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Helpful education opportunities for administrators

I am a new administrator, but I have been in operations for about 10 years now. I have the opportunity to take a couple of classes from IBM and was wondering what would be the most helpful?

Without knowing your work experience, or your long term goals, I really can't give you a specific class to take, but I can give some places to look.

If I were you, the first thing I would do would be to attend COMMON. COMMON covers a variety of topics which are presented by IBM and industry experts. The next COMMON conference is coming soon May13-17 in New Orleans. This will help you decide which topics you want to further explore.

IBM offers some free Web based education.

There are a multitude of specialty seminars targeted at a variety of AS/400 topics and professionals. Having attended several of these, I can tell you that the cost and quality of these vary greatly.

etnetworks.com delivers multimedia training directly to your office thru a combination of satellite and the Internet. They appear to offer an excellent range and depth of subjects as well as being reasonably priced.

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Disaster recovery to lead Common iSeries user group conference The focus of Common's fall conference, being held in Miami next week, will be disaster recovery. The 6,500-member iSeries user group, representing more than 23,000 IT professionals, has had Beverly Russell as president since the fall of 2004.

The iSeries has undergone some changes in the past year, including the much maligned name change to the System i. It is seeing a renewed marketing push from IBM in the face of revenue dropping in the last three quarters. IBM said that for the second quarter this year, revenue dropped because of a backlog in shipping related to compliance with European environmental regulations.

Russell has been a part of Common since the early 1980s. Her full-time job is as IT director for E.D. Smith & Sons Ltd., a Canadian food manufacturer. In this Q&A with Search400.com, Russell talks about the fall conference, the benefits of the iSeries platform and where IBM stumbled in the past year.

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