Steve Will

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  • IBM i Future – 2017 Update
    01/16/2017
  • Executives Reinvesting in IBM i
    12/14/2016
  • IBM i 7.3 Technology Refresh 1 Announcement
    10/11/2016
  • The IBM i / COMMON Twitter blog – Part 2
    08/19/2016
  • Lessons from COMMON: Part 1
    07/12/2016
  • 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 |

    IBM i 7.3 Announcement

    Today’s the day!  As I hinted a couple of months ago, we have big news.  Today, we are announcing the IBM i 7.3 release, which will be generally available on April 15, 2016.  

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    Posted: April 12, 2016 |

    Signs and Portents for IBM i Announcements

    Remember last week’s blog? In it, I mentioned I had recently asked for topic ideas. Well, today’s blog is–in a way–a response to another suggestion I received in reply. But also, it’s something we planned to do anyway. I think you’ll see what I mean.

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    Posted: February 16, 2016 |

    PowerHA and Zero-Downtime Backups on IBM i

    I recently decided to solicit some ideas for blog topics from the community. I tweeted my invitation for comments and received several replies–some via Twitter and even more via Facebook (which posts my tweets as status updates).

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    Posted: February 09, 2016 |

    Follow up on IBM i Strategy Comments

    One of the best things about the world of blogging is that the readers of a blog have a chance to comment on the subject. In the past year, several posts have generated significant comments, and even discussions between commenters. This was the case for my previous post, where I discussed part of my approach to IBM i strategy—the need to focus on more than one aspect of the user base with our strategic decisions.  Several readers took time to write thoughtful responses. I read each of them, several times. I truly appreciate the effort and time it took to write those comments. And after reading them, I decided a follow-up to my previous post would help continue the discussion.

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    Posted: December 08, 2015 |

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