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Executive Perspective Generating Demand Infrastructure Worldwide

IBM i 7.4: A strong foundation for continuous innovation

As I drove up to the IBM Rochester site last week, it occurred to me that almost 24 years ago I was walking out of this building as a new IBM employee. My new status followed my internships testing microcode for V2R3 and V3R1 and the FSIOP.

A lot has changed in IBM and across the industry over the years. But at the core, IBM Rochester has stayed true to helping clients build on their IT foundations in pursuit of continuous innovation.

On April 23, the latest IBM i 7.4 was released out of the Rochester offices. It delivers innovation across the board. That’s the reason we named it IBM i: a platform for innovators, by innovators!

There are many innovative capabilities that make IBM i 7.4 the release that the big IBM i community has been waiting for. Here are some of these innovations:

    • Availability – Taking RPO times to near zero downtime
    • Security – Expanding new protocol support and object-based control
    • Cloud – Adding enhancements to integrate IBM i workloads into emerging hybrid multicloud architectures
    • Solution – Enabling enhancements for RPG/COBOL and five new open source environments

     
    Once again, this is innovation! I can’t wait to see what our clients and Business Partners will do with IBM i 7.4 to continue to change the world. We already have several success stories from our IBM i customers and we can develop even more with IBM i 7.4. Thanks to all of our Business Partners for delivering value and helping clients transform and innovate.

    I would like to congratulate the entire IBM i development team for delivering another outstanding release. I would also like to extend a big thanks to all IBM Business Partners who have trusted in this platform and with whom we have been working together for the success of our mutual clients. I am very proud of IBM Rochester, IBM Business Partners and, as always, I’m proud to be an IBMer.

    Good luck and happy selling.

    Todd G. Grube
    Vice President
    World Wide Partner Ecosystem – Cognitive Systems

Todd G. Grube is Vice President of the IBM Partner Ecosystems for Cognitive Systems unit. Todd is responsible for the sales strategy to grow the IBM Partner Ecosystem business for Cognitive Systems solutions at IBM.

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