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 September 21, 2017:

Topic – Benefits gained using PowerVC to manage your Power environment

Manage your Power servers with VMware’s vCenter.  Simplify daily tasks and maintenance activities.  Do it using a product that isn’t Systems Director (wait for applause to end) knowing that IBM has embraced open standards by using OpenStack.  Fit for purpose cloud and virtualization management.  The OpenStack optimized product for Power is called PowerVC.

Brett Murphy
, Executive Architect with Ciber and IBM Champion will be presenting this topic. There are a limited number of IBM Champions out there and Brett brings a wealth of knowledge and in-site so don’t miss this opportunity to talk with him! 

Next Month:

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.

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.

We would like to do a roundtable meeting in October
to discuss options to replace Applications Development Toolset including IBM Rational Development Tools for IBM i.  We are looking for people who are using alternatives to ADTS to lead the discussion by sharing their experiences.  A few discussion points might be:  What advantages or disadvantages do you see?  Is there a long learning curve (moving from ADTs)?  Where did you find education for the product?

If you are using IBM Rational Development Tools for IBM i or another product to modernize your development environment and can share your experience and recommendations, please contact Craig Nelson (cnelson@ciber.com)

Please note the following important information

V7R1 will be 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 ends September 30, 2017

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