Steve Will is the Chief Architect for the IBM i operating system. Steve has worked on IBM i and its predecessors since before the creation of the AS/400, and is currently responsible for setting the strategy of the IBM i operating system, as well as deciding which enhancements will be implemented. He is an award-winning speaker, author of one of the most popular IBM i blogs ("You and i" - http://ibmsystemsmag.com/Blogs/You-and-i/), and is one of the most sought-after voices at customer briefings and events.
We all know how reliable, securable, and efficient IBM i is. The problem is, we have trouble telling people about how great our platform is, because of misconceptions they have. So, how do we make it “sexy” enough to get the attention of the people who make decisions about the future of IBM i in our workplaces. In this session, Steve Will, Chief Architect for IBM i, will discuss
the current direction of IBM i, and will tell you about messages which he has used to “turn the heads” of executives and technologists alike; messages which make it clear that, for today’s IT environment, IBM i is, indeed, sexy.
The last few IBM i releases have changed the game, and it's been the IBM i strategy which has guided those changes. Come to this session to hear about the strategy behind the investments IBM is making in IBM i, and how the biggest, most important features from 7.3, 7.2 and the Technology Refreshes help your business while demonstrating IBM's strategic commitment to IBM i.
The IBM i operating system is not Unix; it’s not Windows; and it’s certainly not Linux. This session describes the architecture of the operating system which had its origins in the System/38’s Control Program Facility, but which has evolved as it has been the basis of the AS/400 and its descendents. If you’ve started using the platform in the past decade or so, this session will teach you why things are “different” on IBM i. If you’ve been on the platform since “the beginning” it will provide a refresher, as well as teaching you about the key differentiators of today’s IBM i.