Tuesday, February 21 - Monthly Meeting

5:15 PM - Toolkits for PHP Web Application Consolidation - Mike Pavlak of Zend Technologies

6:30 PM - Dinner & Networking

7:30 PM - Defining EDM Requirements - Lori Johnston of S4iSystems

Toolkits for PHP Web Application Consolidation - Mike Pavlak

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IBM and Zend have been working very hard to deliver a new Open Source toolkit called XML Service. This project is now implemented in the latest version of Zend Server and Zend Server Community Edition for accessing IBM i specific resources like HLL Programs (RPG & COBOL), Data Areas, Data Queues, Spooled files and much more. Coupled with a compatibility layer which makes the transition to the new toolkit virtually painless for existing PHP applications, this new solution ushers in a new era of PHP and IBM i integration. Mike will explore the Object Oriented model of the new toolkit as well as the existing Compatibility Wrapper that will intercept requests made by the existing i5 function calls and handle them via XML Service. Then Mike will also delve into the process of integrating Open Source applications on IBM i which can save IBM i shops the time and trouble of spinning up additional servers to satisfy day to day requests like company intranets. Open source applications, classes and functions will be reviewed live on a Power Systems server running IBM i in the cloud.

Defining EDM Requirements - Lori Johnston

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Beginning your paperless journey or making changes to your environment can be daunting. In this session, S4i Systems will answer the question, “How do I get out from under this pile of paper?”. Attendees will learn the types of questions that need to be asked - and of whom - in efforts to build a requirements list, and ultimately an ROI. Topics include: Developing your strategy, Your "To do" list and your "Not to do" list, How to search for vendors, the importance of user input, and EDM terminology.

About the speakers:

Mike Pavlak has been working with IBM midrange solutions since 1992 and IBM Mainframes before that. After years of developing applications using RPG, CL and PHP he managed IT development and IT for power protection manufacturer Tripp Lite. Mike joined Zend Technologies as a Solutions Consultant working with the IBM sales team in 2008 and enjoys helping IBM i customers explore PHP as a state of the art solution for application modernization. In addition to several roles as a volunteer with COMMON the premier IBM midrange user group, Mike also teaches PHP classes part time at Moraine Valley Community College in Suburban Chicago. Mike lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, 5 kids, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 rabbits, a leopard spotted ghecko, russian tortoise, fancy mouse and bunch of fish.

Lori Johnston started in the IBM Power System i/iSeries/IBM i industry in 1996 with experience starting with IBM i fax automation, electronic forms and laser check printing which then led into document distribution, management and imaging. With more than 16 years’ experience in enterprise Electronic Document Management (EDM), Lori is a paperless and efficiency champion to the challenges facing workers in the increasingly electronic online environment. Her specialties include forms, document capture, business process management (workflow) and educating both business and technical audiences on the trends in document and content management.

Lori is currently a Sales Manager with S4i Systems, an EDM leader and IBM Business Partner, where she is responsible for increasing sales and driving the overall marketing and business development strategy for the product line. Prior to coming to S4i, she was Director of Elite Software Sales and Marketing at Vanguard Systems also serving as Vice President of Sales at Elite Document Solutions.

Lori is a recognized speaker at user groups, most recently for Extol (EDI), Syteline (Infor) and has been published in IBM i and EDM related publications. Lori is a graduate of Orange County Business College and is a certified AIIM Capture Practitioner. Lori hosts an online company for pet furnishings and safety equipment. Lori, a new grandmother, lives in California with her husband 3 dogs, 2 cats and 2 horses.

Meeting Location:

IBM Offices

600 Anton Blvd.

Plaza Tower Bldg. - Second Floor

Costa Mesa, CA 92626