June 2022 Newsletter

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As we approach the end of June, I just wanted to thank all of our customers for another great record-setting first half here at iTech Solutions. We thank you for allowing us into your environment, we know you had a choice and we are so happy you have chosen us. We take pride in our work, we love helping our customers, and we value the relationships we have with you

From all of us at iTech, thank you.  Of course, we couldn’t have done any of this without the amazing employees here at iTech that I am so lucky to work with each and every day.  It is our people that make us the company that we are, and I thank each and every one for their hard work.

Happy Birthday IBM i (AS/400, and Series).

Last week was 34 years strong, and still going. The customers who made the decision to get on board this train have been very lucky through the years.  I think the other benefit for the whole community, is that the roadmap gets updated, and we will still have at least 2 more releases of IBM i still to come out after the one this year. That pushes IBM i support probably out to around 2035ish by simple math applied to the current schedule. Just tell me one other operating system that you know of with a lifeline that long? I just don’t understand how people can call this legacy, or that IBM i is going away.  Make sure you stay current so that you can take advantage of all the new features.  While IBM hasn’t yet made an announcement on IBM i 7.3, I can see the hand writing starting to appear on the wall, I think if you are on 7.3 its time to start to think about upgrading to 7.4 or 7.5.  If you are on a release less than 7.3, you need to start thinking about upgrades to a supported release yesterday.

There is still more to come in 2022, as IBM has stated that the low-end Power10 machines will ship this year as well.  Let me tell you, there is nothing low-end about these next machines.  Be prepared to be impressed when IBM unleashes the wraps this year as promised. We can’t wait to help you leverage your investment in Power10.

There are many benefits to keeping your OS and hardware current, and later next month (7/12/22) I will be presenting a free webinar “The Value of Staying Current”. Make sure to register for this event. It may also be a good idea to share this webinar with your coworkers and managers and get everyone on the same page within your organization on why keeping your IBM i current is critical to your business’s bottom line.  You can register here: https://info.itechsol.com/webinar-the-value-of-staying-current

2022 Baseball Games

It was great seeing everyone out at our baseball games the last few weeks. The games are always so much fun and a nice way to meet both customers and non-customers. We visited the Schaumburg Boomers on June 7th, Grand Rapid WhiteCaps on June 8th, Worcester Woo Sox on June 21st and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on June 22nd  We had great weather for 3 out of our 4 games.  For anyone in the West Michigan area, we did have to reschedule the game due to rain which will now be Wednesday, July 27th, so you can sign up for tickets here.

Schaumburg Boomers on June 7th
New Hampshire Fisher Cats on June 22nd
Worcester Woo Sox on June 21st

Here are our upcoming events:

View our full PDF July Calendar Here

iTech July Calendar

To those who have been consuming our newsletters, blogs, podcasts, webinars, and seminars look for more to come in 2022. I know Heather and Vanessa are already working on planning our Fall iAdmin. I cannot announce those dates yet, but make sure to check our upcoming newsletters and websites for more information.

Switch to iTech Solutions

 

I have to ask you, if iTech Solutions isn’t your Business Partner, what is your partner doing to help you take advantage of your IBM i? Perhaps it’s time to come into the light, see what we have been doing to help other customers. Switching to iTech is as simple as a phone call or email, so why not make the switch?

Stay safe, enjoy your summer and I look forward to seeing you at future events.

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