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Next Meeting - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - Modernization - Now How Do I Ge Started?


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Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

 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: Modernization - Now How Do I Get Started?
Speaker: Donna Westmoreland

Spring Salmon– Grain mustard glazed Atlantic salmon filet served with herb roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Bacon Mac & Cheese (with Steak Tips)– Orechetti pasta, crispy Applewood smoked bacon, Wisconsin cheddar sauce, butter crumb top and shaved spring onion. Served with steak tips.

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

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

R.S.V.P. to Rasa Pizzi.  Register on the web,
We must receive your reply no later than Friday, June 22, 2018
 ** No shows will be billed, unless cancellation is received by Tuesday, June 26, 2018. **

NOTE: As mandated in our by-laws, annual elections will be held at this meeting. Anyone interested in an office please notify us prior to the start of this meeting to be added to the candidate pool.

You know what needs to happen; let’s talk about how to make it happen. Successful modernization involves leveraging your development team’s business knowledge to accomplish your modernization goals and keep the IBM i front and center in your IT infrastructure.
Learn how to harness existing business knowledge, create a plan, and arm yourself with the right tools to help you build a slicker interface, easier to maintain code, or a better database. We’ll discuss various strategies to fit your business needs, plus tools, staffing, education, training, development strategies and implementation considerations. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the steps you need to take to tackle a range of modernization projects effectively and how to present a strong plan to your business stakeholders.

Learning Objectives:

1) A better understanding of how to structure your modernization projects
2) How to evaluate best in class tools to aide in modernization
3) Understanding the perception of success and exceeding expectations

Donna Westmoreland has over 30 years’ experience with IBM midrange systems, supporting consistent software change methodologies. Building on a strong foundation of software controls, ITIL certification, and service management experience, Donna provides consulting services that encompass the IT service lifecycle. Experience gained from implementing SDLC methodologies in hundreds of corporations has given her a well-rounded view of client development needs, audit requirements, and testing principles. Donna serves as CTO of Midrange Dynamics - North America, distributor of MDCMS (Midrange Dynamics Change Management).

NEMUG Officers

President Dawn Dawson, The Moore Company (401) 315-6351
Vice President Chip DiFolco, Callico (774) 227-7373
Secretary Rasa Pizzi, Franklin Sports, Inc. (781) 573-2443, (508) 944-1545
Treasurer Eileen Newell, FGX International (401) 719-2337
Webmaster Jerry Perreault (401) 949-2613
NE Conference Liaison Chip DiFolco, Callico (774) 227-7373

Message from the Board

II hope everyone enjoyed learning the History and present state of Shop Floor Control from Anthony Etzel last month. Thank you, Anthony, for travelling to Massachusetts and sharing with us. It was an interesting session!

On June 27th, we have Donna Westmoreland who will be speaking with our NEMUG group about modernization. Donna has 30 years’ experience on IBM midrange systems and currently is the CTO of Midrange Dynamics in North America. This company is a distributor of Midrange Dynamics Change Management (MDCMS).

She will speak on the Modernization topic and what it takes to get started.

We will also be voting on the new Board Members for 2018-2019 at our June meeting!

Dawn Dawson, NEMUG President

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Welcome to the following New and Renewing Member Companies

(as of 10/18/2017)


Aurora Technologies
Cape Cod Bay Systems
FGX International
Franklin Sports, Inc.
JH Lynch & Sons, Inc.
Mestek, Inc.
The Moore Company
NATCO Products Corp.

Thank you for your support of NEMUG!
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.

(Schedule is subject to change)


September 27, 2017

Beyond Rational Data - NOSQL Data - Jim Mason

October 18, 2017

Open Source Tools - Christopher Burns

November 15, 2017

IBM i SQL Stored Procedures and Application Modernization - John Valance

December, 2017

No meeting - Enjoy your holidays

January 17, 2018

Debugging with RDi From the On Ramp to the Cruising Lane - Charlie Guarino

February 21, 2018

What you need to know when upgrading IBMi to 7.3 - Pete Massiello

March 21, 2018

Web Services - Bill Hines, First Options

April 23 - 25, 2018

NE User Groups Conference, Framingham MA

May 16, 2018

History of Shop Floor Control, Anthony Etzel, Crossroads RMC

June 20, 2018

TBD - Donna Westmoreland (Midrange Dynamics)



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