Steve Will

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  • POWER9 for IBM i and the Announcement of 7.3 TR 4
    02/13/2018
  • Four User Questions, and Expert Answers That Prove RPG is Strategic
    02/05/2018
  • Teaching RPG to IBM i Developers
    01/11/2018
  • Deep Thinking in IBM Rochester With Watson Analytics
    10/27/2017
  • Announcing IBM i 7.3 TR3 and IBM i 7.2 TR7
    10/03/2017
  • POWER9 for IBM i and the Announcement of 7.3 TR 4

    Today, February 13, 2018, is announce day for the Technology Refresh 4 (TR4) of IBM i 7.3 and TR8 of IBM i 7.2. In line with our IBM i communication strategy, this blog will cover highlights of the announcement, and further information will be found starting today on the IBM i site on ibm.com, the Power Systems site, in Knowledge Center, and on developerWorks. We’ll have more information in blogs and articles to be rolled out over the next few weeks. So, lets’ get started!

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    Posted: February 13, 2018 |

    Four User Questions, and Expert Answers That Prove RPG is Strategic

    In my last blog post, I talked with a couple of experts about teaching RPG to IBM i developers. Almost immediately, a couple of discussions started in the comments section of the blog, on LinkedIn among readers and in email exchanges.

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    Posted: February 05, 2018 |

    Teaching RPG to IBM i Developers

    One of the keys to our IBM i strategy has been to transform RPG into a modern programming language that can be learned easily by non-RPG developers. From survey results to case studies and interactions with developers at user groups and conferences, I think it’s pretty clear we’re making good on that strategy.

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    Posted: January 11, 2018 |

    Deep Thinking in IBM Rochester With Watson Analytics

    Recently COMMON and IBM announced a very special collaborative event, the IBM i Driveway to Watson. As someone who was completely intrigued by the original Jeopardy! challenge between Watson and champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, I was pumped—not sure how else to describe it. Pumped. I’d have the opportunity to communicate directly with Watson, the same Watson that is now being used in the healthcare space, making significant strides in patient care and outcomes.  For two days, we would be working with IBM i experts who would demonstrate various ways to exploit this cognitive technology and better understand a completely new way of thinking, using a modern business computing paradigm. I didn’t know exactly what to expect but again, I was pumped.

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    Posted: October 27, 2017 |

    Announcing IBM i 7.3 TR3 and IBM i 7.2 TR7

    Today IBM is announcing the latest Technology Refreshes (TRs) for our two most current releases: IBM i 7.3 TR3 and IBM i 7.2 TR7. As long-time readers will know, the IBM i strategy includes twice a year deliveries of new function, allowing many parts of the IBM i OS and its related products to fulfill customer requirements between major releases.

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    Posted: October 03, 2017 |

    Promoting IBM i—TCO, TCA, Reliability and Strategy

    Several of my blogs this year have concerned the topic of preparing yourself to promote the value of IBM i to your organization. Today, we’re going to discuss three other resources you have, two of which were published very recently.

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    Posted: September 20, 2017 |

    IBM i and Watson

    Let's discuss IBM Watson and IBM i--how are they related?

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    Posted: September 05, 2017 |

    Educating Fresh Faces—Boot Camp, Summit and More

    Last time I talked about the Fresh Faces who have been joining our IBM i community. Seeing new people getting started is great. But once they get here, how do they learn what they need to know?  Today’s blog will talk about a couple of ways, in particular, and briefly mention some other ways.

    First: COMMON’s Boot Camp.

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    Posted: August 22, 2017 |

    Promoting IBM i: Fresh Faces

    In my previous two blogs, I’ve talked about reasons your executives might have to do a review of your platforms—things which indicate that the time is right to get prepared to promote the value of IBM i to your business leaders. To do that promotion, you need information. Today I’m going to address one of those reasons: staffing.

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    Posted: July 11, 2017 |

    Promoting IBM i—Buzzwords & Hot Buttons

    In my last blog, I started a series to help you prepare yourself, if your organization is going to evaluate the future of your IBM i on Power infrastructure. I want to help people avoid panic, and instead move into “promotion” mode—explaining the value of IBM i to your company. Last time, I wrote about Triggering Events—things that can happen in your company which often result in re-evaluation. But in addition to those events, organizations can initiate a platform evaluation when certain hot button issues or buzzwords become big in a company. Let’s think about each of those.

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    Posted: June 19, 2017 |

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