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Meeting Date
Wednesday, April 18, 2012


at the Fox Hollow Inn and Conference Center, Briar Fox room
in Westbury, Long Island

The Networking and Cocktail hour starts at 6pm

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5:00pm: New PHP Toolkit from Zend and IBM

Alan Seiden
Alan Seiden Consulting

Presentation Description

PHP developers on IBM i now have a new way to access resources such as RPG and COBOL programs, system commands, data areas, and more, using a new, free, flexible, open source toolkit, supported by Zend. With this open, transparent toolkit, the only limit is what you can dream up. Using IBM's XMLSERVICE toolkit on the back end, it's all open source, able to be kept to a very high level of quality and functionality by not only Zend and IBM, but IBM i community members who take the initiative. You will learn:
* How your older PHP applications can use the new toolkit with minimal changes, thanks to the Compatibility Wrapper (CW)
* How to optimize performance
* How to develop PHP on your laptop (Windows, Linux) or in the "cloud" and deploy to the IBM i (and other 2-tier configurations, all possible with the new toolkit)
* How to connect to IBM i through a variety of transports, including DB2, ODBC, and HTTP/CGI (no drivers needed).
* Accessing data from Lotus Domino
* Using IBM i APIs with PHP
* Security and troubleshooting
* Tips and tricks to work with your IBM i in new ways

About Alan Seiden

Alan founded Seiden Group to enrich IBM i applications with open source technologies such as PHP, Python, Node.js, as well as DB2 for i and RPG business logic. He and his team provide large and small organizations with objective advice, hands-on development, and support. Recognized as an IBM Champion, Alan cultivates a strong, resilient IBM i community by hosting the CIO Summit and fostering new talent. He encourages the next generation to extend the capabilities of the IBM i platform with their open source skills. Alan has led the adoption of open RPM-based PHP with value-added components and support for IBM i teams; co-developed the popular PHP Toolkit with IBM; and was one of the first Zend Framework certified engineers. An award-winning speaker, Alan has been called "the performance guru of PHP on IBM i." He shares his expertise regularly at conferences and user groups such as COMMON, ZendCon, the RPG & DB2 Summit, MAGiC, the Northeast User Groups Conference, OCEAN and WMCPA. In his spare time, Alan plays the trombone and studies and teaches the Feldenkrais Method? of Somatic Education.

7:00pm: Q&A

Charles Guarino
Central Park Data Systems

Presentation Description


About Charles Guarino

With an IT career spanning over 30 years, Charles Guarino has been a consultant for most of them. Since 1995 he has been founder and President of Central Park Data Systems, Inc., a New York area based IBM midrange consulting and corporate training company. In addition to being a professional speaker, he is a frequent contributor of technical and strategic articles and webcasts for the IT community. He is a proud member of COMMON?s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame and also Long Island Software and Technology Network?s Twenty Top Techies of 2009. Charles currently serves as a member of COMMON?s Strategic Education Team (SET) and is also Immediate Past President and monthly Q&A host of LISUG, a Long Island IBM i User?s Group

8:00pm: Disaster! How did we get here and what could I have done to avoid it?

Nick Mattera
Mindshift Technologies

Presentation Description

No matter what your level of preparedness disasters can still happen in your shop. In this meeting we'll discuss the various types and levels of disasters as well as how to best prepare your company should one occur. We'll review the importance and step by step process of building a disaster recovery plan. In addition we will review several ways to perform a data and system recovery including High Availability and "warm" and "cold" disaster recovery. Finally there will be a Q&A so get prepared, bring your questions and learn how to best arm you and your company when planning and facing a real disaster!

About Nick Mattera

Over 26 years of IT Operations and management experience, I am currently the Div. VP, Business Development and Partner Relations for mindSHIFT Technologies. My responsibilities entail cultivating and recruit strategic business partners to enhance mindSHIFT Technologies sales pipelines through business partner growth. As well as develop new business opportunities for the companies specifically in the areas of Healthcare and Enterprise Systems. 2002 to 2006, I was Invision’s VP, Network Operations and Services responsible for spearheading the acquisition and development of emerging IT technologies to meet current organizational needs, while providing the flexibility for change as technologies continued to evolve.