January 2015

From STRDBG to the RDi Debugger

Date:Thursday, January 15, 2015
Time:5:30 (Deli snack) - 6:00 (Meeting)
Location: BrassCraft Manufacturing Company
39600 Orchard Hill Place
Novi, MI 48375-5331 (map)
Speaker:Charles Guarino
Notes:Presentation notes:
SEMIUG Debugging Session

Making the decision to abandon the green screen development environment takes a lot of patience. Once you make the leap though you'll be very glad you did. (more...)

From the President

Happy New Year!

Dear Members:

Happy New Year!

As a new year begins we are excited for what 2015 has in store and are grateful for such a wonderful 2014!

SEMIUG made great use of the iDevcloud box engaging group members and students alike to use the box for learning, MITEC was a great success in 2014 with the addition of pre-conference labs, workshops and student participation, our first student game competition was a great success with 14 students participating.

In January we are pleased to have Charles Guarino presenting RDi debugger presentation. Whether you are new to RDi or have been using the tool for awhile you're sure to benefit from the presentation. RDi is a must in the modern IBM i environment. Improve your productivity and enjoy the feature rich capabilities of RDi. The meeting will be hosted at BrassCraft in Novi. We're thankful for BrassCraft stepping forward and provided their facility for our January meeting. The meeting will also be provided in webinar format for group members that aren't able to join in on site.

In February John Valence will be presenting HTML and CSS. Today every organization has some sort of company web site, internal/external web applications including applications and add-on applications. At the heart of it all HTML is a must. CSS makes the job much easier. Plans for MITEC 2015 are well under way. We will again this year have pre-conference labs and workshops for those who would like to dive in on a focused topic area of learning. We're fortunate to have Steve Will doing our opening session. We're looking forward to another great event in 2015.

As a new year is upon us it's that time of year again to renew your SEMIUG membership. Dues help the group fund activities and bring world class learning opportunities to our local community. If you haven't done so already please visit the membership page and use the membership renewal form found at the bottom of the page.

We're thankful for a wonderful 2014 and look forward to an even better 2015! Happy New Year,

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
Email: pglass@us.ibm.com
Find Us Here: www.ibm.com/university/power

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Previous Meetings:

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
February 2014 Topic: RPG Free-form Enhancements Barbara Morris
January 2014 Why Ruby and Rails? Aaron Bartell
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