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Next Meeting - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - Blockchain Technology - Business Use Cases and Opportunities


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Date:  February 20, 2019

 Sign in 5:15p.m.; Speaker 6:00-7:15p.m., Dinner to Follow

Place: Red Stone Grill, 120 Chestnut Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760 
Topic: Blockchain Technology - Business Cases and Opportunties
Speaker: Jim Mason - Dealer Market Exchange

Meatloaf - House meatloaf over mashed potatoes then topped with gravy and fried onion strings served with seasonal vegetable

Chicken Pappardelle - Pan seared chicken breast topped with melted mozzarella, sautéed with portobello mushrooms and cherry tomatoes in a white wine and roasted garlic reduction; Tossed with fresh pappardelle pasta

Bacon Mac N Cheese w/ Shrimp - Orechetti pasta, crispy Applewood smoked bacon, Wisconsin cheddar sauce, butter crumb top and shaved spring onion

Vegan or Vegetarian – Available on request

Cost:  NEMUG Members $30, Guests $40, Students $10.  Make check payable to NEMUG  Mail to NEMUG, c/o Eileen Newell, 455 Smith Street, N. Attleboro, MA 02760 or register on the NEMUG web site, and pay at the door

We must receive your reply no later than Friday, February 15, 2019
 ** No shows will be billed, unless cancellation is received by Tuesday, February 19, 2019




Blockchain Technology – Business Cases and Opportunities

Join NEMUG on February 20th when our own Jim Mason will present Blockchain Technology, its uses in business and how DMX integrated it into their IBM I environment.

Jim will cover:

  • Hyperledger Fabric ( from IBM ) Open Source Blockchain concepts ( it’s not Bitcoin )

  • Blockchain value add opportunities and impacts for business solutions

  • Blockchain integration options for IBM i applications, services and data

  • Automotive use case: adding Fabric blockchain to solutions grows a business network

  • Live demo: vinBlock blockchain application and data access for connected vehicle identity

  • Your getting started roadmap to learn and use blockchain open source in your business

  • Understand the facts and your opportunities for blockchain without the hype

    We will explore integration options for IBM i with the open source Hyperledger blockchain technology ( calling programs, sharing data etc ).  Hyperledger runs directly on Cloud, Linux and Power systems ( Linux for Power only,  not AIX or IBM i ).
      This session gives a solid understanding of how to build a business case for blockchain and the concepts in building, running Hyperledger Fabric ( the Enterprise Open Source blockchain donated by IBM ) and integration of your IBM i assets.


Jim Mason works for Dealer Market Exchange as DMX Foundry Director. He leads the Foundry: DMX's innovation lab for business design, blockchain, analytics, AI, IoT, Fintech driving these technologies into the automotive marketplace and DMX ecosystem solutions and related patent development. Current projects include: Hyperledger blockchain integrated in marketplace solutions, cloud analytics and ML, vehicle integration, automation.

Jim’s career also covers:

  • Product Owner / Architect for the cloud-based Web Platform and blockchain financial solutions. 

  • Senior Architect - Data Analytics delivering customer-driven, distributed database, data services for Apple CustomerCare.

  • IT Director at Fidelity and other companies covering Enterprise Architecture, all infrastructure services, custom and package Web application and services, networking, security and data architecture

  • IBM Manufacturing systems consultant.


NEMUG Officers:


Dawn Dawson,
The Moore Company

(401) 315-6351

Vice President  

Chip DiFolco,


(774) 227-7373


Rick Marcotte

iTech Solutions  

(508) 243-3508


Eileen Newell,
FGX International

(401) 719-2337


Rick Marcotte

iTech Solutions

(508) 243-3508

NE Conference Liaison  

Chip DiFolco,


(774) 227-7373

President's Message:

Last month Edwin Earley, a Senior Solutions Consultant at Rogue Wave Software presented on Open Source Programming Languages available for use on the IBMi and applications they could be used for.  It was a great presentation -  thanks Edwin for your visit.

On February 20th we have Jim Mason presenting to NEMUG about the up and coming Blockchain technology.  He will discuss Blockchain opportunities, business cases and solutions.  He will present the application he is currently using it on and how it could be integrated into use on the IBMi.  

Attend our February meeting to win a chance to attend the NEUGC April 9th - April 10.  Two names will be selected at the February meeting from all attendees from the September to February meetings.

Dawn Dawson

NEMUG President


Special Note:
Remember that in February, we will again be raffling 2 separate registrations to attend the NEUGC Conference scheduled for April 8-10, 2019 in Framingham.  The registrations will be chosen by random draw from all meeting surveys received from September 2018 through February 2019. 

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Welcome to the following New and Renewing Member Companies

(as of 2/1/2019)


Callico Distributors

FGX International

Franklin Sports
iTech Solutions Group
JH Lynch & Sons, Inc.
The Moore Company

NATCO Products Corp.

Cape Cod Bay Systems

If your company has not registered yet, go to the website to download the annual invoice for membership (on left side of the home page). Bring a check (payable to NEMUG) and the form with you to get the member prices at the meeting.

Thank you for your support of NEMUG!




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