April 2020 Newsletter

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How are you making out?  I hope this newsletter finds you and your family safe and well.  I am glad to report that everyone at iTech is doing well.  Not saying that we aren’t all going stir-crazy, but that is better than the alternatives. We are adjusting to the new paradigm of the world, just as many of you are right now.  I was telling someone the other night (over the phone of course), that just because we are working from home doesn’t mean we are working less, we are probably working more.  For those of us not used to working from home, which I am certainly one of, it is not as easy as just throwing your laptop down on the table and starting to work.  That is why we started doing our work from home series, entitled Sips and Tricks.

To view the list of upcoming sessions, you can visit the page above or view them at the bottom of my article.

We started out doing these last month, and have since done 11 with another 12 planned.  These have been very well received, and there is certainly a high demand for them.  We are averaging over 200 attendees at these webinars, and we are presenting 3 webinars a week. That’s over 600 people every week that we are helping during this very trying time.  I would like to thank my staff for all they have done to help the IBM i community, and to all of you who have invited us into your homes. Thank you for allowing us to be there for you.   There is a lot of effort that goes into these, and we will continue with our Sips and Tricks for the foreseeable future.  I used to tease you that perhaps all your existing Business Partner was doing was bringing donuts to the meeting, now that we aren’t having in-person meetings, what are they doing for you?  It’s time to make the move, join the iTech side.

On April 7th and 8th we held a two day virtual IBM i conference with 9 sessions over those two days.  We had 671 people attend the conference, and additional people are still watching the replays, click on this link if you want to see a replay. We had some great comments on the conference, and again I can’t tell you how proud that I am of my staff for pulling this off.  This was free to everyone in the IBM i community, and we had lots of customers, other business partners, and IBMers on the conference. Right now, we all need to help one another.  An attendee who isn’t yet a customer called me after the event, and asked me how we can afford to do this?  I told him, we have the knowledge, skills, and know-how to help others, and we want to help as many IBM i customers as we can.

Plans are underway for a special webinar just for iTech Customers on Tuesday, June 23rd from 1:00 pm EDT to 3:00 pm, where we will cover IBM i planning, trends, directions, and strategy.  This session will help you understand the current and future benefits of the platform.  There will be more details to follow, but I would like to give you a heads up so that you can reserve the time on your calendar. Look for your personal invite in the next few weeks.

Technology Refresh (TR) announcement day was Tuesday, April 14, and IBM packed this with some great goodies.  TR8 was announced for 7.3, and TR2 for 7.4, you will notice there was no TR for 7.2, because that is now stabilized, and going out of support in less than 1 year.  Steve Pitcher and I did a Sips and Tricks webinar on Monday, April 20, about our favorite items in the TRs, click the link for the replay. Below are some of the highlights from the TRs.  There have been lots of presentations on all the new features, here is a link to Steve Wills Blog.

Speaking of Blogs, I wrote the IBM 2020 iSight Blog on announcement day, called the Business Value of Keeping your Hardware and Software Current. If you are a regular reader of this newsletter, you know I am a big proponent of keeping your systems up to date and current.  Plus the further back you get, the harder it is to get current.  Click on the link above to read.

Look for more webinars, podcasts, and sips-n-tricks to be happening during May and June.  Our line up continues to grow each day, and if there is a topic that you would like us to cover, send me an email.

Stay safe, wash your hands, and take care of one another.   I look forward to seeing everyone when this is all over at the many conferences we will be attending.

Upcoming Sips & Tricks Sessions:

Monday, May 4th, 3:00 – 3:30 PM ET
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
Basics of TCP/IP
Nathan Williams
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
Basics of BRMS
Steven McIver
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Friday, May 8th, 11:00 – 11:30 AM ET
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
Understanding User Access Key (UAK)
Pete Massiello
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Monday, May 11th, 2:00 – 2:30 PM
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
How to Set Up Access Client Solutions on a Mac
Marc Vadeboncoeur
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Wednesday, May 13th, 2:00 – 2:30 PM
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
How to Check iTera Replication
Amy Upton

Friday, May 15th, 11:00 – 11:30 AM
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
Using the New Digital Certificate Manager
Steve Pitcher

Monday, May 18th, 2:00 – 2:30 PM
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
Enhancing IFS Save Performance
Marc Vadeboncoeur

Wednesday, May 20th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Benefits of External Storage with IBM i
Richie Palma

Thursday, May 21st, 2:00 – 2:30 PM
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
Live Q&A
Pete Massiello & Laurie LeBlanc

Wednesday, May 27th, 2:00 – 2:30 PM
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
Team Challenges for Working Together but Apart
Donna DelMuro & Laurie LeBlanc

Friday, May 29th, 11:00-11:30 AM
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
Options for Encryption
Pete Massiello

Friday, May 29th, 11:00-11:30 AM
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
Options for Encryption
Pete Massiello

Monday, June 1st, 2:00 – 2:30 PM
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
Things I Like to Check Every Morning on My IBM i
Chris Flick

Friday, June 5th, 11:00 – 11:30 AM ET
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
Setting Up PDM Options
Steven McIver

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