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Next Meeting - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Data Availability and Security Overview for the IBMi


The New England Mid-Range Users Group is organized as a resource for users of IBM System i, i Series and AS/400 systems. If you were looking for the New England M User's Group (MUMPS) goto


Date:  May 15, 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 

Data Availability and Security Overview for the IBMi

Speaker:  Barry Kirksey – SyncSort

Mac N Cheese w/steak tips - Elbow pasta, Wisconsin cheddar sauce, butter crumb top - add steak tips

Old School Alfredo - Grilled chicken breast sautéed with broccoli in a creamy garlic parm sauce tossed with penne pasta

Salmon - Plain or Soy Honey glazed Atlantic salmon filet served with side of rice and seasonal vegetables

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, May 10, 2019
 ** No shows will be billed, unless cancellation is received by Tuesday, May 14, 2019



Preventing downtime and ensuring the security of your IBM i applications and data is top of mind for IT professionals.  Hear Barry Kirksey of Syncsort discuss ways to ensure your data is highly available and secure.  Learn about the latest with MIMIX Availability and Assure Security.



Barry Kirksey is a Senior Solution Architect with Syncsort, Inc., a father of two boys and a husband. He has spent entire career in the technology field, starting out as a programmer analyst and moving into software installations and training. Syncsort, Inc. has been his home for 26 years, during that time occupying several positions from education, installation of products, and today as architect for the IBM iOS line of products.

Barry supports all the North American Area Sales Representatives as well as their partners they work with in a geographic region. Duties include presentations, live demos, and solution design for new and current customers for Availability and Security Products. His technical experience allows him to communicate at any level when presenting to clients. He works closely with Product Management with current and new requirements of iOS Products.

Barry resides in Hot Springs, AR working remotely out of the Oakbrook Terrace Office outside of Chicago, IL.


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:

At our last NEMUG Meeting held in March, Pete Massiello from iTech Solutions Group presented on the new look of the Enhanced HMC GUI and how to navigate from the old HMC to the new HMC. Pete is the President of iTech Solutions, a Business Partner in Danbury, CT, a Lifetime IBM Champion and regular speaker at IBM I conferences throughout the world related to system performance and management best practices. We had a great turnout for Pete’s presentation and the audience participation was delightful! -  Thank you Pete for joining us at our NEMUG meeting for the evening.

On May 15th, we have Barry Kirksey, from SyncSort (formerly Vision Solutions). Barry will discuss ways to ensure your data is Highly Available and Secure, referencing SyncSort’s MIMIX and Assure products. With today’s high cost of downtime and need to secure company data from prying eyes, this presentation is more relevant than ever before.


Dawn Dawson

NEMUG President

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Welcome to the following New and Renewing Member Companies

(as of 5/1/2019)


Callico Distributors

FGX International

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

NATCO Products Corp.

Cape Cod Bay Systems

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