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Posted on January 21, 2020

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2019 went by as fast as a blink of the eye (no pun intended), but what will 2020 bring for IBM i? First, 2019 was a good year for IBM i.  Solid sales performance of POWER hardware attributed to IBM i is always a good thing, so the numbers that were reported for IBM i and POWER Systems were very impressive and consistent.

Then in June, we had the release of IBM i 7.4 with all the new features and functions that a new release brings with it. Coupled with that was the initial rollout of DB2 Mirror for i, a continuous availability option to propel IBM i into that market. Remember, it doesn’t replace the need for replication and high availability, it works as another leg in your availability strategy. (more…)

Posted on December 19, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we wish to thank you for allowing iTech Solutions to be part of your team.  We hope that our IBM i newsletters, Webinars, Customer Slack Channel, and Podcasts have been educational and informative for you, and that you have learned from them.  We encourage and like to get feedback on what other things we can add to make them more helpful to our customers, and others who read them. Look for even more to come this year in 2020.

We have continued our growth this year adding additional employees to improve our services as well as the breadth of our IBM i offerings. We hope that you have a happy holiday season, with good health, happiness, and prosperity in the New Year.  All of us at iTech thank you for your business, and for the confidence you have placed with us over the years.  We look forward to working together in the coming year, and we will continue to strive to exceed your expectations. Whenever we don’t please reach out directly to me.
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Posted on November 20, 2019

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With Thanksgiving fast approaching and then Christmas right around the corner, the year seems to have flown by. Where did 2019 go?  We were on the go quite a lot this year installing new POWER9s, SANs, performing upgrades, and being at conferences.  Travel always seems to make the year go by quicker, and we had the opportunity to visit many customers this year.

It’s been another amazing year here at iTech Solutions! I certainly am lucky to work with some of the smartest and nicest people in the industry.  I always thought that IBM i was my superpower, but perhaps it is selecting great co-workers. I might be the face of iTech, but my staff is the foundation and cornerstone of the great service that we provide.

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Posted on October 25, 2019

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    • Where has the year gone? I can’t believe the summer is over, and it is November next week. Quite a few things have been going on, first I enjoyed being a speaker at IBM’s Technical University 2 weeks ago in Las Vegas, meeting and talking with so many IBM i professionals is always a highlight of any conference. I spoke on 5 different IBM i System Administration topics, from OS upgrades, performance, HMC, backup/recovery, and IBM i virtualization partitions.

    • Secondly, IBM i 7.3 Technology Refresh 6 (TR6) and IBM i 7.4 Technology Refresh 1 (TR1) were announced the same week as TechU and will be available on November 16, 2019. This refresh includes many enhancements to improve further the reliability, availability and security of your IBM i environment. Some of the major enhancements are focused on DB2 Mirror for IBM i, modernization, increased security, and support for new hardware. Laurie has some more details in an article in this month’s newsletter.

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Posted on September 24, 2019

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Posted on August 26, 2019

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Summer seems to have gone so fast as Labor Day weekend approaches.  Where did it go?  How come winter doesn’t seem to go as fast as summer?  I hope you were able to take some vacation, recharge your batteries, relax with family and friends, or visit some great locations. My summer was busy but I also had a chance to enjoy it.

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Posted on July 30, 2019

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I am writing this as I sit in my hotel room in northern California, my 2nd of 3 trips to California over the course of 4 weeks. The team and I have been flying around the country installing new POWER9 systems.

Alaska, California, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Maine, and Virginia.  That is a lot of flying, a lot of trips, and a lot of CPWs getting installed.  So, I can report that we had a great second quarter, and with all the traveling for installing POWER9 machines, you can see why.
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Posted on June 27, 2019

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Well, June has been another action-packed month. Where did it go?  It seemed like it flew by, but we have been so busy on so many fronts, I can see why.  Certainly, June 21st was a big day in the IBM i world. First, it was the day that IBM i 7.4 became available to the general public.  Then, of course, we all know that June 21 was the 31st birthday of the AS/400. IBM i 7.4 has been full of new features and functions and having played with it now for over 3 months, I can tell you it has also been rock solid. 

We did a webinar on June 5th, How to successfully upgrade to IBM i 7.4, which was packed to the maximum that our webinar could hold. 

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Posted on May 30, 2019

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Posted on April 30, 2019

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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.

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Posted on April 2, 2019

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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 of experience, and we are able to use that knowledge to make sure the projects we are doing for you go smoothly and correctly. 

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Posted on February 20, 2019

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As time marches on, sometimes you look back and think “Wow, that didn’t seem that long ago”. Well, that is my thought about Power6 and Power7 servers which are going End of Life this year. Yeah, the POWER6 has been out quite a long time, and when you look at the specifications compared to a POWER9, it is a slow old machine. POWER6 machines will go end of Life on March 31, 2019, followed by the POWER7 (not POWER7 Plus) servers end of September. What does this mean for you? More expensive maintenance, a slower machine than what is currently on the market, and unsupported hardware. POWER6 can’t run the current version of IBM i, nor will POWER7 be able to run the next release of IBM i (yet to be named) that is due out this year (IBM has issued a Statement of Direction, that iNext won’t run on POWER7 hardware).

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Posted on January 30, 2019

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2018 went by very quickly, but what will 2019 bring for IBM i? I think that 2019 is going to be one of the best years ever for the IBM i community. (Read more about my predictions here.)

That’s certainly a bold statement, but I have seen the future on trips to Rochester, and I can tell you the development team has been working their butts off on bringing out the next release of IBM i. From the charts that IBM publishes, we can see that the next release is due out this year, and it has some very cool features. It’s more impressive than anything I have ever seen released by IBM for IBM i. The release is currently called iNext, but will get a real name once IBM comes out with the details of the release. Stay tuned, we will keep you informed of information as soon as we can. (more…)

Posted on December 24, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we wish to thank you for allowing iTech Solutions to be part of your team.  We hope that our IBM i newsletters have been educational and informative for you, and that you have learned from them.  We encourage and like to get feed-back on what other things we can add to make them more helpful to our customers, and others who read them.

We have continued our growth this year adding additional employees to improve our services as well as the breadth of our IBM i offerings. We hope that you have a happy holiday season, with good health, happiness, and prosperity in the New Year.  All of us at iTech thank you for your business, and for the confidence you have placed with us over the years.  We look forward to working together in the coming year, and we will continue to strive to exceed your expectations. Whenever we don’t please reach out directly to me. (more…)

Posted on December 4, 2018

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Thanksgiving has passed, and now Christmas is right around the corner. The year seems to have flown by. Where did 2018 go?

It’s been another amazing year here at iTech Solutions! We increased our IBM i services and offerings, added significant staff, many new customers, and are continuing to assist our existing customers. We are actually on track to perform over 400 IBM i OS upgrades this year. There is so much to be thankful for, especially the opportunity to work with you. We won’t let you down. If there is anything that we do that doesn’t exceed your expectations, please contact me directly. I hope with the holidays approaching, you are able to spend it with your family and friends, and that you have much to be thankful for as well. (more…)

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