IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - May 2017 - 6
hether it's chitchatting about how your March
Madness brackets fared over the weekend, or
soliciting feedback about a project, having a
professional community is important. In my first weeks as
managing editor of IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems
edition, I've learned just as much from casual discussions with
my colleagues in the bullpen as I have from formal meetings.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BOWMAN
This kind of professional community is especially important
when the office water cooler conversations differ drastically
from the subject matter you work with daily. If no one on the
other side of the cubicle wall can answer your questions about
NoSQL databases or security, where do you find the answer?
That's why user groups are vital to the IBM Power Systems*
community. I witnessed firsthand the collaboration and
problem solving fostered through user groups when I attended
the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professionals Association (WMCPA) spring technical conference. From presenters
offering to help attendees with their specific problems after a
session, to colleagues discussing system updates over an adult
beverage, I saw how integral the WMCPA community was to
each person's work.
To find out more about Power Systems user groups, turn to
page 32. They aren't just social clubs or intellectual exercises,
however; IBM employs user group feedback to make improvements and upgrades to its products. On page 20, learn how
user requirements suggested by members of the AIX* Virtual
User Group (VUG), IBM i Large User Group (LUG), COMMON
and COMMON Europe have fueled IBM innovations. And on
page 26, IBM i Offering Manager Alison Butterill explains
how IBM developers address user group requests from start
Also in this issue, you'll find our annual Champions Showcase highlighting some of the 2017 Power Systems Champions
on page 41. You can also see the results of how augmented
reality research at IBM is benefiting business on page 12.
Community is available through user groups-physically and
virtually. Read on to learn more about these organizations and
how they're actively influencing Power Systems development.
Also, be sure to check out the Fresh Faces supplement that is
included with this issue.
Claire Walling // Managing Editor
R Mark McGinnis
Art on the Fly
Dawn May, who was interviewed for the cover story, has worked for
IBM more years than she will admit, and worked on the IBM i OS
development team (and that of its predecessors) for many years.
Her current responsibilities include working with IBM i client advisory
councils-the Large User Group, COMMON Americas Advisory
Council and the COMMON Europe Advisory Council. She is also a
frequent speaker and writes the "i Can" blog on ibmsystemsmag.com.
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Mark McGinnis is a multi-disciplined
creative who splits his time between
New York and Chicago. His illustration
work graces this month's cover. While
on a cross-cornfield flight between
his two homes, a goal came to mind:
In 2017, he was going to become a
member of the prestigious A-List program on Southwest Airlines.
Mark currently sits comfortably at 17,533 miles, but is always in
pursuit of the coveted number 35,000 just over the horizon.