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The RPG & DB2 Summit - Spring 2015

Over 160 motivated IBM i professionals from as far away as Norway, Sweden and Nicaragua convened in Dallas in March to explore the best ways to modernize IBM i applications, UIs and skills.

The week flew by with classes, workshops, discussions, community events…and lots of laughs. Take a photo tour of the Summit to see some highlights.

Keynote speaker Alison Butterill, IBM i Product Manager, captured the spirit of the Summit when she urged us to deliver our applications where users want to use them. RPG runs the business and “plays well with others” — so extend and enhance! Everyone worked hard all week to learn how to do just that.

A few of our favorite take-aways from Mike Cain’s lively iAdvocate discussion:

  • Don't be afraid to pursue the best way to accomplish business goals using IBM i technology. Just do it - don't wait for permission!
  • To prove what can be done with IBM i, think “skunkworks,” then team up with innovators in other departments to ensure business value.

So much to learn! But we had plenty of fun and community time, too. Ping-Pong, prizes, games and music…. On Tuesday we honored 7x Summit “Super Alumni” Marvin with a new Kindle Fire HD tablet. Several attendees walked away from the Summit reception and banquet with entertaining prizes, books, an Apple TV and a Bose portable speaker system. And during the last session slot Thursday, Ted Holt surprised his SQL class with his banjo and a song. (Not to mention his happy birthday to Susan!)

The Exhibitor Showcase featured marbles, useful productivity tools, problem-solving with ISVs, and yet more prizes. What are the chances that the same people could win so many times?

As always, the exceptional experts who round out the Summit family deserve kudos for its success: Scott Klement, Barbara Morris, Mike Cain, Tom McKinley, Aaron Bartell, Mike Pavlak, Guy Vig, Ted Holt, Patrick Botz and, of course, Keynote speaker Alison Butterill. Our thanks.

Visit our Facebook page for more pictures of this Summit, and subscribe to our mailing list for news of the next RPG & DB2 Summit coming up in Chicago, October 20-22, 2015. Hope to see you there!

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