Deep dive into free-form RPG

Date:Tuesday, September 20thBarbara Morris
Time:5:30 (Deli snack) - 6:00 (Meeting)
Location: Cooper Standard
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Speaker:Barbara Morris
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Presentation:Deep Dive into RPG Free-form

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From the President

Dear Members:

Hope you enjoyed the summer break and packed your time full of summer. We have a lot planned for the SEMIUG 2016/2017 year.
The planned lineup includes:

September RPG Free
October System Admin
November Open Source
January ERP Solutions
February PHP
March Mobile
April BRMS/Disaster Recovery
May Web Query
June What's New with IBM i/DB2

RPG Free

We are looking forward to kicking off the year with an outstanding topic "RPG Free" from an outstanding expert: Barbara Morris. We've had presentations on RPG Free in the past and know many group and community members are making use of the language. We've asked Barbara to present beyond the basics and provide to group members insight on updates to the language. You'll be sure to walk away from this meeting with new tools and skills that you can put to use within your environment. You can join in onsite at Cooper or remotely in webinar format. Details for the webinar will be posted on the group site prior to the user group meeting.

Continuing SEMIUG efforts depends upon volunteers stepping forward. We would like to give a special Thanks to Jim Thompson, Charles Nalbandian, Amanda Smith, Joy Chen, Doug Rezanka, Gelita Maxwell and Dale Thieme for your efforts in supporting SEMIUG throughout the 2015/2016 year! Your efforts make a difference in bringing education and opportunity to our local community.

Elections were held in June and we welcome the new 2016/2017 board.

President Laura Ubelhor
Vice President Jim Thompson
Treasurer Charles Nalbandian
Secretary Amanda Smith
Director Joy Chen
Director Doug Rezanka
Director Ed Berryhill
Director Richie Palma
Webmaster Dale Thieme

Welcome aboard new board members Ed Berryhill and Riche Palma. If you have suggestions, topics you'd like presented or comments please don't hesitate….contact any board member. You can find contact information on the officers tab. We will be meeting in August to plan the 2016/2017 SEMIUG year. We intend to bring current topics by worldwide IBM I experts, student activities, MITEC conference event and much more.

Common's fall event will be held in Columbus this year. Take advantage of early bird rates.

Sunday October 23rd through Wednesday October 26th.
Details can be found at We look forward to a great 2016/2017 SEMIUG year full of education, student activities, MITEC and much more. We also look forward to continued connection with our local schools offering IBM i curriculum and preparing tomorrows resource and community members for a career within our community.

We hope you enjoy summer and look forward to seeing you in September.
President Southeast Michigan iSeries User Group
Phone: 248-701-7410

Letter from
Power Systems Initiative

Dear Power User Group:

Recently, I was given the opportunity to move from the field and join the Power Systems Academic Initiative (PSAI) team. I thought I would take this opportunity to share with your User Group the latest happenings of the PSAI. As the Power Brand continues to it efforts to expand our ecosystem through OpenPower, ISV and MSP growth, and PowerLinux initiatives, we are similarly increasing our ongoing investment in the PSAI. Throughout PSAI's 17 year history, we have continued to focus on the following objectives:

We currently have 67 schools teaching AIX, IBM i and Power Linux skills in North America (192 worldwide) and our goal is to double this number by 2015. These schools are very interested in partnering with our business community. We offer both entry level and professional level job boards for our clients and business partners to utilize - FREE of charge. These openings are publicized to our current member schools.

We need students to fill the pipeline of the next generation of Unix Administrators and RPG programmers. We get more students by partnering with the academic community and offering internships and jobs, serving on advisory committees helping guide curriculum and sometimes even teaching as adjunct professors.

Please share this message with your User Group. Ask them to share it with Clients, Business Partners and any Academic Institutions. Our clients and business partners need skilled individuals, our schools need students in their classes, and students need opportunities for internships and jobs. This is WIN, WIN, WIN for all involved.

You can find out more about the Power Systems Academic Initiative, including the list of participating schools and the job boards, at the link below. If anyone has any questions about the program, is interested in finding skilled talent or knows of any potential academic partners, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

(See attached file: Building Power Skills 2014)

Peter T. Glass
Program Manager, Power Systems Academic Initiative
IBM Corporation, North America
Cell: 845-332-5478
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Previous Meetings:

June 2016 Designing Responsive IBM i Web and Mobile Applications Greg Patterson
May 2016 7-Minute Presentations Members of SEMIUG
April 2016 RPG OA to PHP: IBM i Modernization and Mobile Approaches Greg Patterson
March 2016 What's up with DB2 for i Scott Forstie
February 2016 Putting the Pedal to the Metal for RDi Charles Guarino
January 2016 Let's Get Mobile (A Hands On Introduction to IBM i Mobile Access) Wayne Bowers
November 2015 Communication Excellence Colleen Garton
October 2015 IBM i OS V7R2 updates Mary Monine
September 2015 IBM i Systems Management Workshop Larry Bolhuis
June 2015 Mobile Access To IBM i Wayne Bowers
More in the archives

Meetings are a great opportunity to socialize with iSeries Colleagues and are always a great learning experience. We look forward to seeing you at upcoming meetings.