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March, 2009

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March 26, 2009  12:56 PM

Common board elections, and the Al Barsa scholarship

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

The System i user group Common, which is rebranding itself as a Power Systems user group in light of IBM changes to that effect, will be holding elections soon for its board of directors. There are five candidates vying for three open spots: Bruce "Hoss" Collins, Richard Dolewski, Léo Lefebvre,...

March 26, 2009  12:12 PM

IBM laying off thousands, say reports

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

According to multiple reports, IBM has laid off thousands of workers in the past few weeks, including in Rochester, but has been able to circumvent federal laws about reporting those layoffs by scattering them throughout its various locations over a period of time.

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March 26, 2009  11:54 AM

Discount available for RPG/DB2 Summit

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

The Young i Professionals have teamed up with System i Developer to offer a $200 discount to the RPG & DB2 Summit next month. With the discount, the cost of the show will be about $1,100, or $900 if you've been to a previous RPG...


March 12, 2009  3:28 AM

Will there be lower turnout at System i conferences this year?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

With Common holding its annual meeting in Reno next month, now is as good a time to examine the world of conferences, and how the economy has affected attendance. Over the past two weeks I have been at two conferences. Though...


March 12, 2009  3:17 AM

IBM pushes iLoyalty Blitz to customers

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

In an attempt to convince AS/400, iSeries and old System i users to upgrade, IBM is pushing an incentive program that it has internally dubbed iLoyalty Blitz. The goal of the program is to be able to sell a new Power Systems...


March 12, 2009  3:02 AM

YiPs update: conference call tomorrow

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

The Young i Professionals will hold a conference call tomorrow to update the group's work in open source applications and so-called sandbox applications it has made available to IBM System i users on its site, such as

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