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VA Beach User Group Conf Recap, Challenges Met in Championship Form

Friday, October 14, 2016
Lee Paul / Software Superhero

It was great seeing everyone - we had a super time in Virginia Beach!

Derek presents at his Bootstrap Responsive Web Development for IBM i session.Derek presents at his Bootstrap Responsive Web Development for IBM i session.

Our first impression of this inaugural Virginia Beach IBM i User Conference is that this event is promising - and we can't wait to see everyone again!

Putting on a brand new event is always full of challenges. The recent Virginia Beach IBM i User Conference hosted by Hamway Software Solutions met those challenges in championship form.

Challenge 1: Starting a new group and event.

Congratulations to Laura Hamway and her team for overcoming the first tests of putting together an exceptional inaugural event. We look forward to being a part of growing this regional support for the platform next year.

A great event starts with great sessions and this conference was packed solid. Trevor Perry's meal-time "Change Me" and "What can i do" sessions challenged everyone to make a difference in themselves to make a difference for the IBM i platform. Good advice! Derek and I had sessions of our own. Read more about those below...

Challenge 2: Hurricane Matthew.

Challenge two was Hurricane Matthew, the storm that was just days away. Thanks to those that braved the weather to attend and our prayers are with everyone affected in Matthew’s aftermath.

Challenge 3: The Vendor Challenge.

The challenge we were looking forward to was the opportunity in the Vendor Challenge! If you know Surround’s Accelerator solution (now newly released as version 7), you know that any contest for rapid software development is all but rigged for us Software Superheroes. For this challenge, we were provided the programs and files in a save file from part of a financial system that posts inventory transactions at a cost bucket level. Development could not be started until the beginning of the conference Thursday morning. Derek spent a couple of hours while at the conference to produce complete fully-functional Windows and Web Applications along with the n-tier architecture and web services to support them. It is quite clear, no one can even come close to what Accelerator is capable of.

Challenge 4: Your turn.

This one’s for you! We love to be tested. If you’re facing a modernization challenge and would like to see how adeptly you too can become a Software Superhero, simply fill in the form below and we’ll show you the way.

Our Presentations

Surround Technologies presented 3 sessions in Virginia Beach. Lee Paul, CEO, and Derek Maciak, CTO, showed off the latest in IBM i Modernization, including how you can develop great new Desktop-Style Web Apps. The sessions included:

Session 1:
Accelerating Software Modernization - Strategy, People, Process & Tools.

Virginia Beach IBM i User Group 2016 Fall Conference Presentation - Accelerating Software Modernization

There is much more to software development than the bits and the bytes. It is about the Business that invests in it, the People that use it, and the Team that delivers it. It is about the speed and quality of delivery. See our presentation on how to achieve these goals.

Bootstrap Responsive Web Development for IBM i.

Virginia Beach IBM i User Group 2016 Fall Conference Presentation - Bootstrap Responsive Web Development for IBM i

Keep up with the latest in trending development technology.  Bootstrap is used by the most visited sites in the world - and there's a good reason for it.  This session shows the process by which we chose to use bootstrap to generate our latest desktop-style web app.

Also, you can check out the recording for a similar presentation on an IBM Systems Magazine Webinar we did.

Session 3:
Uniting .NET and the IBM i: Tools, Tips & Techniques.

Virginia Beach IBM i User Group 2016 Fall Conference Presentation - Uniting Dot NET and IBM i

.NET is a staple in the development world and by uniting it with the power of the IBM i - there are no limits to where you can bring your Power System. This presentation showed attendees how to bring these 2 powerful forces together to create software that is accessible from any device anywhere.

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