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Meeting Date
Wednesday, May 15, 2019




at the Westbury Manor, room
in Westbury, Long Island


The Presession starts at 5pm
The Networking and Cocktail hour starts at 6pm

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1:00pm: Test Driven Development

Brendan Kay
Fresche Solutions

Presentation Description

Test-Driven Development (TDD) provides a new approach to application development to produce high quality software which actually requires LESS manual testing. TDD provides developers with an environment to allow escape from the restrictions imposed by legacy code. TDD is particularly helpful in projects involving multiple developers.

About Brendan Kay

Brendan has over 30 years of experience with midrange, mainframe, cloud and desktop computing. Since starting in 1985 as a mainframe computer operator, he has worked exclusively in business computing. Brendan co-founded looksoftware in 1996. He helped build looksoftware from zero revenue to sustained and significant success and was closely involved in technical direction, business development, sales, marketing and governance. In 2014, looksoftware was acquired by Fresche Solutions and Brendan was appointed an executive VP focusing on business and technical strategy before becoming the company?s first CTO in 2016.



1:00pm: Cool Things in Navigator to be a Rockstar System Administrator, Library

Pete Massiello
iTech Solutions

Presentation Description

IBM Navigator for i is a powerful new 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. Learn ways to protect your system from intrusions, as well as close security holes such as FTP. See how this tool can help you select and install Logical files on your system to improve performance. Learn about the enhancements to this valuable tool in the release of version 7.3, while we see how this tool provides tips and techniques for better and more easily managing your IBM i.

About Pete Massiello

Pete Massiello has been working with the AS/400, iSeries, and IBM i since 1989, focusing on systems management and technical support. He is the President of iTech Solutions Group, an IBM Premier Business Partner delivering solutions and services to IBM i shops throughout the world. He is a member of IBMs certification test-writing team, an IBM Certified Systems Expert with certifications in IBM i design, administration, LPAR, virtualization, implementation, and HMC management. He was President of COMMON from 2010 to 2012, and again in 2014. He is a COMMON Hall of Fame speaker and a frequent speaker at user groups all over the world. In 2011, IBM established the Champions award for Power Systems, and Pete was one of the first recipients. In 2018, Pete was recognized as the first Lifetime IBM Power Systems Champion.



2:15pm: Agile Software Development in Theory & Practice, Manor Room

Brendan Kay
Fresche Solutions

Presentation Description

Learn how Agile software development principles allow you to create software that is easy to maintain and enhance. Understand the common misconceptions that may be limiting the success of your development projects. Find out whether agile development principles can assist your existing projects

About Brendan Kay

Brendan has over 30 years of experience with midrange, mainframe, cloud and desktop computing. Since starting in 1985 as a mainframe computer operator, he has worked exclusively in business computing. Brendan co-founded looksoftware in 1996. He helped build looksoftware from zero revenue to sustained and significant success and was closely involved in technical direction, business development, sales, marketing and governance. In 2014, looksoftware was acquired by Fresche Solutions and Brendan was appointed an executive VP focusing on business and technical strategy before becoming the company?s first CTO in 2016.



2:15pm: How to Successfully Upgrade to IBM i 7.4 & 7.3, Library

Pete Massiello
iTech Solutions

Presentation Description

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 isnt complete until this last step is done. While this presentation will focus on upgrading to 7.4 & 7.3, if you are upgrading to an earlier release (7.2, 7.1), we will also cover those releases.

About Pete Massiello

Pete Massiello has been working with the AS/400, iSeries, and IBM i since 1989, focusing on systems management and technical support. He is the President of iTech Solutions Group, an IBM Premier Business Partner delivering solutions and services to IBM i shops throughout the world. He is a member of IBMs certification test-writing team, an IBM Certified Systems Expert with certifications in IBM i design, administration, LPAR, virtualization, implementation, and HMC management. He was President of COMMON from 2010 to 2012, and again in 2014. He is a COMMON Hall of Fame speaker and a frequent speaker at user groups all over the world. In 2011, IBM established the Champions award for Power Systems, and Pete was one of the first recipients. In 2018, Pete was recognized as the first Lifetime IBM Power Systems Champion.



6:00pm: Panel Discussion - The future of IBM i

LISUG Membership


Presentation Description

Panel Discussion of "The future of IBM i". Brendan Kay, Pete Massiello and Trevor Perry

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7:15pm: Practical AI and Watson for IBM i

Brendan Kay
Fresche Solutions

Presentation Description

This session is focused on practical examples and emphasizes on the business value derived from AI. After attending this session, IBM i clients will better understand where and how Watson/AI can be used in their organization and how it can be incorporated into their applications.

About Brendan Kay

Brendan has over 30 years of experience with midrange, mainframe, cloud and desktop computing. Since starting in 1985 as a mainframe computer operator, he has worked exclusively in business computing. Brendan co-founded looksoftware in 1996. He helped build looksoftware from zero revenue to sustained and significant success and was closely involved in technical direction, business development, sales, marketing and governance. In 2014, looksoftware was acquired by Fresche Solutions and Brendan was appointed an executive VP focusing on business and technical strategy before becoming the company?s first CTO in 2016.