Steve Will

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  • Fresh Faces in IBM i Development
    August 14, 2018
  • Announcing the POWER9 980 for IBM i and 7.3 TR5
    August 7, 2018
  • IBM i in Healthcare: IBM’s WISH Application
    July 9, 2018
  • Innovative Solutions Drive the Next 30 Years of IBM i
    June 21, 2018
  • Introducing the 2018 IBM i Fresh Faces Class
    June 6, 2018
  • 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 9, 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 8, 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 5, 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 |

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