Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the start of our User Group season with exciting September meetings!
You will also see user group structure changes with WMSUG and I94UG merging together.

We will have one group with 2 meeting locations (Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo) that will meet four times per year except for possibly a 1 day seminar to be held in Grand Rapids.

The two locations will be known as WMSUG - Grand Rapids and WMSUG - Kalamazoo.
Membership is $60.  Members can attend either or both the Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo meetings.  $60 is for one company/one attendee or one company/multiple attendees.  

WMSUG - Grand Rapids
Date:  September 27, 2006, Wednesday
Time:  8am coffee and rolls, 8:30am presentation
Place:  English Hills Golf Club, 1200 4 Mile Road, Grand Rapids, MI

WMSUG - Kalamazoo (I94UG)
Date:  September 28, 2006, Thursday
Time: 8am coffee and rolls, 8:30am presentation
Place:  NEW LOCATION - KVCC's M-Tec building, Room 1410
Our regular KVCC meeting location was not available.

Plan for construction delays at the I94 and 131 interchange. The MI DOT website shows
construction Oct 2006 - Nov 2009 with the following:

Widen and reconstruct 2.6 miles of I-94 from west of US-131 (Exit 74) to east of Oakland Dr. (Exit 75), replace 7 bridges and reconfigure US-131 interchange. Two lanes of traffic maintained in each direction on I-94; minimum 1 lane of traffic maintained in each direction at all times on US-131 and Oakland Dr. Intermittent ramp detours at US-131.

Reminder:  Please pay your User Group dues.  $60 covers our meeting year of September through May. Need an invoice?  Need an address for mailing?  Click on Membership!


EIM - Enterprise Identity Mapping
Speaker: Larry Bolhuis

Sick of passwords? Do you have a tool on your PC to store them all? We will discuss EIM and the ways it can be used to make access to your System i seamless. Your users may never enter another user ID or password to access anything on your System i !  In addition user profile management in your enterprise gets easier as well.

Image Catalogs, Virtual Optical Drives and IBMs New Electronic Software Delivery Service
Speaker: Larry Bolhuis

Got CDs? Too many you say? A current stack of V5R3 Licensed Program CDs plus CUME and Group PTFs is over 40 disks! We will explore the capability to completely eliminate 'plastic disks' from your PTF and upgrade tasks with Image Catalogs, Virtual Optical drives and IBMs new Electronic Software Delivery service.  If you have V5R2 or newer you'll want to learn these techniques!.

i5 Java Web Application Development with an Open Source Perspective
Speaker:  Steve Swett

Java support on the i5
Toolbox for Java
Interaction with RPG and other programs and APIs
Java web application servers
Java development environment tools


Larry Bolhuis has grown up with computers since his father began repairing them in 1967. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and began working on IBM midrange equipment with the S/34 and S/36 in 1984. Larry began work on the AS/400 immediately following its introduction in 1988 and currently holds more than 30 IBM AS/400 and iSeries Certifications and has contributed to many of these. Larry has extensive experience with iSeries LPAR and the Hardware Management Console.  Larry also has significant networking experience most recently with high speed Ethernet networks, 802.11 wireless networks and TCP/IP. Larry also works on routers and firewalls and works with Internet connectivity and security. Larry is a multiple award winning speaker at COMMON and an author for iSeries Experts Journal. He is a partner with Arbor Solutions, Inc. an IBM business partner in Grand Rapids, MI. ad Oak Brook, IL.

Steve Swett is the V.P. of Software Development for Salt Lake City based Timpanogos Technologies, which offers web-based iSeries-centric administrative, classroom, and parent software systems for K-12 school districts and private schools.  Steve has worked in the education industry his entire career and has focused on the design and development of several generic software products used across the country.  He has been working on IBM midrange systems since 1982 and is proficient in RPG, Delphi, and Java as well as in management of software developers.  Steve enjoys jogging, bicycling, swimming, roller blading, and flying with his father.  He lives in Cannon Township.

September 2006 Meeting