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RPG & DB2 Summit Set for March 2008 in Orlando

Three days of education designed to revitalize RPG & DB2 skills

Newton, NJ - November 12, 2007 - System i Developer, a consortium of four top educators on System i development technologies, today announces that their next RPG & DB2 Summit conference will be held March 11-13, 2008 in Orlando, Florida at the Radisson Resort Orlando. To supplement the Summit's updated RPG and DB2 curriculum, key members of IBM's System i development team will be on hand to discuss with attendees the latest details and implications of the anticipated V6R1 release of i5/OS.

The RPG & DB2 Summit, which saw a 30% increase in attendance for its most recent event, gained recognition in 2007 for providing interactive education focused on expanding skills related to RPG and DB2 development, and for its power to rekindle enthusiasm for programming. Sr. programmer/analyst John Ebrecht credits three days of education at the Spring 2007 RPG & DB2 Summit for helping him embrace new development tooling and improving his skills. "The Summit gave me the edge I needed to start using WDSC, SQL, and iSeries Navigator," says Ebrecht. "Within four months, my productivity was up, my programs were better organized, my procedures easier to read and understand. Best of all, I enjoy programming in RPG again!" Ebrecht says he got so much out of the spring event that he returned to the October 2007 Summit to continue building on his new skills.

Patrick Weaver, Chief System Architect at Certegy, Inc., attended the RPG & DB2 Summit in October 2007. "I try to go to a least one educational conference each year, and some years I've gone to more than one. So since 1986 that's a lot of conferences! I consider the Summit to be the best I've attended. That's quite a statement to make, but the quality of the speakers, the focus of the education, the fact that it caters to all skill levels, and the price/value ratio really set it apart. Plus the Summit has more of a family feeling. You actually get a chance to talk to the presenters and other conference attendees during lunch and breaks. I learned a lot, and I had fun in the process!"

In Orlando, the RPG & DB2 Summit will again span three days with sessions arranged into four concurrent educational tracks - three with an RPG focus and one purely devoted to DB2 and SQL topics. Key topics include V6R1, RPG IV, ILE, SQL, DB2, WDSC, and RPG and the Web. In addition to the core conference, two in-depth, half-day HeadStart Workshops will be offered the afternoon of Monday, March 10.

IBM's George Farr, Worldwide Product Line Manager for WDS, WDSC and the RPG compilers, will deliver the Keynote Address, in which he is expected to reveal the details of V6R1-related enhancements to RPG, other System i development technologies, and the corresponding development tooling, as well as elicit feedback on IBM's direction from Summit attendees. IBM's lead developer for the RPG compiler, Barbara Morris, will also be available at the Keynote Address to provide technical details, and she will lead several technical elective sessions.

System i Developer partners Paul Tuohy, Jon Paris, Skip Marchesani and Susan Gantner head the roster of session instructors. Special guest instructors, chosen for their expertise on System i development topics, include Scott Klement, George Farr, Barbara Morris, and IBM's Tom McKinley.

A special Early Registration rate of $995 is available to those who register on or before January 25, 2008.

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