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How can one keep up with all the latest technology that comes out?

I have been around System 38 AS/400s for 10 + years. There are times I feel I don't know half of what I should considering my experience. What tools do you recommend to increase my iSeries experience? Is IBM certification a worthy investment? I?m a senior systems administrator working on a 720 series.

Attend one or more technical conferences a year, actively participate in iSeries Internet discussion groups and read... read... read... In my opinion this is the best way to stay up-to-date and current with the latest iSeries technology. You also can get certified, at no additional cost, when you attend an IBM technical conference or COMMON. I attended COMMON last week and got certified myself. I feel it is worth it.

In summary, get out of your shop at least once a year for a technical conference, get certified, participate in online discussions and take an IBM manual to lunch. All of these activities will keep you up to date with the latest technology.

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