May 2015

RPG Free

Date:Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Time:5:30 (Deli snack) - 6:00 (Meeting)
Location: Cooper Standard
2110 Executive Hills Court
Auburn Hills, Michigan, 48326 (map)
Speaker:Barbara Morris
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From the President

Dear Members:

We have a great meeting planned this month. RPG Free has quickly become very popular for use on the IBM i platform and for good reason. The ease of learning, flexibility and functionality improves programmer performance. It has proven to provide programmers a friendly and productive tool. Someone who has coded RPG for years eases into learning and using RPG Free. For those new to RPG "Free" is a great choice as it bears similarity to other popular coding languages and has quickly been embraced by schools and students. Come join us on site or join in remotely with Barbara Morris sharing her wisdom on RPG Free. Barbara is a leading world expert on RPG Free and makes you feel very comfortable while sharing her knowledge and in sight on use of the tool. This is a don't want to miss opportunity for those that are new to "RPG Free" and for those that have already been making use of the language. You'll be sure to take away learning and skills that you can put to use immediately.

MITEC 2015 is almost here. The Power Packed day of education will be held on Tuesday June 2nd at the Schoolcraft College Vistatech Center located in Livonia Michigan. The event features an opening session by Steve Will – Chief Architect of IBM i. Steve will take us around the world with use of IBM i and share insight into the future of the platform. We will also feature a student meet and greet. If you're interested in connecting with schools and/or students the informal session will be a great opportunity to do so. Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided by the Schoolcraft College Culinary Institute. The event features a vendor expo and also a vendor raffle at the end of the day. Vendors very generously provide great prizes for attendees. The day features over 50 sessions to choose from by leading industry experts. Whether your career area is developer, operations/administration, technical support, business analyst, manager………..there is plenty to choose from and you'll be sure to learn and also have a great opportunity to interact with other i colleagues.

MITEC 2015 will again feature pre conference workshops on Monday June 1st , 2015. This year there are 5 workshops to choose from including: SQL with Birgitta Hauser, RDi with Charles Guarino, Operations and Administration with Larry Bolhuis, PHP with Mike Pavlak, and Web Query and WebFocus workshop with Jackie Jansen.

The event provides a great learning opportunity, located close to home at a very affordable price.

We will be giving away 2 registrations to MITEC at the upcoming May user group meeting. To be eligible you must participate either on site or remotely in the May meeting.

Elections will be coming up soon. If you have considered volunteering, please do step forward, it doesn't take much time and has a significant impact. Voting will take place in June. To volunteer contact any of the current SEMIUG board members.

We look forward to seeing you at the May meeting and also at MITEC 2015!

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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May 2014 LATEST IBM i ANNOUNCEMENTS Steve Will, Mark Olson, and Alison Butterill
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