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Service-Oriented Architecture on IBM i

Date:Tuesday, October 21Rich Diedrich
Time:5:30 (Deli snack) - 6:00 (Meeting)
Location: Eaton Corp.
26201 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48076 (map)
Speaker:Rich Diedrich
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Service-Oriented Architecture is arguably the most important concept in current computer applications.(More ...)

From the President

Dear Members:

SOA - Service-Oriented Architecture is a one of the important concepts in current business applications. We are fortunate to have Rich Diedrich from IBM Lab services presenting on the topic of SOA for our October user group meeting.

Are you already using SOA? Do you understand what SOA is and how you can make use of the concept to create modern applications? Either way, this meeting is sure to provide insight and understanding that can be applied and used to make a positive difference within your environment.

You'll be able to join in onsite at Eaton Corporation in Southfield. This is a new location for user group meetings, conveniently located in Southeast Michigan. Thanks to Doug Rezanka for making arrangements. We look forward to seeing you onsite. If you're not able to make it to the meeting onsite you'll be able to join in remotely in webinar format. We will also have MCPress SOA books available in exchange for a contribution for the student game activity. See meeting information for details.

The student game activity is well under way. We have 12 students busily working on game code on our groups iDevcloud IBM i box. The finished games will be unveiled and judged during our November meeting. You’ll be able to join in onsite or remotely in webinar format. Students competing will be featured on our group site and during the meeting. It will be exciting to see student finished games. Not many rules other than the code must be completed using tools on IBM i. Prizes will be awarded to students based on placement of winning applications. Thank you to group members that have contributed providing cash prizes that will be awarded for students to use toward school expenses. Also, thank you to members that have stepped forward and signed up to assist students.

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming SOA meeting.

Happy Halloween!

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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