Steve Will

Steve Will

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  • IBM i and Java Support
    December 11, 2018
  • A Very Good Year for IBM i
    October 25, 2018
  • SAP on IBM i: Still Going Strong
    October 2, 2018
  • A Closer Look at the IBM i Architecture Evolution Webcast
    September 10, 2018
  • Fresh Faces in IBM i Development
    August 14, 2018
  • IBM i and Java Support

    In the past few months, my team has been receiving many questions about Java, and especially about the support of Java, because of announcements Oracle has made about changes to how they will be supporting their versions of Java 8. We’ve had enough questions that we thought we ought to just publish something that clarifies what IBM i clients need to know about Java and its support options.

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    Posted: December 11, 2018 |

    A Very Good Year for IBM i

    Usually, people wait to write an annual retrospective until December, and it’s only October.  But I have some good reasons to write this now, and the first of them is that there are multiple definitions of a “year,” and by one of those definitions, we already have reason to celebrate a year of success for IBM i.

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    Posted: October 25, 2018 |

    SAP on IBM i: Still Going Strong

    The IBM i OS consists of a unique architecture that not only has enabled it to remain relevant for three decades, but also enabled IBM i development to continue to provide state of the art technology for the users of the operating system.  One feature of the IBM i platform often promoted is how the architecture enables companies to preserve their application development investment.

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    Posted: October 2, 2018 |

    A Closer Look at the IBM i Architecture Evolution Webcast

    Each year, it seems, I end up creating one or two brand new presentations which become frequently requested for a few years. The presentation I created this year is called “What is a ‘Modern’ Operating System?” One I created last year is now titled something like “IBM i—the Evolving Architecture.”

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    Posted: September 10, 2018 |

    Fresh Faces in IBM i Development

    Last week I wrote the blog I had to write.  This week, I get to write the blog I’ve been wanting to write for most of the summer.

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    Posted: August 14, 2018 |

    Announcing the POWER9 980 for IBM i and 7.3 TR5

    Today, August 7, 2018, is announce day for Technology Refresh 5 (TR5) of IBM i 7.3 and TR9 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, 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: August 7, 2018 |

    IBM i in Healthcare: IBM’s WISH Application

    Another story I ran into while celebrating the IBM i 30th Anniversary this year comes to us, again, from Belgium. At first, when I heard about it, I thought it would make a great client story for the IBM i 30th site, but, well, it just doesn’t quite fit, so I’ll feature it here instead. 

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    Posted: July 9, 2018 |

    Innovative Solutions Drive the Next 30 Years of IBM i

    We’ve had almost three months of celebrating IBM i’s 30th anniversary, and while I’ve been busy with clients and user groups, I’ve been collecting several ideas for blogs. Today I’m going to talk about innovation, particularly in solutions developed for IBM i.

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    Posted: June 21, 2018 |

    Introducing the 2018 IBM i Fresh Faces Class

    Almost a year ago, I wrote about our first “class” of IBM i Fresh Faces—people who’ve joined the IBM i community in the past few years, typically just out of school. That first group of people have great stories to tell, and now they’re joined by another batch of young professionals who are bringing their enthusiasm and skills to our community.

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    Posted: June 6, 2018 |

    The Future of IBM i at COMMON POWERUp18

    COMMON’s POWERUp18 conference is just around the corner. A large contingent of the IBM i community is in our final preparations for the event.  I’m excited, and one of the best things about this particular annual conference is the focus it will have on the future: the future of IBM i as a platform, and the future of the professionals, like you, who are in the IBM i community.  

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    Posted: May 10, 2018 |

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