Steve Will

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  • Innovative Solutions Drive the Next 30 Years of IBM i
  • Introducing the 2018 IBM i Fresh Faces Class
  • The Future of IBM i at COMMON POWERUp18
  • Celebrating IBM i at COMMON POWERUp18
  • IBM i 30th Anniversary Celebration Begins
  • Announcing IBM i 7.3 TR2 & 7.2 TR6

    This might come as a bit of a surprise, but it’s announce day again.  I know, I know–it doesn’t seem all that long ago that we announced IBM i 7.3 Technology Refresh 1. And it wasn’t!  But this year’s “spring” announcement of IBM i 7.3 TR2 (and the accompanying 7.2 TR6) comes a little earlier than spring.  (Maybe we’re all just hoping for a short winter!)  Whatever the reason, it’s time again for me to give you an overview of the announcement.

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    Posted: February 14, 2017 |

    IBM i Open Source Directions

    Late last year, I asked my followers on Twitter and Facebook what topics I should address early in 2017. I heard several ideas, but the one I heard most is today’s topic: Open Source on IBM i. In fact, when I started the year with a different topic, one of the comments my blog received was another request for the open source topic.

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    Posted: January 30, 2017 |

    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 |

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