4:00 Sign up & Greeting
Speaker: Jim Buck
Independant Consultant & IBM i Trainer
Jim Buck’s career in IT has spanned more than 35 years, primarily in the manufacturing, healthcare and IT education industries. A thirteen year president of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association (www.wmcpa.org) and has served on a number of teams developing IBM and COMMON certification tests.
Jim has co-authored with Bryan Meyers a number of IBM i books that are used in many colleges, "Programming in ILE RPG" 5th Edition being the latest in 2015.Other accomplishments include; recipient of the 2007 IBM System i Innovation – Education Excellence Award, named 2013/2016 IBM Champion Power Systems and the 2014 COMMON Presidents Award.
Jim is a programming instructor at Gateway Technical College and is active in the IBM i community working to help students, colleges and companies develop the next generation of IBM i professionals.
4:00 Registration & Networking
5:00 Failure to Modernize – The Real Cost
- In 2008; Jim wrote an article for COMMON called the “A Perfect Storm” This article discussed the low enrollment rates for Information Technologies classes in North America. Fast forward to 2016, Information Technology education in colleges has made a comeback. Now there is a shortage of qualified young IT professionals with enterprise skills.
- The shortage of young IBM i Professionals will be a significant challenge to you and your company. Learn what your company needs to do assure access to the next generation of IBM i Professionals. Jim will discuss what will attract young IT professionals to your company and how your company can be assured that there are young people trained in the technologies needed for the future of your company. This shortage will affect careers and bottom lines companies.
- Understand the current and future IT job market
- Understand the college environment
- Understand what young IT professionals are looking for.
- What your company needs to do to attract the next generation of IT professionals.
6:00 Buffet Dinner & Networking
7:00 DARN... CURSORED AGAIN! - Using SQL & CURSORS in Your Programs
- Internalize the benefits of using SQL in your programs.
- Correct use of SQL and CURSORS in your RPG Programs.
- Understand error handling in SQL subprocedures and service programs
8:45 Wrap Up and Door Prize draw