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:

"Great conference!"
"Great topics."
"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!"
"Great content."
"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). 




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.