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Steve Bradshaw to talk speedy queries at September conference



PowerWire‘s Steve Bradshaw will discuss his recent experiments with IBM i 7.2 at an i-UG event in September.

i-UG is the new name for the recently merged British user groups NiSUG and CUA/Common UK. Its next big get-together is a one-day conference at the Mercure Norton Grange Hotel in Rochdale, Lancashire, on Thursday, September 11.

Full details are yet to be finalised but Steve Bradshaw, who is i-UG’s technical director as well as a regular contributor to this publication, is set to hold a session entitled Supercharge Your Query Reports.

The majority of IBM i shops still depend heavily on Query/400 for many of their reports. Steve plans to demonstrate how unaltered queries can perform 17 times faster by upgrading to IBM i version 7.2. His seminar follows his article on the subject last month in PowerWire – the most-read on our new-look website so far.

Not to be outdone, i-UG chairman Mike Ryan will reprise a popular presentation on why it is cheaper to upgrade. Mike’s argument is that it is more expensive to continue with older equipment for many companies than it is to consider moving to new gear.

He says that with changes to Power System licensing, the lower cost of new hardware, extended warranties and savings on electricity costs, a new server can work out cheaper over the next three years.

The conference is free to i-UG members and pre-registration is already open. You can catch updates to the agenda on the event’s page on the new i-UG website and, of course, here on

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