Steve Will

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  • The IBM i 30th Anniversary is Here and We Need Your Photos
  • POWER9 for IBM i and the Announcement of 7.3 TR 4
  • Four User Questions, and Expert Answers That Prove RPG is Strategic
  • Teaching RPG to IBM i Developers
  • Deep Thinking in IBM Rochester With Watson Analytics
  • 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 |

    PowerHA and Zero-Downtime Backups on IBM i

    I recently decided to solicit some ideas for blog topics from the community. I tweeted my invitation for comments and received several replies–some via Twitter and even more via Facebook (which posts my tweets as status updates).

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    Posted: February 09, 2016 |

    Follow up on IBM i Strategy Comments

    One of the best things about the world of blogging is that the readers of a blog have a chance to comment on the subject. In the past year, several posts have generated significant comments, and even discussions between commenters. This was the case for my previous post, where I discussed part of my approach to IBM i strategy—the need to focus on more than one aspect of the user base with our strategic decisions.  Several readers took time to write thoughtful responses. I read each of them, several times. I truly appreciate the effort and time it took to write those comments. And after reading them, I decided a follow-up to my previous post would help continue the discussion.

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    Posted: December 08, 2015 |

    IBM i Strategy: One or All

    Do you think about Strategy, as a concept, activity or discipline?  How about the IBM i strategy? 

    I do.  I decided to write about it today.  I hope you find it informative.  I'll be (relatively) brief, and I promise, I'll tie it to IBM i.  Let's get started.

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    Posted: November 16, 2015 |

    IBM i 7.2 TR3 – PurePower, BRMS Tiers, RPG

    Today, October 5, 2015, IBM announces the Technology Refresh 3 for the IBM i 7.2 release, as well as TR 11 for 7.1. By this time, you will have gotten used to the strategy IBM adopted with the introduction of the 7.1 release in 2010: twice a year, in the spring and fall, we announce new support for the IBM i operating system, as well as many of its related products. Over the years, we have added cloud capabilities, big enhancements to languages, support for new Power Systems and I/O, and of course new DB2 capabilities.

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    Posted: October 05, 2015 |

    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 |

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