Built for business

IBM i is an integrated operating environment with a reputation for exceptional security and business resilience.

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IBM i 7.3 is here!

IBM i Chief Architect, Steve Will, discusses the latest enhancements and new capabilities.

IBM i offers

Become the IT legend

Run modern workloads on IBM i

Meet Norm: IT legend. He saved his company tons of money by upgrading their existing system with IBM i. Now, they can run new mobile and analytics applications, and deploy it in the cloud. Find out how you can run modern workloads on IBM i.

Client success stories

See what IBM i can do for you

IT leaders explain IBM i - an integrated, highly available and secure platform

Royal Arctic Line (PDF, 628KB) 

RAL enabled rapid insights into the status of shipments while boosting customer satisfaction

Friedhelm Loh Group (PDF, 661KB) 

Dramatically improved business agility by cutting down order time to just 20 minutes

Letsos Company (PDF, 229KB) 

Letsos cut RPG development time by 20 percent

Solutions

IBM i 7.3

A highly scalable and virus resistant architecture with a proven reputation for exceptional business resiliency. Running applications based on i has helped companies over many years to focus on innovation and delivering new value to their business, not just on managing their data center operations.

IBM i CBU with PowerHA

A packaged solution designed to improve and automate your High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) environment. Combines the strengths of IBM Power Systems, IBM i, PowerHA SystemMirror for i and the CBU for IBM i.

IBM i Solution Editions

Integrated solutions for midsize businesses through partnership with IBM industry-leading independent software vendors (ISVs), all backed by superior services and support.

Upgrades

Enhancements and upgrades for your IBM i operating system. Take advantage of new technology to increase system utilization and reduce costs. Find the latest release upgrades, options and publications available for IBM i.

What’s new

for Business

Why develop on IBM i?

Kody Robinson, Developer for Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, shares his experience developing on IBM i, and what makes IBM i and Power Systems technology different than other platforms.

for Business

How ASIST stays competitive with IBM i

IBM Champion Jeroen Van Lommel, Competence Center Coördinator Systems at ASIST, shares his insight on discovering your own modernization path with IBM i.

Events

IBM i experts

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Steve Will

You and i, IBM i Chief Architect

Steve Will

Chief Architect: IBM i Operating System

Steve is the Chief Architect for IBM i, a Power Systems operating system used by hundreds of thousands of enterprises world wide. He is a frequent speaker at client events, collects requirements from customer advisory groups, and works with professionals inside and outside IBM on future technology.


Steve's blog: You and i

This blog is used to discuss topics related to IBM i, including our strategy, benefits of the architecture, announcements, and news. It allows the large and passionate IBM i client community the ability to respond, have conversations about what we say, and make the blog really be about you and i.


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Dawn May

Dawn May

IBM i Client Programs Manager

Dawn May

IBM i Client Programs Manager

Dawn May

Dawn May has worked on IBM i and its predecessors during her entire career at IBM, where she spent many years as part of the IBM i development team. Currently, she is the program manager for the IBM i advisory councils, which include the Large User Group (LUG), the COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC), and the COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC). In this position she works with these client groups to organize and lead meetings and manage the requirements process. Dawn is also a frequent speaker on IBM i topics and the author of the "i Can" blog.


Dawn's blog - i Can

The "i Can" blog is to share the "hidden gems" within IBM i. The name "i Can" is to convey the fact that IBM i can do more than most realize. The updates to this blog will generally be information about the latest features in the most current releases.

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Mike Cain

Mike Cain

STSM, Consultant, DB2 for i, IBM Systems

Mike Cain

STSM, Consultant, DB2 for i, IBM Systems

Mike Cain

Mike Cain is an information management consultant within IBM Systems Lab based Services in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. Along with a team of highly skilled subject matter experts, Mike travels the world guiding, educating and supporting clients who want to get the most out of DB2 for IBM i. He specializes in SQL query performance and scalability, as well as very large database, business intelligence and analytics within the IBM i environment. Mike is a frequent speaker at technical conferences and user groups. He has spoken to and educated thousands of people on database concepts and information management at events across the United States, Europe and Asia.


Mike's blog: DB2 for i

This blog is used to provide insight and perspectives on data management using IBM i

Other ways to connect with Mike


Tim_Rowe

Tim Rowe

Business Architect Application Development & Systems Management for IBM i

Tim Rowe

Business Architect Application Development & Systems Management for IBM i

Tim_Rowe

Tim Rowe is the Business Architect for Application Development and System Management for IBM i. He has been working on various parts of the core operating system and the middle ware for IBM i for the better part of 25 years. He can often be found 'preaching' the modernization story with our IBM i community. In addition to his passion for moving forward and modernization he is a sound engineer when time allows.


Tim’s blog – MODERN-i-ZATION


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Alison Butterill

IBM i Offering Manager

Alison Butterill

IBM i Offering Manager

Alison_butterill

Alison Butterill is the Offering Manager for IBM i. She owns the responsibility for the IBM i business, including defining and guiding future directions and strategies. She works with the IBM i sales, marketing, and development teams as well as clients and partners to ensure that the IBM i operating system and associated products reflect their requirements. Alison has worked in the mid-range area for more than 30 years and has held a wide variety of positions at IBM, primarily with midrange servers and software. She speaks at a wide variety of events, including industry and technical conferences around the world.


Alison’s blog – iSight


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Scott Forstie

Scott Forstie

DB2 for i Business Architect

Scott Forstie

DB2 for i Business Architect

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Scott Forstie joined IBM in 1989 and is a Senior Technical Staff Member who has worked on the development of IBM operating systems his entire career.

As the DB2 for i Business Architect, Scott's is responsible for everything related to the database on IBM i. In addition to his development responsibilities, Scott is a frequently published author and speaker at industry events. Scott can be found on Twitter @Forstie_IBMi and via email at forstie@us.ibm.com.


Scott provides "tech tips" on all things related to the database on IBM i


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The integrated database and middleware design of i provides unique business value and differentiates it from component operating environments like UNIX® and Windows®. This unique value is derived from IBM preintegrating and pretesting the majority of the underlying middleware components required to run business applications.

for Business

The IBM i™ operating system has always been known for its innovative technology to run multiple applications in a single environment, virtualize storage with its single level storage, and to integrate security, DB2 for i, and other middleware. In addition, IBM i network install and virtual media support provide unbeatable hands off install and save capabilities. The combination of IBM i and IBM PowerVM™ deliver powerful virtualization technologies and together with IBM Power™ Systems offer an integrated solution for managing unpredictable growth.

for Business

The IBM i platform provides comprehensive solution capabilities for a highly secure system environment. Sophisticated technologies combine to minimize the potential risk posed by security threats, while better enabling you to rapidly adapt and respond to changing security policy requirements.

for Business

IBM i offers an integrated language environment that supports a broad range of open application options, with best-of-breed IBM Rational® development tools as well as a wide range of options from IBM tools partners. The integrated language environment for i enables companies to exploit existing application assets, while taking advantage of new business opportunities with a range of open technologies. A variety of technologies can be used to implement a Service-oriented Architecture (SOA), integrating traditional transaction processing language environments with today’s open source technologies.

for Business

At a very basic level, IBM i licensing is based on the hardware model, machine size (small, medium, and large), and processor groups. In general, one license or “entitlement” is required per processor core. Some IBM i models allow per user licenses to be used in addition to per processor licensing.

IBM i user entitlements

An IBM i user is a person who accesses the IBM i operating system through one or more connections. The user exchanges credentials (user identifications) either directly with the operating system, or indirectly through application or middleware software that is supported by the operating system. On system models that offer user entitlements, you must acquire entitlements for the maximum number of IBM i users who are authenticated on the system at the same time (concurrent IBM i users).

IBM i processor entitlements

In addition to licensing by the number of IBM i users, the operating system is also licensed by processor. Each IBM i model that offers user entitlements includes at least one IBM i processor entitlement. You might need to purchase additional processor entitlements to configure or run the operating system on additional processors.

for Business

System management

for Business

Platform management

Manage your platforms and environments in the event of a power outage, plan for seasonal computational needs or monitor key resources, and be as efficient as possible with your IS staff.

for Business

Performance management

Provides the capabilities for you to understand and manage the performance of your computing environment.

for Business

Storage management

Automates a majority of your storage management tasks with state of the art disk storage subsystems, self-managing and easy to use interfaces, and sophisticated software automation.

Software

Software comes in many flavors for IBM i operating systems, from the operating system itself, to middleware, to industry solutions. This site points you to the components of this broad category and describes the functions and features of various offerings.

Google Hangout: How companies are succeeding with IBM i

IBM i is best known for being a security-rich, cost-efficient platform for critical applications.

IBM i in the modern world

IBM i has developed a tried-and-true reputation to help companies avoid downtime and keep their businesses secure.