CM First Announces the iCAthlon Games

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iCAthlon – a Signature Event for IT Game Changers Responsible for Developing IBM Power Software Applications

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John Rhodes, CTO, said, “This event will be CM First’s most informative and fun yet, bringing CM First together with customers, primary sponsors OpenLegacy and Axon.ivy, and content from CA Technologies and IBM. "

CM First announces the iCAthlon Games, a special event for IBM iSeries/Power managers and developers who want to transform RPG/COBOL apps, CA Plex/2E (Synon) models or DB2 Databases to the next level. Limited to 120 registrants, this Austin-based event will focus on modern software development topics ranging from APIs/Microservices to HTML5 to Automated Testing. Both Interactive and immersive, this event empowers attendees to take game-changing, practical knowledge back home, enabling value into the future. A detailed agenda will be available soon and will include CA Technologies updates, modernization techniques and much more.

The iCAthlon Games will run from June 1-3, 2016 at the Top Golf Conference Center at the Domain in Austin, Texas – the Live Music Capitol of the World and the home of SXSW.

Partners IBM and CA Technologies will attend, bringing experts to update attendees on products and capabilities. IBM i Chief Architect, Steve Will offers the latest roadmaps and futures for the hardware and the OS. Since databases are increasingly critical, an IBM expert will be on hand to present DB2 and other database futures. Steve Solomon, CA 2E/Plex Product Manager will present a keynote address and lead a team of CA tech experts throughout the iCAthlon Games.

John Rhodes, CTO, said, “This event will be CM First’s most informative and fun yet, bringing CM First together with customers, primary sponsors OpenLegacy and Axon.ivy, and content from CA Technologies and IBM. The hands on format will allow developers to really deliver on the iCAthlon motto – Come to Play, Leave as a Game-Changer.”

Keynotes and special sessions include a hands-on workshop led by James Higginbotham and Keith Casey, ,RESTful API Experts, and authors of the Amazon highly rated books, A Practical Approach to API design and Designing Great Web APIs: Creating Business Value Through Developer Experience. Corey Butler, Austin tech community thought leader and co-founder of Austin’s popular Bleeding Edge Meetup will speak on Rethinking Software Architecture as a Towering Drive Straight Down the Middle. Butler is very familiar with the Top Golf venue - As a Top Golf Technical Architect, Butler designed and implemented parts of the IOT software stack to update the golfing experience for the ancient game. Corey will show that similar results can be achieved with small teams managing current legacy systems.

Day 1 focuses on modernization back end principles, ensuring that attendees can understand workable solutions to move legacy applications to mobile, Cloud and more. Day 2 focuses on the front end UX and workflow. Day 3 offers three tracks where attendees can participate in small group projects. The tracks are: Workflow/iBPM, CM M3 modernization, and RESTful APIs. Learn more about CM First’s modernization offerings at:

But it’s Austin and no one should leave here without experiencing the Texas food and fun. Beginning the first night, prepare to test non-technical skills at the Punch Bowl Social in teams or solo. Complimentary Top Golf is also available. Food and Austin weirdness complement the challenging agenda.

Early bird registration is available now including options to bring a “Fantastic 4 Team” and Early Bird specials. Don’t miss out on these. Register now at: Check out the conference hotels and mention the event to receive great discounts. Don’t forget to bring your laptop and a couple of greenscreens to take full advantage of the workshops and be challenged by new ways to quickly deliver flexible business solutions.

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CM First is a global software and services company established in 1999 with a focus on modernizing applications, managing technical debt and the agile development of enterprise apps. Delivery areas include; migrations of software code, databases and IBM hardware, custom app, architecture and API development, mobility solutions and knowledge transfer. CM First works with hundreds of IBM and CA Technologies business-critical systems worldwide, with numerous reference customers covering industries as diverse as logistics, travel, insurance, food processing and oil and gas construction. For more information, visit

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