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TUG Buzz! for March 15, 2013

TUG is pleased to welcome Steve Will as our Keynote Speaker for TEC 2013 ...

Steve Will

IBM i Trends and Directions

Keynote Speaker Steve Will is the Chief Architect for the IBM i Operating System. In over five years in this position he has become an award-winning speaker, author of the Top i Blog according to IT Jungle ("You and i "), and is one of the most sought-after voices at customer briefings and events. Steve has worked on IBM i and its predecessors since before the creation of the AS/400, and is currently responsible for setting the strategy of the IBM i operating system, as well as deciding which enhancements will be implemented. In his role, he talks to many clients and partners, explaining the direction of the platform, while listening to the requirements of IBM i users around the world.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Meeting of Members

Location: Living Arts Centre Mississauga
4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga ON L5B 4B8

ADMISSION: Free to all TUG members ($40 non-members)


4:00 Sign up & Greeting

5:00 Session 1: IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 6Nihal Perera

  • Speaker: Nihal Perera
    (TUG's IBM Liaison)
  • Abstract: IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 6 (TR 6) extends the value proposition of IBM i. New functions and features in DB2 for i improve performance and add new function. Responding to client requirements for additional mobility options, TR 6 includes support for IBM Mobile Database, Zend Server for i 6.0 and a statement of direction for providing IBM Connections and Lotus Traveler for IBM i. PowerHA SystemMirror for i now offers attachment for additional storage options. USB Flash Drives can be attached and used for data transfer and copying functions.

    In addition to supporting the new POWER7+ Servers, TR 6 addresses client requirements for additional mobility solutions, more database functionality, cost effective storage options and support for USB Flash drives, to name just a few.

6:00 Intermission (Buffet Dinner & Networking)

7:00 Session 2: ReXX for CL Programmers

  • Mike WarkentinSpeaker: Mike Warkentin
  • Abstract: Have you met REXX? Many folks haven't and don't realize that REXX and the IBM i have a lot in Common.

    REXX is the largest and most unknown programming language in the world, and like IBM i – it just works. So how come no one knows about it?

    It's time to learn a little about REXX and see what it can do for you. This introductory session will outline just what REXX is, where you can run it (almost everywhere!), how it compares to CL and RPG, the basic constructs and provide some expressions and examples running on IBM i.

    Come to this entertaining session and start down the path of becoming a true REXXpert.

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