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New Power Systems Iron and Technology Refreshes for IBM i 7.3 and 7.2

Steve Pitcher

IBM leads this Technology Refresh with database improvements to improve customer business value.

Written by Steve Pitcher

Last week, I was fortunate to have a chat with Steve Will, Chief Architect of the IBM i operating system, and Scott Forstie, DB2 for i Business Architect, about what’s new on the software side of this announcement. I'll also take a look at the hardware side.

For more information on the new features, please go to the following pages to view additional details about the IBM i 7.3 Technology Refresh 2 and IBM i 7.2 Technology Refresh 6.

Steve Pitcher: Steve, why was this Technology Refresh announcement made so early in the year? To coincide with the new hardware being released?

Steve Will: It is exactly to coincide with that. Power Systems wanted to get the new machine out. In order to do that, we needed to provide support with a new Technology Refresh. If we put a TR out, we want to make sure we’re announcing all of the Spring functions at the same time.

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SQL 101: Tools of the Trade - Installing the IBM i Access Client Solutions

Rafael Victória-Pereira

Now that you know that there’s life beyond STRSQL, it’s time to get ready to the meet the new and improved Run SQL Scripts: the Access Client Solutions version. Let’s start by installing this new tool.

Written by Rafael Victória-Pereira

In case you didn’t know, Access Client Solutions (ACS) is the new, Java-based Client Access package. It brings several interesting tools, including the one I’ll be discussing next in this TechTip series: the new and improved Run SQL Scripts. However, before getting to that, let’s start with a little something that gets a lot of folks confused: the ACS installation process.

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What IBM i Execs Should Know, Part 2

Oooh. Executives. Sounds so very sophisticated, doesn’t it? Handsome guys in expensive suits who go to clubs like Laslo’s after work and meet up with slender, willowy brunettes for a martini. Very classy.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

OK, it’s time to talk a bit more about what IBM i managers and executives should know.


When we left off last time, we had identified two things that “i leaders” need to be familiar with: what makes the i special and what’s up with the Power architecture these days and why it’s a better choice than Intel for the long haul. But that’s not the end of the story. Come on, walk this way.

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What IBM i Execs Should Know, Part 1

In “What IBM i Execs Don’t Know,” my tone was a tad antagonistic. But now the air is warmer, spring is finally here, and I’m much, much better. So let’s approach things a bit more positively, shall we?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

I’ll willingly agree that the last column I wrote was just a bit on the negative side. In fact, I really expected to be taken to task for being too hard on poor IBM i IT management.


But, like most things, I was wrong…about being taken to task, that is. As it turned out, everyone who commented agreed with me, and nobody seemed to feel too sorry for IT management as a group.

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My Favorite IBM i 7.3 Enhancements for Developers

IBM has officially announced IBM i 7.3. Here are some additions that interest me.

brian mayWritten by Brian May

It is that time again. IBM has lifted the veil on the new version of the IBM i operating system. IBM i 7.3 is full of enhancements of all sizes. There is certainly a lot to read up on, and I have not been able to kick the tires on some of these enhancements yet. I plan to do just that in the near future.


In the meantime, I thought I would point out the enhancements that, in my opinion, are useful or interesting to me as a developer. These features may help you make the case to your management to start planning your upgrade.

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TechTip: i Illuminate 7.3 – Series Premier

Accompany an apprentice wizard on this tour of IBM i 7.3 and avoid being whomped by a willow or suffer from petrification.

Written by Scott Forstie

Recently, my wizarding powers were revealed, and I joined a small group of muggles who had special powers. While this may seem neither newsworthy nor consequential to you, the timing of this development couldn't be more fortunate. To develop my skills, I must follow the wizarding training protocol. If this sounds confusing, don't despair. After all, you're not a wizard, are you? I'm required to practice and demonstrate various spells and charms. I've visited Ollivander's and had a wand choose me, and I'm ready to commence my journey.

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What IBM i Execs Don't Know

I probably shouldn't do this piece, but I'm frustrated by many of the clients I've worked with over the last five years. Maybe they're not representative of the i community. But maybe they are.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

Maybe you're like me. In which case, I am sincerely sorry.


Or maybe you're normal but a little like me. Maybe you just think about things from weird directions sometimes. And for me, right now, the question I am wresting with is this: What are some i CIOs thinking? That is, did you ever wonder why so many decisions made by executive types seem so wrongat least as far as technology is concerned?

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TechTip: Drivers, Start Your Nginx!

Nginx (pronounced Engine-X) is a very popular web server, second only to Apache in the open-source world. Did you know it runs on IBM i?

aaron bartellWritten by Aaron Bartell

"Put on your big-boy pants!" is what they told me. "Dig deeper and figure stuff out for yourself!" they said. Based on the feedback I was getting from online forums, I realized I needed to step up my game in my first open-source ventures. Those were some tough days for my RPG programmer brain, but I stuck with it. Now I see the advantages of going through many mud puddles.

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