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~~SPECIAL NOTICE (Updated 3/09/21)~~

Hi again MUG Members,

~~ Join Us As We Continue Forward in 2021, For Our March 23 Virtual Event ~~



See details below!  Register now!


March 23, 2021 at 12:00 PM: Plans are finalized for this virtual meeting.

Speaker: Mike Pavlak


Introduction to Python on IBM i 

Come get your first look at Python and learn some of the basics! Also, learn about the product offerings that enable you to do software development with the language on the platform. Upon completing this class, you will be able to acquire, install, and use the language on IBM i, as well as extend its power using contributions from the larger open source community. We will also explore Db2 Data Access and IFS file system access as primary use cases for Python on IBM i.

Learning Objectives:

1) Installation of Python on IBM i

2) Multiple methods of use and access

3) Db2 data access from Python

Mike's Bio:

Mike Pavlak has been working with IBM midrange solutions since 1992 and IBM Mainframes before that.  After years of developing applications using RPG & CL he managed IT development and IT for power protection manufacturer Tripp Lite.  Later Mike was instrumental in developing the adoption of PHP as the first open source language on IBM i joined Zend Technologies.  Today, as a Solution Architect with Profound Logic, Mike helps companies approach the challenges of modernization, transformation and open source technologies.  In addition to several roles as a volunteer with COMMON Mike also teaches PHP & Python classes part time at Moraine Valley Community College in Suburban Chicago. Mike lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, five kids, a dog, a cat, two tortoises, and a half dozen fish.





April 22, 2021: TBD

May 2021: End of year party


While there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel, there can & likely will continue to be modifications as conditions dictate.

We, again ask your patience & support in making the rest of season the best possible.

Thank you,

MUG Board of Directors

Please read the MUG COVID-19 Update message below:

     "As our user group season progresses, we are eager to get back to regular in-person meetings at our favorite establishments. However, in keeping with current health guidelines, we must continue the season virtually to ensure the well-being of our members.  

     The MUG Board of Directors will continue to evaluate CDC guidelines, NYS/local mandates and DOH regulations to make responsible decisions for the health and safety of our members and guests, with regards to the re-opening of our in-person meetings. In the meantime we are planning to hold virtual meetings to fulfill our commitment to provide education and value to our membership.

We thank you for your patience and co-operation throughout these unprecedented times."

On Behalf of the MUG Board of Directors

David Giambra, President



Registration is now open for March 23rd

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Our past events and plans .....

September 24, 2020 Event:

Postponed until further notice


October 27, 2020 Event (Tuesday): Virtual.


  We were excited to have had IBM Platform Leader, Steven Fier, talk about IBM’s recent announcements around Power9, IBMi Operating System and Cloud.  The pandemic has not slowed down IBM from refreshing the Power9 hardware in July and enhancing the IBMi software stack in October. IBM has supercharged the platform with many great new features and offerings. The presentation boiled down the information and highlighted key announcements.


December 10, 2020: Cancelled due to low registration.


Unfortunately, The MUG virtual holiday party set for December 10 had to be cancelled due to a low registration rate. We want to thank everyone who was involved in the planning for their efforts.


We understand this was a trying year for all and we hope everyone was able to end 2020 on a positive and healthy note. We hope you all had a Happy Holiday and the MUG board looks forward to reconvening in February 2021.











Please feel free to check back often for additional details which are added regularly, as they become available.



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