Request and import certificates from an external CA.

Speakers
avatar for Pete Helgren

Pete Helgren

Team Lead, Bible Study Fellowship
Currently Java Team Lead at Bible Study Fellowship International. Pete is an RPG/C++/VB/Java programmer with over 24 years of system 3X/AS400/iSeries/IBM i experience. He holds certifications as a GIAC Secure Software Programmer-Java, and as a MCSE. His passion has always been in... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

3:00pm EDT

Reduce Security Risks by Preventing Accidental Errors
The biggest threat to a company’s security comes from internal users making accidental errors.  Join this session to learn how critical it is to reduce costly security incidents caused by negligent employees or contractors.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Winston

Dawn Winston

Product Management Director – Security Solutions, Precisely


Monday May 24, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

3:00pm EDT

SECURE IT: Secure Telnet
Your compliance officer has asked you to secure all telnet. What impact will this have on your IBM and exactly how do you do it?

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Carey

Jeffrey Carey

Sr. System Administrator, 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... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

3:30pm EDT

Install Rational Developer for i at the latest level for many developers
With larger groups of IBM i developers using Rational Developer for i (RDi), it is more important to ensure that they are using the same level of RDi and that they upgrade to newer fixpacks together. Otherwise, developers might still be encountering bugs that have already been fixed or behaviour might vary causing confusion amongst developers. With RDi, there are multiple methods of installation available. This session will explain the 6 methods that can be used for installing RDi at the latest level on multiple developer machines.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Simpson

Eric Simpson

IBM i Application Development Tools, IBM


Monday May 24, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

3:30pm EDT

Top 10 UI Web Design Tips for IBM i Developers
Many green screen programmers using RPG, COBOL and the like often struggle to leverage their skills in the Web and Mobile world due to the paradigm shift from green to GUI then for UI to UX. User experience is a very large subject and we cannot make you experts in a single session; our goal is to start you off in the right direction. After the session, attendees will have a good understanding how to build and leverage these skills to modernize legacy applications and build new ones. This session will show you how to: 1. Translate those green paradigms to GUI to leverage skills you already have 2. Design the look of your applications by examining the features of familiar applications 3. Use color in interface design

Speakers
avatar for Nick Hampson

Nick Hampson

Director of Design, Fresche Solutions
Nick has extensive experience in design, UX, product management, innovation and pre-sales. Focused on bringing the business value of design and UX to IBM i customers and the community at large, Nick is recognized as a UX expert on IBM i. He also describes himself as a geek and a bookworm... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

3:30pm EDT

Google Search Tips for IBM i professionals
In this session you will learn how to google search the topic you’ve been stumped on or just need more information on. You will learn tips such as using quotations in the correct place, how to use modifiers, search operators, wild cards, exact match, etc. This session will give you another tool in your toolbelt when your favorite colleague or mentor isn’t available to answer your question.

Speakers
avatar for Richie Palma

Richie Palma

Tech Solutions Consultant, iTech Solutions
A Tech Solutions Consultant for iTech Solutions Group, IBM Champion for Power, IBM Fresh Face, founder of the “Midrange Meetup” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on the steering committee for YIP’s (Young i Professionals), and on the board for SEMIUG (South East Michigan IBM i User... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Wilmoth

Nicole Wilmoth

Wolff Brothers Supply, Inc
Nicole Wilmoth is a web developer at Wolff Brothers Supply, Inc. She's been involved with the IBM i since 2015 and is experienced in HTML, CSS, SQL, and JavaScript. When she's not behind a computer screen, she's running long distances, drinking too much coffee, or reading a good... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

3:30pm EDT

Enhance SQL Statement Reuse with Extended Indicators
Ever feel like your embedded SQL programs contain many variations of the same basic UPDATE or OPEN statement to account for all the different combinations of host variables? If so, then you'll want to come learn how to use SQL Extended Indicators to code a single statement that can be reused. In addition, you'll see how the SQL procedural language has been enhanced to allow the usage of Extended Indicators.

Speakers
avatar for Kent Milligan

Kent Milligan

Senior Db2 for i Consultant, IBM
Kent Milligan is a Senior Db2 for i Consultant in the IBM Lab Services Power Systems Delivery Practice.  Kent has over 25 years of experience as a Db2 for IBM i consultant and developer working out of the IBM Rochester lab. Prior to re-joining the DB2 for i Lab Services practice... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

3:30pm EDT

Encrypting DB2 Data for Compliance and Peace of Mind
In this whirlwind tour of DB2 encryption, learn how to leverage encryption to protect data in DB2. No matter if you are seeking to protect personally identifiable information, sensitive financial information, or the secret recipes of your IBM i-based pizza-making business juggernaut, come here to learn how Db2 for i encryption differs from other RDBMS's, how easy it can be to implement transparent data encryption, and how encryption can help you to comply with national and international data protection regimes. Yes, things like RCAC and field procedures will be mentioned, too, but don’t worry. If you enjoy maximum content and minimal boredom AND manage an IBM i, this is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Kurt Thomas

Kurt Thomas

Senior System Engineer, HelpSystems
My favorite error message:ERROR: -No error.


Monday May 24, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

3:30pm EDT

The Black Hole of the Integrated File System
So, you know file systems exist, and you think (or know) there's a lot of 'stuff' in it. But what is really in your file systems? How old are all the objects you have in your file systems? This session will give you some methods on how to figure it out.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Fenlon

Margaret Fenlon

Software Engineer, IBM
Margaret started working for IBM in 1983 on the S/36. From 1986-1994 she worked in various areas of what is now the IBM i including Authorization Management support of POSIX and the integrated file system. She worked on the port of SAP R/3 from 1994-1997. In 1998 Margaret joined the... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

3:30pm EDT

Using Digital Certificates
In this session, Steve Pitcher will discuss encryption, ciphers, protocols, certificates, and how it all comes together.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Pitcher

Steve Pitcher

IBM i Administration, iTech Solutions
Steve Pitcher is a Solutions Expert on Systems Administration and Security with iTech Solutions Group and an Industry Analyst at MC Press Online. He’s been a specialist in IBM i solutions since 2000 with an emphasis on modernization, security and collaboration products. Steve has... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

3:30pm EDT

Using IBM Db2 Mirror for i Application Evaluation to gain insight
Ever wonder if Db2 Mirror is right for you? Find out how the Application Evaluation feature can assist with preparing to use IBM Db2 Mirror for i. Be introduced to how it helps provide a different perspective into the types of IBM i objects being used and how those objects fit in a Db2 Mirror environment.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Rowe

Tim Rowe

Business Architect Application Development & Systems Management for IBM i, IBM
Tim Rowe is the Business Architect responsible for Application Development and Systems Management for the IBM i operating system. His responsibilities include helping to make sure that the IBM i has what is needed to be successful both today and into the future. He sends much of his... Read More →
avatar for Mi Huynh

Mi Huynh

IBM i High Availability Development, IBM
Mi started at IBM in 2017 and she is a key developer working on the IBM i Development team in Rochester. She is specifically focused on IBM i High Availability development with Db2 Mirror for i.  


Monday May 24, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

4:00pm EDT

Intro to Techniques Used to Manipulate HTML at Run Time
This session will provide a glimpse into a handful of strategies for changing HTML at run time. This kind of manipulation is usually needed when building a web page that is to operate like an IBM i business application. Similarly, we are going to need a way to change the literal HTML UI element properties at run time based on run time conditions. We’ll take a high-level peek at techniques, while avoiding focus on pros and cons. However I may bring in a little bit about the primary focus of a technique based upon the kind of challenge I think it is intending to solve. We’ll touch upon CSS3 media queries, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP and compiled code-behind, not necessarily in that order. I’ll include a bit of syntax when I think it helps.

Speakers
avatar for Rex Smith

Rex Smith

Sr. Developer (ERP & Web), Tegratecs Development Corp.
Rex is a Sr. Developer at Tegratecs and enjoys developing business applications in traditional IBM i environments and in web environments.   Rex enjoys interacting with customers and designing business application software that solves problems and meets user needs.  He is currently... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

4:00pm EDT

Using RDi's Code Coverage Tool
I am surprised how many developers are not acquainted with Code Coverage. This session will cover a number of tips and tricks to get you up-to-speed with this useful RDi feature. o Configuring Code Coverage for batch and interactive applications o Running code coverage in batch and interactive applications o Setting code coverage acceptance levels and interpreting results o Types of reports and working with results

Speakers
avatar for Jim Buck

Jim Buck

CEO & Head Instructor, imPower Technologies
Jim Buck’s career in IT has spanned more than 35+ years, primarily in college education, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Past president (13 years) of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association (www.wmcpa.org) and has served on several teams developing IBM... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

4:00pm EDT

How to Keep Your CIO from Ripping Out Your IBM i
Over the last year, industries have seen drastic changes to their markets and how they do business, with many forced to reconsider their IBM® i on IBM® Power Systems™. Their applications often end up in a CIO’s crosshairs in a push for greater IT efficiency or competitive superiority, and it’s usually because he or she is unfamiliar with the platform’s benefits. Your IBM i has become so reliable and subtle in its job that it’s basically invisible, or both. In this presentation we will give you the tools you need to help you avert a crippling business decision by demonstrating how IBM i can remain an essential part of a competitive IT ecosystem.

Speakers
avatar for Puneet Kohli

Puneet Kohli

Vice President of Products, Rocket Software
Puneet Kohli is the Vice President of Products at Rocket Software. Puneet has two decades of experience managing all facets of engineering for enterprise software. Puneet has deep knowledge of Identity and access management, governance risk & compliance, Devops, hybrid converged infrastructure... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

4:00pm EDT

Setting up ODBC on IBM i
If you want to use open-source software on IBM i, you are going to need to set up ODBC, the database API the underlies connections for most OSS on the system. This session will show you exactly how to set up ODBC on your systems, including installation, creation of "data sources", and understanding some of the core connection string keywords. This is a one-time set up, so after this short session you'll be ready to go!

Speakers
avatar for Mark Irish

Mark Irish

Software Engineer, IBM
I am a software engineer at IBM working on open-source software enablement for the IBM i. I am particularly knowledgeable about Node.js and Machine Learning software libraries. Feel free to talk to me about your open-source questions and tell me what open-source software you'd like... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

4:00pm EDT

How to manage spooled files with SQL and CL
You will learn: -- What is SYSTOOLS.DELETE_OLD_SPOOLED_FILES? -- How to use it -- How to automate it SQL and CL used together for improved spooled file management! https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/node/6174519

Speakers
avatar for Scott Forstie

Scott Forstie

Db2 for i Business Architect, IBM
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... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

4:00pm EDT

IFS data in IBM Db2 Mirror for i
Learn about how Db2 Mirror is more than just making Db2 data highly available. Integrated file system (IFS) data can also be made highly available using IBM Db2 Mirror for i. Find out more about the differences between how Db2 Mirror makes IFS and Db2 data highly available.

Speakers
avatar for Shauna Rollings

Shauna Rollings

IBM i Performance Tools & High Availability Development, IBM
Shauna joined the IBM i development team in 2008. She has developed and supported IBM i performance data collector tools throughout her entire IBM career. From the very beginning of the Db2 Mirror for i project, she has also been the technical team lead for the Db2 Mirror Configuration... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

4:00pm EDT

Navigating the Latest Digital Certificate Manager GUI
An updated version of DCM (Digital Certificate Manager) is available which provides a friendly robust interface for improved certificate and application definition management. This session will provide a live demonstration of the most often needed tasks including viewing, renewing, importing, and assigning certificates to help you secure your network applications.

Speakers
avatar for Thom Haze

Thom Haze

Software Engineer, IBM
Thom is the lead software developer for IBM Digital Certificate Manager for i (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... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

4:00pm EDT

No, not yes.
Back in my day we pretty much allowed everything, and restricted users and access only when it was deemed necessary. Today the opposite MUST be true. We must default to NO access in ALL respects. We must add layers. We must raise the bar to entry. We must stop social engineering, remove unneeded access, close doors, remove keys from under the mat, and actually turn the deadbolt. We will change your mind!

Speakers
avatar for Larry Bolhuis

Larry Bolhuis

Chief i-entist, Frankeni Technology Consulting, LLC
Larry has grown up with computers since his father became a CE in 1967. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Calvin College in 1982 and soon after began working on IBM S/34 and S/36. Larry began working on the AS/400 at its introduction in 1988. In the 34 years... Read More →
avatar for Steve Pitcher

Steve Pitcher

IBM i Administration, iTech Solutions
Steve Pitcher is a Solutions Expert on Systems Administration and Security with iTech Solutions Group and an Industry Analyst at MC Press Online. He’s been a specialist in IBM i solutions since 2000 with an emphasis on modernization, security and collaboration products. Steve has... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

4:30pm EDT

Hidden Gems of Application Development
Hidden Gems has been a popular session over the past few years. In this 20 min shorted version, several key members of the IBM team will share how their favorite hidden gems might just be what you are looking for to help you on your application development journey.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Rowe

Tim Rowe

Business Architect Application Development & Systems Management for IBM i, IBM
Tim Rowe is the Business Architect responsible for Application Development and Systems Management for the IBM i operating system. His responsibilities include helping to make sure that the IBM i has what is needed to be successful both today and into the future. He sends much of his... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Mackenzie

Sarah Mackenzie

IBM
Sarah has worked at IBM since 2013 and is a key developer working on the IBM i Development team in Rochester. She is specifically focused on Db2 for i and is responsible for helping to implementing many of the recent enhancements to Db2 for i, including RCAC and Temporal Tables. Sarah... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

4:30pm EDT

Wireframing: A Strong Start to IBM i Web / Mobile Development
In this session, Scott Gingerysty will cover wireframing and prototyping fundamentals and best practices. He’ll discuss: • What wireframes and prototypes are • The differences between wireframes and prototypes • The advantages of wireframing and prototyping • Use cases and examples on IBM i

Speakers
avatar for Scott Gingerysty

Scott Gingerysty

Team Lead, Web Application Services, Fresche Solutions
I am a Senior Web Developer/Team Lead and Application Modernization expert at Fresche. I am passionate about IBM i application modernization. Since 2013, I have added new life into business-critical RPG applications using web technology. Whether it is a new development, augmenting... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

4:30pm EDT

Want Them to Want You...and Continue to Want You in a Covid World
In today's hyper-competitive culture we're all striving to be the best employees we can be. Especially in a pandemic focused world, we need to prove our value. But how? What if I told you that the secrets to being the ideal employee aren't secrets after all? That you've known them for a very long time... since kindergarten! Remember when you learned to always be kind, play fair, and say thank you? Those life lessons still apply today! Come to this fun and lively session to learn how to apply these and many other timeless bits of wisdom you learned as a child, to make you the ultimate employee!

Speakers
avatar for Steven Wolk

Steven Wolk

CTO, PC Richard & Son
Steven Wolk is the Chief Technology Officer for PC Richard & Son, a family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Founded in 1909, PC Richard has always been known for honesty, integrity, and reliability throughout... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

4:30pm EDT

Kung-Fu Tables
This session covers database constraints and triggers. Records can be inserted/updated from so many different locations in a program and we do our best to protect from bad data in our code. So why not centralize this logic and allow a table to fend for itself?

Speakers
avatar for Michael Zaringhalam

Michael Zaringhalam

Developer, PC Richard & Son
Have you ever wanted to meet someone who started Hawaiian Shirt Fridays at their work place? If the answer is 'Yes!', then feel free to reach out with any questions you have regarding Hawaiian shirts... Or IBM i related topics. My main focuses are RDi, DB2, Modernization, and D... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

4:30pm EDT

How to search the IFS using SQL...Made Simple
On IBM i 7.3 and higher, IBM i Services for the IFS and the SQL Query Engine can be used to answer very important questions about the IFS. Whether you're after improved security management, storage management, or some other business goal, come to this session to learn how to incorporate SQL know-how to get the job done.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Forstie

Scott Forstie

Db2 for i Business Architect, IBM
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... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

4:30pm EDT

Options for Encryption
Lets look at all the options you have with Encryption from Tape to SAN, which ones work best, and how do we implement them.

Speakers
avatar for Pete Massiello

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... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

4:30pm EDT

Tips and Techniques to Managing Expiring Certificates
This presentation will describe the issues with using expired certificates and how to avoid getting into these situations. You will discover methods to retrieve and view your certificate expiration details and learn about APIs that can be used to automate certificate renewal and assigning the renewed certificate to your application definitions.

Speakers
avatar for Thom Haze

Thom Haze

Software Engineer, IBM
Thom is the lead software developer for IBM Digital Certificate Manager for i (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... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

4:30pm EDT

Work Management Subsystems
In this session we will walk through the overall components of the popular work management feature called Subsystems. You will how to create subsystems, how they start, how they allocate memory pools and how the various work activity like batch, interactive, and server jobs get into these memory pools.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Huntington

Tom Huntington

EVP of Technical Solutions, HelpSystems
Tom Huntington is Executive Vice President of Technical Solutions at HelpSystems, and a 29-plus-year veteran of the company. He works with business alliances, acquisitions and large customer relationships and ensures that the HelpSystems software works with other major software and... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: All About RDi with Charles Guarino
Attend and ask your questions about RDi with Charles Guarino, CEO of Central Park Data Systems.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Guarino

Charles Guarino

CEO, Central Park Data Systems
Charles Guarino believes in the “power” of IBM Power Systems. His career reflects his dedication and interest in bringing the platform and its solutions to others and as a result has been recognized as an IBM Champion.He is a member of COMMON’s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: Developing for Mobile and Web with Greg Patterson
Attend this session and ask your questions about developing modern applications for mobile and the web.  


Speakers
avatar for Greg Patterson

Greg Patterson

Modernization Specialist, Fresche Solutions
Greg Patterson has been in the IT field for over 20 years, the last 13 with Fresche Solutions where he is currently a Modernization Specialist. In addition to business development activities, Greg also coordinates pre-sales technical demonstrations and discussions, performs business... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: Business Value of the IBM i with Steve Wolk and Richie Palma
Attend this session to ask your questions about the business value of IBM i as well as ways to advocate for the system in your organization.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Wolk

Steven Wolk

CTO, PC Richard & Son
Steven Wolk is the Chief Technology Officer for PC Richard & Son, a family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Founded in 1909, PC Richard has always been known for honesty, integrity, and reliability throughout... Read More →
avatar for Richie Palma

Richie Palma

Tech Solutions Consultant, iTech Solutions
A Tech Solutions Consultant for iTech Solutions Group, IBM Champion for Power, IBM Fresh Face, founder of the “Midrange Meetup” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on the steering committee for YIP’s (Young i Professionals), and on the board for SEMIUG (South East Michigan IBM i User... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: Database Performance with Kent Milligan
Attend this session to ask your questions about database performance with Kent Milligan, IBM.

Speakers
avatar for Kent Milligan

Kent Milligan

Senior Db2 for i Consultant, IBM
Kent Milligan is a Senior Db2 for i Consultant in the IBM Lab Services Power Systems Delivery Practice.  Kent has over 25 years of experience as a Db2 for IBM i consultant and developer working out of the IBM Rochester lab. Prior to re-joining the DB2 for i Lab Services practice... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: All About Encrypting Data with Robin Tatam
Attend this session to ask your questions about data security and encryption, with Robin Tatam, Director of Security Technologies, HelpSystems.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Tatam

Robin Tatam

Director of Security Technologies, Helpsystems
Robin Tatam is HelpSystems’ Global Director of Security Technologies and a COMMON subject matter expert (SME). As an award-winning speaker on security topics, Robin has been interviewed and quoted by industry magazines and has published numerous trade articles. Robin’s extensive... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: DB2 Mirror with Kris Whitney
Attend this session to ask your questions about DB2 Mirror for i, with Kris Whitney, IBM.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Whitney

Kris Whitney

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.


Monday May 24, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: Managing Spool File with Scott Forstie
Attend this session to ask your questions about spool files, with Scott Forstie .

Speakers
avatar for Scott Forstie

Scott Forstie

Db2 for i Business Architect, IBM
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... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: Managing System Certificates with Thom Haze
Attend this session to ask your questions about managing system certificates, with Thomas Haze, IBM.

Speakers
avatar for Thom Haze

Thom Haze

Software Engineer, IBM
Thom is the lead software developer for IBM Digital Certificate Manager for i (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... Read More →


Monday May 24, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

5:30pm EDT

Reception in the Expo
Monday May 24, 2021 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
Breakout 0 / Battelle Ballroom
 
Tuesday, May 25
 

8:30am EDT

Using open source to help modernize ibm i
Learn from real life customer examples how open source tools can help you modernize your applications. Get new ideas of the possibilities of IBM i.

Speakers
avatar for Koen Decorte

Koen Decorte

CEO, CD Invest


Tuesday May 25, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

8:30am EDT

The Secrets to Making the Most of Online Meetings
Now that virtual meetings have become the new normal for so many of us, it's vital that we learn to make the most of this approach to getting things done. Whether you use Zoom, Teams, Webex, or another product, come to this session to learn the secrets to supercharging your online meeting productivity and getting results!

Speakers
avatar for Steven Wolk

Steven Wolk

CTO, PC Richard & Son
Steven Wolk is the Chief Technology Officer for PC Richard & Son, a family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Founded in 1909, PC Richard has always been known for honesty, integrity, and reliability throughout... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

8:30am EDT

Journals and ACS turning potential value into realized value.
Journal entries are a secure form of data that when viewed can be used to weave a story that answers the who, the what, the when, and the where of operations on the system. In this session we will look at how IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) can be used to turn the potential value of journal entries into realized value by taking a simple “what happened” scenario. Come take a dive into ACS and Journal entries!

Speakers
avatar for Quinton Kramer

Quinton Kramer

Staff Software Engineer, IBM
Having started in January of 2015 Quinton Kramer is one of the fresh faces of IBM i. In that time Quinn has worked on everything from customer/support issues to feature enhancements and deliverables on Db2.Working as a database developer he views speaking engagements as an opportunity... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

8:30am EDT

HTTP Today and Tomorrow
HTTP is the standard protocol to exchange Web site information. HTTP/1.1 has been used for many years. In 2015, HTTP/2 was released with a focus on improving the online experience by reducing latency in several ways. Now it looks like HTTP/3 is on the way and browsers and servers have began to support this new version. In this session, we will explore the updates in HTTP/2 , even showing a demo of how taking advantage can result in a tremendous performance boost, as well as look at the HTTP/3 and how this might impact you in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Chang Qing Zheng

Chang Qing Zheng

Software Engineer, IBM
I am working on IBM i Web Integration area, covering several products on IBM i, like Web Admin, HTTP server, Db2 Mirror, Java toolbox, node.js and open source technologies.


Tuesday May 25, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

8:30am EDT

HA solutions for IBM i
How to pick the right solution Advantages and disadvantages between three main HA solutions: iASP, Full System Replication and software replication.

Speakers
avatar for Bartlomiej  Grabowski

Bartlomiej Grabowski

CEO, Cloud Walkers
Bartlomiej Grabowski known as Bart. IBM Champion and Platinum Redbook author. With over 15 years of experience in various worldwide solutions Bart founded Cloud Walkers company which delivers tools for IBM i. He is a frequent speaker presenting at technical conferences and events... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

8:30am EDT

How to Deploy and Configure NVMe Devices with IBM i
Now that we know what an NVMe device is which ones do I use with IBM i and how do I configure it? What if I want to use NVMe with VIOS, what are my options? Are NVMe devices easier or more difficult to manage then SAS storage?

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Gibbs

Douglas Gibbs

Product Manager - Power IO, IBM
Douglas Gibbs is the offering manager for IBM Power Systems I/O and works closely with the overall Offering Management, Sales and Development teams regarding all manners of I/O. Douglas has worked in the IT Industry for more than 25 years and has been in a variety of positions at... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

8:30am EDT

IBM i Service Commander-Manage Your Open Source and System Services
IBM i Service Commander is an open source utility created by Jesse Gorzinski for unifying the daunting task of managing various open source and other PASE, QShell or other IBM i system services and applications. This tool can be used to manage a number of services, for instance: IBM i host server jobs, IBM i standard TCP servers (*TCP, *SSHD, etc.), Open-Source programs you wrote (Node.js, Python, PHP applications), Apache Tomcat instances, Kafka, Zookeeper, ActiveMQ servers, Jenkins, etc. Attend this session to see how to quickly establish consistency and better manage your background services and jobs.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Schoen

Richard Schoen

President, Mobigogo LLC
Richard has over 30 years of software development, system integration, document management and process automation experience on all system platforms including IBM i, Windows, Linux and Mac. Richard started RJS Software Systems in 1990 and served as President and CTO until the company... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

8:30am EDT

Proactive Performance Preparation for IBM i Partitions
No one plans to have a performance problem. When it next happens to you, will you have automatically collected the information necessary to identify the root cause of the problem? This session will show you how to be prepared in the event of an unplanned performance problem.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Barsness

Eric Barsness

Executive Consultant, IBM
Eric Barsness is an Executive Consultant and IBM Master Inventor in IBM System Lab Services. Eric specializes in IBM i performance and scalability and leads the IBM i performance team in Lab Services. Eric has been improving the performance of IBM i, Db2, and customer applications... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

9:00am EDT

How to Get Real with Open Source
If you want to get off the starting line and be an Open Source on IBM i answer person, there's a minimum program you should follow, no excuses. It only takes 20 minutes to lay out the path to success for assimilating personally and interiorizing in your practice the new and business-critical model of leveraging open source on IBM i. What you need to know, how you learn it, and how to get help from the experts and from the all-seeing Internet.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Woehr

Jack Woehr

Senior Engineer, Absolute Performance, Inc.
Author of Ublu, an open source remote language for IBM i.A Quantum Computing enthusiast, Jack is an IBM Qiskit Advocate, 2021 IBM Champion, and 2022 IBM Champion.A consulting programmer with over 30 years' experience in open source specializing in open source based IBM i modernization... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

9:00am EDT

The Coolest New Technology at the Consumer Electronics Show this Year!
Missed CES this year? So did everyone else because of COVID - but it was held virtually, and there were lots of cool toys, gadgets, and gizmos introduced! Do you love technology? Then take a well deserved break from RPG and SQL sessions to glimpse into the future of flying cars, transparent screens, and other amazing high-tech wonders!

Speakers
avatar for Steven Wolk

Steven Wolk

CTO, PC Richard & Son
Steven Wolk is the Chief Technology Officer for PC Richard & Son, a family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Founded in 1909, PC Richard has always been known for honesty, integrity, and reliability throughout... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

9:00am EDT

Getting advice with ACS and the Index Advisor
In this session we will take a look at how IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) can help the database engineer tackle the iterative process that is index management. • What role do maintained temporary indexes play? • What is the difference between raw and condensed advice? • How should you approach the advice you are given? All these questions and more are answered in this 20-minute dive into the Index Advisor!

Speakers
avatar for Quinton Kramer

Quinton Kramer

Staff Software Engineer, IBM
Having started in January of 2015 Quinton Kramer is one of the fresh faces of IBM i. In that time Quinn has worked on everything from customer/support issues to feature enhancements and deliverables on Db2.Working as a database developer he views speaking engagements as an opportunity... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

9:00am EDT

Introduction to Enterprise Messaging
As our systems become more complex it comes critical to have methods and tools for disparate systems and applications to be able to work collaboratively together. One such method is Enterprise Messaging and it's usefulness cannot be understated. With several open source Enterprise Messaging solutions now available on IBM i it's time to explore the capabilities behind EM and what it can mean to your business.

Speakers
avatar for Erwin Earley

Erwin Earley

Customer Success Manager - Architect, IBM
With over 25 years working in the IBM i community with IBM (with a brief stint with the Zend by Perforce team) I have worked with a number of technologies on the POWER platform including cloud (PowerVC) Dev/Ops solutions (Docker, Chef), Open Source technologies (Linux, MySQL/MariaDB... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

9:00am EDT

Activate IBM i Event Auditing
Event auditing is mandated by all regulatory mandates and should be a base configuration required by any shop using IBM i. Unfortunately, almost 20% of servers powered by IBM i have zero visibility to events that could be flagging the onset of a serious problem. The other 80% are often not configured correctly! This session revels in what IBM i can log all by itself for FREE, discloses what cannot be logged without additional help, and instructs you how to benefit from the results.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Tatam

Robin Tatam

Director of Security Technologies, Helpsystems
Robin Tatam is HelpSystems’ Global Director of Security Technologies and a COMMON subject matter expert (SME). As an award-winning speaker on security topics, Robin has been interviewed and quoted by industry magazines and has published numerous trade articles. Robin’s extensive... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

9:00am EDT

Deploying PowerHA with Geographic Mirroring
See how to configure and deploy PowerHA with Geographic Mirroring, including how you can set up Geographic Mirroring alongside an existing HA solution.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Nordland

Brian Nordland

Technical Product Manager and Associate Software Development Manager, HelpSystems
Brian Nordland is the technical product manager for PowerHA and Robot HA at HelpSystems. Brian has spoken at events, webinars, and user groups—including COMMON—since 2014. He is a co-inventor on multiple patent applications and co-author on technical publications in high availability... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

9:00am EDT

Leveraging IBM i (SQL) Services for Performance Management
For system administrators figuring out how to call system management or performance related APIs on IBM i can be a challenge. Luckily for you, many of those APIs have equivalent IBM i Services that can easily be invoked using simple SQL statements. Learn how to take advantage of these services for everyday performance management tasks.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Barsness

Eric Barsness

Executive Consultant, IBM
Eric Barsness is an Executive Consultant and IBM Master Inventor in IBM System Lab Services. Eric specializes in IBM i performance and scalability and leads the IBM i performance team in Lab Services. Eric has been improving the performance of IBM i, Db2, and customer applications... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

9:00am EDT

Modern Password Policy Theory
Many companies are using password policies developed in the 1980's on their IBM i systems. Come learn about the NIST guidelines for passwords, IBM's take on them, and how to apply them to your IBM i system.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Andrews

Robert Andrews

Executive Security Consultant, IBM
Robert Andrews is the Team Lead for IBM i Security and Authentication Technology Services in Rochester, MN.  He is an Executive Security Consultant / STSM and a certified Thought Leader in IBM for security.  Besides security, Robert is an expert in Db2, journaling, and DDM/DRDA... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

9:30am EDT

Exploring Open Source Management Tools
As more open source solutions become available on the platform, both simple and complex, it becomes important to understand the tools that are available to manage applications running in the Open Source Environment. In this session we will explore tools such as Systems Commander (SC) for being able to control the state of applications and their dependencies; cron - for being able to schedule jobs, both one-time and recurring; and others.

Speakers
avatar for Erwin Earley

Erwin Earley

Customer Success Manager - Architect, IBM
With over 25 years working in the IBM i community with IBM (with a brief stint with the Zend by Perforce team) I have worked with a number of technologies on the POWER platform including cloud (PowerVC) Dev/Ops solutions (Docker, Chef), Open Source technologies (Linux, MySQL/MariaDB... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

9:30am EDT

IBM Champions
Lets talk IBM Champions with existing IBM Champions and introduce the IBM Champion program to ALL Power / Common users and business partners. The IBM Champion program has over 725 customers worldwide who are recognized for the excellence in the world of IBM. For more information visit: www.ibm.biz/champions

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Litel

Stuart Litel

IBM
Stuart Litel has nearly 40 years of Relational Database experience. He was one of the original beta tester of Informix relational daabase. In the early to mid 80's, he led one of the largest end user commercial Unix projects in the world during the time when UNIX was just getting... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

9:30am EDT

Using SQL global Variables to help audit your data:
This presentation demonstrates a technique for automatically populating an SQL Global variable to be used for adding audit information to your database tables

Speakers
avatar for Ray Everhart

Ray Everhart

Senior IBM i Analyst and X-Analysis Product Manager, Fresche
For over 30 years, Ray has helped companies understand, develop and manage their RPG, COBOL and CA 2E application environments. He also specializes in helping clients enhance and modernize their systems to meet evolving business demands and take advantage of digital transformation... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

9:30am EDT

Securing your Sametime 11 Proxy and Community Servers
Learn the key steps involved in securing your Sametime Community and Sametime Proxy servers to ensure all communication on this instant messaging platform is secure.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Greene

Kim Greene

President, Kim Greene Consulting, Inc.
Kim Greene is president of Kim Greene Consulting, Inc. specializing in providing consulting services for the IBM Collaboration Solutions portfolio for IBM i (formerly AS/400, iSeries, System i), Windows, and Linux. Kim has over 15 years of experience with IBM Domino and 20 years of... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

9:30am EDT

Backup IBM i with ICC and Spectrum Protect
This session will demonstrate how to backup IBM i using IBM Cloud Storage for i to IBM Spectrum Protect. I will show you with a demonstration the new way of backing up and restoring files for IBM i.

Speakers
avatar for Ludovic Menard

Ludovic Menard

IBM i consultant, IBM
Ludovic is an IBM i consultant in IBM Lab Services. Ludo does  benchmark of performance and proof of concept. He works in Montpellier France and he does workshops around Db2 Mirror for i, Backup IBM i with ICC product. He knows Ansible for i and also he does performance audit.Ludo... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

9:30am EDT

Create Reports Using Performance Data Investigator (PDI)
Learn how to work with PDI report descriptions to create customized reports using the performance data on your system. PDI can generate reports similar to PM Agent reports.

Speakers
avatar for Lora Powell

Lora Powell

Advisory Software Engineer, IBM
I have been at IBM since 1989, where I spent the first 20 years of my career on compiler development. Since 2009 I have found my niche with IBM i Performance Tools. I now enjoy being a developer and team lead for Performance Data Investigator (PDI).


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

9:30am EDT

Setting up Multi-Factor Authentication on IBM i
While the IBM i does not natively support Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), there are methods to add it on to the system. This session will demonstrate how to setup simple protection for just Telnet as well as comprehensive protection for all IBM i interfaces.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Andrews

Robert Andrews

Executive Security Consultant, IBM
Robert Andrews is the Team Lead for IBM i Security and Authentication Technology Services in Rochester, MN.  He is an Executive Security Consultant / STSM and a certified Thought Leader in IBM for security.  Besides security, Robert is an expert in Db2, journaling, and DDM/DRDA... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

9:30am EDT

SSH vs. SSL
Securing IBM i data when passed across the network is critical and when looking at doing that a common question is should this be done via SSH or SSL/TLS. In this session we will look at the way these different communication type behave across the network and then compare and contrast them.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Bowers

Wayne Bowers

Software Engineer, IBM
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, Console, the TCP Telnet communications server, and the... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

10:00am EDT

Perfomance Profiling for Open Source
Users love fast applications. Find and eliminate any slow code in your Node, PHP, and Python applications using free, open source performance profiling tools that you can download and use immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Alan Seiden

Alan Seiden

Principal, Seiden Group


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

10:00am EDT

IBM i Explained
Are you new to the platform or maybe just work with some part of it such as developing applications or just manage it. I'll quickly go through the whole "concept" in 20 minutes for you to get a better over all picture

Speakers
avatar for Torbjörn Appehl

Torbjörn Appehl

ISV Advisor, Built on Power
I've been working with IBM i and It's predecessors since 1997. Today I have my own company focusing on helping IBM and their Independent Software Vendors (ISV) to fully take advantage of all technologies available on the platform.I was member of the board for Common Sweden for 10... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

10:00am EDT

Install and Start Using PostgreSQL in 20 Minutes
IBM recently released a current version of the PostgreSQL database to run natively in PASE on IBM i. The software installs in minutes on IBM i via the Yum-based Open Source Package Management process which is part of Access Client Solutions (ACS). This means that PostgreSQL is being fully embraced as a valid IBM i database for storing data for PHP, Python, Node, Java application and more. No need to look elsewhere to host your open-source applications that need to use PostgreSQL. Attend this session to see how to quickly get started installing and using PostgreSQL natively on IBM i.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Schoen

Richard Schoen

President, Mobigogo LLC
Richard has over 30 years of software development, system integration, document management and process automation experience on all system platforms including IBM i, Windows, Linux and Mac. Richard started RJS Software Systems in 1990 and served as President and CTO until the company... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

10:00am EDT

CMS on IBM i - We Got That!
Have you ever wanted to implement a Customer Relationship Management system on IBM i -- did you know that you can!! This session will walk through the process to easily establish your own Customer Relationship Management (CRM) through the use of PHP, MariaDB, and the popular SweetCRM application.

Speakers
avatar for Erwin Earley

Erwin Earley

Customer Success Manager - Architect, IBM
With over 25 years working in the IBM i community with IBM (with a brief stint with the Zend by Perforce team) I have worked with a number of technologies on the POWER platform including cloud (PowerVC) Dev/Ops solutions (Docker, Chef), Open Source technologies (Linux, MySQL/MariaDB... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

10:00am EDT

Collect and Analyze Historical Performance Data with Graph History
First, learn how to start collecting historical performance data. Then learn how to use the Graph History tool within Performance Data Investigator (PDI) to view performance trends over time. Also learn how to use the export feature of Graph History to create charts similar to PM Agent reports.

Speakers
avatar for Lora Powell

Lora Powell

Advisory Software Engineer, IBM
I have been at IBM since 1989, where I spent the first 20 years of my career on compiler development. Since 2009 I have found my niche with IBM i Performance Tools. I now enjoy being a developer and team lead for Performance Data Investigator (PDI).


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

10:00am EDT

ROI = HA + DR
IT is in the Business of delivering systems Value. Sell to your management uptime as a revenue generator versus DR as a costly insurance policy. The Power of UPTIME rings true with your CFO

Speakers
avatar for Richard Dolewski

Richard Dolewski

VP, Enterprise Solutions, Connectria
Richard is a recognized SME and award-winning industry speaker specializing in, Cloud Computing Architecture, Business Resiliency, Disaster Recovery Planning and Backup & Recovery Program Design. He leads organizations through the new era of technology, achieving the desired, successful... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

10:00am EDT

The Open Door - DDM
Most IBM i clients have a completely open door to their IBM i systems - DDM. In this quick session, see a live demonstration of various ways to exploit this open door. The session will conclude with a high level discussion of remediation to help close this risk.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Andrews

Robert Andrews

Executive Security Consultant, IBM
Robert Andrews is the Team Lead for IBM i Security and Authentication Technology Services in Rochester, MN.  He is an Executive Security Consultant / STSM and a certified Thought Leader in IBM for security.  Besides security, Robert is an expert in Db2, journaling, and DDM/DRDA... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

10:00am EDT

Understanding Save and Restore
An introduction to Save and restore, with the understanding on what you need to save, what the difference is between different types of saves, and a look into saving with BRMS

Speakers
avatar for Pete Massiello

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... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

10:30am EDT

Scripting in PASE
As we deploy more open-source based solutions it becomes important to understand the strength of shell scripting and how it can be used to make complex tasks easier. This session will present some real-world examples of shell script and walk trough how they work as an introduction to how you can write your own shell scripts.

Speakers
avatar for Erwin Earley

Erwin Earley

Customer Success Manager - Architect, IBM
With over 25 years working in the IBM i community with IBM (with a brief stint with the Zend by Perforce team) I have worked with a number of technologies on the POWER platform including cloud (PowerVC) Dev/Ops solutions (Docker, Chef), Open Source technologies (Linux, MySQL/MariaDB... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

10:30am EDT

20 Things Other Platforms Just Dream About
In this presentation I will go through 20 different unique things to IBM i and Power systems that other platforms just dreams about. Object security with connection to the hardware for example..

Speakers
avatar for Torbjörn Appehl

Torbjörn Appehl

ISV Advisor, Built on Power
I've been working with IBM i and It's predecessors since 1997. Today I have my own company focusing on helping IBM and their Independent Software Vendors (ISV) to fully take advantage of all technologies available on the platform.I was member of the board for Common Sweden for 10... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

10:30am EDT

Using the SQL procedural language to create user-defined table functions
Many IBM i Services rely upon user-defined table functions (UDTFs) to return back results as a table that can be easily queried using a SELECT statement. If you are familiar with these service, you know how useful and powerful they can be. You too can write your own UDTF that returns back real time results as a table. Because UDTFs are called using SQL, they allow you to move your business logic into a single location that can be called from different applications and different languages. Simplify your application logic by calling a UDTF that does your work instead of repeating the same code in multiple locations. Tune into this session to learn how to use the SQL procedural language to easily create UDTFs to modernize your applications.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Mackenzie

Sarah Mackenzie

IBM
Sarah has worked at IBM since 2013 and is a key developer working on the IBM i Development team in Rochester. She is specifically focused on Db2 for i and is responsible for helping to implementing many of the recent enhancements to Db2 for i, including RCAC and Temporal Tables. Sarah... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

10:30am EDT

Secure Instant Messaging without WebSphere
The usage of corporate instant messaging has increased as companies have grappled with work from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  In 2019 67% of companies utilized some form of instant messaging, in 2020 that increased to 81%.  This session will introduce you to a secure instant messaging platform that is simple to setup and use, no more WebSphere!

Speakers
avatar for Kim Greene

Kim Greene

President, Kim Greene Consulting, Inc.
Kim Greene is president of Kim Greene Consulting, Inc. specializing in providing consulting services for the IBM Collaboration Solutions portfolio for IBM i (formerly AS/400, iSeries, System i), Windows, and Linux. Kim has over 15 years of experience with IBM Domino and 20 years of... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

10:30am EDT

Set up and Use System Monitors in Navigator for i
Learn about how to create and work with System Monitors to automate monitoring of your system performance. Also learn how to get the most out of the Performance Data Investigator (PDI) visualization tool when viewing System Monitor data.

Speakers
avatar for Lora Powell

Lora Powell

Advisory Software Engineer, IBM
I have been at IBM since 1989, where I spent the first 20 years of my career on compiler development. Since 2009 I have found my niche with IBM i Performance Tools. I now enjoy being a developer and team lead for Performance Data Investigator (PDI).


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

10:30am EDT

Shrinking Backup Window?
Is your backup windows shrinking, data growth out of control, full saves a thing of the past ? We will discuss 3 questions you need to ask yourself: Are you backing what you need or don't need? How can BRMS Help ? How to take advantage of the latest technologies

Speakers
avatar for Richard Dolewski

Richard Dolewski

VP, Enterprise Solutions, Connectria
Richard is a recognized SME and award-winning industry speaker specializing in, Cloud Computing Architecture, Business Resiliency, Disaster Recovery Planning and Backup & Recovery Program Design. He leads organizations through the new era of technology, achieving the desired, successful... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

10:30am EDT

State of the Union – IBM i Security Edition
Thanks to a mixture of external firewall and integrated robustness, IBM i security is something that no-one needs to worry about. Or is it? This session introduces the ‘State of IBM i Security’ study and reveals the main takeaways for 2021. Regardless of whether you believe your system to be built from Swiss cheese or constructed like a fortress, the study’s author will discuss critical considerations that often leave a Power server vulnerable.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Tatam

Robin Tatam

Director of Security Technologies, Helpsystems
Robin Tatam is HelpSystems’ Global Director of Security Technologies and a COMMON subject matter expert (SME). As an award-winning speaker on security topics, Robin has been interviewed and quoted by industry magazines and has published numerous trade articles. Robin’s extensive... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

10:30am EDT

Troubleshoot Locking Problems with Job Watcher
This session will demonstrate how to use Job Watcher to debug lock contention issues. If you have object lock contention or database record lock contention, Job Watcher data can be used to resolve the problem. Attend this session to learn about this powerful tool.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn May

Dawn May

Owner, Dawn May Consulting, LLC
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... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

11:00am EDT

Generate custom maps using your Db2 for i data, Python, and Google Maps API
The Google Maps API provides a lot of functionality including customizing maps with your own content for display on web pages. Python can be used to access your Db2 for i data and then invoke the Google Maps API to generate custom maps incorporating the data. In this session, we will show a Python example of accessing some customer data in Db2 for i and creating a custom map with the customer information.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Simpson

Eric Simpson

IBM i Application Development Tools, IBM


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

11:00am EDT

Powerful Professionalism
Using examples of known leaders along with their strengths and flaws we will explore how to enhance our best traits and compensate for weaker ones. Topics will include bringing out the best in our teammates at all levels. Dealing with life challenges in ourselves or others. Identifying personality types and communicating effectively within them. Efficient and productive documentation and management. Identifying ways to improve ourselves and our teams Determine challenges that can impact organizations and how to mitigate them Implement professional development strategies to achieve goals

Speakers
avatar for Yvonne Enselman

Yvonne Enselman

Director of Professional Services, iTech Solutions
Yvonne Enselman is the Director of Professional Services at iTech Solutions and she is based in Chicago, IL. She started working with the IBM i Platform (AS/400, iSeries) in 1996 holding positions including programmer/analyst, B2B coordination, and instructor. Since 2005 she has focused... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

11:00am EDT

Using IBM i Services to analyze your journals and journal entries
In the past, the only way to convert journal entries into a readable format was through the DSPJRN and CPYAUDJRNE commands or the Retrieve Journal Entries API. Now, however, you can use the IBM i service, DISPLAY_JOURNAL, to easily query your journal entries including audit journal entries. You can also take advantage of the DISPLAY_JOURNAL Sylog support. Need to know what objects are journaled to your journals? There is a service for that too! Tune into this session to learn how to use IBM i Services to analyze your journals and journal entries using the power of SQL.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Mackenzie

Sarah Mackenzie

IBM
Sarah has worked at IBM since 2013 and is a key developer working on the IBM i Development team in Rochester. She is specifically focused on Db2 for i and is responsible for helping to implementing many of the recent enhancements to Db2 for i, including RCAC and Temporal Tables. Sarah... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

11:00am EDT

Benefits of Upgrading and Installing Domino 10 and 11
Domino 10 and 11 offer an extensive set of new features and functions.  In this session, Steve Pitcher and Kim Greene will discuss some Domino history, features of HCL Domino 10, features of HCL Domino 11, Traveler, and how to upgrade.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Pitcher

Steve Pitcher

IBM i Administration, iTech Solutions
Steve Pitcher is a Solutions Expert on Systems Administration and Security with iTech Solutions Group and an Industry Analyst at MC Press Online. He’s been a specialist in IBM i solutions since 2000 with an emphasis on modernization, security and collaboration products. Steve has... Read More →
avatar for Kim Greene

Kim Greene

President, Kim Greene Consulting, Inc.
Kim Greene is president of Kim Greene Consulting, Inc. specializing in providing consulting services for the IBM Collaboration Solutions portfolio for IBM i (formerly AS/400, iSeries, System i), Windows, and Linux. Kim has over 15 years of experience with IBM Domino and 20 years of... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

11:00am EDT

Containers Explained
One of the cool aspects of open source on IBM i is the ability to establish file-system containers. But why would you want to? In this session we will explore both how to setup containers as well as discuss the benefits that containers bring to both development environments as well as production workloads. At the end of this session you will understand when you might want to use containers and have the skills to establish then on your IBM i system.

Speakers
avatar for Erwin Earley

Erwin Earley

Customer Success Manager - Architect, IBM
With over 25 years working in the IBM i community with IBM (with a brief stint with the Zend by Perforce team) I have worked with a number of technologies on the POWER platform including cloud (PowerVC) Dev/Ops solutions (Docker, Chef), Open Source technologies (Linux, MySQL/MariaDB... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

11:00am EDT

DR Plan Check Up
A health check of your working DR Plan. Examine the 3C’s in DR Planning Methodology: Keep your plan Current, Keep your plan Complete, and Keep your plan Comprehensive. 5 Tips to take away and ensure DR readiness

Speakers
avatar for Richard Dolewski

Richard Dolewski

VP, Enterprise Solutions, Connectria
Richard is a recognized SME and award-winning industry speaker specializing in, Cloud Computing Architecture, Business Resiliency, Disaster Recovery Planning and Backup & Recovery Program Design. He leads organizations through the new era of technology, achieving the desired, successful... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

11:00am EDT

Special Authorities Must Become Special Again
Every year, the ‘State of IBM i Security’ study echoes the cries of IBM i security experts, demanding we regain control of sprawling Special Authorities, like *ALLOBJ. This session explains what these legendary settings are, where they come from, how they put your server at risk, and why they need to be the subject of some serious population control! And yes, if your programmers lament that they simply cannot function without them, this important session addresses that too.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Tatam

Robin Tatam

Director of Security Technologies, Helpsystems
Robin Tatam is HelpSystems’ Global Director of Security Technologies and a COMMON subject matter expert (SME). As an award-winning speaker on security topics, Robin has been interviewed and quoted by industry magazines and has published numerous trade articles. Robin’s extensive... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

11:00am EDT

The latest and greatest in Performance Data Investigator (PDI)
Learn about the most recent additions to the PDI perspectives (tables and graphs). Also learn how to use and get the most out of the new dojo interactive charting.

Speakers
avatar for Lora Powell

Lora Powell

Advisory Software Engineer, IBM
I have been at IBM since 1989, where I spent the first 20 years of my career on compiler development. Since 2009 I have found my niche with IBM i Performance Tools. I now enjoy being a developer and team lead for Performance Data Investigator (PDI).


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: All About Open Source with Alan Seiden
Attend this session to ask your questions about using Open Source languages and solutions in your production environment.  With Alan Seiden, Seiden Group.

Speakers
avatar for Alan Seiden

Alan Seiden

Principal, Seiden Group


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: The IBM i Community with Brandon Pederson
Attend this session to ask your question about the state of the IBM i community and how best to advocate for the system.  With Brandon Pederson, IBM i and Power Systems Scale-Out Product Marketing Manager

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Pederson

Brandon Pederson

IBM i and Power Product Marketing Manager, IBM


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: Journaling, ACS, and the Database Engineer with Quinton Kramer
Attend with your questions about journaling and ACS, with Quinton Kramer, IBM.

Speakers
avatar for Quinton Kramer

Quinton Kramer

Staff Software Engineer, IBM
Having started in January of 2015 Quinton Kramer is one of the fresh faces of IBM i. In that time Quinn has worked on everything from customer/support issues to feature enhancements and deliverables on Db2.Working as a database developer he views speaking engagements as an opportunity... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: Sametime and Domino with Kim Greene
Attend to ask your questions about Sametime and Domino.  With Kim Greene, President, Kim Greene Consulting.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Greene

Kim Greene

President, Kim Greene Consulting, Inc.
Kim Greene is president of Kim Greene Consulting, Inc. specializing in providing consulting services for the IBM Collaboration Solutions portfolio for IBM i (formerly AS/400, iSeries, System i), Windows, and Linux. Kim has over 15 years of experience with IBM Domino and 20 years of... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: Disaster Recovery with Richard Dolewski
Attend to ask your questions about creating and testing a proper disaster recovery plan, with Richard Dolewski, Denovo.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Dolewski

Richard Dolewski

VP, Enterprise Solutions, Connectria
Richard is a recognized SME and award-winning industry speaker specializing in, Cloud Computing Architecture, Business Resiliency, Disaster Recovery Planning and Backup & Recovery Program Design. He leads organizations through the new era of technology, achieving the desired, successful... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: Performance Problems with Dawn May
Attend with your questions about system performance problems, with Dawn May, Dawn May Consulting.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn May

Dawn May

Owner, Dawn May Consulting, LLC
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... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: Securing Access to the System with Robert Andrews
Attend with your questions about securing access to the system.  With Robert Andrews, Senior Managing Security Consultant, IBM.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Andrews

Robert Andrews

Executive Security Consultant, IBM
Robert Andrews is the Team Lead for IBM i Security and Authentication Technology Services in Rochester, MN.  He is an Executive Security Consultant / STSM and a certified Thought Leader in IBM for security.  Besides security, Robert is an expert in Db2, journaling, and DDM/DRDA... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: Systems Operations and Management with Pete Massiello
Attend this session to ask your questions about systems operations and management with Pete Massiello, iTech Solutions President.

Speakers
avatar for Pete Massiello

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... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

12:00pm EDT

Expo Open
Tuesday May 25, 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Breakout 0 / Battelle Ballroom

2:00pm EDT

A Strategic Approach to Modernization
Planning your digital strategy for 2021 and beyond? Attend this session to learn why it’s so important to have a comprehensive IT strategy and IBM i roadmap.

Nick will cover the different solutions available for your organization to align IT with your business strategy, as well as the outcomes you can expect based on the approach that you take.

Speakers
avatar for Greg White

Greg White

VP Strategic Transformation, Fresche Solutions
Greg has over 35 years of experience in Application Development management on IBM i and other midrange systems. Deep experience in developing modernization strategies across a variety of languages, databases, and technologies.


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

2:00pm EDT

Essential Guide to Progressive Web Apps on the IBMi
Progressive web apps (PWAs) continue to gain popularity because of the value they bring to their businesses. B2C giants like Starbucks have already capitalized on PWAs by utilizing them to increase their consumer reach and improve their customer experience. With tech giants Google and Microsoft continuously improving PWAs’ performance and capabilities, PWA use cases are ever expanding. One of the core features of PWAs is their off-line capabilities. With the ability to run with poor or no internet connection in almost similar fashion as having a high-speed connection, PWAs are a perfect candidate for applications in the logistics, manufacturing and field services sectors. Join LANSA’s Product Marketing Manager Tony Graham to learn the essentials of PWAs, including PWA features and benefits, various approaches to developing them and how to determine if a PWA is right for your application.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Graham

Tony Graham

Product Marketing Manager, Lansa
As product marketing manager, Tony draws on his experience as a former Information Systems Manager where he was responsible for developing enterprise applications. His broad range of experience includes leading a digital transformation initiative that included rewriting a custom legacy... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

2:00pm EDT

Report Modernization: Two Simple Methods
Get introduced to two simple methods you can use to leverage legacy queries and spool files so your business users can graphically access, work with, and share the data they need while you focus on your application modernization project

Speakers
avatar for Diana Stater

Diana Stater

Business Intelligence Software Specialist, New Generation Software, Inc.
Diana has been working with IBM i users to solve their financial software and business intelligence software needs for over 20 years.NGS-IQ™ from New Generation Software, Inc. (NGS) can quickly and cost-effectively provide analysts, managers, and information technology professionals... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

2:00pm EDT

The Shortcut to High Performance, Highly Secure IBM i APIs
Are you ready to take advantage of the latest in mobile and web user interfaces for your IBM i? Do you need to integrate your IBM i applications with Windows and/or Linux applications?Do you want to securely connect your applications directly with applications provided by your suppliers, partners and customers? The key to all these opportunities are high performance, secure APIs. In this session, we will show you how you can rapidly create APIs that allow you to securely access your IBM i applications from the latest in open source technology and how you can access other applications and open source directly from your RPG and COBOL code. We will also show you how you can manage those APIs and ensure they remain easy to maintain. And we will do all of that in 20 minutes!

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Magid

Daniel Magid

CEO, Eradani
At Eradani, we have experts in APIs and Open Source for IBM i. Eradani Connect makes it easy to generate high performance, highly secure APIs for connecting new technology to your IBM i. We know how to use modern languages like JavaScript, Java, Python and PHP to help customers create... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

2:00pm EDT

Master the Basics of Sales Tax
If you feel confused and overwhelmed by the mere mention of sales tax and all that it involves — you’re not alone. Even though most U.S. businesses are required to collect and remit sales tax, few understand all the rules or how to comply with them in an efficient manner. 
In this presentation, Avalara will  address the most important aspects of sales tax compliance for businesses today, including:
 
  • What is economic nexus and how does it impact your tax obligations across state lines
  • How to scale the tax returns process as your business grows
  • When you must collect exemption certificates

Speakers
avatar for Evan Owens

Evan Owens

Sr. Strategic Alliance Manager, Avalara
My name is Evan Owens and I have worked in software and technology sales and partner management for more than 20 years, and have spent the last 7 years working in transaction tax automation. I've spent the last 5 years at Avalara managing partnerships with a variety of companies... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

2:00pm EDT

How to Get More Out of Your IBM i
If your IBM i is crucial to keeping your business running, are you ensuring you are maximizing your investment?  In this session, Pete Massiello & Steve Pitcher will detail how to keep your IBM i current, ensure staff coverage, how to make sure your system is secure and compliant, and best practices for managing your IT infrastructure.

Speakers
avatar for Pete Massiello

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... Read More →
avatar for Steve Pitcher

Steve Pitcher

IBM i Administration, iTech Solutions
Steve Pitcher is a Solutions Expert on Systems Administration and Security with iTech Solutions Group and an Industry Analyst at MC Press Online. He’s been a specialist in IBM i solutions since 2000 with an emphasis on modernization, security and collaboration products. Steve has... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

2:00pm EDT

Lowering TCO for Recovery in 2021
Join this session if you want to lower the total cost of ownership and improve your IBM i DR environment!
This session reviews the cost reductions and technical advantages of switching to Maxava HA software.  It also covers unique Monitoring and “on the fly” roll back software (Maxava CPR) that is included in the Maxava Enterprise Bundle.
With 20 years’ experience in developing and supporting IBM i solutions Maxava has the software, support, and experience to guarantee a better outcome for your business at lower cost!
Join us to find out what Maxava can do for you and what we have already done for those top IBM i users that have switched to Maxava across the US and globally.
Key takeaways: 
  • Lower your annual DR costs immediately and without compromise.
  • Learn about rapid Maxava HA implementation and our commitment to support excellence.
  • Hear about blue chip US companies already reaping the benefits of switching to Maxava
  • See the unique file recovery and monitoring solutions included in the Maxava Enterprise Bundle
  • Learn about Maxava's fair pricing policy

Speakers
avatar for John Dominic

John Dominic

Executive Vice President VP, Maxava


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

2:30pm EDT

5 things I wish I Knew about IBM i Back Then 
This sessions highlights the 5 top things we have learned in development over the last few years that we wish we new that was possible on the IBMi in the beginning. Things like developing open source, Unit testing, rending webpages from the same RPG code that use to run green screen reports and so much more.

Speakers
avatar for Marina Schwenk

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 the IBM i admin at Everbrite... Read More →
avatar for Rochelle Petty

Rochelle Petty

Application Support & Developer, Everbrite LLC
I am a Junior Full Stack Developer at Everbrite LLC. We run our production applications on the IBMi Power Server. Primary languages are CL, RPG, DB2 SQL and Java, and the UI: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Drupple, React, and Sencha.My position is a fast paced job and it includes Help Desk... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

2:30pm EDT

Agile Concepts and integration for IBM i Environments
Agile (or Iterative) approaches to application management are a powerful and productive development model which is popular in many organizations. This session will explore the concepts including methods, lifecycle, pair programming, root-cause analysis, collaboration, collective ownership, planning, test-driven development, spike solutions, and exploratory testing. We will also cover the combination of agile development and traditional environment support. We will pay attention to this critical area of concern in many IBM i environment.

Speakers
avatar for Yvonne Enselman

Yvonne Enselman

Director of Professional Services, iTech Solutions
Yvonne Enselman is the Director of Professional Services at iTech Solutions and she is based in Chicago, IL. She started working with the IBM i Platform (AS/400, iSeries) in 1996 holding positions including programmer/analyst, B2B coordination, and instructor. Since 2005 she has focused... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

2:30pm EDT

Business Use Cases for The Internet of Things
With an estimated 50 BILLION devices attached to the Internet, with a business value of over ONE TRILLION DOLLARS, you need to learn about this technology! We will race through the basic concepts of the IoT, terminology and why this is such an exciting technology to explore.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Guarino

Charles Guarino

CEO, Central Park Data Systems
Charles Guarino believes in the “power” of IBM Power Systems. His career reflects his dedication and interest in bringing the platform and its solutions to others and as a result has been recognized as an IBM Champion.He is a member of COMMON’s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

2:30pm EDT

Double down on JavaScript (Node.js)
One of the best ways to simplify any project is to reduce the number of moving pieces. In application development, this translates into using less programming languages, not more. JavaScript enables this because it is the only language capable of handling all your client-side and server-side needs. This session explores the business benefits of choosing JavaScript (known as Node.js on the backend) as your primary application development language.

Speakers
avatar for Alexander Roytman

Alexander Roytman

CEO, Profound Logic
Alex Roytman is the founder and CEO of Profound Logic. He is a Node.js and RPG educator who shares his knowledge at user groups and events around the world. His decades of experience and passion in the field of Web and Mobile development have led his company to create many popular... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

2:30pm EDT

Managing RPG Applications with Git
In this session, we will use real world examples to show you how you can manage your RPG, COBOL, CL, & DDS/DDL code using Git and other free, open source tools. We'll include tips and techniques for getting started and we will demonstrate some of the cool functions you can use.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Magid

Aaron Magid

VP, Open Source Technologies, Open Source Technologies
Before I came to the IBM i, I led the JavaScript web application development for an IoT company. Now I'm working to bring the IBM i together with the world of open source technology. I'm always happy to chat about web technology, IoT, IBM i in the cloud, modern devops, or just about... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

2:30pm EDT

Test Driven Development with Python
User Acceptance Testing should not be the only testing tool in your arsenal. Building a solid Python application is easy if you automate the boring testing process. In this session we’ll explore how easy testing can be in Python and how to get it done with several examples.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Pavlak

Mike Pavlak

Solution Architect, 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... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

2:30pm EDT

IBM i in an AI/ML Analytics World
This quick hitter session will discuss available approaches to leverage AI/ML models for data analytics. This is NOT a "how to build an ML Model in Python or R" session, but rather, what facilities are available to you to integrate data to simplify or automate the ability go gain additional insights into your Db2 for i data.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Mack

Doug Mack

Consultant LAB Services, IBM
Doug Mack is a DB2 for i Analytics Consultant in IBM’s Power Systems Lab Services organization, employed by IBM in the United States. Doug currently leads the Analytics team for the DB2 for i Lab Services team delivering Query/400 modernization, DB2 Web Query, Data Warehouse design... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

2:30pm EDT

Managing NetServer from a Command Line Interface
In this 20 minute session, Marc Vadeboncoeur will describe the two facilities available for managing NetServer on IBM i, discuss the benefits of a command line interface for managing NetServer, and show you how to install the command line interface for NetServer.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Vadeboncoeur

Marc Vadeboncoeur

iTech Solutions
Marc has been in the IBM midrange world since 1984 when he started fresh out of college working on the IBM i’s grandfather, the System/38, as a software developer and systems analyst.  He has progressed through his career with a dual focus on both business systems software design/development... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

3:00pm EDT

A modern way to query Db2 using Python and SQLAlchemy
In this session, we will introduce the sqlalchemy-ibmi adapter, describe the architecture that allows you to connect to your data in Db2, and go through tutorials showing off the features available. The adapter for IBM i enables efficient and high performing Db2 database access in the python environment. By using the Object Relational Mapper (ORM), SQLAlchemy provides an object-oriented approach to data that will allow for more robust web application development. This tutorial will provide you with the skills to connect to your Db2 instance, create an object mapping to a table, add/update objects, create relationships, delete data, and commit/rollback.

Speakers
avatar for Naveen Ram

Naveen Ram

Software Developer, IBM


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

3:00pm EDT

CICD for Web Applications Best Practice on IBM i
CICD is playing more and more of an important role in modernization to improve the efficiency and simplify the process of building and deploying WebApplications. The IBM i operating system integrates a lightweight application server called, Integrated Application Server(IAS). This provides the runtime and infrastructure host dynamic java based web application the IBM i can even host multiple instances on a single system. This topic will demonstrate how to create a CICD pipeline for Web application development based on IAS on IBM i to leveraging Git, Jenkins, to build and deploy on IBM i for a one-click solution.

Speakers
avatar for Chang Qing Zheng

Chang Qing Zheng

Software Engineer, IBM
I am working on IBM i Web Integration area, covering several products on IBM i, like Web Admin, HTTP server, Db2 Mirror, Java toolbox, node.js and open source technologies.


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

3:00pm EDT

From OPNQRYF to SQL with RPG Open Access
Alex will demonstrate how he is using RPG Open Access magic to seamlessly transition from OPNQRYF based file processing to SQL cursor. Challenge: A few hundred CL/RPG programs utilizing OPNQRYF need to be converted to using embedded SQL with a cursor. Objectives of the session: • Getting to see a technical challenge that, at the first glance, requires a traditional “piecemeal” approach. • Seeing how RPGOA will help deliver a virtually programming free solution. • Having a closer look at implementation details. • Dealing with a few curveballs.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Krashevsky

Alex Krashevsky

IBM i Consultant, Infoview Systems
Alex's passion is IBM i. He has been programing on the i (AS/400, iSeries, System i) since the mid-90s. When Alex is not busy being an IBM i nerd, he enjoys spending the time with his family, traveling around the United States and beyond, listening to good music and, occasionally... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

3:00pm EDT

Introduction to Quality Assurance and Software Testing
Quality Assurance in software development is known to be an important factor for IT teams and goals. Regardless if testing is done by developers or testers it is crucial. We will talk about concepts and practices defined as the foundation of testing by ISTQB methodology. This will covering topics such as defects and ramifications, how testing is part of the larger quality assurance model, the definitions of error, defect, fault, and failure. We will discuss the difference between debugging and testing, the objectives of testing, and how testing changes at different parts of development and in different development lifecycles.

Speakers
avatar for Yvonne Enselman

Yvonne Enselman

Director of Professional Services, iTech Solutions
Yvonne Enselman is the Director of Professional Services at iTech Solutions and she is based in Chicago, IL. She started working with the IBM i Platform (AS/400, iSeries) in 1996 holding positions including programmer/analyst, B2B coordination, and instructor. Since 2005 she has focused... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

3:00pm EDT

RPG - Modularizing & Preparing for Database Changes
This session covers modularizing your RPG while preparing for database changes. More specifically, we will cover a templating system to be used with modules and service programs while declaring variables to match database definitions.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Zaringhalam

Michael Zaringhalam

Developer, PC Richard & Son
Have you ever wanted to meet someone who started Hawaiian Shirt Fridays at their work place? If the answer is 'Yes!', then feel free to reach out with any questions you have regarding Hawaiian shirts... Or IBM i related topics. My main focuses are RDi, DB2, Modernization, and D... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

3:00pm EDT

The new Low-code / No-code Movement
It used to be that we measured programmers’ productivity by counting lines of code. Yet, in a recent interview, Elon Musk declared that the best developers accomplish their goals with as little code as possible. Having less code certainly does increase flexibility and reduces technical debt! But how do you get things done by writing less code rather than more? In this session, we’ll explore the new Low-code / No-code movement and why the idea of writing less code might just make sense for your IT environment.

Speakers
avatar for Alexander Roytman

Alexander Roytman

CEO, Profound Logic
Alex Roytman is the founder and CEO of Profound Logic. He is a Node.js and RPG educator who shares his knowledge at user groups and events around the world. His decades of experience and passion in the field of Web and Mobile development have led his company to create many popular... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

3:00pm EDT

Find and eliminate invalid numeric data
Non-SQL database files don't enjoy the protections that are innate to SQL. Your non-SQL files may contain invalid data within numeric fields. How annoying! Data integrity is paramount and with this session you will learn how SQL can be used to tackle this topic.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Forstie

Scott Forstie

Db2 for i Business Architect, IBM
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... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

3:00pm EDT

Hidden Gems in IBM’s QMGTOOLS Utility Library
In this 20 minute session, Marc Vadeboncoeur will go through some hidden gems in the QMGTOOLS Utility Library.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Vadeboncoeur

Marc Vadeboncoeur

iTech Solutions
Marc has been in the IBM midrange world since 1984 when he started fresh out of college working on the IBM i’s grandfather, the System/38, as a software developer and systems analyst.  He has progressed through his career with a dual focus on both business systems software design/development... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

3:30pm EDT

A First Look at Physical Computing with Raspberry PI
I've wanted to learn about Raspberry PI, and Physical Computing... so I've started experimenting. I'm still a beginner, but I'll show you what I've learned, and even how I can integrate it with an RPG program.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Klement

Scott Klement

Director, Product Development and Support, Profound Logic Software
Scott Klement is the Director of Product Development and Support at Profound Logic Software. He also volunteers as a member of COMMON's Board of Directors and Strategic Education Team. He is the author of around 1000 articles and a dozen open source projects. Scott's efforts to help... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

3:30pm EDT

Five Uses for Python and Db2 for Every shop
Db2 is the backbone of every IBM i shop and finding new and creative ways to leverage that content in is key to moving forward. In this session we’ll review Python and Db2 access while provide 5 business ready solutions using Python Modules to help get work done faster and easier.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Pavlak

Mike Pavlak

Solution Architect, 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... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

3:30pm EDT

Git, RPG and RDi, can they all get along.
A practical view of developing in RPG in QSYS using RDi and using Git as your source control. Tips, tricks and gotchas to avoid as you get apply modern tools to your current code base.

Speakers
avatar for Edmund Reinhardt

Edmund Reinhardt

IBM i Application Development Tools Lead, IBM
Edmund Reinhardt has been working on application development tools for IBM i for over 25 years. Starting with the green screen tools in 1989 through each technology iteration from OS/2 to Java. As the architect for Rational Developer for i, he is passionate about engaging and delighting... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

3:30pm EDT

Why procedures are better than subroutines
Let's talk about the benefits of procedures and learn how to create and use them.

Speakers

Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

3:30pm EDT

How to Solve Business Problems with a Design Thinking Approach
Design Thinking solves business problems through customer-centric application development. This approach has been shown to solve business issues efficiently and profitably at a pace that makes sense for your organization. This comprehensive overview covers: • Customer-focused set of development processes for Design Thinking • How the approach employs a different way of thinking compared to standard business processes • The set of tools and methodologies that Design Thinking uses to build a repeatable, flexible development process

Speakers
avatar for Nick Hampson

Nick Hampson

Director of Design, Fresche Solutions
Nick has extensive experience in design, UX, product management, innovation and pre-sales. Focused on bringing the business value of design and UX to IBM i customers and the community at large, Nick is recognized as a UX expert on IBM i. He also describes himself as a geek and a bookworm... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

3:30pm EDT

IBM i Anywhere; IBM i Everywhere
The IBM i strategy focuses on clients having the ability to use their solutions anywhere and everywhere. In this session, Steve Will, the IBM i Chief Architect, will show you that strategy, and use client stories to demonstrate the value of the strategy.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Will

Steve Will

IBM i CTO & Chief Architect, IBM
Steve is the CTO and Chief Architect for the IBM i Operating System.  Spending the past fourteen years of his IBM career in this position, he has become an award-winning speaker, author of the influential blog "You and i," (https://bit.ly/You-and-i-blog) and is one of the most sought-after voices at customer briefings and events. Steve has worked on IBM i and its predecessors since before the creation of the AS/400, and is currently responsible for setting the strategy of the IBM i operating system, as well as deciding which en... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

3:30pm EDT

How the DBE can supervise SQE
Db2 for i has many interactive and programmatic tools for the Database Engineer (DBE). Come to this session to learn how to use the latest and greatest state of the art tools to bring new levels of control, insight and management to the SQL Query Engine (SQE).

Speakers
avatar for Scott Forstie

Scott Forstie

Db2 for i Business Architect, IBM
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... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

3:30pm EDT

My File System object is 'locked'! Who/what has it locked?
File systems don't have the same locking mechanism as native objects so the WRKOBJLCK command won't work in this situation. There are also several 'locks' that could cause the "Object in use" message or EBUSY error. This session will cover what 'in use' or 'locked' means and tools that can be used to determine who has it locked.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Fenlon

Margaret Fenlon

Software Engineer, IBM
Margaret started working for IBM in 1983 on the S/36. From 1986-1994 she worked in various areas of what is now the IBM i including Authorization Management support of POSIX and the integrated file system. She worked on the port of SAP R/3 from 1994-1997. In 1998 Margaret joined the... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

4:00pm EDT

No IBM i is an Island: Integrating DevOps Across Platforms
Your IBM i application is no longer exclusively isolated to IT. It interacts with many distributed systems applications, exchanging data and calling APIs. So development on IBM i shouldn’t be isolated either. Join this session to learn how DevOps can harmonize development and release processes across platforms using integrations with open-source tools already in your company like Git, Jira, and Jenkins. Learn how to expedite development cycles, integrate teams, and how to retain top talent across the organization.

Speakers
avatar for Lilac Schoenbeck

Lilac Schoenbeck

VP, GTM Strategy, Rocket Software
Lilac Schoenbeck is the Vice President of Go-To-Market Strategy in the Power Systems Division at Rocket Software. With two decades of experience in enterprise software, data center technology and cloud, she focuses on the IBM i and IBM Power and how Rocket can best meet the unique... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

4:00pm EDT

Python and Flask
Flask is a Python micro Framework that is used for small to enterprise size applications. Learn how to get a webpage or API up and running fast with Python and Flask.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Rabbani

Stephanie Rabbani

Consultant, Seiden Group
A senior consultant for Seiden Group, Stephanie Rabbani has been developing web applications on the IBM i for over 15 years. She previously worked for BCD Software Professional Services.In her IBM i career, she has developed a large range of applications such as APIs, shopping carts... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

4:00pm EDT

What the heck is binder source, and why do I care?
Learn what binder source is and what it does, and why you definitely want to use it with your service programs.

Speakers

Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

4:00pm EDT

The Magic of Time Management - Mastering your own Productivity!
Our lives and our careers are busier than ever. Feel like you're barely keeping your head above water? You're not alone. We struggle to keep up with the demands of our careers while retaining some semblance of balance between work and personal time. For many of us, working from home has made finding this balance even harder. Come to this fast paced session to learn the life hacks you need to master your own productivity!

Speakers
avatar for Steven Wolk

Steven Wolk

CTO, PC Richard & Son
Steven Wolk is the Chief Technology Officer for PC Richard & Son, a family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Founded in 1909, PC Richard has always been known for honesty, integrity, and reliability throughout... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

4:00pm EDT

A few quick things you can use SQL to check for
Using SQL allows you to keep tabs on the following: - Do I need to RGZPFM? Number of deleted records in files. What happens if I want to exclude some libraries or files? - Old spool files - Abandoned files in IFS - Check for errors on this partition & others all on one screen - WRKSYSSTS equivalent snapshot to email or log file Also creating SQL Views over data areas & for giving CL information it can only get from APIs.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Hutchinson

Simon Hutchinson

Author, RPGPGM.COM
Simon’s experience with IBM midrange started over 30 years ago in the United Kingdom, in a pre-AS/400 world. Since immigrating to the USA, in 1992, he has worked mostly in the South West and is currently IT manager responsible for Power servers and IBM i for large bank in Central... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

4:00pm EDT

Dealing with APIs and JSON via SQL
This session covers preparing json, extracting data from json, and calling APIs through SQL. Since JSON is widely used for passing/receiving data via APIs, we can use these methodologies to speed up applications as well as development.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Zaringhalam

Michael Zaringhalam

Developer, PC Richard & Son
Have you ever wanted to meet someone who started Hawaiian Shirt Fridays at their work place? If the answer is 'Yes!', then feel free to reach out with any questions you have regarding Hawaiian shirts... Or IBM i related topics. My main focuses are RDi, DB2, Modernization, and D... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

4:00pm EDT

IBMi modernization with Raspberry Pi and Mulesoft
In this session we will demonstrate how existing IBMi systems can be easily integrated with Rasberry Pi computers to collect valuable data and process the data natively, a possible use for this integration would be Industrial Automation. Without replacing the existing IBMi systems, we can easily integrate with IoT systems for Industrial Automation. The demo will showcase data collection featuring Raspberry Pi based sensors, collecting reading for Temperature, Motion, Analog, Air pressures etc., the collected data will be passed to the IBMi with MuleSoft REST APIs triggering applications on IBMi kicking off native processing of the data. We will also showcase the Realtime Alert, Notification capability of the Mulesoft Anypoint platforms.

Speakers
avatar for Satya Sekhar Das Mandal

Satya Sekhar Das Mandal

CTO, Infoview Systems
Satya Sekhar is associated with Infoview Systems Inc as the CTO and is responsible for developing and executing an integrated long-term strategy for the Organization. With IT and project management as his core skill, he has built and executed global IT projects for both large mainframe... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

4:00pm EDT

Job Scheduling in PASE with CRON
CRON is the WRKJOBSCDE of the *NIX world and, therefore, at home in the PASE environment. Have you ever wanted to automate the execution of a command or process that runs in PASE only to find WRKJOBSCDE a tad cumbersome? In this session we’ll install CRON on IBM i, explore the use cases and delve into the formats of adding in a bunch of entries.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Pavlak

Mike Pavlak

Solution Architect, 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... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

4:30pm EDT

Code Review- Error Handling Patterns:
A standard error handling pattern is essential to improving reusability and resilience. This session is a walk-through of a sample error handling pattern in RPG that can be added to your code and extended as needed.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Everhart

Ray Everhart

Senior IBM i Analyst and X-Analysis Product Manager, Fresche
For over 30 years, Ray has helped companies understand, develop and manage their RPG, COBOL and CA 2E application environments. He also specializes in helping clients enhance and modernize their systems to meet evolving business demands and take advantage of digital transformation... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

4:30pm EDT

Use R to Graph your data
R is a programming language specifically built to analyze and model your data. Discover the basics of R and how to graph your data.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Rabbani

Stephanie Rabbani

Consultant, Seiden Group
A senior consultant for Seiden Group, Stephanie Rabbani has been developing web applications on the IBM i for over 15 years. She previously worked for BCD Software Professional Services.In her IBM i career, she has developed a large range of applications such as APIs, shopping carts... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

4:30pm EDT

Who needs Github? Use Gitbucket for Native IBM i Git Source Versioning
This session will provide a quick introduction to installing and using Gitbucket. Gitbucket is a browser-based open-source Git repository server that runs natively on IBM i and eliminates the need to use Github, Gitlab or other online Git source repository management tools. Gitbucket includes the ability to view and edit source files, create public and private Git repositories, create wiki pages for team application documentation and more. If you want to use Git for IBM i source version control and want to keep your repositories local on IBM i, Gitbucket might be the right answer for your team. Attend this session to learn how to immediately start managing your Git repositories locally on your IBM i system.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Schoen

Richard Schoen

President, Mobigogo LLC
Richard has over 30 years of software development, system integration, document management and process automation experience on all system platforms including IBM i, Windows, Linux and Mac. Richard started RJS Software Systems in 1990 and served as President and CTO until the company... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

4:30pm EDT

The Secrets to Negotiating and Resolving Workplace Conflict
Do you dread the thought of negotiating on your own behalf? Are you unsure of the best ways to handle conflict in the workplace? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you need to attend this session! We'll cover time-tested techniques for negotiations and conflict resolution that could change your life!

Speakers
avatar for Steven Wolk

Steven Wolk

CTO, PC Richard & Son
Steven Wolk is the Chief Technology Officer for PC Richard & Son, a family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Founded in 1909, PC Richard has always been known for honesty, integrity, and reliability throughout... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

4:30pm EDT

How to use System Limits to protect your IBM i
Is your IBM i standing in a beautiful meadow or on the edge of a rocky cliff? Your system has been telling you for many years about critical system limit consumption. Have you been listening? Come to this session to find out what limits are tracked and how to interact with the information, allowing you to take action before your system activity is affected.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Romano

Susan Romano

Technical Lead Db2 for i Development Team, IBM
Sue Romano is a technical leader on the Db2 for i development team and has worked on the SQL parser for almost 30 years. She is involved in designing and implementing SQL enhancements and defines new SQL services. Sue represents Db2 for i on IBM’s SQL Language Council, which ensures... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

4:30pm EDT

Managing Open Source
This session will explore how to manage open source on IBM i. We will start by looking at how to enable the open source environment and quickly delve into package management including definition of repositories as well as installation, update, and removal of packages. We will also show how to search for packages using a variety of methods including looking for packages that provide a specific command. If you are going to use open source you need to know how to manage it.

Speakers
avatar for Erwin Earley

Erwin Earley

Customer Success Manager - Architect, IBM
With over 25 years working in the IBM i community with IBM (with a brief stint with the Zend by Perforce team) I have worked with a number of technologies on the POWER platform including cloud (PowerVC) Dev/Ops solutions (Docker, Chef), Open Source technologies (Linux, MySQL/MariaDB... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

4:30pm EDT

There's a Robot in the Box
Automation of business tasks is more important than ever. One of today's key technologies that make that happen is Robotic Process Automation or RPA. This session introduces the concept of RPA and outlines a number of use cases where this rapid deployment technology can return immediate results.

Speakers

Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

4:30pm EDT

Using Message Watches to Capture Intermittent Failures
Intermittent problems can be difficult to debug. If you have an intermittent problem that can be identified because a message is sent, you can use message watches to dynamically collect data when the message is sent. This session will demonstrate how to start watches and will go over a simple example of a message watch exit program. Attend this session to add another diagnostic tool to your toolbox.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn May

Dawn May

Owner, Dawn May Consulting, LLC
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... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: All About Python with Mike Pavlak
Attend this session to ask your questions about running Python on IBM i, with Mike Pavlak, Profound Logic.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Pavlak

Mike Pavlak

Solution Architect, 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... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: Fun with Raspberry Pi with Scott Klement
Attend this session to discuss emerging technologies with Scott Klement, Profound Logic.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Klement

Scott Klement

Director, Product Development and Support, Profound Logic Software
Scott Klement is the Director of Product Development and Support at Profound Logic Software. He also volunteers as a member of COMMON's Board of Directors and Strategic Education Team. He is the author of around 1000 articles and a dozen open source projects. Scott's efforts to help... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: Getting to Grips with GiT with Aaron Magid
Attend to ask your questions about implement GIT.  With Aaron Magid, Eradani.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Magid

Aaron Magid

VP, Open Source Technologies, Open Source Technologies
Before I came to the IBM i, I led the JavaScript web application development for an IoT company. Now I'm working to bring the IBM i together with the world of open source technology. I'm always happy to chat about web technology, IoT, IBM i in the cloud, modern devops, or just about... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: Modern Application Development with Tim Rowe
Attend this session with your questions all about modern application development on IBM i, with Tim Rowe, IBM.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Rowe

Tim Rowe

Business Architect Application Development & Systems Management for IBM i, IBM
Tim Rowe is the Business Architect responsible for Application Development and Systems Management for the IBM i operating system. His responsibilities include helping to make sure that the IBM i has what is needed to be successful both today and into the future. He sends much of his... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: RPG with Marina Schwenk
Attend to ask your practical questions about the RPG language, with Marina Schwenk, Everbrite.

Speakers
avatar for Marina Schwenk

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 the IBM i admin at Everbrite... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: Managing People and Projects with Steve Wolk
Attend with your questions about how to better manage people and projects, with Steve Wolk, CTO of PR Richard & Son

Speakers
avatar for Steven Wolk

Steven Wolk

CTO, PC Richard & Son
Steven Wolk is the Chief Technology Officer for PC Richard & Son, a family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Founded in 1909, PC Richard has always been known for honesty, integrity, and reliability throughout... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: Ask the IBM Database Expert with Scott Forstie
Attend with your questions for Scott Forstie, DB2 for i Business Architect with IBM.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Forstie

Scott Forstie

Db2 for i Business Architect, IBM
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... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

5:00pm EDT

Office Hours: NetServer and QMPGTOOLS with Marc Vadeboncoeur
Attend with your questions about NetServer and QMPGTOOLS with Marc Vadeboncoeur.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Vadeboncoeur

Marc Vadeboncoeur

iTech Solutions
Marc has been in the IBM midrange world since 1984 when he started fresh out of college working on the IBM i’s grandfather, the System/38, as a software developer and systems analyst.  He has progressed through his career with a dual focus on both business systems software design/development... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield
 
Wednesday, May 26
 

8:30am EDT

Establishing an Open Source Dev Environment for Development
We talk a lot about the possibilities that open source brings to the platform including new development capabilities. With those new capabilities it becomes important to understand the tools that are available for establishing an integrated development environment. In this session we will show how to establish a development environment that would support multiple developers working on a development effort in isolated environments while having access to the same source code. The session will walk through establishing containers for each developer, establishing a GIT repository, and using GIT to provide clones of project code for each developer. At the end of the session you will be ready to establish your own development environments.

Speakers
avatar for Erwin Earley

Erwin Earley

Customer Success Manager - Architect, IBM
With over 25 years working in the IBM i community with IBM (with a brief stint with the Zend by Perforce team) I have worked with a number of technologies on the POWER platform including cloud (PowerVC) Dev/Ops solutions (Docker, Chef), Open Source technologies (Linux, MySQL/MariaDB... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

8:30am EDT

Modernize Your Application for Less Than $2 Million
Application modernization is not a new topic in the IBM i community. For years, clients have been encouraged to update end-user interfaces on the front end and transition away from RPG and COBOL on the back end. But executive leadership often lacks the funding (and patience) to see these projects to completion. Meanwhile, as staffing shrinks and competitive pressures rise, the need to modernize becomes more urgent. In this session, we'll provide modernization techniques that leverage cost-effective tools and strategies to make your application environment more manageable and future-proof.

Speakers

Wednesday May 26, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

8:30am EDT

Whipping Up an RPGLE After Image Capture Trigger Program for Changes on Web
Ease your worries with changes being made to your Db2 for i database by an external source, including those made on the web. We'll cover a largely soft-coded RPGLE program that captures after images for a database file. This program is in production on a DB file being maintained in a website that uses commitment control and is running on a web server on a separate machine. Almost everything is soft-coded except the file name.

Speakers
avatar for Rex Smith

Rex Smith

Sr. Developer (ERP & Web), Tegratecs Development Corp.
Rex is a Sr. Developer at Tegratecs and enjoys developing business applications in traditional IBM i environments and in web environments.   Rex enjoys interacting with customers and designing business application software that solves problems and meets user needs.  He is currently... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

8:30am EDT

How to Earn an IBM i Badge
Digital badges are the new certification tests. These badges help professionals show their skills to their network, employers and business partners. IBM i has a badge program as well. In this session, Brandon Pederson, IBM i and Power Systems Scale-Out Product Marketing Manager, will cover the IBM i Community Badge Program and how to get started. You’ll learn the different levels of badges, how to earn them and best practices for showing your skills in the market.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Pederson

Brandon Pederson

IBM i and Power Product Marketing Manager, IBM


Wednesday May 26, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

8:30am EDT

LISTAGG and SPLIT - Meet these SQL cousins
Db2 for i includes many powerful built-in functions. In this session you will learn how to use LISTAGG and SPLIT to build or decompose a list of values. In 20 minutes, you will learn how to use these built-in functions to replace or avoid complex programming logic.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Romano

Susan Romano

Technical Lead Db2 for i Development Team, IBM
Sue Romano is a technical leader on the Db2 for i development team and has worked on the SQL parser for almost 30 years. She is involved in designing and implementing SQL enhancements and defines new SQL services. Sue represents Db2 for i on IBM’s SQL Language Council, which ensures... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

8:30am EDT

What? I can create a private cloud with IBM Power Systems servers?
Back in 2019 IBM introduced Power Enterprise Pools 2.0 on the POWER9 model E980, offering customers the flexibility to tailor system configurations with a mix of purchased and pay-for-use consumption of processors and software. This was expanded in 2020 to the IBM Power Systems S924 and S922 systems which are frequently used by IBM i customers. If you are interested in dynamic, flexible consumption or cloud-like economics with on-prem servers, attend this session.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Sundt

Dan Sundt

IBM i Product Manager, IBM
Dan Sundt is an IBM i product manager.  He has the responsibility for the IBM i business, including defining and guiding future directions and strategies.  He works with the IBM i sales, marketing, and development teams as well as customers and partners to ensure that the IBM i... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

8:30am EDT

ACS / SQL Beginners Guide
The Run SQL Scripts interface in Access Client Solutions has dramatically improved over the past year. Many improvements to help the person new to using SQL or the seasoned veteran. This session will show you with live demos how to get the most out of the Run SQL Scripts interface. With the continued emergence of the IBM i Services, everyone should be using SQL as part of their day to day activities.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Rowe

Tim Rowe

Business Architect Application Development & Systems Management for IBM i, IBM
Tim Rowe is the Business Architect responsible for Application Development and Systems Management for the IBM i operating system. His responsibilities include helping to make sure that the IBM i has what is needed to be successful both today and into the future. He sends much of his... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

8:30am EDT

PTFs - What you need to know
An introduction to you need to know about PTFs. When and how to apply them, what are the differences in PTFs, and different ways of loading and applying PTFs.

Speakers
avatar for Pete Massiello

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... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 8:30am - 8:50am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

9:00am EDT

JSON in a nutshell
Some tools don't appear very useful until you use them. JSON is a great tool for web developers and backend programmers since JSON is now the lingua franca of api/data transfers. The session goal is to prove the usefulness of JSON by showing how you, too, can generate and consume them! We'll look at: 1) Ways of generating JSON with a variety of IBM i tools and applications 2) How to modify and use those objects on IBM and and JavaScript

Speakers
avatar for Pete Helgren

Pete Helgren

Team Lead, Bible Study Fellowship
Currently Java Team Lead at Bible Study Fellowship International. Pete is an RPG/C++/VB/Java programmer with over 24 years of system 3X/AS400/iSeries/IBM i experience. He holds certifications as a GIAC Secure Software Programmer-Java, and as a MCSE. His passion has always been in... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

9:00am EDT

Testing exported sub procedures and programs:
This presentation reviews an approach to build reusable/automatic tests for programs and exported sub procedures.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Arce

Robert Arce

IT Solutions Strategy - IBM i SME, Fresche Solutions
Robert Arce works in Corporate Strategy for Fresche Solutions. He is a subject matter expert in the IBM i system, assisting companies all over the world with their modernization projects.His expertise is using IBMi Application Analysis and Management Suite X-Analysis.Mr. Arce has... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

9:00am EDT

The Differences between Tracing and Logging, and Why You Should Care
Historically IBM i shops have leaned exclusively on job logs to monitor and provide historical messaging. Let's explore the difference between logging and tracing, the reasons we want to supplement job logs with additional "real-time/variable level" logging/tracing techniques, and how we can easily listen for events to improve our DevOps experience with tools like Ansible and Splunk. As we continue to shift from categorizing executions as "jobs" into "transactions", a core understanding of terms and technologies opens many doors.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Bentley

Brad Bentley

Senior Managing Consultant, IBM
Brad Bentley is a Senior Managing Consultant with IBM Systems Lab Services in Rochester, Minnesota, USA.  He has held a wide variety of positions in IBM from development on Db2 for i, to platform testing, to assisting numerous customers of all sizes across many different fields... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

9:00am EDT

Dashboards: The Case for KPI's and Business Users
In this session, technical users are exposed to the WHY of graphical user interface based dashboards. The objective is to bridge the technical programmer's point of view with the various business needs of management in a company. Examples of appropriate templates in an organization will be shown as examples.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Artis

Doug Artis

Silveredge Consulting
Our corporate mission is to be the partner of choice for our clients’ information consulting services, while being both a responsible and responsive employer.We expect to become a trusted advisor in your Information Technology needs. While we may not be able to actually provide... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

9:00am EDT

Detect and Respond to Problem Queries Using Db2 for i Tools
Db2 for i provides powerful tools for monitoring query behavior. Learn how to use the newest Db2 for i features for uncovering unwelcome variations in SQL workload performance, stopping runaway queries, and responding to system slowdowns before they become meltdowns.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Clark

Timothy Clark

Advisory Software Engineer, IBM


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

9:00am EDT

IBM i in Power Virtual Server
Come see an overview of IBM i running in Power Virtual Server on the IBM Cloud. Tips from deployment, management, networking and other common tasks.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Whitney

Kris Whitney

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.


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

9:00am EDT

Green Screen, if you have to use it, get the most out of it with ACS
Green Screen - we all have to use it for somethings. With ACS there are many features that have been built in to help bridge the gap between the old and the new. This session will look at some of the hidden and not hidden features of the 5250 emulator that is shipped with ACS to help give you a modern view and to help with a more integrated working environment. This session will focus on Live demo and trying to help answer any questions you might have along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Rowe

Tim Rowe

Business Architect Application Development & Systems Management for IBM i, IBM
Tim Rowe is the Business Architect responsible for Application Development and Systems Management for the IBM i operating system. His responsibilities include helping to make sure that the IBM i has what is needed to be successful both today and into the future. He sends much of his... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

9:00am EDT

Checking Your HMC Firmware
How to check your HMC firmware. What needs to be done to review your HMC upgrade path, the relationship with FSP Firmware, and then different ways of upgrading your HMC firmware.

Speakers
avatar for Pete Massiello

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... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

9:30am EDT

Create JSON with DATA-GEN in RPG
RPG added the DATA-GEN opcode to help you generate documents. This session gives you the low-down on using the open source YAJL tool to generate JSON documents.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Klement

Scott Klement

Director, Product Development and Support, Profound Logic Software
Scott Klement is the Director of Product Development and Support at Profound Logic Software. He also volunteers as a member of COMMON's Board of Directors and Strategic Education Team. He is the author of around 1000 articles and a dozen open source projects. Scott's efforts to help... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

9:30am EDT

How to Create a Modern Web Application on IBM i
Web applications continue to grow in popularity and are replacing old desktop applications and even green screens. Today, they are becoming even more easy to deploy, access and update and not bound to a single device. At the same time, prompt response, excellent user experience, security, etc has been more and more important for the success of a modern Web applications. Even the traditional request/response architected Web application is no longer meeting the requirements of a 'modern' application. In this session we will look at an SPA architecture using secure IBM I connections. We will demo an application that is using Angular, Web sockets, IBM I services, and Java toolbox .

Speakers
avatar for Chang Qing Zheng

Chang Qing Zheng

Software Engineer, IBM
I am working on IBM i Web Integration area, covering several products on IBM i, like Web Admin, HTTP server, Db2 Mirror, Java toolbox, node.js and open source technologies.


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

9:30am EDT

Simulate a Non-Relational Database in Db2 by Storing JSON
While we all know and love Db2 for i, you may have heard about some new databases out there that can provide greater application flexibility. Sure, IBM i now has support for some of these new flexible databases, but what if you just love Db2 and want to keep your data in one place? Come learn how a "Non-Relational" database might provide you with tons of flexibility and speed, and learn a cool trick to use JSON to simulate that within Db2 itself!

Speakers
avatar for John Robinson

John Robinson

Software Developer, P.C. Richard and Son
John Robinson is a software developer on the rise at P.C. Richard & Son, a family-owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. With a hand in business analytics, John is quick to jump on promising technologies to create... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

9:30am EDT

What if the Penguin was Dead - A Look at a World without Open Source
Imagine a world without Open Source! This session takes a fun and insightful look at the wide-ranging benefits of Open source by postulating a world in which Open Source and community-driven projects don't (and never did) exist. At the end of this session you will have both a smile on your face but more importantly a deeper appreciation of the benefits that open source has brought not just to our development and IT efforts but in reality to every-day life.

Speakers
avatar for Erwin Earley

Erwin Earley

Customer Success Manager - Architect, IBM
With over 25 years working in the IBM i community with IBM (with a brief stint with the Zend by Perforce team) I have worked with a number of technologies on the POWER platform including cloud (PowerVC) Dev/Ops solutions (Docker, Chef), Open Source technologies (Linux, MySQL/MariaDB... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

9:30am EDT

Make RUNSQLSTM even better using CL commands
The RUNSQLSTM command lets you run multiple SQL statements in a single call, like a script. You can do even more now by calling CL commands directly. See how this can expand your options.

Speakers
avatar for Vern Hamberg

Vern Hamberg

Senior IT Developer, Ecolab, Pest Elimination
Vern has worked on IBM midrange systems for over 30 years, beginning with the System/38 and AS/400. At present he is a Senior IT Developer in the Pest Elimination division of Ecolab. He also serves on the COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) and SET and is one of the SMEs for Db2... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

9:30am EDT

What to Know When Switching from Physical Tape to VTL
In this session, Nathan Williams will go over the differences between physical tape and VTL, as well as considerations, storage needs, data retention, archival and old media, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan  Williams

Nathan Williams

Systems Engineer, iTech Solutions
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... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

9:30am EDT

Want ACS to Auto Update?
Managing software updates can be a time consuming and even frustrating endeavor of IT shops. IBM i Access Client Solutions is working to simplify things by adding function to enable Auto Update capability. In this session I will show you how easy it is to setup IBM i ACS for automatic updates.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Bowers

Wayne Bowers

Software Engineer, IBM
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, Console, the TCP Telnet communications server, and the... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

9:30am EDT

Collection Services Best Practices
Find out what the experts recommend for Collection Services settings for your system performance data. Learn about the various settings including collection interval, collection profile, standard database file creation, enabling system monitors, historical data creation, and data retention periods so you understand the best way to configure your system.

Speakers
avatar for Shauna Rollings

Shauna Rollings

IBM i Performance Tools & High Availability Development, IBM
Shauna joined the IBM i development team in 2008. She has developed and supported IBM i performance data collector tools throughout her entire IBM career. From the very beginning of the Db2 Mirror for i project, she has also been the technical team lead for the Db2 Mirror Configuration... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

10:00am EDT

Developing an Hourly Weather Application for Your IBM i
Learn how to create a simple, daily weather application using the JSON_TABLE Function to return a record set of Weather data from a service program to your calling program. o Using the JSON_TABLE function with cursors o Error checking when using the JSON_TABLE function o Creating a service program that returns record set to the caller o At the end of this session… you can try this at home!

Speakers
avatar for Jim Buck

Jim Buck

CEO & Head Instructor, imPower Technologies
Jim Buck’s career in IT has spanned more than 35+ years, primarily in college education, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Past president (13 years) of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association (www.wmcpa.org) and has served on several teams developing IBM... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

10:00am EDT

Enterprise Integration with Apache Camel
Apache Camel is a framework for integrating applications with enterprise-integration patterns (EIPs) through an easy-to-use API. EIPs help all of your different applications work together in a harmonious, easy to understand, and debuggable way. This session will cover how to set up Apache Camel, demonstrate Apache Camel routing rules with a sample application, and discuss some more advanced Apache Camel operations.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Irish

Mark Irish

Software Engineer, IBM
I am a software engineer at IBM working on open-source software enablement for the IBM i. I am particularly knowledgeable about Node.js and Machine Learning software libraries. Feel free to talk to me about your open-source questions and tell me what open-source software you'd like... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

10:00am EDT

The 5 Newest Features in RPG
The ILE RPG (also called RPGLE, RPGILE or RPG-free) language is always improving. Want to know the latest? In this session, Scott will tell you about the 5 newest features!

Speakers
avatar for Scott Klement

Scott Klement

Director, Product Development and Support, Profound Logic Software
Scott Klement is the Director of Product Development and Support at Profound Logic Software. He also volunteers as a member of COMMON's Board of Directors and Strategic Education Team. He is the author of around 1000 articles and a dozen open source projects. Scott's efforts to help... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

10:00am EDT

The Importance of Focus
Focus is critical for accomplishing your goals. Whether it's prioritizing work items, specking out a new project, designing a new application, or architecting new infrastructure, focus is key. Learn how to sharpen and enhance your focusing skills.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Greene

Kim Greene

President, Kim Greene Consulting, Inc.
Kim Greene is president of Kim Greene Consulting, Inc. specializing in providing consulting services for the IBM Collaboration Solutions portfolio for IBM i (formerly AS/400, iSeries, System i), Windows, and Linux. Kim has over 15 years of experience with IBM Domino and 20 years of... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

10:00am EDT

Combine your own CL commands with Query Management to enhance data access
You can create your own CL commands. You can also create prompted Query Management queries. Put them together to get flexible and powerful access to your data.

Speakers
avatar for Vern Hamberg

Vern Hamberg

Senior IT Developer, Ecolab, Pest Elimination
Vern has worked on IBM midrange systems for over 30 years, beginning with the System/38 and AS/400. At present he is a Senior IT Developer in the Pest Elimination division of Ecolab. He also serves on the COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) and SET and is one of the SMEs for Db2... Read More →



Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

10:00am EDT

IBM FlashSystems Overview for the Small to mid-sized IBM i shop.
We will dive into the IBM FlashSystem family of SAN storage that a growing number of mid-sized IBM i shops are taking advantage of to modernize their IBM i infrastructure stack. You will gain an understanding of the major differences between models as you climb each rung of the IBM FlashSystem family for small to mid-sized environments.

Speakers
avatar for Richie Palma

Richie Palma

Tech Solutions Consultant, iTech Solutions
A Tech Solutions Consultant for iTech Solutions Group, IBM Champion for Power, IBM Fresh Face, founder of the “Midrange Meetup” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on the steering committee for YIP’s (Young i Professionals), and on the board for SEMIUG (South East Michigan IBM i User... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

10:00am EDT

Local or Remote? Where to run ACS?
IBM i Access Client Solutions is relatively unique in that it can be ran from a central location accessed by multiple users. Though this capability forces the question of when this is the right choice for your enterprises deployment as opposed to running the client locally on the workstation. This session will look at the Pros and Cons of running IBM i ACS locally on each workstation or running it off of a central network location.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Bowers

Wayne Bowers

Software Engineer, IBM
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, Console, the TCP Telnet communications server, and the... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

10:30am EDT

Live demo - Protecting web services
A live demo demonstrating how one can use the new integrated web services security features to protect web services. This includes defining roles to determine who is authorized to web services.

Speakers
avatar for Nadir Amra

Nadir Amra

Software Engineer, IBM
Nadir Amra has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the Ohio State University.   He has worked for IBM in Rochester, MN since 1988, starting in the Communications area, where he was an instrumental member of the development teams that introduced the CPI-Communication and... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

10:30am EDT

Managing Node.js Processes on IBM i
Do you want to start your Node.js application when you system starts up, relaunch the process if the application crashes, or even do automatic load-balancing? This session covers several different ways of managing Node.js processes, including both the "IBM i" and non-"IBM i" way of doing things. If you want to run Node.js in production, this information will be vital!

Speakers
avatar for Mark Irish

Mark Irish

Software Engineer, IBM
I am a software engineer at IBM working on open-source software enablement for the IBM i. I am particularly knowledgeable about Node.js and Machine Learning software libraries. Feel free to talk to me about your open-source questions and tell me what open-source software you'd like... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

10:30am EDT

Why should you use CGIDEV2 for creating modern Excel files?
Modern Excel files consist of several XML files in a ZIP file. These can have fairly complex layouts. See how using tools like CGIDEV2 let you work only with the data. Let Excel do what it excels at!

Speakers
avatar for Vern Hamberg

Vern Hamberg

Senior IT Developer, Ecolab, Pest Elimination
Vern has worked on IBM midrange systems for over 30 years, beginning with the System/38 and AS/400. At present he is a Senior IT Developer in the Pest Elimination division of Ecolab. He also serves on the COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) and SET and is one of the SMEs for Db2... Read More →



Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

10:30am EDT

How professional training saves your company money.
When I speak with IBM i developers, I often hear their biggest problem is getting money for training. This session show you how to convince your boss that getting you adequate training saves your company money. o Time is money; how trying new technologies is expensive. o “Just watch a video,” works once the technology is understood. o How learning on your own can be counterproductive.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Buck

Jim Buck

CEO & Head Instructor, imPower Technologies
Jim Buck’s career in IT has spanned more than 35+ years, primarily in college education, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Past president (13 years) of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association (www.wmcpa.org) and has served on several teams developing IBM... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

10:30am EDT

Disk Options from tape to HDD, to SCM & everything in between
When we think about the massive performance gains we have seen from our infrastructure over the last 5 years, its easy for your mind to go strait to the CPU. Sorry to burst your bubble but the unsung hero of the compute performance race has most certainly been at the drive modules themselves. In this session we will review the available disk unit options for both internal and external storage. Their underlying technology, where they fit from a price/performance standpoint, and when each drive type or a combination of different drive types makes sense. You will leave with a new understanding of the important role this technology plays in the performance of your infrastructure.

Speakers
avatar for Richie Palma

Richie Palma

Tech Solutions Consultant, iTech Solutions
A Tech Solutions Consultant for iTech Solutions Group, IBM Champion for Power, IBM Fresh Face, founder of the “Midrange Meetup” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on the steering committee for YIP’s (Young i Professionals), and on the board for SEMIUG (South East Michigan IBM i User... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

10:30am EDT

Make the Most of IBM i ACS IFS Tool
Interaction with the IBM i Integrated File System (IFS) continues to be an important and increasing part of many enterprises interactions with the IBM i, and the IBM i Access Client Solutions Integrated File System tool supports these activities. This session will cover effectively using the IBM i ACS tool with specific emphasis on the recent enhancements to make you more productive.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Bowers

Wayne Bowers

Software Engineer, IBM
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, Console, the TCP Telnet communications server, and the... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

10:30am EDT

20 minutes of wisdom from the SQL Tutor
Come to this session if you want to hear directly from the Db2 for i SQL Tutor. What can SQL do for you? Come to the session to find out. http://ibm.biz/Db2foriSQLTutor

Speakers
avatar for Scott Forstie

Scott Forstie

Db2 for i Business Architect, IBM
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... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

10:30am EDT

Best Practices for Using OpenSSH
In this session, Steve Pitcher goes discusses why you should use SSH, what you need to use SSH, how to minimize risk, authentication, using keys and not passwords, and other best practices.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Pitcher

Steve Pitcher

IBM i Administration, iTech Solutions
Steve Pitcher is a Solutions Expert on Systems Administration and Security with iTech Solutions Group and an Industry Analyst at MC Press Online. He’s been a specialist in IBM i solutions since 2000 with an emphasis on modernization, security and collaboration products. Steve has... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

11:00am EDT

Access Your Db2 for i Data Using SQL Embedded in a Rest API
With the focus on hybrid applications, it is more important than ever to be able to unlock your existing applications as well as the data in your database. User Interfaces developers have been accessing data in the database for years by just writing some wild SQL and connecting with JDBC or ODBC. Works, fine, but can leave you feeling a lot our of control! By wrapping well written SQL within a Rest API, you now have both control of the SQL that is being used as well as the ability to use encryption, and advanced security controls. This session we will do a live demo of how to access data from Db2 using SQL and a Rest API.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Rowe

Tim Rowe

Business Architect Application Development & Systems Management for IBM i, IBM
Tim Rowe is the Business Architect responsible for Application Development and Systems Management for the IBM i operating system. His responsibilities include helping to make sure that the IBM i has what is needed to be successful both today and into the future. He sends much of his... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

11:00am EDT

Code Review- logging errors:
Logging and reporting errors is a key component of an error handling pattern. This session is a walk-through of a logging system that can be added to your code and extended as needed.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Everhart

Ray Everhart

Senior IBM i Analyst and X-Analysis Product Manager, Fresche
For over 30 years, Ray has helped companies understand, develop and manage their RPG, COBOL and CA 2E application environments. He also specializes in helping clients enhance and modernize their systems to meet evolving business demands and take advantage of digital transformation... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

11:00am EDT

Intro to Node-Red on IBM i
In this session I will show how to install Node-Red on IBM i, how to build your first flow, and how to debug a flow. You will walk away with practical information to help you start using Node-Red in your environment.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Seeberger

Matt Seeberger

Power i Engineer, CMA Technology Solutions


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

11:00am EDT

Why Leaving the Platform is a Bad Idea..
We all have heard about companies planning to replace the IBM i with something "modern". Well in this presentation I will show why this is a bad idea and what should be done instead..  

Speakers
avatar for Torbjörn Appehl

Torbjörn Appehl

ISV Advisor, Built on Power
I've been working with IBM i and It's predecessors since 1997. Today I have my own company focusing on helping IBM and their Independent Software Vendors (ISV) to fully take advantage of all technologies available on the platform.I was member of the board for Common Sweden for 10... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

11:00am EDT

A New Engine inside your IBM i: the POWER10 Microprocessor
In this session, the chief architect of the upcoming POWER10 Microprocessor provides a brief overview of the underlying technology, covering improvements from the previous generation and implications for the IBM i platform.

Speakers
avatar for William Starke

William Starke

Distinguished Engineer, IBM
William Starke is an IBM Distinguished Engineer currently serving as the Chief Architect for the POWER10 microprocessor. Since graduating from Michigan Tech University, Bill has been employed by IBM for three decades in several roles, spanning mainframe and Power systems performance... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

11:00am EDT

IBM i Open Source Package Management Basics
Deploying and leveraging Open Source technologies on IBM i is a growth area for the platform and whether the Open Source technology is used to enable a software solution or for software development understanding how to deploy these packages is important. This Session will cover the basics of the usage and infrastructure of deploying these Open Source packages on IBM i.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Bowers

Wayne Bowers

Software Engineer, IBM
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, Console, the TCP Telnet communications server, and the... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

11:00am EDT

How to Monitor Complex IBM i Environments
Bring simplicity to your Power Systems infrastructure with a single monitoring tool

Your IBM i is central to keeping business running smoothly, but other components and servers play a critical role in your enterprise environment. If left unchecked, any one of them is a risk that could lead to downtime for your business—and heartburn for you!

You need a way to proactively identify and mitigate the risk before an outage occurs!

In this session, you’ll see how Robot Monitor software captures critical information about VIOS, IBM MQ, BRMS, MIMIX, PowerHA, IBM i, AIX, Linux on Power, and more for multiple partitions and displays it in a single interface. You’ll learn how to:
  • Customize your monitoring environment
  • Create proactive, granular notification
  • Consolidate data into a single dashboard or slideshow
  • Report on past performance
We’ll share a live software demonstration of Robot Monitor showing its real-time monitoring and reporting capabilities, as well as its ability to notify you, so you can mitigate the risk BEFORE causing an outage.

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Losinski

Chuck Losinski

Director of Technical Solutions, HelpSystems
Chuck Losinski, Director of Technical Solutions for the Robot product line, has been with HelpSystems for over 20 years. He has over 35 years of experience in IT, including 30+ years on the IBM i platform.Chuck's background covers a wide variety of technical responsibilities, involving... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

11:00am EDT

What is SYSTOOLS and how can you leverage it?
Db2 for i provides useful tools and examples in the SYSTOOLS schema. Come to this session to learn what shiny gems lie within this unopened treasure chest. You need not be an SQL programmer to gain tremendous value from SQL tools!

Speakers
avatar for Scott Forstie

Scott Forstie

Db2 for i Business Architect, IBM
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... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: Modernize Your Application with Tim Rowe
Attend this session with your questions about how to modernize legacy code, using the latest technologies.  With Tim Rowe, IBM.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Rowe

Tim Rowe

Business Architect Application Development & Systems Management for IBM i, IBM
Tim Rowe is the Business Architect responsible for Application Development and Systems Management for the IBM i operating system. His responsibilities include helping to make sure that the IBM i has what is needed to be successful both today and into the future. He sends much of his... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 3 / Union B-C

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: Open Source Development with Erwin Earley
Attend this session with your follow-on questions about developing with open source tools and languages. With Erwin Earley, Zend by Perforce.

Speakers
avatar for Erwin Earley

Erwin Earley

Customer Success Manager - Architect, IBM
With over 25 years working in the IBM i community with IBM (with a brief stint with the Zend by Perforce team) I have worked with a number of technologies on the POWER platform including cloud (PowerVC) Dev/Ops solutions (Docker, Chef), Open Source technologies (Linux, MySQL/MariaDB... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: RPG with Scott Klement
Attend this session with your follow-on questions about RPG.  With Scott Klement, Profound Logic Software.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Klement

Scott Klement

Director, Product Development and Support, Profound Logic Software
Scott Klement is the Director of Product Development and Support at Profound Logic Software. He also volunteers as a member of COMMON's Board of Directors and Strategic Education Team. He is the author of around 1000 articles and a dozen open source projects. Scott's efforts to help... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 2 / Delaware C-D

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: Training the New Generation of RPG Developers with Jim Buck
Attend this session with your questions about training and onboarding your new RPG developers.  With Jim Buck, imPOWER Technologies.


Speakers
avatar for Jim Buck

Jim Buck

CEO & Head Instructor, imPower Technologies
Jim Buck’s career in IT has spanned more than 35+ years, primarily in college education, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Past president (13 years) of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association (www.wmcpa.org) and has served on several teams developing IBM... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 8 / Franklin C-D

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: SQL and Database with Sue Romano
Attend this session as your final opportunity to ask questions about SQL or the database.  With Sue Romano, IBM.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Romano

Susan Romano

Technical Lead Db2 for i Development Team, IBM
Sue Romano is a technical leader on the Db2 for i development team and has worked on the SQL parser for almost 30 years. She is involved in designing and implementing SQL enhancements and defines new SQL services. Sue represents Db2 for i on IBM’s SQL Language Council, which ensures... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 5 / Morrow

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: POWER10 with William Starke
Ask your questions about the upcoming POWER10 serves, with WIlliam Starke, Distinguished Engineer, IBM.

Speakers
avatar for William Starke

William Starke

Distinguished Engineer, IBM
William Starke is an IBM Distinguished Engineer currently serving as the Chief Architect for the POWER10 microprocessor. Since graduating from Michigan Tech University, Bill has been employed by IBM for three decades in several roles, spanning mainframe and Power systems performance... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 7 / Franklin A-B

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: All About ACS with Wayne Bowers
Attend this session with your questions about ACS.  With Wayne Bowers, IBM.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Bowers

Wayne Bowers

Software Engineer, IBM
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, Console, the TCP Telnet communications server, and the... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 4 / Union D-E

11:30am EDT

Office Hours: IBM i Services with Scott Forstie
Attend this session with your questions about using SQLto manage your IBM i.  With Scott Forstie, DDB2 for i Business Architect.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Forstie

Scott Forstie

Db2 for i Business Architect, IBM
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... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
Breakout 6 / Fairfield

12:00pm EDT

Meeting of the Members
This is the annual meeting of the members for your user group.  Attend for an update on COMMON business.

Wednesday May 26, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Breakout 1 / Delaware A-B
 
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