March 2015

Introduction to the IBM i Navigator Performance Tasks

Date: Tuesday, March 17 Dawn May
Time: 5:30 (Deli snack) - 6:00 (Meeting)
Location: Eaton Corporation
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Southfield, MI 48076 (map)
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Speaker: Dawn May
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Navigator for i has an extensive set of performance tasks and this session reviews the basics of these performance tasks and how to use them. (more...)

From the President

Dear Members:

We're excited to have Dawn May from IBM presenting performance monitoring using Navigator.

Dawn will be covering the topic using a live demo. This is a brand new presentation. SEMIUG will be the first to see it!

System performance has a significant impact on the user experience. Being able to make sure your system is running at optimum performance can and will make a difference. Participate in the March user group meeting and you will be sure to walk away with insight and tips that can help improve system performance.

Plans are under way for "RPG Free" topic in April. Stayed tuned we will post updates soon.

MITEC 2015 plans are well under way. We have an all star line up of presenters and topics with plenty to choose from whether you're a developer, system administrator, manager or whatever your IT role there will be plenty offered during this power packed day of education. The big event will be held at School craft college Vistatech center located in Livonia Michigan. The day will kick off with an opening session presented by Steve Will – IBM i Chief Architect. The event will also include vendor showcase, vendor raffle, breakfast/lunch/snacks provided by the Schoolcraft College culinary institute, students participating, and much more.

We are in process of rounding up students studying IBM i curriculum for MITEC and are targeting to have at least 20 students participate at the event. The event will feature an informal "meet and greet" session with students to allow organizations and attendees an opportunity to converse with students. If you are considering adding student resource to your staff MITEC is a great opportunity to interact and connect with students and schools in our area offering IBM i curriculum.

MITEC site updates are in progress. Stay tuned for updates at Plans are to have site updates posted the first week of March and conference registration open by the end of March.

The conference event will be held Tuesday June 2nd, 2015. The event will also include pre-conference labs and workshops on Monday June 1st, 2015 including: Larry Bolhuis – system administration, Charles Guarino – Rdi, Birgitta Hauser – SQL and Jackie Jansen – Web Query. The pre-conference workshops will include an entire day dedicated to one topic. SEMIUG members will be provided a discounted rate for MITEC, group rates, and early bird registration rates will also be provided.

If you haven't already renewed your group membership now is the time to do so. You'll find membership renewal form on the group site membership page. SEMIUG members are automatically a COMMON member, have extended discounted rates for MITEC conference event, able to participate in group meetings and activities, provided access to the group iDevcloud box and much more. Dues are very reasonable at $50 per individual or $100 per member organization.

We look forward to seeing you participating in our upcoming March meeting. Join in on site or remotely in webinar format.

Think Spring!

Regards, Laura
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:

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
October 2014 Service-Oriented Architecture on IBM i Rich Diedrich
September 2014 IBM i Virtualization and Open Storage Options Mike Schambureck
June 2014 DB2 for i and you... what's new in 7.2 Scott Forstie
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
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