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Posted on April 30, 2019

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. Last Tuesday morning I wrote in a tweet “It’s a good day to be an IBM i customer”. Someone replied, “Isn’t every day a great day to be an IBM i customer?”  I can’t argue with that. But last Tuesday was IBM announcement day, and who  doesn’t love announcements? Especially new releases of IBM i. Three years is certainly a long time coming, but I think the wait was well worth it, especially when you hear what IBM i 7.4 contained. Internally,

Posted on April 29, 2019

Someone asked me what my favorite item was on IBM i 7.4, and I thought, “Well, that is a tough one”.  I thought instead of picking one, I would start a series over the next few months covering my favorite tricks and tips with IBM i 7.4.   This was one request that I had put in as a Request For Enhancement (RFE), so I thought this would be a good one to start our series. Have you ever needed to do a full system save, and after the save

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Posted on April 25, 2019

Quick Crucial Tips for IBM i Operators and Administrators This overflowing session is designed to help ensure every IBM i administrator and operator has at least a backpack full of valuable tips for when they return home. From command line to shell to IBM Navigator for i, Steve will sprint through these tips at a pace of at least two tips per minute, for at least 150 tips! This session is updated every quarter with new and relevant information so that you don’t miss good foundational tips but are keeping up with

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Last Tuesday morning I wrote in a tweet “It’s a good day to be an IBM i customer”. Someone replied, “Isn’t every day a great day to be an IBM i customer?”  I can’t argue with that. But last Tuesday was IBM announcement day, and who  doesn’t love announcements? Especially new releases of IBM i. Three years is certainly a long time coming, but I think the wait was well worth it, especially when you hear what IBM i 7.4 contained. Internally, we have been calling this iNext for the

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People are always asking me how often they should be performing PTF maintenance, and when is the right time to upgrade their operating system. I updated this article from last month with the current levels of PTFs. Let’s look at PTFs. First, PTFs are Program Temporary Fixes that are created by IBM to fix a problem that has occurred or to possibly prevent a problem from occurring. In addition, sometimes PTFs add new functionality, security, or improve performance. Therefore, I am always dumbfounded as to why customers do not perform

Posted on April 23, 2019

Topics include: Upcoming end of life date review. What happens to my current IBM hardware maintenance contract after P6 & P7 service discontinuation date? What does IBM’s extended hardware support provide & is there anything I should be concerned about with it? Optional paths forward with some real world examples. [WATCH NOW]  

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After the dust settles after a security breach, the next logical questions are: “What happened and how can we prevent it from happening again?” We will deconstruct a number of security failures that will provide lessons that you can take home and put to use immediately. [WATCH NOW]  

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Join IBM Champions Pete Massiello and Richie Palma as they answer common questions regarding POWER9. This is part two of a two-part series. [WATCH NOW] Missed part one? View it here.   

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Join IBM Champions Pete Massiello and Richie Palma for a virtual POWER9 Q&A Session. Topics include:How does the POWER9 compare to previous models?What is the outlook for POWER9 in 2019?The benefits of migrating to POWER9, and what it entails [WATCH NOW]

What You Need to Know About IBM i 7.4
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If you remember in a statement about my predictions for 2019, I said that the next release of IBM i would contain some of the biggest enhancements ever put out by IBM for OS/400 or IBM i.  Well, it is now announced and being unwrapped today, and IBM i 7.4 (formally known as iNext) comes out with Db2 Mirror for IBM i, Synchronous Replication for Continuous Availability as the biggest enhancement.  This is a very very cool technology, not just cool, even better than very cool, this is crazy cool

BM Offers Hardware Support Extension
Posted on April 17, 2019

POWER6 machines reached end of support on 3/31/2019, with the end of support for many POWER7 models following in September.  Many companies are still running these models, and they are looking for options.  In the past, IBM has not offered extended hardware support, but things have changed, and there is a new option available for those of you who won’t be able to move off old hardware before the end of support dates. IBM is offering Hardware Support Extension, which will allow you to purchase extended hardware maintenance for those

Why do I need to upgrade my IBM i?
Posted on April 3, 2019

“My system is working fine. Why do I need to upgrade the OS?” I get asked this all the time. Well, there are certainly a few reasons, and without getting too technical let’s explore a few of them.  1. Why risk it? Why would you risk putting your company at risk of running on an operating system that isn’t supported by IBM any longer?  If you are on an older unsupported release, and if something breaks you won’t be able to get a fix for this unless one has already

Posted on April 2, 2019

One of the best parts of my job is visiting and helping customers.  Recently, one of the salespeople brought me on a sales call to a new prospects office.  The prospect was basically interviewing us. I will summarize our meeting with just a few of his questions.    He asked what separates us apart from other IBM Business Partners, since we all sell the same IBM hardware.  Without hesitation, I answered our IBM i knowledge, experience, and know how when it comes to your system.  Our team of experienced technical engineers has a wealth

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