August 19, 2019

Today marks one year since we lost our friend and colleague Dan Burger. It still doesn’t seem real most of the time, but we have forged ahead, like he encouraged us to do, although we all still miss him. I started writing this feature for him, intermittently at first when he was too sick to do it, and I was glad to do it because it was one of the few things I could do to help. Now I write it every week with a weird mixture of sadness from being reminded of losing my friend and pride as I carry on this feature in his memory. So this week, I dedicate Monitor to Dan, and I encourage you to re-read our top story and remember him with me.

Top Stories From Outside The Jungle

(IT Jungle) In memory of Dan.

(TechBeacon) Staying on top of data security is hard enough, and there is always someone out there looking to make it harder. The latest scare comes in the form of a Wi-Fi microcontroller inside the tiny housing of a USB connector.

(DarkReading) If you’re a user of GitHub, you might be interested in this lawsuit naming the Git repository hosting service as responsible for the Capital One breach because it actively encourages hacking and stored stolen data.

(TechRepublic) IBM CIO Fletcher Previn gives insight on how IBM works to retain tech talent.

Redbooks, White Papers, Blogs, and Other Resources

(GoAnywhere) Two heads are better than one, so just imagine what a community can do! Then check out this handy list of 40 cybersecurity user groups, forums, and communities.

(Connectria) Ransomware attacks did decrease in 2018, but this blog explains that is only part of the story.

(IBM IT Infrastructure Blog) This blog takes a look at the IBM i as the driverless variant of IT infrastructure.

(Dawn May Consulting) IBM i expert Dawn May gives a complete round up of IBM i resources.

(IBM Power Systems) The latest marketing effort for IBM Power Systems.

Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

August 22 – Webinar – Sensitive data stored and processed on VMware virtual machines (VMs) is a critical concern for many customers. VMware includes VM encryption starting in vSphere 6.5, making it easy to encrypt private data stored in VM images. Patrick Townsend discusses vSphere’s encryption capabilities and how you can configure it using Townsend Security’s key management server (KMS).

August 25-29 – San Francisco, California – VMworld 2019 is aimed at helping attendees accelerate their cloud journey. Topic include transforming networking and security for speed and flexibility, and delivering digital workspaces for mobile experiences.

August 28 – Webinar – This on-demand webinar will explains the ecosystem surrounding Node.js on IBM i.

August 28 – Webinar – If you have an hour to learn how to bring the latest in open source and modern user interfaces to your IBM i, this webinar from application modernization vendor Eradani will use the latest open source languages and tools to demonstrate how to integrate IBM i applications with applications on other platforms. Also see how to take advantage of tools like Git, Jira, and Jenkins on your IBM i.

September 9 – 11 – COMMON’s 2019 Fall Conference & Expo is two days of education featuring 120 sessions presented by industry experts, and networking with vendors showcasing products and solutions in Expo.

October 3 – South Burlington, Vermont – Save this date for the 2019 VTMUG Technical Conference & Expo. Already scheduled speakers include Charlie Guarino, Ted Holt, and Scott Forstie. More details to come!

October 14-15 – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Join IT executive peers and host Alan Seiden for the next IBM i CIO Summit. Participants exchange tips and brainstorm ideas for addressing common challenges faced by IBM i CIOs and IT Directors—managing new technology; hiring the right skills; delivering enhancements and new applications faster; getting started with modernization; evaluating cloud options; managing expectations; and many other topics. Seating is limited and reserved for CIOs or IT Directors who have responsibility for application development. Request an invitation here.

October 15-17 – Minneapolis, Minnesota – The RPG & DB2 Summit returns to Minneapolis with new sessions, new workshops, new ideas, and new tools. Paul Tuohy, Susan Gantner and Jon Paris lead a team of 13 top experts teaching the critical skills you need to excel with modern IBM i development. SQL, RPG, Db2, ILE, open source, ACS, RDi, data analytics, web services, web and mobile apps—it’s all packed into a highly-concentrated 3-day learning experience.

November 12-14 – Orlando, Florida – The Profound Logic User Seminar (PLUS) is three days of intense, product-focused learning with workshops, labs, and educational sessions. Get in-depth, hands-on instruction from Profound Logic experts for a fraction of the cost of on-site training. Learn at your pace with multiple session tracks. Attend a day dedicated to hands-on product workshops. Network with fellow Profound Logic customers and partners.


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