Steve Will

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  • Promoting IBM i—Buzzwords & Hot Buttons
    06/19/2017
  • Promoting IBM i—Triggering Events
    06/13/2017
  • IBM i Strategy: The Cooperative Game
    05/30/2017
  • IBM i Thoughts: COMMON Conference
    05/20/2017
  • IBM i & RFE – Improving Future Business Value
    03/09/2017
  • TCO, TCA and Reliability – the 2014 ITG IBM i Studies

    Two years ago, I wrote a blog about two ITG studies that compared IBM i to our competition in the small and midsized business (SMB) market, and in the Enterprise market. Those studies have recently been refreshed, and I’ve been using charts and data from these new studies as I’ve been traveling talking about the value of IBM i on Power Systems. In today’s blog, I will point out the highlights and give you links so you can get the full studies. 

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    Posted: November 11, 2014 |

    Announcing 7.2 TR1 (and 7.1 TR9 – and More!)

    Today, October 6, 2014 IBM announces the first Technology Refresh for the IBM i 7.2 release. We’re doing this announcement in conjunction with the Enterprise 2014 conference, so if you are here in Las Vegas with us this week, you can learn about the details up close. For those of you who are elsewhere, today’s blog provides a quick overview.

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    Posted: October 06, 2014 |

    Modernizing–Bellamy & looksoftware

    Well, it’s been a while since my last blog. I’ve enjoyed some vacation, relaxing with friends and family while I recharge my batteries. I’ve also started the annual Fall Plan and traveled to talk with a few customers, so the blog had to take a back seat for a while. But I’m back with another post in the series on the process of modernizing applications on IBM i.

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    Posted: September 03, 2014 |

    Modernizing – Mincron and LANSA

    Mincron logoI’m continuing a series of conversations on the process of modernizing applications on IBM i, and the value modernization brings. As I did last time, I asked one of the vendors that works with other ISVs on improving existing solutions to get me in touch with one of those solution providers. Today, the ISV is Mincron (mincron.com), which used tools from LANSA (lansa.com). Mincron has a long, rich history of marketing and selling business applications for the IBM midrange platform dating back to the early 1980s on the System/38.

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    Posted: July 22, 2014 |

    Modernizing –TMW and Profound Logic

    Investing in your assets, improving customer satisfaction, staying competitive, planning for growth – these are just a few reasons why an organization decides that the status quo is not aligned with its business objectives. In the IT world, companies spend money on hardware, software, education, services – all so they can do something different, something better, than what they’ve done before.

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    Posted: July 10, 2014 |

    SUGA, SunGard and Excited Customers

    One of the most exhilarating experiences in my job is watching a long-time user as they first see what their system can do Today!

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    Posted: June 12, 2014 |

    COMMON, the SAP on IBM i Summit and More

    Ever since the announcement of IBM i 7.2, many of us on the IBM team have been very busy talking about the release and the new Power systems with customers and partners. In fact, for me personally, this activity began several weeks before the announcement, with previews for various groups. I’ll touch on a couple of these events today.

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    Posted: May 20, 2014 |

    Announcing IBM i 7.2

    I have the privilege of highlighting the themes for the release, but you are going to want to read about more than highlights, so I am also going to point you to other sources of great information.

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    Posted: April 28, 2014 |

    Announcing IBM i 7.1 TR8

    Today, April 8, is announcement day for IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh (TR) 8. That’s right, we are now the proud parents of eight semi-annual collections of new functions which have been added to the most powerful release we’ve ever shipped.

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    Posted: April 08, 2014 |

    IBM i 7.1 Knowledge Center, Redbooks and developerWorks

    Three big items in the world of IBM i information are now available for public consumption, so it’s worth telling you about them. I’ll give you quick notes and links for each.

    The IBM Knowledge Center I talked about last month is now live.

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    Posted: March 13, 2014 |

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