February 2021 Newsletter

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Everyone at iTech Solutions seems to be firing on all cylinders right now, and I am extremely proud of them and to be part of the team. Sure, it is different and at times a little more difficult than it was 2 years ago, but we are continuing to lead the IBM i community not just with words, but by our actions and results. It’s almost a year since we first learned of COVID, and our lives were all turned upside down overnight. I hope you and your families are safe and sound. We have continued to work hard for our customers, and they in turn have rewarded us with their business.  We cherish those relationships and will work hard to continue to exceed expectations.

We had our second customer day event on February 10th. The theme of the meeting was IBM i 2021 and beyond, and we were delighted to have Alison Butterill presenting IBM i in 2021 and Beyond, and I presented A Quick Review of 2020 and Looking Ahead to 2021. Afterward, we had some time for Questions and Answers with Alison and myself.  We hope everyone enjoyed the presentations and the lunch that we sent to them via DoorDash or GrubHub. A special thank you to Alison for her insights, education, and sharing of knowledge.  I have spoken to quite a few of our customers after the event, and they were all extremely pleased with the presentations and how it helped them determine their IBM i directions going into the future. We will have another customer event in the summer, and look forward to sharing new and additional insights with everyone.

iBasics: IBM i Education for the Beginner System Administrator

I want to make sure you take advantage of our IBM i Admin Basics, referred to as iBasics.  It started on November 18th, but you can catch any sessions you missed On-Demand. It is a 14-week series. These weekly sessions will cover the basics of IBM i, helping new people be able to learn about IBM i System Admin. If you have someone in your company who would benefit from these, you can view sessions and register here. These will take place at 11 AM EST on Wednesdays each week, except for Holiday weeks. So the actual sessions will take about 20 weeks to cover the 14 weekly topics.

We’ve heard a lot of comments and feedback from some of our seasoned IBM i attendees, including: “I didn’t know that there was a way to do that”, “Well, that was a lot simpler than I was doing it”, and my favorite, “I had no idea, you could even do that with IBM i”.  So, it seems even though the title has iBasics in it, there is education for everyone.

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Our iAdmin two-day virtual conference will be April 20th and April 21st. It’s now open for pre-registration. We have not announced our sessions yet, but I can promise there is a lot of great IBM i education packed within those two days, and at no cost to you. If you’re in the United States, we’ll even mail you an iAdmin at-home kit to follow along throughout the day.

If you would like to register, you can do so here.

Between iBasics, Sips and Tricks, Virtual Hangouts, and the iAdmin two-day event, we have a lot of information to share with the community. Remember, last year we did 81 events and 114 sessions.

I don’t know another Business Partner who even comes close to that.  I had someone ask “Why?”  It’s simple: We love what we do, we are good at what we do, and we enjoy sharing our knowledge with the entire IBM i community. We plan on continuing to be there for you this year and beyond, eventually in-person, but virtually until then. Is your business partner just sitting there eating donuts? Because I used to say he/she would come by with donuts every three years, but most people aren’t doing in-person meetings right now.  So, what exactly are they doing for you?  Come to the iTech side, just make the switch. It’s as easy as making a call or sending an email.

End of Support for POWER7 and IBM i 7.2

People keep asking me what is going out of support and when. Let’s just summarize this. All POWER7 (B&C models) and POWER7+ (D models) machines are already no longer supported.  Then there is IBM i 7.2, which goes out of support on April 30, 2021.  It’s time to upgrade. We can get you into a new POWER9 with twice the performance than what you are paying for a few years of maintenance, which is a no-brainer.  For less than the cost of one year of Extended Support for 7.2, we can do an OS Upgrade to either 7.3 or 7.4. Why are you waiting?

Here’s a video we created talking about the importance of moving off of IBM i 7.2:

IBM i OS Upgrade Resource Page

We’ve also created an entire IBM i OS Upgrade Resource Page equipped with eBooks, blogs, podcast episodes, and videos to help with your IBM i OS Upgrade journey, no matter where you are in the process. Check out the page here.

VERIFi by iTech Solutions featured in IT Jungle

Alex Woodie of IT Jungle recently spoke with iTech’s Steve Pitcher about our VERIFi solution that gives you a full picture view of your IBM i, including disk usage, the date of the last SAVESYS, the total number of jobs, and the maximum number of jobs. Reports are delivered to you weekly.

There is also VERIFi Security Advisor, focusing on system settings related to encryption, the audit journal, system values, user profiles, private authority on libraries, authorization lists, and group authorities.

VERIFi Weekly Status Reporting is sent via PDF once a week for $295 per year.  VERIFi Security Advisor is sent every other week for $1,200 per year. At $1,450 per year for both services, VERIFi+ combines all aspects of VERIFi Weekly Status Reporting and VERIFi Security Advisor.

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Here are our upcoming webinars: 

View our full PDF March Calendar Here

Stay safe, wash your hands, wear that annoying mask, and take care of one another.  I look forward to seeing everyone when this is all over at the many conferences we will be attending.

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