Topic: Strategic Modernization with PHP

Date:Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Time:5:30 (Thanksgiving Dinner) - 6:00 (Meeting)
Location: Bloomfield Township Public Library
1099 Lone Pine Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-2410
S.E. corner of Lone Pine and Telegraph Road (map)
Speaker:Alan Seiden
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You know you need to modernize your IBM i applications, but where to start? In this talk, Alan will inspire you with creative examples of modernization on IBM i that provided a strong return on investment while controlling risk. Learn how to choose projects with the best return on investment, and then complete them with confidence. We will lead an honest discussion of the most effective strategies. Can RPG programmers learn PHP? Yes. Can new PHP developers be integrated into an existing IT department? Yes. Both approaches have merit. See creative ways to use PHP, not only to create new GUI front-ends, but to add jazzy features to existing interactive RPG programs. Please your users and business people by incorporating PHP into your shop.
During a recent broadcast of this talk to COMMON Europe, one attendee said: "Great intro for how to do modernization! Thank you!"

Learning Objectives

  1. See how PHP and other open-source languages can satisfy business needs and today's users
  2. How to get started with PHP
  3. How PHP integrates with RPG and traditional resources


People considering PHP or other modernization approaches who could benefit from a high-level view of where it fits.

About the Presenter

Alan Seiden

Alan Seiden founded Seiden Group to help IBM i shops design and implement high-performance web and mobile applications using PHP, Db2, RPG business logic and Zend Framework best practices. An IBM Champion, Alan and his team work closely with some of the best minds at both IBM and Zend on behalf of their clients.

With a passion for open source and community, Alan co-developed the popular PHP Toolkit with IBM. He was one of the first Zend Framework certified engineers; co-founder of the NYC Zend Framework Meetup; charter member of IBM/COMMON's PHP Advisory Board; and a consultant for IBM's manual PHP: Zend Core for i5/OS.

An award-winning speaker, Alan has been called "the performance guru of PHP on IBM i."

He shares his expertise regularly at conferences and user groups such as COMMON, ZendCon, the RPG & DB2 Summit, OMNI, the Northeast Users Group Conference, OCEAN and WMCPA. He also mentors other developers within the Club Seiden forum.
In his spare time, Alan plays the trombone and studies and teaches the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education.

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