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March Meeting

Topic: Watson student member game activity

Date:March 19th
Time:5:30 (Deli snack) - 6:00 (Meeting)
Location: AAA Life
17900 N Laurel Park Dr
Livonia, Michigan 48152
Suite W150 (map)
Enter through the NORTH entrance to make things simple.
Park in the "P" parking lot since it is right at the NORTH entrance.
Everyone will be required to sign-in, but nothing special beyond that.
Speaker:Laura Ubelhor will lead reveal
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SEMIUG community members will team up with students to code a Watson application. We began the activity in February and teams will have until the March reveal user group meeting to finish and share an application. (More...)

From the President

Dear Members:

We are excited to have the Watson user group activity completing in March. Join us onsite or remotely for the "Big Reveal". The meeting will be held on site at AAA Life in Livonia.

We have 3 teams that are working hard to share great projects at the March 19th user group meeting. Join us to see what has been accomplished after hours in a short period of time. Thanks to David Cary for all of his hard work in preparing and working with teams. David created 3 example applications and documentation to get everyone started and has been involved in weekly team meetings. You'll benefit with a glimpse of what you can do with Watson on the 19th. AI is taking off rapidly and we're beginning to see it put into use within most all industries. You are also welcome to learn Watson using the iDevcloud box. Thanks to those that stepped forward. We're excited to see the finished projects and will vote on the winner(s).

MITEC plans are well under way. We have an all star line up of presenters and topics for the event. MITEC will be held at the Schoolcraft College Vistatech Center conveniently located in Livonia Michigan. Steve Will from IBM will be kicking the day off with an opening session. The event will again feature students and a great opportunity for community members to connect with students/colleges. The event will be held on Monday June 24th (Workshops) and Tuesday June 25th (Conference). Stay tuned with updates by visiting the conference site Note updates are in process. The agenda features current topics including: Open Source, Watson, PHP, RPG, Operations and Administration, Modernization, Web Development, Power 9 updates and much more. Mark your calendar. Go MITEC!

Please take note of the recent email and web site posting for membership. SEMIUG strives to continue to bring local community members value through world class presentations and opportunity to connect with other community members.

Please also take note of the CAAC information. CAAC is looking for volunteers. It doesn't take much time and is extremely important and worthwhile. Step up and make a difference by volunteering.


The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) is looking for new members.

The CAAC is a select group of individuals who represent the diverse membership of the COMMON community. As the name states, the CAAC acts as an advisory group to IBM. Members of CAAC review product enhancement requests, providing IBM with important user feedback to help prioritize these requests. IBM also reviews and discusses IBM's strategies and plans with CAAC, requesting input and advice.

Members of CAAC participate in monthly calls, as well as two face-to-face meetings per year. This is a unique opportunity to help shape the direction of the IBM i Portfolio of products and IBM Power Servers.

For further information, please go to the COMMON website: Positions are currently available. For all those interested, please download the application form at

Think Spring!

President, Southeast Michigan iSeries User Group
Phone: 248-701-7410

Previous Meetings:

February 2019 Deep dive into fully free-form RPG Barbara Morris
January 2019 Daily Care and Feeding of IBM i Larry Bolhuis
November 2018 Strategic Modernization with PHP Alan Seiden
October 2018 POWER9 and IBM i: Install, upgrade and backup using USB Bob Schuster
September 2018 The "Best Stuff" of Advanced RDi Charles Guarino
June 2018 Leveraging Db2 Web Query to Simplify Security Compliance and Systems Utilization Monitoring Doug Mack
May 2018 Simple Strategies for In-Depth Malware Defense Sandi Moore
April 2018 IBM i Cloud Hosting Pete Czornohus
March 2018 Openi — Exploring Open Source Solutions on IBM i Erwin Early
More in the archives

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.