Due to COVID-19 the NHMUG Meeting for March with Donna Westmoreland has been canceled. We will reschedule at a future date.
Donna Westmoreland Presents Change Managment on Thursday March 19th at the Backyard Brewery in Manchester NH
“In life, change is inevitable. In business, change is vital” – Warren G. Bennis
Our March meeting is centered on the idea of CHANGE and what we must do to meet the challenge of change in business.
So come and join us for our next NHMUG meeting on Thursday March 19th, 2020 at the Backyard Brewery in Manchester NH with Donna Westmoreland of Midrange Dynamics to present on Change Management.
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DevOps and CI/CD Pipelines in the IBM i World: We do it, our customers do it, and you can too!
DevOps is the force that empowers modern development teams to deal with constant change, while improving quality and reducing downtime. Implementing modern development using DevOps practices, agile development strategies, and tools on the IBM i adds significant benefits for your team and your business.
In this session, we’ll provide a practical look at what DevOps and CI/CD (Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery) are and how they map to the IBM i, demystifying the concepts and cutting back the hype. You’ll walk away with a practical understanding of how you can integrate with, or drive, your digital transformation using DevOps in your own environment.
- Discuss DevOps practices, frameworks, and tools in the context of IBM i application modernization
- Discuss how the IBM i fits into the overall IT CI/CD pipeline.
- Understand what open source tools will, and will not, deliver for DevOps on IBM i
- Dramatically reduce production downtime and shorten timelines
Modernization – Yes! Now How Do I Get Started?
You know what needs to happen; let’s talk about how to make it happen. Successful modernization involves leveraging your development team’s business knowledge to accomplish your modernization goals and keep the IBM i front and center in your IT infrastructure.
In this session, you will learn how to harness existing business knowledge, create a plan, and arm yourself with the right tools. We’ll discuss various strategies to fit your business needs, plus staffing, education, training, development strategies, and implementation considerations. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the steps you need to take to tackle a range of modernization projects effectively and how to present a strong plan to your business stakeholders.
1) How to structure your modernization projects
2) How to evaluate best in class tools to aid in modernization
3) Understand the perception of success and exceeding expectations
4) See the simplicity and power of digital transformation with REST using RPG on IBM i
Change Management Tool Demo
Donna will demo a tool currently being used for change management by customers of Midrange Dynamics.
Donna is the CTO for Midrange Dynamics North America.
Experience gained from leading major projects, including application modernization at hundreds of corporations has given Donna a well-rounded view of development needs, audit requirements, and testing principles.
NHMUG Welcomed Jesse Gorzinksi on Thursday January 16th at the Backyard Brewery in Manchester NH
IBM has embraced the Open Source community and now we have access to any number of tools for the IBM i. Come listen to one of the primary drivers at IBM in the Open Source realm as he speaks on a broad range of topics from the use of Node.js and Python to tools available for Machine Learning and finally the future of Open Source on the IBM i.
What better way to engage a younger generation of developers than by showing them all that the IBM i has to offer in the Open Source arena.
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Surely you've heard about Node.js. It's one of the fastest growing runtimes. But why? Come gain an understanding of this unique runtime, its several benefits, and the work IBM is doing in the community to provide best-practices and ready-to-use artifacts. Node.js is being used by enterprises to quickly deliver differentiating solutions, and it is fully ready to power key pieces of your enterprise as well!
Getting Started with Machine Learning
The emerging realm of AI and Machine Learning can bring seemingly-limitless opportunity for your enterprise (and perhaps even mankind). How can you leverage these new technologies from IBM i?
This session will provide an overview of what technologies you can be using from your IBM i today. We will cover various AI/ML packages available to run on the system, as well as the cloud-based capability of IBM Watson. After all, IBM i has always been a data-centric platform. Surely, Db2 for i houses mission-critical and intensely valuable data. Coupling AI and ML with this data can bring an unprecedented amount of innovation.
Python and IBM i
Python can do many, many things, but can you use Db2 on IBM i? Of course! RPG? Definitely! In this talk, get an introduction to some of the connectivity libraries that can be used to integrate with IBM i, while also exploring some common pitfalls and solutions for them.
The Future of Open Source on IBM i
The world of open source is fast-moving and exciting, with innovation happening at mind-numbing speeds! Come to this session for some updates on the latest or coolest stuff that's available at your fingertips, as well as some predictions about what may be coming in the future. Certainly, exciting times lie ahead!
Jesse Gorzinski works for the IBM i development lab in Rochester, MN.
He is the Business Architect of open source technologies.
Jesse, who was doing RPG programming at the age of 18, is an expert on application development on IBM i, as well as system access and modernization.
His hobbies include playing with his dog, replacing complex applications with 5-line Python programs, and advocating for the use of new technologies on IBM i!
Prior to his 2006 employment at IBM, Jesse worked with the AS/400 as an I/T administrator for an IBM customer in the finance/mortgage industry, where he specialized in data backup/recovery, process optimization, and information integrity.
He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science as well as a Master of Business Administration degree