I just got back from 2.5 days at common fall conference. While I took mostly courses related to php, I did take in some other courses and one was on the new "navigator for i" that will be released in December.
As you know there is the "windows" inav and there is the :2001 service director navigator. IBM wants the "inav" and service director nav to be all one, and be totally browser based so if you have a mac, etc. you can use it.
Of course the guy from ibm asked what was wrong with the current service director nav and everyone said "too slow" and he agreed and so it has been totally rewritten and it was fast (even across a vpn, on a less than ideal wireless), and you could do all sorts of things. I would say about 95% of the inav is in the one. It will be released for 7.1 and 6.1 as same code base as part of a ptf, and it will actually also work with a machine on 5.4. IBM was not going to wait until 7.2 to release.
I think that new toolkit with the xmlservice behind the scenes engine and being open source will allow one to do quite a few different things if someone wants some feature that isn't "available".
Being in Indiana, it was only a hop, skip and jump over to Columbus, Ohio to go to it. The fall sessions are smaller than the full blown spring annual event but with the exception of one class, I thought everything I took, I picked up some very useful tips, techniques, etc.
My problem was there was so many courses that I wanted to take that met at the same time, that I had to decide. I would have liked to heard all about the SSD's, etc.