OCEAN In-Person Special Event with IBM Champion & Open Source Thought Leader Mike Pavlak

September 23, 2021 - OCEAN In-Person Special Event



IBM Champion & Open Source Thought Leader Mike Pavlak


8:30 am - Check-in - Coffee & Tea. Social time.

9:00 am - The Business Value of Open Source on IBM i 

10:15 am - 15-minute break

10:30 am - Python and Data Access

11:45 am - Boxed lunches (grab & go or eat at the museum)..

EVENT LOCATION: Marconi Automotive Museum

FREE for OCEAN Members if you register by Monday, September 20, 2021 at 5:00 pm PT.

$35 for Non-Members - $35 for Members who register after Monday, September 20, 2021 at 5:00 pm PT.


The Business Value of Open Source on IBM i - This executive level presentation discusses how and why IBM i shops should be looking at Open Source solutions in general.  Open Source software has come a long way and is an integral part of every data center.  In this session we explore how open source is implemented on IBM i and why is makes a tremendous complement to the heritage systems of record in many IBM i organizations.  

Learning Objectives:

1) Review the evolution of Open Source software and a little about where it’s going.

2) Explore the role of Open Source in the development environment and DevOps.

3) Review the ROI discussion around adding Open Source to the development skillset.

Python and Data AccessDatabase access is at the center of any programming languages usefulness and Python can access several different databases including Db2 for IBM i.  In this presentation we will explore some different database options and dig deep on Db2 data access with practical examples of how to structure a script and plenty of solid use cases.   

Learning Objectives:

1) Learn how to install Db2 ODBC connector and use in Python

2) Explore the world of SQLite on IBM i

3) Review the world of Postgress on IBM i

4) Explore some examples of how to use Python to access data

Mike Pavlak has been working with IBM midrange solutions since 1992 and IBM Mainframes before that. After years of developing applications using RPG, CL and PHP he managed IT development and IT for power protection manufacturer Tripp Lite. Later Mike was instrumental in developing the adoption of PHP as a primary solution for web development on IBM i working with Zend Technologies. Today, as a Solutions Architect at Zend by Perforce, Mike helps companies around the world approach the challenges of modernization and open source technologies. In addition to several roles as a volunteer with COMMON the premier IBM midrange user group, Mike also teaches PHP & Python classes part time at Moraine Valley Community College in Suburban Chicago.

The OrangeCounty Educational Advancement Network, Inc., better known as just OCEAN, is a nonprofit user group and one of the largest and most proactive IBM Power Systems midrange user groups in the western United States with over 400 members. The group's primary mission is to serve as an affordable source of education on the technology its members use. This is done through hosting monthly guest speakers and the annual technical conference and seminar. The group is a nonprofit corporation and not sponsored by any vendor, including the IBM Corp. Membership is open to anyone interested in learning more about the information technology field. While its primary focus is the IBM Power Systems platform, the group does cover other areas like Microsoft .Net, VB, PHP, WebSphere, client-server information systems, JAVA, object oriented development, e-Business, data warehousing, XML, Internet and intranet applications, IT project management, IT management and personal and career development topics.