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CL Enhancements from V5R3 through IBM i 7.1 (FREE FOR MEMBERS)


by Larry Bolhuis, Frankeni Consulting

Thursday, August 20, 2015 • 12:00 pm Central Time


For a long time, IBM treated the CL Language as the ugly stepchild. That all changed with the delivery of V5R3 and the parade of enhancements has continued right through IBM i 7.1. In this session, we will review all of the enhancements that can make your life easier as a CL Programmer. This includes updates that have been released as PTFs to IBM i 7.1.


Learning Objectives: Use all of the new variable types in CL programs. Use all of the new control constructs including subroutines, select statements, and loops. Use CMD object enhancements.


About the speaker:

Larry has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He began working on IBM midrange equipment with the S/34 and S/36 in 1984 and the AS/400 with it's introduction in 1988. Larry currently has held more than 30 IBM Technical certifications from AS/400 through IBM i and POWER Systems including IBM Certified Advanced Technical Expert - System i. Larry brings his extensive IBM i and Cisco connectivity knowledge to his networking, LPAR and Systems Management sessions. Larry also works on routers, firewalls, and VPNs. He has been awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals, was awarded the Al Barsa memorial Scholarship, as well as COMMON's Distinguished Service Award. He is Chief i-entist at Frankeni Technology Consulting, LLC in Middleville , MI. 


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High Availability for IBM i / The Side Effects & Cures to Implementing HA (FREE FOR MEMBERS)


by Matt Staddler, IT Solutions Group, Inc.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 • 12:00 pm Central Time


Active Ingredient - Companies looking to implement High Availability for the IBM Power Systems i or have implemented but never failed over to a second system.

How to Use - Select an HA Product suitable to your Company needs 


Side Effects - Someone in your company has decided upon / prescribed an HA Solution for your IBM Power System i (AS/400, iSeries) because he or she has judged that the benefit to your company is greater than the risk of side effects.  Side effects consist of Project planning, Teamwork, additional cost of Third party products, workload for IT Staff to manage the product, Labor cost to Test, Test, and Test again, and “Why your first Switch will fail”. After 100’s of HA installations and Disaster recovery tests, this session is designed to help understand the pitfalls and remedies for Role Swaps / Switching and Failover in an IBM i environment. 


Learning Objectives:

1. Discusses the inherent challenges with Logical and Hardware Replication

2. Discusses challenges associated with HA implementations 

3. Discusses challenges associated with Role Swap / Switching Systems 

4. Develop a realistic budget that can drive a successful HA implementation 

5. Understand the total cost of implementing HA



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