The “XA Update and SOLVE PROBLEMS” Conference!
October 8-9, 2018
Another successful event!
XA customers raved about the great facility and pleasant atmosphere of the conference at the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Moreover, there was a big appreciation for the theme of "solving problems." Sessions were focused on how new processes, methods, applications, or training would be solutions for specific problems. Here are some of the comments from the feedback forms:
"Loved Julie's sessions. They are always something new and interesting that I didn't know."
"Great conference! Lots of great and educational sessions and opportunities for networking."
"Nice place!" "Loved the location and it was very well organized!"
"Fantastic conference. This is my first time attending and I learned a lot about new applications and solutions.
New Option from Infor for “XA in the Cloud”
Infor has announced “XA in the Cloud” for customers who would like to evaluate licensing XA software “as a service.”
Infor has created a very attractive option to roll several costs into one attractive annual payment. You can operate your XA system "in the cloud" and pay for software and hardware as a service. Infor will combine ALF for XA, IBM iSeries hardware, iSeries operating software, and the management of IBM HW and IBM System SW for a packaged annual fee. You can also have access to new XA software upgrades (or you can stay on your current software configuration).
For more information, please call Brad Blair (616-257-4009) or Tom McDonald (616-257-4005).
IMPORTANT IBM ANNOUNCEMENT for COMPANIES WITH OLDER IBM SYSTEMS!
IBM will be “de-commissioning” some older IBM systems. IBM has announced that for certain older IBM Power 5, 6 and 7 machines, IBM will no longer provide hardware maintenance as of specified future dates. When IBM stops maintaining hardware systems, it is a sign that these machines are getting very old and should be replaced. Often for these systems, hardware replacement parts are in short supply, which means IBM can no longer provide the high level of maintenance service they are known for.
If you are currently running on any of the following machine types/models, MKA recommends you contact us regarding replacement alternatives.
Machine Type / Model Last Day of IBM Service
9406-520 January 31, 2019
9407-515 January 31, 2019
9407-M15 March 31, 2019
8203-E4A March 31, 2019
8202-E4B September 30, 2019
8202-E4C September 30, 2019
8205-E6B September 30, 2019
9406-525 October 31, 2020
9406-550 October 31, 2020
Please contact Brad Blair at (616) 257-4009 to discuss further.