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July 17 & 18, 2015Annual OCEAN IBM i Tech Conference & Vendor Expo!

 World Class Training.  Presented by Leading Industry Experts.  In a Time Frame that Fits Your Demanding Schedule.

Through Monday, July 13, use the goOCEAN discount code and members can register for the July17th main event at $195 per person and non-members can register at $295 per person. goOCEAN!  Add a Saturday Lab/Workshop for $65.

         

      

           

      

        

 Join Steve Will, Pete Massiello, Paul Tuohy, John Valance, Jim Denton, Dawn May, Mike Pavlak, Alan Seiden, Tony Cairns, Robin Tatam, Robert Swanson, Keith Zblewski, Vijai Garg, Floyd Del Muro, Craig Pelkie, Roxanne Reynolds-Lair, Jordan Antonoff, Eamon Musallam, Jeff Olen, LouAnn Lowers, Chris Bremer, Karen Linden, Stephen Boals and Joan McKittrick at this year's conference. Over 35 educational sessions will take place on Friday, followed by an evening networking reception/dinner, and then hands-on labs and workshops on Saturday.  Registration is now open!

  Vendor exhibit space is sold out. Please contact Carole Comeau at email with any questions regarding other sponsorship opportunities. Please contact Margaret Matthews at email with any questions regarding speakers, sessions or volunteer opportunities.

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Links

 

IBM i Local User Groups

Aaron Bartell (Litmis)

Alan Seiden

Code Project

COMMON. A Users Group

COMMON Blogs

Dawn May's Blog

developerWorks

IBM i Knowledge Center

IBM Systems Magazine

IBM i Web Page

i Pro Developer

iTalk with Tuohy

IT Jungle

Jon Paris & Susan Gantner

MC Press Online

Mike Pavlak

Scott Klement

Simon Hutchinson

Stack Overflow

Steve Will's Blog

Young i Professionals 

OCEAN Conference Spotlight

Alan Seiden Coming to Costa Mesa to Present PHP Sessions on July 17th!  Video

 

  Mike Pavlak who is presenting "PHP on IBM i: Getting Started" and "Stored Procedures & PHP on IBM i" has answered the five questions:

1. What is an essential skill that any IBM i Developer should have? Desire and ability to learn, adapt and change.  I still see folks out there looking for work with RPG III skills and wondering why the world has passed them by.  Today employers are looking for RPG, Web, project Management, etc.  You need more weapons in your arsenal if you’re going to do combat in today’s IT infrastructure.

2. What online publication(s) do you read?  I’ve become a fan of Flipboard as it tends to show articles that I can drill down to. 

3. What is your favorite tech gadget?  My Galaxy S3 is still a favorite, even though it’s 3 years old!

4. What’s the most common question you’re asked at speaking engagements? How long does it take to learn PHP?  As anyone would tell you the answer varies from weeks to years depending on the level of experience and how far you want to go with PHP.  And since PHP and the web are constantly evolving, there is no practical end to the learning curve.  

5. What’s the one session at the OCEAN Conference that no one should miss? Mine (PHP).  Of course.  But seriously, I think anyone doing RPG needs to understand, implement and manage service programs and subprocedures.  This is an essential skill that compliments so many other areas like PHP, Stored procedures, Ruby, etc.  outside of that, soak up everything you can about DB2!

Thanks, Mike. See you on July 17th!

 

 Alex Roytman who is giving a presentation on RPG Open Access at the June 16th OCEAN meeting and also speaking at the conference, has answered the five questions:

1. What is an essential skill that any IBM i Developer or Systems Admin or Manager should have?   Coming up with creative solutions to problems and thinking outside of the box.

2. What online publication(s) do you read?   IT Jungle, MC Press, IBM Systems Magazine, LinkedIn User Groups for IBM i.

3. What is your favorite tech gadget?  Fitbit.

4. What’s the most common question you’re asked at speaking engagements?  Why didn't IBM create a product like Profound UI and include parts of it in the OS?

5. What’s the one session at the OCEAN Conference that no one should miss?  Any application modernization sessions.

Thanks, Alex. See you on June16th and July 17th!

 

 Dawn May who is presenting "Navigating the World of Performance" and "Art of Performance Diagnostics with IBM i Performance Data Investigator" on July 17 and "Workshop: IBM i Systems Management Solutions" on July 18 has answered the five questions:

1. What is an essential skill that any IBM i Developer (or Systems Admin or Manager) should have?
Flexibility and the willingness to change.  No matter what your area of expertise, things move quickly in the world of technology. Everyone needs to be able to adapt to change and be flexible.    

2. What online publication(s) do you read?
For IBM i reference information there are two critical resources - the Knowledge Center and the IBM i developerWorks site, although these really aren't online publicationsFor general information, I tend to read a little bit of everything and I frequent many online sites. Twitter has been a source of many interesting articles.

3. What is your favorite tech gadget?
My iPhone 6+!  I love it! It's big enough to be very usable for reading and email.
I have a small addiction to games (1010 is the worst), and it has liberated me from lugging around my big DSLR.
I do a lot of walking and have an app that tracks my route and distance so I can remember where I went and see how far I walked.

4. What’s the most common question you’re asked at speaking engagements?
"Is that function available on 6.1?"  IBM has PTFed many enhancements back to 7.1 and there's always someone who also wants it on 6.1. 
We have taken much function back to 6.1, but there's less and less of that happening now.
 
5. What’s the one session at the OCEAN Conference that no one should miss?
I took a look at the agenda and there's no way to pick one session. Although, if you haven't heard Steve Will speak, you will want to go to hear him. He's very passionate about IBM i. I work on administrative topics, so I think the systems management track is the best!

Thanks, Dawn. See you on July 17th!

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