Sessions - Systems Management and Performance

2017 Sessions will include:
  • Why Move to IBM i 7.3
  • What you need to know when upgrading IBM i to 7.3
  • Tips and Tricks to improve system performance and save disk space
  • Water Cooler Topics – I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours
  • GOLF (Get Off Laggard Files) on IBM i
  • Art of the Possible - IBM i in the Modern World
  • Avoid the Green Screen of Death
  • HMC, IBM i, FSP, and Firmware
  • No i Access for Windows 10?   No worries - Access Client Solutions is ready to meet the challenge 
  • Cool things in Navigator to be a Rock Star Administrator

NEUGC 2017 Sessions by Track - Systems Management and Performance

Why Move to IBM i 7.3 (Tim Rowe)

IBM i 7.3 has been out for a year now.  Come hear about all the new features that have been added to the IBM i 7.3 release and how these features can bring value to your business.  From major enhancements to DB2 which allow Simplifying Insight into your data, to significant changes throughout the operating system to allow Intelligent Security; from key enhancements in open source to new storage options; from performance analysis to being able to answer business questions with integrated SQL analytics, the 7.3 release has tremendous integrated power. 

This session will also cover some of the very latest enhancements that have been added in the very latest Technology Refresh.

What you need to know when upgrading IBM i to 7.3 (Pete Massiello)

When doing an upgrade to IBM i, there is more work involved in the planning of the upgrade than in the actual upgrade itself. When you have done the planning, the actual upgrade is simple. We will cover planning tips, pre-requisites, and then post installation requirements. Your upgrade isn’t complete until this last step is done. 

While this presentation will focus on upgrading to 7.3, if you are upgrading to an earlier release (6.1, 7.1, 7.2), we will also cover those releases.

Tips and Tricks to Improve System Performance and Save Disk Space  (Pete Massiello)  

What can you do to stop the rampant growth of data that’s eating up disk space? How do you improve system performance? Come to this session to find out how to make the most out of your existing configuration by leveraging the many optimization and cleanup techniques that are a part of i5/OS, including reorganization of physical files, sharing of access paths, and using the DISKTASK command. Pinpoint how to reduce your disk I/O by reorganizing files and clean up your system using the Retrieve Disk Information (RTVDSKINF) and Retrieve Directory Information (RTVDIRINF) commands. Learn how sharing access paths can reduce disk utilization and memory faulting. Know your options for reorganizing your files while your users continue to access them.

Water Cooler Topics –

I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours (Charles Guarino)

With our industry changing so fast you never know what’s current and what’s not. This session will discuss a variety of topics, all relevant to our community as IT professionals. But you won’t just sit there passively. Like any water cooler discussion, you’ll be asked to participate with your own opinions on current topics. You can expect the actual topics to be very timely and career-worthy, so the next time you’re at your own water cooler you’ll sound like a pro!

GOLF (Get Off Laggard Files on IBM i) (David Andruchuk)

This presentation will give you an overview using Surrogate Tables to redefine your database to get off laggard (slow progress and falls behind others; slower then desired or expected) files as part of your database and application modernization.
IBM has provided a roadmap for us to follow in a phased approach so that we can reap the benefits of the direction our IBM i has been heading in for the past and future.

Here are a few topics we will be covering

  • Learn the differences between Program and Data Centric design
  • Learn the approach laid out by IBM to get started in phases
  • Learn how we can modernize our database without compiling all our existing applications using the surrogate table approach
  • Discuss the benefits of reengineering your database

Art of the Possible – Modernization on IBM i (Tim Rowe)

Application modernization can mean different things to different people-ask 10 people and you will get 10 different answers. One thing they all have in common, though, is the big question: “How can I deliver modern applications to our business?” The other question that is often asked, is “How do I find talent to continue to update my applications in the future?” 

With the delivery of our Modernization of IBM i Applications Redbook, we will dive into what modernization looks like and give some general principles that can be leveraged when you get home. Following the principles that we have laid out for Modernization, you can leverage today's talent to continue to be successful in to the future. In addition we will go take a look at what other IBM i customers are actually doing from a Modern perspective on IBM i.

Avoid the Green Screen of Death (Ted Holt)

End users should never see the Display Program Messages panel. Batch jobs should not halt due to invalid data values. Unfortunately, abends are a common occurrence (and a source of embarrassment) in many shops because many midrange programmers have never learned to program to handle unexpected errors. Fortunately, error handling is easy to learn and to implement. Since a program abend can ruin an otherwise good day, let Ted Holt show you easy yet effective ways to deal with unexpected errors in RPG and CL programming.

HMC, IBM i, FSP, and Firmware (Pete Massiello)

The name “IBM i” isn’t all that’s new to the platform we know and love. Come to this session and dissect all the new components and concepts involved with partitioning your IBM Power Systems. Learn how all the pieces connect to each other, what you need to do to set them up, and how to manage and upgrade them. Get a handle on the various components of the Hardware Management Console (HMC), the Flexible Service Processor (FSP), and the Advanced Systems Management Interface (ASMI). Find out about the firmware in your machine, and how to make the required updates to it in an LPAR environment or on a standalone machine. 

Get tips for upgrading and setting up communications between the HMC and FSP as well as insight on where the ASMI fits in. Leave this session with up-to-date knowledge on these important hardware features of IBM PowerSystems and IBM i.

No i Access for Windows 10? 

No worries - Access Client Solutions is ready to meet the challenge (Tim Rowe)

With the announcement that Access for Windows would not be supported on Windows 10, what are you to do ? The good news is Access Client Solutions (ACS) is up to the challenge.  This session will cover the key features in ACS that you need to access  your IBM i today.  The best part is ACS runs on any workstation!  Windows, Linux and Mac.  We will spend much of the session doing a live demo to show the 5250 emulator, spool file support, IFS, and many of the new database features.

Cool Things in Navigator to be a Rock Star Administrator (Pete Massiello)

IBM Navigator for i is a powerful tool to better manage your i environment. Get expert advice for installation and set up to make sure you get this powerful tool up and running at peak efficiency. Step through the functionality of this product and learn how to leverage the Performance Data Investigator to turn the collection services data into graphs you can use to identify performance issues. Find out how to create monitors to manage your environment and various workloads, as well as how to set up alarm notifications when certain events threaten your environment. See how this tool can help you select and install Logical files on your system to improve performance. Protect your system against unwanted intrusions and FTP. 

There are so many cool functions in Navigator for i to make your life as a System Administrator easier.