June 2020 Newsletter

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First, I hope you and your families are healthy, safe, and secure as the virus creates a new “normal” in our daily lives. My normal routines have certainly changed. This will be my first full week back in the office since early March and I’m making adjustments, as is everyone else. We have been busier in the last 6 weeks than I can ever remember.  We weren’t able to do physical installs in April and May, but have resumed being able to go onsite and do installations, now we are working off the backlog.

In addition to doing our Sips-n-Tricks, Webinars, and iTech iTips videos, we’re bringing new customers on-board, configuring new systems, and helping existing customers. Everyone here is running at full throttle.  We were discussing and planning for this extra workload in mid-April, so it really isn’t a surprise. That is the advantage of having a large team, we can help each other out and spread the load.

We held our first iTech Customer Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, June 23rd.  It was great to have as our keynote speaker Steve Will, IBM i Chief Architect, talking about IBM i current and future directions.  We had a great turnout from our customers, received some excellent feedback, and hope everyone enjoyed their lunch we were able to send them.  We were so happy with the feedback, we are starting to plan a second customer session in another 6 or 7 months from now.  Hats off to Vanessa and Heather for making this happen. As always, any feedback from this session, or suggestions for what you would like to hear at the next customer event just let me know at pmassiello@itechsol.com.

We have already started the planning for a Fall two-day iTech virtual conference, to be held on October 20th & 21st.  We are exploring new ways to bring virtual IBM i education right to your desktop, and it won’t be just education — it will be the interactive capability to really experience a two-day conference as if you were physically there, without leaving your chair.  We are working on the session details right now, but for updates as they happen,  you can subscribe for updates here.

During this time of change, one thing you can depend on is our focus has not changed, and nor will it.  We are focused on IBM i, Power Systems, and IBM Storage.  You will see that in everything we do. This is evident in all the technical content that we are currently producing for the IBM i community’s consumption. Our commitment is to enlighten the IBM i community with technical information.  In fact, if you look at all the things we are doing (Blogs, Podcasts, Webinars, Sip&Tricks, Virtual Conferences, and our video iTips series), I would ask you is your IBM Business Partner doing even ¼ of that for you?  If not, perhaps it’s time to contact iTech Solutions and see what we can offer you.  You won’t know how much better off you will be until you give us a call 203-744-7854 or send us an email.

I would like to tell you about upcoming Sips and Tricks we currently have scheduled:

Monday, June 29th, 2:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Analyzing Risk for Large Scale Projects
Yvonne Enselman

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Benefits of Upgrading and Installing Domino 10 and 11
Steve Pitcher

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2:00 – 2:30 PM ET
IBM i Ethernet Options: What are the Differences?
Steven McIver

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Friday, July 17th, 11:00 – 11:30 AM ET
Hidden Gems in IBM’s QMGTOOLS Utility Library
Marc Vadeboncoeur
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Tuesday, July 21st, 3:00 – 3:30 PM ET
Using Digital Certificates
Steve Pitcher
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Tuesday, July 28th, 3:00 – 3:30 PM ET
PTFs: What You Need to Know
Pete Massiello
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Have you seen our iTech iTips video channel?  It contains videos on various subjects to help you with technical questions, how-tos, and just plain old tips. These are all by a bunch of IBM i techies just wanting to help you out.  Everyone learns differently, and we have our blogs and newsletters for those who like to consume content by reading, and our iTech iTips videos for those who like to see and hear information.  We aren’t stopping, look for more webinars, podcasts, and sips-n-tricks to be happening during July and August.  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.

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