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Please read on for information on our May 2004 meeting.

Please reserve the day of May 19 for an exciting combined WMSUG/I94UG meeting and IBM announcement event.

Date: May 19, 2004, Wednesday
Place: English Hills Country Club, 1200 4 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI
Everyone is welcome to attend the complete day, morning only, or afternoon only.

The English Hills room charges and lunch are compliments of IBM. There are no fees.

If you plan to have lunch and/or attend the afternoon announcement session, please register at

8am - 8:30am, coffee and rolls
8:30am - noon, User Group presentation - Leveraging your iSeries Investment using Windows Integration and Linux
presented by Larry Bolhuis from Arbor Solutions

Noon - 1pm, lunch

1pm - 4:00pm iSeries Announcements
presented by Steve Miedema from IBM, Rochester, MN and John Bizon from IBM, Michigan

User Group Presentation:
Leveraging your iSeries Investment using Windows Integration and Linux
Speaker: Larry Bolhuis, Arbor Solutions

The iSeries platform has gone from 'some old system that runs RPG' back in 1988 to very probably the most powerful server consolidation platform in the industry today. With the capability to run Windows 2000, Windows 2003, 64 bit Linux, Java in several flavors, host Domino, WebSphere, Tomcat, and nearly every TCP server out there the iSeries is truly a player in today's datacenter, oh, and it still runs those RPG applications as well as ever. And did I mention AIX? Yes that's coming soon to an iSeries near you as well!

We will be spend the morning with an iSeries server running V5R3 with both internal and external xSeries servers running Windows 2003 servers in a clustered environment. This server also has Linux running. We will show how user profiles and passwords can be kept in sync between OS/400 and Windows. We will also see how the iSeries functions as a very effective SAN for both Windows and Linux as well as for AIX in the future.

Come and learn how to leverage your iSeries investment even more than you already do!

iSeries Announcements
Speakers: Steve Miedema from IBM, Rochester, MN and
John Bizon from IBM, Michigan

What if we took the flexibility of iSeries servers to a whole new level? What if you could simplify your infrastructure-to help your business become more efficient than ever before? Good news: As part of IBM's commitment to iSeries innovation, we can enhance your infrastructure in ways you never thought possible. We want to invite you to an upcoming webcast and event which will demonstrate the benefits of this game-changing technology.

Please join us in Grand Rapids on May 19 from 1 to 4:15 pm EDT or in Southfield (Detroit area) on May 20 from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm EDT.
Please register at: http:www.ibm.com/eserver/iseries/bigevent. Additional details are included in the attached flyers.

(See attached file: Inviting Postcard - Grand Rapids.pdf)(See attached file: Inviting Postcard - Southfield.pdf)
If you want to hear the news on the announcement day or can't join us in person, you are welcome to participate in the May 4, 11am EDT webcast.
Please register at: http://webevents.broadcast.com/ibm/iseries/somethingbig

Speaker: Larry Bolhuis, Arbor Solutions
Larry has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He began working on IBM midrange equipment with the S/34 and S/36 in 1984 and the AS/400 with it's introduction in 1988. Larry currently holds more than 30 IBM AS/400 and iSeries Certifications, including IBM Certified Systems Expert in LPAR, Linux, Windows Integration, and Technical Solutions.. Larry brings his extensive OS/400 and Cisco connectivity knowledge to his networking, LPAR and now Linux sessions. having been implementing local and wide area networks since the early 1980s. In the last few years Larry has added Linux to his skill set, implementing RedHat and Suse solutions on both Intel and iSeries platforms. Larry also works on routers, firewalls, and VPNs. He is a partner with Arbor Solutions, Inc. an IBM business partner in Grand Rapids, MI.

Speaker: Steve Miedema, Technical Support Marketing Manager, IBM, Rochester, MN
Steve has spend his 22 year IBM career in Rochester, MN in a variety of roles - from development, to market support and services. He is currently the strategist for iSeries technical support in the Americas geography. He is a frequent speaker at IBM, customer and business partner events and is well known in the iSeries community.

Speaker: John Bizon, Field Technical Sales Specialist, IBM, Michigan.
John has been with IBM for 21 years, all of which has been in supporting midrange computers. He has worked with the AS/400 since 1988 in various marketing and technical support positions. Currently he is the iSeries Technical Sales Specialist for Michigan supporting all iSeries and AS/400 customers.

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I94UG & WMSUG Reminder:
Our group relies on user group dues. If you haven't
yet paid could you respond back and let us know if you can pay by our
February Meeting date. We would greatly appreciate your dues.

I-94 dues are $100 per company or $50 per individual which covers meetings
September through May. Need an invoice? Need an address for mailing? Go to
our website and click on Membership. http://iseries.homestead.com/home.html

WMSUG our dues are $60 which covers our meeting year of September through
May. Need an invoice? Need an address for mailing? Go to our website and
click on Membership. http://iseries.homestead.com/home.html

Diana Hugo, IBM iSeries and AS/400 Sales Specialist
IBM, 2900 Charlevoix Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
dhugo@us.ibm.com 616-942-3924, Fax 616-942-3847
Cellular 616-540-1012, IBM TL 896-3924

May 2004 Meeting
Grand Rapids Invitation.pdf
Grand Rapids Invitation.pdf
SouthField Invitation.pdf
SouthField Invitation.pdf