Mid-Range Michiana Users Group


The Michiana Mid-Range Users Group meets on the third Thursday of every month except December for presentations and round table discussions related to IBM System i and other mid-range systems.  Watch this page for topic and location information.

Meetings will be held at noon at

CIBER Innovation and Technology Center
4100 Edison Lakes Parkway, Suite 240
Mishawaka, IN  46545

Lunch will be provided

Register for the meetings you plan to attend

The next MRMUG meeting will be:

Thursday October 25, 2018:

IBM Rational Developer for i All Day Hands-on Lab

Note: the IBM rational developer for i All Day Hands-on Lab is full.  You may sign up for the waiting list and we'll notify you if a space becomes available.

This all day hands-on lab is available for no charge.  It will start at 9:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM with lunch provided.

Seating is limited, so be sure to sign up soon.

Please note the atendee requirements in the information below.  It is imperative that you bring a laptop/device with IBM Rational Developer for i installed, laptops will not be provided.  RDi version is highly recommended as lower version will not have all of the features that the lab covers.

This combined lecture and lab will show the seasoned IBM i programmer or someone new to RPG will benefit by using new RPG programming techniques and have additional exposure to RDi’s Remote Systems Explorer (RSE) and Screen Designer. Even a person new to IBM i development can benefit because the source code is available to them which will help them use Rational Developer for i (RDi) and write “Free Form” ILE RPG. 

Jim Buck, founder and president of imPOWER technologies, will demonstrate how to take a traditional subfile program and convert the disk I/O to SQL then move this database I/O to a service program. This decoupling of the UI (5250 Subfile) allows the service program to be used as a web service. The session will take the attendee through the process of developing a SQL/Service program-based CRUD application using Free Form RPG and RDi’s (Remote Systems Explorer and Screen Designer).

  • How to get started with RDi or get questions answered if you have some experience with RDi
  • Introduction to modular programming using free form RPG and RDi
  • Use of subprocedures, modules and service programs in modern RPG applications.
  • Developing 5250 Screens with RDi’s Screen Designer.
  • Learn how to use RDi’s debugger to debug batch, interactive and webservice programs
  • Internalize the use of Free Format RPG operations and functions.
  • Understand the use of SQL in an RPG Service program.

Attendee requirements:

Jim Buck:

Jim is the president and founder of imPower Technologies where he provides professional IBM i online/onsite training (www.imPowerTechnologies.com)  . He is active in the IBM i community working to help companies train their employees in the latest IBM technologies and helps companies develop the next generation of IBM i professionals.

Jim Buck’s career in IT has spanned more than 35 years, primarily in college education, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Past president (13 years) of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association (www.wmcpa.org) and has served on several teams developing IBM and COMMON certification tests. Jim has co-authored several IBM i books with Bryan Meyers that are used by many companies and in colleges worldwide, "Programming in ILE RPG" 5th Edition being the latest in 2015.

Other accomplishments include; recipient of the 2007 IBM System i Innovation – Education Excellence Award, 2014 COMMON Presidents Award and named 2013/2016/2017/2018 IBM Champion - Power Systems.

Looking Forward - Here are the topics that we plan to cover for the next few months:
July, 19, 2018 -  IBM Private Cloud
August 16, 2018 -
September 20, 2018 - IBM Watson
October 18, 2018 - Modernization Lab
November 15, 2018 - Modernization for Mobile Devices

Please note the following important information

V7R1 was withdrawn from marketing on September 30, 2017

Support for V7R1 will end on April 30, 2018
·   Service Extension for V7R1 is available at an additional cost.  Software Maintenance is a required pre-requisite for Service Extension.

Support for V6R1 ended on September 30, 2015

·   Service Extension for V6R1 was available at an additional cost through September 30, 2018.  Software  Maintenance is a required pre-requisite for Service Extension.

Extended support for V5R4 ended September 30, 2017

   Support for V5R4 ended on September 30, 2013.
   Service Extension ended September 30, 2017.

MRMUG Membership

  • Corporate Membership (unlimited)    $100 per year
  • Individual Membership                     $50 per year

If you would like to join MRMUG, send an e-mail with your name, company name, and contact information to one of the following board members, or just sign up for a meeting and show up!

Craig Nelson                   cnelson@ciber.com
Jim Manuszak                JAManuszak@hotmail.com
Kathy Rogina                 
Vicki Pawloski                vpawloski@ciber.com
Stephanie Thomas          mrmugug@gmail.com