Common Europe Webinars

Common Europe Webinars are short, online, educational or vendor sponsored content delivered to our members through an online learning platform. These webinars offer a unique learning experience for those members who cannot attend an in-person event or who simply want to supplement their education or information received from Common Europe and its vendor community. Webinar education is delivered by industry experts, IBM developers, and like-minded peers.

Upcoming Webinars

What to Expect When Transforming Your IBM i RPG or CA 2E (Synon) Applications into Modern Languages with Fresche

24th September 14:00 CET (13:00 GMT)

Most organizations are seeking better, faster ways to deliver powerful new digital experiences for their customers and employees. When you rely on legacy IBM i applications, this often requires piecing together capabilities from a mix of traditional and modern application architectures and technologies. Transforming your RPG and CA 2E (Synon) applications to modern languages is one way to enhance these core applications while embracing open source, cloud, web and AI technologies. 

Join Fresche’s Nick Hampson and Chris Koppe for this webinar to learn how you can modernize applications at much lower cost and risk than rewriting or replacing while building on the investment in your customized systems. They will cover the various stages of a transformation project: 

  • Building Your Strategy: Sample roadmaps, defining what needs to be transformed, and choosing the best architecture and technology stack.
  • Transformation: Fresche’s automated process, flexible delivery models, integration and potential workflow improvements. 
  • Testing: Defining your strategy, types of testing required and automation capabilities. 
  • Implementation / Deployment: Aligning the strategy with the organization, ease of adoption and defining the best options for you.
  • Beyond: What happens next and how to enhance your applications going forward.

About the Speakers:

Chris Koppe
Senior VP, Transformation and Modernisation Services

Chris Koppe is widely recognized as a thought leader in IBM i modernisation and is a regular speaker at conferences, events, and in webinars. Since joining Fresche in 1988, he has helped hundreds of companies worldwide develop and execute successful application management and modernisation strategies, across a variety of platforms, languages, databases, and technologies.

Nick Hampson
Senior Product Manager

Nick has extensive experience in Design, UX, Product Management, Innovation and Pre-Sales. Focused on bringing the business value of design and UX to IBM i customers and the community at large, Nick is recognized as a UX expert on IBM i. He also describes himself as a geek and a bookworm with interests in design, psychology, neuroscience, physics, engineering and mathematics, and given a little free time, he is also a keen target Archer.



Archived Webinars

How to Convert from AJS or WRKJOBSCDE to Robot Schedule with Ease

17th March 15:00 to 16:00 CET (14:00 GMT)

Common Europe is offering another exciting webinar for FREE as one of the benefits of
your Common Europe membership.
IBM i processing at your business doesn’t look the same today as it did when you started
20,10, or even 5 years ago. IBM i workload has grown and new technologies make
processing more complex.
The free WRKJOBSCDE (Work Job Schedule Entry) command on IBM i allows you to
build batch jobs, but it can’t handle dependencies. IBM’s Advanced Job Scheduler (AJS)
has more features, but it can’t communicate across other platforms and lacks the
reporting you need for today’s regulations and dependencies. It’s time for a change.
Today’s IT teams need automation tools that can help them plan for tomorrow instead of
playing catch-up. During this webinar, IBM i experts Tom Huntington and Ash Giddings
introduce you to the final phase of your automation evolution: Robot Schedule. With
Robot Schedule, you can easily:
 Import IBM i schedules into Robot Schedule rules
 Manage schedules from a GUI or web interface
 Integrate troubleshooting into a single user interface
 Monitor files and directories on IBM i, Windows, Linux, and UNIX
 Report on forecasting and flowcharting for management
It’s time to move away from older IBM tools toward a modern, integrated solution.
Robot Schedule is ready to go! Are you? 

About the Speakers:

Tom Huntington
Executive Vice President of Technical Solutions

Tom Huntington has been with HelpSystems for nearly 30 years. He works with business
alliances, acquisitions and large customer relationships and ensures that the
HelpSystems software works with other major software and hardware vendors worldwide.
Tom often speaks on enterprise scheduling, security, automation topics, IBM i
technology, and the HelpSystems products, and hosts technical presentations on a
variety of automation topics. He is the author of the HelpSystems IBM i Marketplace
Survey and has written articles on automated operations, security, cloud computing, and
business intelligence for leading trade journals and newsletters. He was named an IBM
Champion in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 for over three decades of advocation
and thought leadership on the IBM i platform.

Ash Giddings
Pre-sales Specialist

With more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry and coming from an operational
background, Ash Giddings has worked for some of the largest data centers in Europe
and has advised large companies in the U.S. on major projects to save costs and
improve efficiencies. He began his career on IBM Mainframe before moving onto
midrange systems such as IBM i and AIX and then Windows and Linux. His technical
background has enabled him to find solutions for challenging IT problems. Ash is a
regular speaker at international conferences and industry events.

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Improve IBM i Developer Productivity by 50%

Original Broadcast, Tuesday, 2 July 2019

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Do you ever find yourself thinking, “There has to be a better way to do this?”

With automated analysis and modernization tools, you can reduce the time spent managing IBM i applications and onboarding new developers, move projects forward faster, and reduce the risks involved in making changes to your code.

In this webinar, Fresche’s Stephen Flaherty demonstrates the business value derived from application documentation, analysis and better understanding of your IBM i applications.

You’ll see:

  • Automated graphical documentation that makes it easy for IT to visualize and understand application design and flow
  • Powerful impact analysis that tracks “where used” information so you can make code changes with confidence
  • How IBM i organizations have used X-Analysis to save significant developer time and better understand their applications

About the presenters

Stephen Flaherty
Fresche Solutions

Following 25 plus years of work in the IBM arena, starting with the System 38, with exposure to AS/400, iSeries and now the IBMi, Stephen Flaherty has added numerous projects to his portfolio, all specializing in RPG coding. The opportunity he has had to be a part of multiple ERP packages such as JD Edwards, Mapics, PRISM, HFA, and MacPac, in addition to several EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) packages such as Trusted Link, Inovis, and GXS, make him a great asset to the pre-sales team at Fresche for the American market. His current role as a Technical Engineer enables him to ensure the best communication between sales and new and existing customers on a variety of products, helping clients transform or update their systems through individual strategies.


Eliminate Blind Spots in Your ServiceNow Discovery Environment

Original broadcast -Tuesday, 4 June 2019

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ServiceNow Discovery locates applications and devices on your network, and then updates the Configuration Management Database (CMDB) with the information it finds. However, it does not address the traditional IBM mainframe or IBM i systems, leaving your organization with a critical blind spot.

Join us on Tuesday 4th of June at 13.00 to learn how Syncsort’s Ironstream for ServiceNow extends the ServiceNow discovery process to include mainframe and IBM i data, helping companies to have a complete view of their environment enabling them to deliver consistent, reliable, and efficient service to their users.

We’ll also be explaining how to::

  • Drive smarter IT decisions by establishing a single view of your IT infrastructure
  • Improve service management quality for change, incident management and compliance – including traditional IBM environments – through effective service modelling
  • Leverage your investment into ServiceNow to automate tasks and expand your capabilities, unlocking insights previously not possible

About the presenters

Trent Gregor

Trent has over 25 years in the software industry with a key focus on the IT Operations Management (ITOM) marketplace and today’s leading modern enterprise platforms. Now part of the Syncsort team, Mr. Gregory was formerly President and Chief Corporate Evangelist at EView Technology and has held various key roles in both private and global public organizations including: IBM, the PGATour, NetTech, and Nortel Networks.

6 RDi Tutorials in 60 Minutes

Original broadcast -Tuesday, 30 April 2019

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See how the experts use Rational Developer for i for modern RPG development

In order to modernize your RPG code and bring IBM i applications development into the 21st century, you also need to modernize your application development environment and move away from PDM/SEU.
Rational Developer for i (RDi) is the only editor from IBM that fully supports all that today’s RPG can do. But that’s not the only reason to move from the green screen PDM/SEU editor to RDi.

Don’t miss this live webinar where RDi evangelists and educators Susan Gantner and Charlie Guarino provide a quick, hands-on tutorial for six of their favourite features in RDi, including:

  • RDi overview
  • Basic LPEX
  • Advanced Editor tools
  • Code navigation
  • Compiling
  • Debugging

HelpSystems will also share a sneak preview of the roadmap for upcoming RDi features.

The future is integrated development environment (IDE) tools like RDi. It’s time to move away from green screen tools and deliver truly modern applications faster than ever.

We look forward to having you join us on 30th April!

About the presenters

Charlie Guarino
President, Central Park Data Systems

Charles Guarino believes in the power of IBM Power Systems. His career reflects his interest in bringing the platform and its solutions to others. Charles started his professional journey as a department of one. Today, he is serving individuals on a worldwide basis though his consulting work and award-winning speaking engagements. Charles is a true people person and can often be found at conferences sharing his expertise in RDi and other IBM i topics.

Susan Gantner
Partner, Partner400

Susan Gantner is an IBM i evangelist, developer, educator, and author. She specializes in modern development techniques and tools, primarily with RPG and Rational Developer for i (RDi).

As part of Partner400, she delivers customized education offerings for IBM i shops and local user groups. She is also part of System i Developer, co-hosting the semi-annual RPG & DB2 Summit events.

Susan co-authored of two IBM redbooks on modern RPG coding and you can find online a wide variety of her articles and blog posts about RPG, RDi, and Db2 for i written for IBM Systems Magazine, IT Jungle, and others. She has been honored as an IBM Champion for Power Systems for many years.


Webinar: IBM i Security Best Practices

Original broadcast -Tuesday, 2 April 2019

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Security best practice and regulatory compliance are a constantly moving target. In this webinar, Jeff Uehling, Syncsort’s Product Management Director for security solutions and former architect for the security functions in the IBM i OS, shares what he has learned in his over 30 years of experience about best practices necessary to secure your IBM i server.
You’ll learn:

  • Why you need to run at security level 50 – and the exposures of running at lower levels
  • How to detect and prevent programs that could compromise system security
  • Necessary system value settings
  • How to apply cryptography to protect your data
  • Network security requirements
  • Security considerations for mobile deployments
  • How Syncsort’s security solutions help you achieve best practice

Whether you are a systems security officer or an IBM i system administrator, you don’t want to miss this webinar.

About the presenters

Jeff Uehling
Product Management Director, Syncsort Security

Jeff Uehling is Syncsort’s Product Management Director working directly with the Syncsort security product suite. He has more than 30 years of experience working in security technology for the IBM i, and predecessor systems. Jeff previously worked in the IBM i OS development group, specifically as lead architect of the security development team in Rochester, Minnesota. His previous responsibilities at IBM included architecture, design and development of IBM i security. He has also served as a council member of the IBM security technical community. Jeff’s primary interests lie in the area of system integrity and now, given the current business environment, cryptography and compliance.

Webinar: Securely Deploying IBM’s Access Client Solutions (ACS)

Original broadcast – Thursday, 31 January 2019

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As the deadline looms for Client Access to go out of service (April 2019) and organizations move to using Access Client Solutions (ACS), many IT professionals are asking questions about ACS deployment.

Can features be limited? Can we customize the deployment so that administrators receive all features and everyone else receives limited features? How can ACS be deployed so users can’t change the configuration?

IBM i pro Steve Sisk joins Carol Woodbury to demonstrate the ACS deployment process and answer these and other questions about securely deploying ACS.

About the presenters
Carol Woodbury

Vice President of Global Security Services at HelpSystems

Carol is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and has her PCIP certification. She is also a member of the ISACA organization and has been named IBM Champion for her thought leadership on the IBM i platform.

With over 25 years of experience in IT security, Carol is known worldwide as an expert in the area of computer security. During her career, Carol has architected security solutions for Fortune 100 companies as well as small- and medium-sized organizations. Carol is passionate about making sure the solutions implemented meet the customers’ needs—a passion that first started with her business, SkyView Partners, and is now part of her position as VP of Global Security Services at HelpSystems.

Carol is an architect, designer, implementer, educator, and an award-winning speaker and author with specialties in IBM i, i5/OS, OS/400, AS/400, iSeries, AIX, and Linux security and compliance. She is known worldwide as an author and speaker on security technology, specializing in IBM i security issues.

Steve Sisk
Senior Security Strategy Consultant at HelpSystems

Prior to joining HelpSystems in 2016, Steve has held a variety of positions including lead architect for an IBM Global Services Strategy team, solution architect and lead engineer designing and implementing solutions for compliance requirements of general controls, PCI DSS and HIPAA in large IBM i installations of numerous organizations. Steve’s experience spans supply chain, finance, health care, insurance, ecommerce, retail, utilities and manufacturing. Steve holds the PCI Professional certification.

Webinar: 10 Hidden Gems of BRMS for IBM i

Original broadcast – Wednesday, 7 November 2018

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Get insider tech tips on the most helpful features of Backup, Recovery and Media Services for i (BRMS)! What if your IBM i came equipped with a tool that could help you automate and manage backup/recovery across your enterprise IBM i environment? What’s that, you say? It’s called BRMS for i? That’s right!

BRMS is already available as a licensed program product (LPP), yet many IBM i shops are not taking full advantage of its best features, which can speed their backups and recoveries and ease day-to-day backup management.

Register to attend this webinar where Debbie Saugen, former IBMer and leading BRMS technology expert, highlights its most helpful features, such as:

  • BRMS and FlashCopy for 24/7 operations
  • Virtual tape libraries (VTLs) and BRMS parallel saves
  • Managing enterprise IBM i backup and recovery

About the presenters
Debbie Saugen

Director of Business Continuity Services

Debbie Saugen is Director of Business Continuity Services at HelpSystems. Debbie is recognized worldwide as an expert on IBM i backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and high availability.
A COMMON Gold Medal Speaker, she enjoys sharing her knowledge speaking at conferences and user groups, along with publishing articles. Debbie is passionate about solving business continuity issues and providing the best solution for customers. Today, Debbie Saugen leads the business continutiy services team at HelpSystems. Whether you’re just getting started with business continuity for IBM i or you already have software solutions in place, Debbie and the rest of our team can provide the attention and expertise your system needs so you don’t have to.

Donnie MacColl
Director of EMEA Technical Services

Donnie MacColl is Director of EMEA Technical Services at HelpSystems. He has worked for more than 25 years in the IT industry, initially specializing in the management of IBM systems in manufacturing and logistics companies, and later in his career developing expertise in network and enterprise management.