Steve Will

Steve Will




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  • Innovative Solutions Drive the Next 30 Years of IBM i
    06/21/2018
  • Introducing the 2018 IBM i Fresh Faces Class
    06/06/2018
  • The Future of IBM i at COMMON POWERUp18
    05/10/2018
  • Celebrating IBM i at COMMON POWERUp18
    04/12/2018
  • IBM i 30th Anniversary Celebration Begins
    04/02/2018
  • 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 |

    Promoting IBM i—Triggering Events

    If you are involved in the infrastructure of your company, or you are on the application development team in your company, you have specific skills related to the platforms you use. Those skills are your “bread and butter”—they put food on your table. And yet, at some point in your career, the leaders in your company are going to evaluate whether they want to move away from those platforms.

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    Posted: June 13, 2017 |

    IBM i Strategy: The Cooperative Game

    For the past couple of years I’ve had the opportunity to talk about strategy many times. Now, this makes sense, since setting the strategy for IBM i is a big part of my job. But I’ve been able to talk about strategy more generally, and in particular, I’ve explained how my interest in strategy games has influenced the way I approach the IBM i strategy. So, today, I’m going to talk about one of the most important aspects of that influence: the Cooperative Strategy game.

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    Posted: May 30, 2017 |

    IBM i Thoughts: COMMON Conference

    The COMMON Annual Conference this year was a great experience. I’ve been trying to summarize for people why this particular event was even better than the usual excellent conferences we have when IBM i folks get together. I keep coming up with more and more reasons.  For example, the IBM team was finally recognized as the Wizards they are.

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    Posted: May 20, 2017 |

    IBM i & RFE: Improving Future Business Value

    For many years, IBM has used several methods to get customer input on the direction of the platform that has grown into today’s IBM i. The COMMON organizations in North America and Europe have been instrumental over the past two decades in providing processes for their members to submit requirements for new function to IBM, and those two organizations use their Advisory Councils (CAAC and CEAC) to advocate for the requirements that come from their members. Similarly, the Large Users Group submits requirements to IBM related to IBM i.  These requirement sources, and the groups that help us work with them, have been invaluable as we’ve jointly worked to ensure that IBM i satisfies the needs of our users.

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    Posted: March 09, 2017 |

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