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April Meeting

Topic: Understanding your High Availability and Disaster Recovery Options

Date:Tuesday, April 16, 2019Brian Norland
Time:5:30 (Deli snack) - 6:00 (Meeting)
Location: BrassCraft Manufacturing Company
39600 Orchard Hill Place
Novi, MI 48375-5331 (map)
Speaker:Brian Nordland
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Presentation:HA and DRO options

Nearly 60% of IBM i shops list High Availability as a top concern for the future, but less than 50% have a high availability solution in place to help recover from a disaster. (More...)

From the President

Dear Members:

We had an exciting meeting in March. We had the unveiling of the Watson projects. SEMIUG members teamed up with students to create projects using IBM Watson Cloud. The activity was completed using the user group iDevcloud box. Congratulations to Rick Metzger and Mitch Bailey. SEMIUG member Rick a Senior programmer/analyst working for Consultech Services, Inc. and Mitch Bailey a high school student with advanced studies through MCC (Muskegon Community College) won the activity with the application created. They created a messenger type application to allow individuals that speak and write different languages to work together easily and without the need to translate discussion from one language to another. The application was demonstrated conversing between Spanish and English. The application was coded using RPG and the Watson API. We also had a very interesting presentation from David Cary using TJ Bot robot kit. David revealed his completed project by having TJ Bot named BOB (Battery Operated Brain). BOB answered questions, told jokes, moved his robot arm and more.

The winning team was chosen based on completing a finished application that could be put into use within a working environment that would bring value to an organization which required bilingual conversations within a working environment.

Thank you for those that participated. The winning team and runner up were provided cash prizes. Everyone that participated was a winner as we learned a lot more than when we started on a very relevant topic that is impacting our environments greatly.

If you'd like to learn more about Watson and would like to try your own application reach out and instructions on how to sign up for the Watson cloud service and example applications can be provided. iDevcloud can be used for this activity and completed examples can be shared to those that have interest. If you’d like to try out Watson reach out to David Cary at or Laura at .

We are hoping to have another Watson activity next year. We had a great turn out at the meeting, great participation, a lot of interest and a fun learning activity. AI is big and proving to be useful in business application.

We are pleased to have Brian Nordland presenting at the April user group meeting. Brian will be presenting "Understanding Your High Availability and Disaster Recovery Options". Brian currently works for Help Systems and has extensive experience on the topic. Brian will be onsite at BrassCraft or if you like you can join in the meeting remotely through WebEx. It is an awesome topic presented by an outstanding world class industry expert. You’ll be sure to walk away with a better understanding of what your options are to address HA and disaster recovery. We look forward to having you participate at the April meeting.

MITEC registration is open. Take advantage of early bird rates. For details on the event visit The event will be held with workshops on Monday June 24th, 2019 including: RPG, PHP, Python and IBM i Systems Management and the conference event on Tuesday June 25th, 2019. The event will be held at the Schoolcraft College Vistatech center located in Livonia, Michigan. This year's theme is "A NEW AGE IN POWER". The conference is packed with education, vendor expo, student meet and greet, IBM i roundtable and much more. Register early and take advantage of early bird rates.

Spring is finally here. We had a tough winter and are pleased to have warmer temperatures and sunshine. We hope to see local colleagues out and about joining in within SEMIUG activities. SEMIUG strives to bring world class education and opportunity to connect with other local colleagues. We hope to see you at our monthly meetings and MITEC.

If you haven’t renewed your dues please take the time to do so. You can find the form to renew or sign up for user group membership. Dues are very reasonable $50 for individuals and $100 for an organization. Dues help SEMIUG continue to bring a world class experience to local colleagues. There is one thing certain about a career in IT, you should always be learning and engaging, change is constant and this year like many is full of new technology and advancements. We encourage local colleagues to join SEMIUG, participate and take advantage of a great opportunity to be able to keep current.

Thank you to the volunteers that help provide the wonderful IBM i community opportunities. Stepping forward makes a difference and we thank the board and volunteers for all they do.

President, Southeast Michigan iSeries User Group
Phone: 248-701-7410

Previous Meetings:

March 2019 Watson student member game activity Laura Ubelhor presiding
February 2019 Deep dive into fully free-form RPG Barbara Morris
January 2019 Daily Care and Feeding of IBM i Larry Bolhuis
November 2018 Strategic Modernization with PHP Alan Seiden
October 2018 POWER9 and IBM i: Install, upgrade and backup using USB Bob Schuster
September 2018 The "Best Stuff" of Advanced RDi Charles Guarino
June 2018 Leveraging Db2 Web Query to Simplify Security Compliance and Systems Utilization Monitoring Doug Mack
May 2018 Simple Strategies for In-Depth Malware Defense Sandi Moore
April 2018 IBM i Cloud Hosting Pete Czornohus
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