Steve Will

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  • IBM i Thoughts: COMMON Conference
    05/20/2017
  • IBM i & RFE – Improving Future Business Value
    03/09/2017
  • Announcing IBM i 7.3 TR2 & 7.2 TR6
    02/14/2017
  • IBM i Open Source Directions
    01/30/2017
  • IBM i Future – 2017 Update
    01/16/2017
  • IBM i Thoughts: COMMON Conference

    The COMMON Annual Conference this year was a great experience. I’ve been trying to summarize for people why this particular event was even better than the usual excellent conferences we have when IBM i folks get together. I keep coming up with more and more reasons.  For example, the IBM team was finally recognized as the Wizards they are.

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    Posted: May 20, 2017 |

    IBM i & RFE – Improving Future Business Value

    For many years, IBM has used several methods to get customer input on the direction of the platform that has grown into today’s IBM i. The COMMON organizations in North America and Europe have been instrumental over the past two decades in providing processes for their members to submit requirements for new function to IBM, and those two organizations use their Advisory Councils (CAAC and CEAC) to advocate for the requirements that come from their members. Similarly, the Large Users Group submits requirements to IBM related to IBM i.  These requirement sources, and the groups that help us work with them, have been invaluable as we’ve jointly worked to ensure that IBM i satisfies the needs of our users.

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    Posted: March 09, 2017 |

    Announcing IBM i 7.3 TR2 & 7.2 TR6

    This might come as a bit of a surprise, but it’s announce day again.  I know, I know–it doesn’t seem all that long ago that we announced IBM i 7.3 Technology Refresh 1. And it wasn’t!  But this year’s “spring” announcement of IBM i 7.3 TR2 (and the accompanying 7.2 TR6) comes a little earlier than spring.  (Maybe we’re all just hoping for a short winter!)  Whatever the reason, it’s time again for me to give you an overview of the announcement.

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    Posted: February 14, 2017 |

    IBM i Open Source Directions

    Late last year, I asked my followers on Twitter and Facebook what topics I should address early in 2017. I heard several ideas, but the one I heard most is today’s topic: Open Source on IBM i. In fact, when I started the year with a different topic, one of the comments my blog received was another request for the open source topic.

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    Posted: January 30, 2017 |

    IBM i Future – 2017 Update

    One of the most common questions people ask me is “What’s the future for IBM i?”

    I think I’ve gotten that question 20 or more times since the start of the year--via e-mail, LinkedIn messages, customer briefings, Twitter direct messages--and as I write this, I have only been at work for eight days in 2017.  And this is the slow part of the year.

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    Posted: January 16, 2017 |

    Executives Reinvesting in IBM i

    Today I’d like you to use your imagination a little.  Today I want you to imagine you run a business – you’re an executive. This is not hard for some of you readers, because you do, and you are.  But for many of my readers, you are not upper level executives, so I’m asking you to put yourself in the position of those “bosses” in your company.  OK, so, imagine it. 

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    Posted: December 14, 2016 |

    IBM i 7.3 Technology Refresh 1 Announcement

    Here we go again – Announce Day!  Today, we are announcing IBM i Technology Refresh 1 (TR1), which has its GA date on November 11, 2016.  As usual, I’ll take the opportunity to highlight some of what we’re announcing here on my blog, and then encourage you to go find out more from other bloggers and from the developerWorks site.

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    Posted: October 11, 2016 |

    The IBM i / COMMON Twitter blog – Part 2

    Last time I covered the first three of the five “lessons” I tweeted after the COMMON Annual conference.  Today, we’ll wrap it up.  Here are the final two, with some comments. 

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    Posted: August 19, 2016 |

    Lessons from COMMON: Part 1

    As I was sitting in the airport after the COMMON Conference a few weeks ago, I tweeted a few thoughts: a few lessons I felt one could take away from the largest gathering of IBM i people in the western hemisphere in 2016 (and perhaps the world depending on how big the conference in Japan is this year).

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    Posted: July 12, 2016 |

    Fresh IBM i Messages

    In the few months since the IBM i 7.3 announcement, many of us have been traveling to conferences and user group meetings, participating in virtual conferences or hosting webinars, and some of us have even been writing blogs. (OK, not me so much on that last one, but the rest of it, for sure.)

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    Posted: June 29, 2016 |

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