Steve Will

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
  • 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 |

    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 |

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