The Modernization Meal

(a.k.a. "Burgers, Subs & Pumpkin Pie")

Date:Tuesday, September 26
Time:5:30 - Deli Snack, 6:00 - Meeting
18000 West Nine Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075 (map)
Speaker:Chris Burns
Notes:The Modernization Meal

This topic bucks mainstream assumptions and trends regarding application modernization. Hopefully the attendees didn't skip dinner, because we use everyone's favorite topic (food) to help illustrate how and why modernization should be a process of ongoing improvement (POOGI) instead of a big bang.

Using the tools you already own, which ship with each iSeries system, you can architect a POOGI which will deliver a constant flow of real business benefits without the disruption you may have come to expect. As always, expect some unexpected turns of events and points of view. Plus an in depth look at a live solution concept. Hopefully it will be an eye opener.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. View modernization as an enterprise wide opportunity instead of an IT project.
  2. Understand the merits of a process of ongoing improvement (POOGI).
  3. Make a more compelling argument to management to modernize.

Meet the speaker

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Chris Burns is a 20+ year veteran in the IBM midrange arena, and a senior consultant in his 11th year with GEMKO Information Group of Buffalo, NY. Chris specializes in solutions involving custom programming, modernization, networking, database, web development, the IFS and Windows integration. But his true passion lies in technical education and in "thinking out of the box" with application modernization. He speaks regularly about that passion at user groups, conferences, and at COMMON. Chris holds several IBM certifications, and provides a series of hands-on workshops to help guide RPG programmers into the 21st century.

Chris was recently promoted to Director of Client Systems Modernization. Recognizing that most iSeries shops do not have unlimited budgets, he focuses on methodologies that allow customers to move forward using the resources they already have.

You can reach Chris at