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Vendor Showcase expo sells out, and early registration already exceeds last spring's attendance by 20 percent.

System i Developer, the consortium of four top educators on IBM i development technologies, today announced that as of August 31, registration for their October 2009 RPG & DB2 Summit had already surpassed attendance at the April 2009 event by 20 percent. Registration will continue for six more weeks, until October 13. Meanwhile, exhibition space for the Vendor Showcase is sold out. 

The Sofitel Minneapolis, the conference hotel, confirmed that it has expanded the Summit room block to accommodate new registrants. People who register for the conference and hotel by September 25 will receive a discounted room rate of $99 per night. 

Conference organizers attribute the early success of the upcoming RPG & DB2 Summit to three factors. First, the Summit curriculum fills a vital need for training among RPG and DB2 developers. Although many companies have asked developers to delay training, new projects often require updated skills. Second, System i Developer catered to tight budgets by holding registration rates at 2007 levels and negotiating low hotel rates. And third, the economy is showing signs of recovery, encouraging some organizations to release previously frozen funds for training. 

"Clearly it’s too early to claim strong economic recovery in the IBM i market, but it’s encouraging to see our registration numbers tracking pre-recession levels,” says Skip Marchesani, partner at System i Developer. “We were hoping for higher attendance than we had in April, but we never imagined we’d achieve that goal so early.” 

In related news, System i Developer is delighted to announce that Ian Jarman, IBM's Manager of Power Systems Software, will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 8:00 a.m. He is expected to share the latest on upcoming IBM i developments with RPG & DB2 Summit attendees.

System i Developer partners Susan Gantner, Jon Paris, Paul Tuohy and Skip Marchesani host the RPG & DB2 Summit and lead the speaker lineup, which is rounded out by experts Scott Klement, Barbara Morris, Mike Cain, Kent Milligan, Bruce Vining and Aaron Bartell.

With major updates for 2009, the agenda covers practical, in-depth, use-it-today tips and techniques on topics ranging from RPG IV to SQL to modernizing program architecture as well as user interfaces.

In addition, four optional half-day Headstart Seminars on Monday, October 12, offer attendees an opportunity to focus on specific topics prior to attending the conference. For the October event, topics include SQL, PHP, Subprocedures and Service Programs, and HTML/Javascript/CSS for RPG developers.

The RPG & DB2 Summit is sponsored by three leading media organizations, MC Press Online, IBM Systems Magazine, System iNetwork. For more information on attending the RPG & DB2 Summit, visit www.systemideveloper.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 802-496-3397 (toll-free 866-716-5409).

About the RPG & DB2 Summit

The RPG & DB2 Summit, created by System i Developer as a highly interactive conference experience devoted exclusively to the needs of RPG & DB2 developers, debuted in March 2007 in Las Vegas.  Sponsored by three leading news organizations, MC Press Online, IBM Systems Magazine, and System iNetwork, the Summit provides an educational agenda focused solely on the RPG and database skills developers need for their daily work, presented in an intimate and affordable environment.

About System i Developer

Comprised of top experts in RPG, ILE, RSE, DB2, Web and SQL 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.

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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