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 19, 2017:

Topic – Roundtable discussion – Rational Developer for i

This month, MRMUG will be hosting a roundtable discussion October to discuss options to replace Applications Development Toolset, focusing on IBM Rational Development Tools for IBM i.  Several MRMUG members who are currently using Rational Developer for i will lead the discussion with their experiences and answer your questions.

If you are using other alternatives to ADTS for your IBM i development, please come and share your experiences!

Why should you care?

IBM “stabilized” Application Development Toolset in V7R1 (a long time ago).  “Stabilized” means that it has not been updated to include any added features & functions to match the updates made to the compilers in V7R2 and later (“another one bites the dust”).  This fact and also the challenges that companies are facing to find and attract new development talent to maintain and update their software, is making it important if not imperative look closely at replacements for green-screen development.

Why Rational Developer for i?

IBM Rational Development Tools for IBM i is probably the best alternative for ADTS.  It supports the new functions and features of Websphere Development Studio (compilers) and has a shorter learning curve for developers used to a GUI environment.

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V7R1 was withdrawn from marketing on September 30, 2017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 has not been announced yet.

Support for V6R1 ended on September 30, 2015

·   Service Extension for V6R1 is 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