Conference Tracks and Sessions

View our 2018 Session Schedule to see the conference session grid. Please note that it is subject to change.

70+ Sessions in Seven Skills Categories


Because NEUGC offers so many sessions and labs, it’s easy to get lost in our schedule. To help you get the most out of your days, we’ve indicated seven skills categories to keep you on track. Of course, you are welcome to choose sessions from any track at any time based on your interests. 

Programming Tools    View Sessions 

If you write new software or maintain existing RPG applications, you’ll learn about the latest techniques for RPG IV and ILE. Plus, no matter what language you use, you will want experience with the Rational Development Tools that will make you more productive. 

  • Introduction to Processing XML in RPG and SQL Too!
  • XML and JSON Rest Web Services for Everyday RPG and SQL Consumption
  • Advanced Data Structures - with Free-form
  • Processing and Creating JSON from RPG
  • RPG Tips & Techniques
  • Using Free Tools By Example - using free (or nearly free) software
  • What's New in RPG?
  • Developer Productivity – Playbook for Moving to RPG Sub-Procedures and Locally Scoped Variables
  • Free Format RPG
  • Future Proofing Your RPG Applications
  • RPG: The Power of the Prototype
  • Easily Modify Report Programs (Because You Have Better Things to Do)
  • Fun!(damental) and Fun!(ctional) Table-driven Programming

Open Source

  • IBM i IFS Containers
  • Intro to Git
  • Intro to Node.js
  • Intro To Open Source On IBM i
  • Node.js Transacts with DB2 and RPG
  • WebSockets, Node.js, IBM i, and Watson
  • Using Db2 and SQL with Open Source Languages on IBM i
  • iHeart Open Source
  • MariaDB on IBM i
  • Turn On the LAMP – please!
  • Tap Into RPG Open Source Options


  • Making RDi go POP! with iSphere
  • Putting the Pedal to the Metal for RDi
  • RDi DDS Designer


  • PHP and Db2 Essentials

  • Speedy PHP on IBM i

  • Strategic Modernization with PHP

  • PHP Syntax

  • PHP7 – Benefits of Upgrading

  • Arrays in PHP

SQL and Database    View Sessions 

Learn the latest techniques for using SQL (Structured Query Language), the modern way to manage your data. 

SQL and Database

  • Advanced SQL DDL - More Than Just Physical Files
  • Db2 for i SQL Routines (Triggers, Functions and Procedures) Overview
  • Expanding and Integrating the World of Data
  • Future Data Architectures: What is Polyglot Persistence?
  • Intro to Db2 i SQL Performance Tools and Methods
  • SQL Writing Tips and Techniques
  • Using Db2 i with XML and JSON
  • SQL Easy as MAGIC!
  • Embedded SQL: Beyond the Basics
  • Embedded SQL: The Basics 
  • SQL Aggregation without Aggravation
  • The SQL Procedures Language in a Nutshell
  • Thirty SQL Tips in Sixty Minutes

Systems Administration and Performance    View Sessions

This track includes sessions on upgrade planning, performance tuning, high availability, Logical Partition (LPAR) considerations and sessions on the Hardware Management Console (HMC), Navigator for i, and other systems management tools provided with the IBM i operating system.

  • Settng up Linux on Power Systems
  • Building IBM i Partitions Hosted by IBM i
  • Cool Things in Navigator to be a Star Administrator
  • Tips and Tricks to Improve System Performance and Save Disk Space
  • What You Need to Know When Upgrading IBM i to 7.3
  • Rapid Fire Admin
  • Mission: Possible! Journaling Forensics 101 (with Free Tools)
* GOLF (Get Off Laggard Files) on IBM i
* What you need to know when upgrading IBM i to 7.3
* Tips and Tricks to improve system performance and save disk space
* HMC, IBM i, FSP, and Firmware
* Cool things in Navigator to be a Rock Star Superstar
* Avoid the Green Screen of Death
* Water Cooler Topics – I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours

Security   View Sessions

From the beginning, security was designed as an integral part of the IBM i operating system. These sessions will help you take the best advantage of the platform’s inherent security features.

  • Anatomy of a Bad Password
  • Anatomy of a Security Failure
  • IBM i and our False Sense of Security
Modernization  View Sessions

Everybody is talking about modernization, but what does that mean for IBM i?  These sessions will help you jump start your modernization project and learn how to leverage Watson.

  • Application Developer Modernization Jumpstart
  • Creating a Database Abstraction Layer
  • Preparing Your Data for Watson
  • Top 5 Things that IBM i Developers Need to Start Doing TODAY!
  • The IBM i Renaissance: Revitalize, Re-EnergizeDisasters - Top of Mind thinking for your Family
* IBM i Trends & Directions 
* IBM i 7.3 Overview
* Bringing Sexy to IBM i
* Mobile and Accessing your IBM i 
* No i Access for Windows 10?   No worries - Access Client Solutions is ready to meet the challenge 
* IBM i Trends & Directions 
* IBM i 7.3 Overview
* Bringing Sexy to IBM i
* Mobile and Accessing your IBM i 
* No i Access for Windows 10?   No worries - Access Client Solutions is ready to meet the challenge 

Mobile / Web Enablement   View Sessions

  • Browser Tools to Make Web Development Easier
  • i Can Serve You – Providing Web Services From Your IBM i
  • Latest Trends in Web and Mobile development

Professional Development  View Sessions

  • Current Events (new in 2018)
  • Be a Strong Team Member Through Building Trust - Know Yourself
  • Hiring the Right Person the Right Way - It Starts with Hello
  • Making Every Moment Count in Your Day
  • Mindset Adjustment - Mindfulness of Conscious Leaders and Team Members
  • Accelerate your Excel!
  • Words to Live by: A Blueprint for Success