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Steve Will

Steve Will

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  • You and i is still going, check our new website for the most recent posts.
    August 19, 2019
  • IBM i—For Innovators, by Innovators
    May 9, 2019
  • Announcing IBM i 7.4 and Db2 Mirror for i
    April 23, 2019
  • Conferences, Community and More Ahead for IBM i in 2019
    March 20, 2019
  • IBM i and Java Support
    December 11, 2018
  • IBM i in Healthcare: IBM’s WISH Application

    Another story I ran into while celebrating the IBM i 30th Anniversary this year comes to us, again, from Belgium. At first, when I heard about it, I thought it would make a great client story for the IBM i 30th site, but, well, it just doesn’t quite fit, so I’ll feature it here instead. 

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    Posted: July 9, 2018 |

    Innovative Solutions Drive the Next 30 Years of IBM i

    We’ve had almost three months of celebrating IBM i’s 30th anniversary, and while I’ve been busy with clients and user groups, I’ve been collecting several ideas for blogs. Today I’m going to talk about innovation, particularly in solutions developed for IBM i.

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    Posted: June 21, 2018 |

    Introducing the 2018 IBM i Fresh Faces Class

    Almost a year ago, I wrote about our first “class” of IBM i Fresh Faces—people who’ve joined the IBM i community in the past few years, typically just out of school. That first group of people have great stories to tell, and now they’re joined by another batch of young professionals who are bringing their enthusiasm and skills to our community.

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    Posted: June 6, 2018 |

    The Future of IBM i at COMMON POWERUp18

    COMMON’s POWERUp18 conference is just around the corner. A large contingent of the IBM i community is in our final preparations for the event.  I’m excited, and one of the best things about this particular annual conference is the focus it will have on the future: the future of IBM i as a platform, and the future of the professionals, like you, who are in the IBM i community.  

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    Posted: May 10, 2018 |

    Celebrating IBM i at COMMON POWERUp18

    One of the biggest events for IBM i professionals every year is the annual conference put on by the COMMON organization.  This year, the event is named POWERUp18, and it’s being held in San Antonio, Texas May 20-23.

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    Posted: April 12, 2018 |

    IBM i 30th Anniversary Celebration Begins

    Here we go! As I hinted in my last post, it’s time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of IBM i – and that celebration starts today, officially.

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    Posted: April 2, 2018 |

    The IBM i 30th Anniversary is Here and We Need Your Photos

    Do you have some photos you’d be willing to share?

    OK, that sounds a little weird.  Let me give you some context.

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    Posted: February 20, 2018 |

    POWER9 for IBM i and the Announcement of 7.3 TR 4

    Today, February 13, 2018, is announce day for the Technology Refresh 4 (TR4) of IBM i 7.3 and TR8 of IBM i 7.2. In line with our IBM i communication strategy, this blog will cover highlights of the announcement, and further information will be found starting today on the IBM i site on, the Power Systems site, in Knowledge Center, and on developerWorks. We’ll have more information in blogs and articles to be rolled out over the next few weeks. So, lets’ get started!

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    Posted: February 13, 2018 |

    Four User Questions, and Expert Answers That Prove RPG is Strategic

    In my last blog post, I talked with a couple of experts about teaching RPG to IBM i developers. Almost immediately, a couple of discussions started in the comments section of the blog, on LinkedIn among readers and in email exchanges.

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    Posted: February 5, 2018 |

    Teaching RPG to IBM i Developers

    One of the keys to our IBM i strategy has been to transform RPG into a modern programming language that can be learned easily by non-RPG developers. From survey results to case studies and interactions with developers at user groups and conferences, I think it’s pretty clear we’re making good on that strategy.

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    Posted: January 11, 2018 |

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