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The RPG & DB2 Summit - Fall 2016

All eyes were on the future as motivated IBM i development pros convened in Chicago October 4-6 to learn how to move their IBM i applications forward and to celebrate the 20th RPG & DB2 Summit.

A healthy mix of seasoned RPGers and those new to IBM i development marked this milestone event.

View photos of the event here.

19-year-old Summit speaker Liam Allan impressed attendees with his ideas on using embedded SQL for web service requests as well as his enthusiasm for RPG.

With several other new-to-IBM-i Summiteers plus 6 students from Gateway Technical College, we were thrilled to see this infusion of new IBM i development talent.

The 20th Summit celebration included balloons, commemorative t-shirts, extra Alumni ribbons, and an ornery slideshow of the past 20 events (Trevor and Paul's Spock ears causing problems – imagine that!)

Scott Klement — who has spoken at every single Summit — earned 20 Alumni ribbons, our heart-felt appreciation and renewed hero status.

Another big shout out to Le Ann, Vicki and Tammy, who joined our special group of Super Alumni.

This was a particularly hard-working group. Over half of the delegates arrived a day early for hands-on workshops on one of four topics, then they went on to attend a full 3 days of technical sessions. Tireless!

Many thanks to IBM's Alison Butterill for her though-provoking keynote on IBM i in the Age of Digital Transformation, examining the exponential growth of unstructured data and how the IBM i is poised to help business leverage it.

On the lighter side, Ted Holt treated us to his customized RPG version of the classic Beatles song Let It Be. "C# is for weinies" indeed!

As always, the exceptional experts who round out the Summit family deserve kudos for its success: Scott Klement, Mike Cain, Tom McKinley, Barbara Morris, Mike Pavlak, Ted Holt, Doug Mack and new-to-Summit speakers Alan Seiden and Liam Allan. Our thanks to each of you.

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