Steve Will

Steve Will

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  • IBM i—For Innovators, by Innovators
    May 9, 2019
  • Announcing IBM i 7.4 and Db2 Mirror for i
    April 23, 2019
  • Conferences, Community and More Ahead for IBM i in 2019
    March 20, 2019
  • IBM i and Java Support
    December 11, 2018
  • A Very Good Year for IBM i
    October 25, 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 |

    Celebrating IBM i at COMMON POWERUp18

    One of the biggest events for IBM i professionals every year is the annual conference put on by the COMMON organization.  This year, the event is named POWERUp18, and it’s being held in San Antonio, Texas May 20-23.

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    Posted: April 12, 2018 |

    IBM i 30th Anniversary Celebration Begins

    Here we go! As I hinted in my last post, it’s time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of IBM i – and that celebration starts today, officially.

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    Posted: April 2, 2018 |

    The IBM i 30th Anniversary is Here and We Need Your Photos

    Do you have some photos you’d be willing to share?

    OK, that sounds a little weird.  Let me give you some context.

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    Posted: February 20, 2018 |

    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, 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 5, 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 |

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