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Responding to the urgent need to keep IT skills current highlighted by the recent COMMON Europe survey, SiD creates a series of online training courses.

System i Developer (SiD), organizers of the popular RPG & DB2 Summit conferences, have announced a new eLearning program comprised of individual courses aimed at helping RPG developers improve specific skills. Built on select topics from the RPG & DB2 Summit agenda, these new online courses allow developers to get top quality, live education from noted experts Jon Paris, Susan Gantner, Paul Tuohy and Skip Marchesani without leaving their offices.

Initial courses—many of which begin the week of July 12 or July 19—include /Free RPG; Modular RPG using Subprocedures and ILE; RPG and the Web; RSE/RDi/RDP Jump Start; Modernizing DB2 for i; and Modernizing RPG Applications. Each multi-session course includes live online instruction with real-time Q&A, handouts, instructor assistance between sessions, and a session playback feature for review.

According to recently-published results of COMMON Europe’s annual Top Concerns survey, training has taken on new urgency within the IBM i community. In terms of top concerns, “keep the skills current for the existing staff” has leap-frogged from the number 5 position just last year to the number 2 top concern in 2010.

“Too many developers now work in environments where it’s impossible to take even a day out of the office for training,” says Paul Tuohy, partner at System i Developer. “Every time we run a Summit event, several people tell us they want to come but can’t get away or get the travel approved. We developed this e-Learning program as an option for those whose companies or circumstances do not support off-site education.

“The news from COMMON Europe was a startling wake-up call in terms of just how pervasive this problem has become. Organizations simply can’t continue to underfund and undervalue training and expect their IT staff to keep up. Sooner or later, the investment needs to happen. Otherwise, you’ve got a whole different set of vastly more expensive business problems to work out.”

System i Developer will offer new and repeat courses several times per year. Pricing starts at $109 for a single-day course and $429 for a 2-week course.

For more information on RPG & DB2 Summit eLearning courses, visit http://www.systemideveloper.com/eLearning.html, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800-650-1804 toll-free within the U.S. and Canada; 970-663-4700 outside the U.S.

About System i Developer

Comprised of top experts in RPG IV, SQL, DB2, ILE, RSE, PHP and Web technologies,
System i Developer delivers the very best RPG and DB2-focused education available. Its cornerstone conference, the RPG & DB2 Summit, provides an interactive, total immersion experience to RPG and DB2 developers who want to stay abreast of the latest advancements and learn how to apply specific RPG and DB2 techniques to keep their software applications vibrant and innovative.

As independent educators with longstanding relationships with IBM, members of the consortium also work with individual organizations to provide well-informed, unbiased advice and training on any IBM i development topic—from basic best practices to the newest, most advanced techniques.

Comprised of top experts in RPG IV, SQL, DB2, ILE, RSE, PHP and Web technologies, System i Developer delivers the very best RPG and DB2-focused education available.  Its cornerstone conference, the RPG & DB2 Summit, provides an interactive, total-immersion experience to RPG and DB2 developers who want to stay abreast of the latest advancements and learn how to apply specific RPG and DB2 techniques to keep their software applications vibrant and innovative. As independent educators with long-standing relationships with IBM, members of the consortium also work with individual organizations to provide well-informed, unbiased advice and training on any IBM i development topic—from basic best practices to the newest, most advanced techniques.

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