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Announcing IBM i 7.5 TR3 and 7.4 TR9

Steve Will

October 10, 2023

Believe it or not, fall is here, which means it’s time for another IBM i announcement. The team has once again spent the summer traveling around the world listening to user feedback from our community and IBM i Advisory Councils and have delivered several key enhancements to our platform and Licensed Program Products (LPPs) that […]

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What’s Up With Merlin? An Update From the CTO

Steve Will

September 21, 2023

In May 2022, along with the announcement of IBM i 7.5, we rolled out a new application development and modernization solution called IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration, or what we call Merlin for short. Merlin is an integrated set of tools that run in Red Hat OpenShift containers. The first set of tools […]

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Announcing IBM i 7.5 TR2 and 7.4 TR8

Steve Will

April 11, 2023

Spring has begun, and that means it’s time for yet another IBM i announcement. The team has been hard at work addressing many customer requests, and today, we are announcing Technology Refreshes together with other important updates from IBM. We have announcements for IBM i 7.5 TR2 and 7.4 TR8, as well as IBM Rational […]

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The Staying Power of IBM i: Ask ChatGPT, IBM i Users or IBM

Steve Will

February 15, 2023

As I mentioned in my last post, IBM i celebrates 35 years in 2023. That’s 35 years of providing an integrated platform which reliably runs businesses of all sizes—and doing it in a way that not only satisfies our customers, but it does it so well that a vast majority of our IBM i users […]

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IBM i 2023: Guided Tours, the 35th and More

Steve Will

January 18, 2023

Happy New Year, everyone! I’ve decided to start 2023 off right by telling you a bit about what’s coming in 2023, while also telling you a bit about some things we did last year that you might want to know about. Let’s get started. In 2021 and 2022, IBM started selling Power10-based servers—with IBM i […]

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Announcing IBM i 7.5 TR1, 7.4 TR7 and More

Steve Will

October 12, 2022

It’s time to announce technology refreshes again. On October 11, 2022, we announced IBM i 7.5 TR1 and 7.4 TR7. And, as always, in addition to those specific “technology refresh” delivery vehicles, there are updates for Db2, Navigator, RPG and more. But First: Power10 Scale-Out But before I get to the TRs, I owe it […]

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Announcing IBM i 7.5, 7.4 TR6, IBM i Merlin

Steve Will

May 3, 2022

It’s here! Announce day—May 3, 2022. We finally get to unveil the next major release of IBM i—7.5—as well as a new Technology Refresh (IBM i 7.4 TR6) and a brand new product we call “Merlin” internally.[1] This set of announcements is so big, all I can do is cover a few highlights. Future posts […]

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IBM i Next Gen Apps: The Modernization Approach

Steve Will

April 14, 2022

The first cornerstone of IBM i strategy is to provide solution developers with everything they need to be successful. The solution developers we serve include both Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and the programming teams who create software for specific customers—whether as employees of those customers, or as independent contractors and consultants. Of the thousands of […]

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Big Things Coming for IBM i in 2022

Steve Will

April 6, 2022

Well, well, well. Back again! It’s been about six months since I published a blog post, and about two years since I worked with the good people at TechChannel. I’m happy to bring the “You and i” blog back “home.” Of course, if I only post once every six months, it won’t mean much … […]

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Steve Will’s ‘You and i’ Blog Finds New Home on TechChannel

TechChannel

March 31, 2022

TechChannel is pleased to announce that Steve Will, chief architect for IBM i, will be sharing his insights in his popular “You and i” blog series on our website. In his first post in early April, you’ll learn about some exciting things coming up for IBM i.   Follow Will’s “You and i” blog series […]