Steve Will

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  • Promoting IBM i – Fresh Faces!
    07/11/2017
  • Promoting IBM i—Buzzwords & Hot Buttons
    06/19/2017
  • Promoting IBM i—Triggering Events
    06/13/2017
  • IBM i Strategy: The Cooperative Game
    05/30/2017
  • IBM i Thoughts: COMMON Conference
    05/20/2017
  • RPG and IBM i Programming Languages

    One of the most frequent questions I get when I discuss the future of IBM i is a very open-ended question about IBM’s commitment to RPG. This is natural, I suppose, because when many people think of our platform, they think of RPG, which has historically been the most commonly used programming language on IBM i and its predecessors.

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    Posted: August 24, 2015 |

    Sometimes Silence Is a Good Sign

    Well, hello, readers! My friendly neighborhood editor reminded me that I have not published something in this blog for, oh, 30 or 40 years, and perhaps it was time to write something about IBM i.

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    Posted: June 15, 2015 |

    IBM i 7.2 TR2 & 7.1 TR10 Announced

    This week is already more than busy, with the COMMON Annual Conference happening here in Anaheim, but we’re adding more to the mix with an announcement of new IBM i 7.2 Technology Refresh 2 and IBM i 7.1 TR 10. Today’s blog gives the highlights of the announcement.

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    Posted: April 27, 2015 |

    The IBM i Future: Hints from DB2

    In a previous post about the future of IBM i, I shared some of the primary messages we give to customers who ask us things like, “Show me a roadmap for IBM i for the next five years” and “Is IBM going to support IBM i in the future?” Typically, these questions get asked by CxO types in companies—CTOs, CIOs and CEOs who don’t have much experience with IBM i and its predecessors, or who have been depending on the platform for a long time, but who have had no reason to pay close attention to the blogs, whitepapers and conference sessions we’ve been creating for the customer base. The messages from that post are often enough to calm the anxiety of CxOs, particularly if we get to deliver them in person.

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    Posted: April 13, 2015 |

    Conferences and IBM i: Go, Learn, Do

    It’s Spring, so that means there are many imminent opportunities for IBM i users to do one of the best things they can do for their future, their pleasure and their current job: attend a conference!

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    Posted: April 06, 2015 |

    The IBM i Future – 2015 version

    I mentioned in my previous post that I would be revisiting some topics that bear repeating, and today’s certainly does. It’s about the future of IBM i.

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    Posted: March 30, 2015 |

    Repeating the IBM i Message

    OK, so it’s been a while since I wrote a blog. There are several related causes for this. Today’s blog will attempt to tie those causes together, and in the end, will explain where this blog will be headed for the next several entries – at least!

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    Posted: March 24, 2015 |

    Talking to IBM i Clients in 2014

    One of the core pieces of the IBM i strategy is communicating with our community. Historically, our platform has been quite intentional in working with user groups, in supporting major conferences, and in sending IBM i experts to local sessions around the world. In the past several years, we’ve “doubled down” on this part of our strategy, particularly where participation from our development team is concerned.

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    Posted: February 17, 2015 |

    IBM i Links You Need

    There is a vast amount of information out there on IBM i and yet, as I travel the world talking to IBM i clients, I continue to encounter hundreds – perhaps thousands – who don’t the starting points which help you find that information. 

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    Posted: December 11, 2014 |

    Software Transfer for the IBM i Operating System and Related Programs

    Can IBM i and related Licensed Programs Products (LPPs) transfer from machine to machine within an enterprise? Can the programs transfer outside the enterprise?

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    Posted: November 24, 2014 |

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