Reflections of COMMON Europe 2016

Stockholm, Sweden,  June I find it fascinating how I feel after each conference. Generally, each one follows a basic template, where there are pre-conference sessions, an opening session, vendor expo and general sessions. Yet, after each one I feel a broad spectrum of emotions, including optimism for the future of the IBM i platform and […]

Speaking at the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association

I’m writing this blog at 34,000 feet, heading back to New York.   While I sit here listening to the two young children behind me singing songs and laughing out loud during the turbulence, I reflect on this past week. I landed in Milwaukee Monday evening, meeting up with Michelle Lyons of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer […]

LUGs and LISUG’s Night of 1000 Stars

I’ve written it before but it bears repeating – the Long Island Systems User Group, aka LISUG ( is my home LUG – Local User Group. The “UG” is simple here and very descriptive – a group of like-minded technology professionals, in my case, IBM i. The “L” however is more significant though because it […]

A hard dollars and sense ROI calculation for IBM’s RDi

  According to Wikipedia, the definition of ROI is “the benefit to the investor resulting from an investment of some resource. A high ROI means the investment gains compare favorably to investment cost.  As a performance measure, ROI is used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or to compare the efficiency of a number […]

LISUG kicks off the 2015 – 2016 semester

Long Island Systems User Group Meeting September 15th, 2015 LISUG kicked off its 31st year with a double feature from speaker Trevor Seeney @tseeney. Trevor hails from New Jersey and we were thrilled to have him kickoff our 2015-2016 semester. The first session which started just after 5PM was titled “Implementing Animations and Transformations on […]

Kicking the tires with RDi Version 9.5

RDi Version 9.5 is available! Kicking the tires Version 9.5 became available for download on Friday, September 18th. I downloaded my copy that same day and began using it immediately.   What follows are some initial observations.count Prior to the 18th I was excited to read about some of the Version 9.5 announcements mentioned in the […]