No meetings for July and August. See you in September!
From the President
We had a great 2013/2014 SEMIUG year. MITEC 2014 turned out to be a great event. We had a large gathering of IBM i community members. We had 9 students this year attend and help out at the event. Several of the students were able to make great connections with job opportunities and one landed a job with a Michigan organization that uses IBM i. The pre-conference workshops were a great hit. Mike Pavlak's PHP workshop and Charles Guarino's RDi workshop were well attended. Steve Will – IBM i Chief Architect - kicked off the day with an opening session discussing the future on IBM i. Attendees had over 50 sessions to choose from, attended the vendor expo and enjoyed interacting with fellow IBM i colleagues.
We're already busy working on MITEC 2015. The event will again be held at Schoolcraft College Vistatech Center on Tuesday June 2, 2015. If there are topics that you'd like to see included or suggestions for MITEC 2015 contact Laura at . We'd like to thank everyone that participated for helping make the conference a great event.
The SEMIUG board will be meeting over the summer to plan for 2014/2015 schedule. If there are topics that you'd like to see included within the agenda next year please contact any SEMIUG board members. We plan to include the student game activity kicking off in October and finishing in November. The activity will help introduce students to our community and to connect with community members. The students will code a game on the iDevcloud box teamed up with group members to provide guidance, answer questions. Not many rules other than the game must be coded using tools on IBM i. We are asking group members to step forward and volunteer to work with a student. The winning students will receive cash prizes to use toward school expenses. To volunteer, contact Laura at .
Thanks to SEMIUG board members for helping make activities possible and also many thanks to Dale Thieme our webmaster for keeping our group site updated.
We look forward to a great 2014/2015 SEMIUG year.
Have a great summer.
President Southeast Michigan iSeries User Group
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:
- Increase the awareness and education of students about Power Systems to help drive new client pipeline
- Provide educators with the resources and tools they need to teach Power Systems technology
- Help establish connections for educators to their local Power Systems business community to encourage collaboration
- Facilitate linkage of graduates and our clients regarding internships and jobs
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
Find Us Here: www.ibm.com/university/power
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|May 2014||LATEST IBM i ANNOUNCEMENTS||Steve Will, Mark Olson, and Alison Butterill|
|April 2014||What's New in DB2 for IBM i||Scott Forstie|
|March 2014||Application Modernization Redbook Preview||Tim Rowe|
|February 2014||Topic: RPG Free-form Enhancements||Barbara Morris|
|January 2014||Why Ruby and Rails?||Aaron Bartell|
|October 2013||System i Navigator “The Basics” Hands-On||Larry Bolhuis|
|September 2013||CL Hands On||Laura Ubelhor, Ted Holt|
|June 2013||Modern RPG - Unrealized Capabilities||George Slater, Michelle Gavalya|
|May 2013||Skills for the Modern IBM i Technical Resource||Panel:Char Parker, Paul Ubelhor, Michael Cain, Tim Rowe, and Mike Pavlak|
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.