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Putting the Pedal to the Metal for RDi

Date:February 23, 2016
Time:5:30 (Deli snack) - 6:00 (Meeting)
Location: Cooper Standard
2110 Executive Hills Court
Auburn Hills, Michigan, 48326 (map)
Speaker:Charles Guarino
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From the President

Dear Members:

February 23

Please note our date for the February meeting will be the 4th Tuesday of the month on February 23rd.
You'll want to be sure to join us onsite for February's meeting. Charles Guarino will be presenting onsite at Cooper "Putting the Pedal to the Medal for RDi". Charles is a frequent presenter both nationally and internationally on the topic of RDi. Whether you're getting started or new to RDi, you'll be sure to go away with great information you can put to use within your environment. IBM® Rational® Developer for i is an integrated development environment (IDE) built on the Eclipse platform. Designed for creating and maintaining applications on IBM i systems, it resides on the developer's desktop, supporting development in both host-connected and disconnected modes. To download a free 60 day trial visit the IBM i Rational Developer page.
If you're not able to join in onsite, you'll be able to join in remotely.

Plan B

A change of plans for March. We are postponing our student RPG activity for later in 2016 to allow time for schools and students to prepare for participation. We will however have a short presentation by Char Parker from Muskegon Community College on the colleges IBM i offerings and how you may connect with students at MCC. Also, note on the page hot spot the link for Baker College. The link can be used to post positions and connect with IBM i students. Stay tuned for information on March's meeting.

Got Ideas?

Please submit your ideas for our May meeting. We are asking members to share with others something special and useful in a 7-minute presentation. We have all tackled some challenging projects and all have found useful techniques and solutions. Step up and share with others. The sharing doesn't require a lot of time on your behalf and can help other group members. To sign up, you may contact any of the current SEMIUG board members.

Membership renewal reminder

It's that time of year again! If you haven't already done so, please renew your SEMIUG membership. Dues are very affordable and provide funding for the group to be able to continue to bring world class, current education to our local IBM i community. As a member you're automatically a COMMON member and are provided COMMON membership benefits. COMMON's 2016 fall event will be held in Columbus, Ohio. Members are entitled to join in monthly meetings and SEMIUG activities. Dues are $50 for individual membership or $100. To renew you will find the membership renewal form at the bottom of the SEMIUG site membership tab page.
We look forward to seeing you at the February meeting.

President Southeast Michigan iSeries User Group
Phone: 248-701-7410

Letter from
Power Systems Initiative

Dear Power User Group:

Recently, I was given the opportunity to move from the field and join the Power Systems Academic Initiative (PSAI) team. I thought I would take this opportunity to share with your User Group the latest happenings of the PSAI. As the Power Brand continues to it efforts to expand our ecosystem through OpenPower, ISV and MSP growth, and PowerLinux initiatives, we are similarly increasing our ongoing investment in the PSAI. Throughout PSAI's 17 year history, we have continued to focus on the following objectives:

We currently have 67 schools teaching AIX, IBM i and Power Linux skills in North America (192 worldwide) and our goal is to double this number by 2015. These schools are very interested in partnering with our business community. We offer both entry level and professional level job boards for our clients and business partners to utilize - FREE of charge. These openings are publicized to our current member schools.

We need students to fill the pipeline of the next generation of Unix Administrators and RPG programmers. We get more students by partnering with the academic community and offering internships and jobs, serving on advisory committees helping guide curriculum and sometimes even teaching as adjunct professors.

Please share this message with your User Group. Ask them to share it with Clients, Business Partners and any Academic Institutions. Our clients and business partners need skilled individuals, our schools need students in their classes, and students need opportunities for internships and jobs. This is WIN, WIN, WIN for all involved.

You can find out more about the Power Systems Academic Initiative, including the list of participating schools and the job boards, at the link below. If anyone has any questions about the program, is interested in finding skilled talent or knows of any potential academic partners, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

(See attached file: Building Power Skills 2014)

Peter T. Glass
Program Manager, Power Systems Academic Initiative
IBM Corporation, North America
Cell: 845-332-5478
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Previous Meetings:

October 2015 IBM i OS V7R2 updates Mary Monine
September 2015 IBM i Systems Management Workshop Larry Bolhuis
June 2015 Mobile Access To IBM i Wayne Bowers
May 2015 RPG Free Barbara Morris
April 2015 IBM i Cloud Hosting Guy Cunningham
March 2015 Introduction to the IBM i Navigator Performance Tasks Dawn May
February 2015 Connecting the Dots: Building Web Applications
with PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
John Valance
January 2015 From STRDBG to the RDi Debugger Charles Guarino
November 2014 Student Game Activity "The Big Reveal" Laura Ubelhor presiding
More in the archives

Meetings are a great opportunity to socialize with iSeries Colleagues and are always a great learning experience. We look forward to seeing you at upcoming meetings.