Thanks for attending Benelux Power 2020 virtual edition and Excellence Awards


Workshops, presentations and i-Chat

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Congratulations to winners and finalists.

Application Development or database category
- Winner - Deknudt Frames  for "Print and Frame"
- Finalist - CD Invest for "CD-Invest Planning"

Systems Management or Security category
- Winner - CD Invest for "Apache Kafka messaging"
- Finalist - M81 for "Full backup in 2 seconds at GEODIS"

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Benelux Power 2020: Wed 25 Nov, Eindhoven Common BE+NL+LU the 8th consecutive year

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Workshops, presentations and round tables
Expo and Excellence Awards

Please read the topics and tell us whether you like them and your favorite topic if it's missing: 

Koen Decorte bests:

Application Development:
- Workshop /deep dive on Rational Developer and integration with Git
- Session on a modernization use case (customer presentation)
- Using SQL to produce JSON files
- Session on Microservices with examples
- What is new in Application Development in 2020

Open source:
- Deep dive on AI on IBM i (presentation of a real use case)
- Session on using Ansible with IBM i
- Session on using Python for data visualization on IBM i
- Session on integrating RPG with Node.js / Node-Red / Python
- Round table discussion on challenges for the near future
- A customer case for using open source

- Workshop on building a Chatbot

Rudi van Helvoirt bests:

Systems Management
- Software Replication/Hardware Replication, Geographic/Metro/Global Mirror a primer
- IBM i services are the future, but are they yours?
- What to consider when you are running VIOS in your shop
- Administration Runtime Expert course

Systems Management Performance
- Performance Data Investigation course
- The other parts of ACS: SQL Performance Center

Philippe Vanden Bussche bests:

Db2 and SQL
- Checklist for developing new databases
   (No need to modernize if done right, right from the beginning)
- Using Authority Collection to secure your database.
- Building JSON with SQL
- SQL for the experts
- IBM i ACS Run SQL scripts for the business analyst
- The impact of Db2 Mirror for i on your business process
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PHP on IBM i - for beginners to advanced; preceded by the General Assembly

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PHP on the IBM i – show me how to start
+ Panel discussion on PHPStorm and other IDEs
preceded by the General Assembly

Statutory requirement – members alone:
• 14:00: Event opening and General Assembly COMMON Belgium - Philippe Vanden Bussche, President
• 14.20: Break

And the education starts:
• 14.30: Installing and compiling PHP on your IBM i – live demo – Koen Decorte, CEO, CD-Invest
• 15.10: Break
• 15.20: Using PHP on the IBM i - a practical example – Dimi Van Langenhoven, Applicatioin Development Team Coordinator,EASI
• 16.00: Break
• 16.10: Panel discussion on pros and cons of PHPStorm and similar IDEs – moderator and participant Koen Decorte, CD-Invest, Belgium
Panelists: Alan Seiden, Principal, Seiden Group, USA; Dimi Van Langenhoven, AD Team Coordinator, EASI, Belgium, and Gautier Dumas, Founder and Director, CFD-INNOVATION, France.
• 16.50: End of the day

- We are fulfilling a popular request - PHP on the IBM i – “how to install and compile it” followed by “a simple application to know how to use it’.
- We do not forget the advanced PHP user. Koen will moderate a panel discussion on PHPStorm and other IDEs.
- We will start with a small General Assembly, a short presentation on past and future, the financial results and board elections (only members vote).

Just join us and continue learning.
The COMMON Belgium Board

Tuesday 23 June, 14:30 to 16:50

Koen Decorte
CEO, CD-Invest

• 14.30: Installing and compiling PHP on your IBM i – live demo

ABSTRACT - The question is not “if open source” can work on the IBM i – The question is: what is best for you?
Learn how to install PHP rpm (no Zendserver) and how to configure it.

See how to even compile open source packages and manage them easily on IBM i.

• 16.10: Panel discussion on pros and cons of PHPStorm and similar IDEs

BIO - Koen Decorte is owner of CD Invest, an international IBM business partner with offices in Belgium and Spain. CD-Invest is specialized in innovating and modernizing IBM i applications.
Koen started his career in computer linguistics and in 1994 changed his focus to open source applications. He donated his own POP3 client written in RPG to the open source EASY400 community. Today CD Invest is proud of its state of the art applications and innovation projects. Koen and his team recently developed a web based 3D furniture configurator on IBM i for JORI, a high-end furniture manufacturer. This application won the BeNeLux Power 2016 Excellence Award. Another of his clients, Deknudt Frames, won the 2017 BeNeLux Power Excellence Award with their webshop application.
Koen is IBM Fresh Face 2017, IBM Champion 2018, 2019 and 2020. Koen is also 
member of CEAC (common europe advisory council) that discusses future strategy of the platform with IBM.

You can also follow Koen on Twitter (@koen_decorte) and LinkedIn.

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Dimi Van Langenhoven
Application Development Team Coordinator, EASI

• 15.20: Using PHP on the IBM i - a practical example

ABSTRACT - Working with PHP on IBM i is easy if you know where to start. In his presentation Using PHP on the IBM i - a practical example Dimi demonstrates in 40 minutes how easy it can be to implement some of the web development basics, using one of the many PHP frameworks.

• 16.10: Panel discussion on pros and cons of PHPStorm and similar IDEs

BIO - Dimi Van Langenhoven has been with EASI for more than 3 years. As a Teamleader, he and his team of PHP developers mainly concentrate on projects focused on modernizations within the IBM i Power domain. They advise and guide clients through the modernization process of their RPG applications. His team worked on numerous assignments to upgrade and expand IBM i databases, applications, web clients and services. With his Open Source development background and his knowledge of the IBM i technologies, he combines the best of both to help clients on a functional and technical level.

You can also follow Dimi on Twitter (@Dimi_VL_) and LinkedIn 

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Alan Seiden
Principal, Seiden Group

• 16.10: Panel discussion on pros and cons of PHPStorm and similar IDEs

BIO Alan Seiden founded Seiden Group to modernize IBM i applications using open source web technologies such as PHP, Python, Node.js, and DB2 for i and RPG business logic. Recognized as an IBM Champion, Alan hosts the CIO Summit twice per year. He and his team work with the best minds in the industry to provide objective advice and hands-on development. Alan co-developed the popular PHP Toolkit with IBM; was one of the first Zend Framework certified engineers; charter member of IBM/COMMON’s PHP Advisory Board; and a consultant for IBM’s manual PHP: Zend Core for i5/OS. An award-winning speaker, Alan has been called “the performance guru of PHP on IBM i.”  Subscribe to Alan’s monthly newsletter Open Thinking: IBM i Strategy & Tips. 

You can also follow Alan on Twitter (@alanseiden) and LinkedIn

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Gautier Dumas
Founder and Director, CFD-INNOVATION

• 16.10: Panel discussion on pros and cons of PHPStorm and similar IDEs

BIO Gautier DUMAS has been involved for 10 years in conducting numerous development projects implementing web technologies in the IBM i environment.
A PHP specialist, Gautier is interested in various modernization approaches involving Open Source technologies. It is in this dynamic that he created CFD-INNOVATION, specialized in consulting, training and development missions with PHP and Node.js on IBM i.
Thanks to his expertise in Db2 on IBM i, he also excels in the IBM DB2 Web Query, a Business Intelligence solution that leverages and gives insights in company data. 

You can also follow Gautier on Twitter (@GautierDumas) and LinkedIn.


Benelux Power 2020 - Agenda building survey

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Benelux Power 2020 will be on Wednesday 25th November, Eindhoven, NL, please already save the date.

Tailor the event to your needs by participating in this survey helping the education committee to build the agenda. Every job has its compensation. A prize draw in the end of event drink will reward 3 survey participants. Please note, the closing date is Sunday 24 May end of the day to win the prizes; it will still stay open till 31st May.

Thank you in advance for your collaboration and see you on 25 November.

Stay safe, stay well and take care.

Best regards,
Benelux Power Organization Team

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