IBM i & IBM Power Grundkurs

Datum 18 – 22 Oktober
Kostnad 25.000 SEK ex Moms (10% Rabatt för medlemmar i Common Sweden & Common Norge)
Kursen sker online
Anmälan genom mail till [email protected]

Innehåll i kursen:

AGENDA

  • Introduction 
  • IBM Power and IBM i history
  • IBM i architecture from System/38 to IBM i
  • Operating systems, Licensed Internal Code and the integrated database
  • Command structure, menus and prompting
  • Demo – Menu structure and help functions
  • User profiles &  authorities
  • Communication, terminals, printers etc. 
  • Console, system startup / IPL
  • Power Systems, hardware, storage
  • Virtualization, PowerVM and related software
  • Installation of IBM i & licensed programs
  • PTF management
  • Programming languages, compilators and applications
  • Management interfaces, ACS & iNavigator
  • Authority / security
  • Job management, job queues, out queues
  • CL-Programming
  • Backup/BRMS

Huvudlärare är gurun Gunnar Elmgren

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Specialistlärare CL-Programmering är Åke H Olsson

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Bakgrund och historia körs av Torbjörn Appehl

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Infor M3 runs best on IBM i

Yesterday (May 17th 2021) the Swedish user group for Infor M3 (and Movex) arranged a webinar with focus on IBM i for the first time in many years.

The message from the huge ERP vendor has shifted slightly from “Cloud only” to “you are ok if you run our software anywhere actually”. This opens up for a lot of good things for the very strong M3 on IBM i community who until now has hasited to invest in infrastructure as the previous message was very clear from Infor. The problem with that message was that many of their clients didn’t either want to go to any public cloud (Infor runs on AWS) or actually couldn’t for a number of reasons (compliance is just one of them).

Anyway, back to today’s webinar with the IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will doing the first part where the title was IBM i Anywhere, IBM i Everywhere – Strategy, Roadmap & Innovation.

The message was very strong from IBM that they are very committed to IBM i and that the operating system has a long period of growth even during the pandemic. The future is also great due to its very innovative features and functions built into the system (code compiled once in the 1980’s still runs on Power9 and will run on Power10 coming out later this year).

Right now the planned support for future versions is well into the 2030’s. IBM just delivers according to their plans as they’ve always did..

Steve Will also talked about how open IBM i is today compared to earlier versions of the operating system. Open Source has been a huge area of success for the platform, not at least due to all the runtimes, tools and frameworks that AI requires and IBM continues to port to IBM i. They are always listening to their customer base through the many different user groups and other channels to make sure they are investing in technologies that their customers are asking for.

The message was very clear – IBM i can do it!

Next after Steve Will, Mr Eddie Chaffin from ABP Food Group in the UK continued the presentation.

A short presentation first about ABP showed they are a very large organization with approximately £3 billion in revenue. With only about 140 persons in their IT-organizations (Five companies) tells me their choice of platform for M3 is a very cost effective one.

The technical description of their M3 environment shows they are running everything on just two Power8 S814 servers. Talking about cost effective..

Eddie gave the audience a number of tips and tricks for managing M3 with the help of ACS. Access Client Solutions is the best tool available for any kind of IBM i related management in general, but in this session there were some M3 related tips such as changing the heap size for performance purpose when it comes to navigating the IFS (M3 has a huge number of files / documents in IFS) and how to use built in Authority Collection for compliance reasons.

He gave many other tips regarding database performance, how to use SQL Scripts for collecting information that could take a day in the past etc.

The main thing in Eddie’s presentation was their implementation of Row and Column Access Control – RCAC in their M3 environment.

This is a level of data security they need to avoid “Data Tourism” that their database was open for before. M3 has a very good security system in place for end users, but for people connecting via ODBC/JDBC it is not so good. Besides just the commercial risk with unauthorized people reading the data, GDPR Compliance is as well high priority for companies.

RCAC was implemented with the help of Infor and IBM LAB Services (Kent Milligan was the RCAC expert involved from IBM Rochester) and the solution is fully supported by Infor today.

Overall the whole session today was a great success. The user group leader was very happy with the content and glad that IBM (that he work for in 1988 when the AS/400 was launched) welcomes IBM and ABP back in the future.

Full version of the presentation can be downloaded HERE

At the keyboard: Torbjörn Appehl

20 no 40.. no 60.. well a lot of things that IBM i / IBM Power has and other platforms just dreams about

I was tired of “defending” the platform against people who doesn’t know anything about IBM i but still tells the world loudly and clear it is a old fashioned and dying platform.

Well, sometimes the best defense is a good offense. So i created a presentation where I instead of avoid talking about 5250 green screens from an end user perspective (where it honestly doesn’t belong), to highlighting unique features that other platforms just dreams about from a systems management perspective (massive help functions built in, unique in it’s message id system for problem detection and determination etc. etc.).

In the presentation I will go through as many things that is unique compared to other platforms I can in the time set aside for me. Could be unique in a way that there is nothing compared on other platforms at all (why do we have 520-byte format on storage, what is branching that makes IBM i ultra efficient and extremely fast for business applications?), but It can also be how something is implemented and often beautifully holistic integrated in the whole stack, from hardware and up to the data itself in the database (Tags Active Mode for example or how the database engine works extremely close to the CPU itself through Systems Licensed Internal Code).

And yes, I will also make some mocking about failed projects by other companies trying to build something similar to IBM i.

And yes, Intel and Sun will have their shared part…

Please reach out if you are interested in this session

PowerVUG – Session 107: Turning data into Information with Db2 Web Query for IBM i

  • 9 June 2021, 14:00-15:30 UK time (BST)
  • Speaker: Doug Mack, Analytics Consultant, Db2 for i, IBM Systems Lab Services
  • Every BI/Analytics vendor shows you fancy visualization screens (including IBM) but not talk about where the real work is in making a BI/Analytics project successful. Most BI pundits say up to 70% of the work is in wrangling the data. Get that right, and the reporting/analytics becomes much simpler and efficient. Db2 Web Query contains multiple ways to wrangle your data while leveraging what you already have with RPG, SQL, or even Query/400. In this session we delve into use of Synonyms to describe your data, leveraging SQL when appropriate, and facilities to create data flows or ETL processes to cobble data together for your analytics projects. Many how-to demos will be included.
  • Relevant for IBM i environments.

PowerVUG – Session 106: VIOS – Top Tips for Successful Administration

  • 19 May 2021, 14:00-15:30 UK time (BST)
  • Speaker: Jaqui Lynch, Information Architect, AIX & Linux® Performance Consultant, IBM Power Champion
  • VIO servers are the most critical part of your system setup.  If they are not happy, then no client LPAR is happy. This session provides tips on setting up and maintaining VIO servers including upgrades and patching.  Backup and recovery are also covered.
  • Relevant for AIX, IBM i, and Linux® environments.