Making time to learn new things: The iBelieve tour is back

Posted by Paul Hodgkinson on Oct 30, 2015 2:15:39 PM

Almost everyone I know in IT is busy.

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Topics: IBM i, Mobile, GUI, RPG Open Access, iBelieve, Application Modernization, ibmi, Optimization, RPG, Strategy, AS400

An iAdventure in Europe

Posted by Trevor Perry on Dec 10, 2013 10:59:25 PM

What a wonderful iAdventure! The iBelieve European tour visited five locations in two weeks, talking to the IBM i community from various countries. The audiences were quite different in each, and reserved as audience members - certainly in comparison to the previous iBelieve audiences in North America. The attendance was unexpectedly high, and the anticipation was palpable. The feedback from each event was very positive.

My presenting style is very direct, I don't believe in talking around a subject, but to address it head on. While this is sometimes interpreted as opinionated in the written form, in person, people tend to warm up quickly when they find I can be self-deprecating and take a joke. Without exception, the European audiences appeared a little wary at first, but warmed up with Dr. Frank, got more comfortable with Paul and Pascal, and by the time my session and the iBelieve event was over, they left in high spirits, feeling motivated.

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Topics: IBM i, iBelieve, looksoftware

iBelieve in the European Tour for IBM i

Posted by Paul Hodgkinson on Dec 4, 2013 11:33:46 PM



That’s the only word to describe the last two weeks. I’ve been planning the iBelieve European tour for months, and five countries and almost 400 attendees later I’m delighted at the response from the European IBM i community.

It’s fair to say that we were encouraged by the number of registrations prior to the events, but those numbers gave no indication of the positive attitude that would greet us in all five countries. Delegates ranged from CEOs to Systems Administrators, and from some of the world’s leading blue chip organizations to owner-managed consultancies. In general though, they share a passion for the platform and a desire to see it recognized more positively within their organizations.

IT Jungle’s Dan Burger described the original iBelieve

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Topics: IBM i, iBelieve

iBelieve Euro tour for IBM i

Posted by Paul Hodgkinson on Oct 31, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Why do people make bad decisions?

There are a variety of answers to this question – poor situational awareness, distracting external influences, or even just plain old human nature! 

In my experience though, the root cause of most bad decisions is a lack of relevant, factual information.  If you’re going to make a decision based on an opinion that has been confidently dressed up as fact, or on out-of-context statistics that have been skewed to meet someone’s agenda, you might as well toss a coin.  Because without real, objective, timely and relevant information to fuel your decision-making process, the best you can hope for is a lucky guess.

iBelieve is about information.  It’s about cutting through the noise of self-interested half-truths,

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Topics: IBM i, iBelieve

iCommunity - IBM i

Posted by Brendan Kay on May 22, 2013 8:40:00 PM

It has been an extremely busy month and I think I have spent more time in planes than I have at home. I must admit that I am looking forward to re-introducing myself to my family but the activities of the last month have been very exciting none-the-less. I am hoping that my family are also looking forward to seeing me around more but with teenage kids you can never take these things for granted :-).

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Topics: IBM i, iBelieve, IBM i User Groups

Wish You Were There! iBelieve for IBM i

Posted by Trevor Perry on Apr 29, 2013 7:34:00 PM

Why would you attend iBelieve? The marketing tagline for iBelieve New England was “IBM i - A future you can believe in”. Given that most people attending events don’t read the “abstract”, is that tagline enough to make you want to go?
Maybe you did read it and still did not attend?

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Topics: iBelieve

Dr. Frank Soltis i - IBM i

Posted by Eamon Musallam on Oct 14, 2012 10:35:00 PM

Two weeks ago I was fortunate to be part of the looksoftware team hosting the iBelieve event in New York. 

These events have been so valuable to me on many levels, especially meeting with the attendees and speakers.

However, a particular highlight for me has been the opportunity to get some real quality time with Dr. Frank Soltis. Most, if not all of you, would have heard his name before, and if you’ve had the privilege of hearing him speak you will be aware of just how important and significant he is as a world-renowned computer scientist.

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Topics: IBM i, iBelieve

iBelieveNY - IBM i

Posted by Brendan Kay on Oct 2, 2012 2:21:00 PM

I am writing this entry in the hotel just after the iBelieveNY event that was held in downtown Manhattan this week. We have received extremely positive (and constructive) feedback about the event and we are very happy to hear that so many people found it useful and informative. The things that stood out to me about the day were the energy of the audience and the insights of the speakers (present company excluded ;-).

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Topics: IBM i, iBelieve

I believe in IBM i

Posted by Brendan Kay on Sep 20, 2012 1:03:00 PM

I work at looksoftware, we make software for the IBM i market (and iSeries, System i, and AS/400 :-) ). This blog will sometimes mention products or projects that we are involved in but it is not a blog about our company - it is a blog about what we find interesting on the platform.

I have been traveling quite a bit of late and visiting IBM i users in all sorts of companies, industries and geographies. Despite plenty of other things to fit into my itinerary, I genuinely enjoy these conversations and they always provide new insight into the present and future of the IBM i platform. It is these conversations that will inspire most of the entries on my blog, purely because I find them so interesting.

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Topics: IBM i, iBelieve