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IBM Announces 7.4 for IBMi! IBMi 7.4 almost here!

April 24th, 2019

After waiting three years, IBM has announced the new release for IBMi 7.4, on April 23.  Features include security, application development enhancements, and additional functionality for accessing the IBMi itself.

IBM believes the strongest and most awaited enhancement in IBMi 7.4 is Db2 Mirror for i.  Long known for reliability, IBMi has added a “continuous availability” feature for those in the community that cannot rely on traditional availability models.  This model leverages two i instances likely across two Power Systems using a super high speed connection, RoCE.  Applications can access both systems interchangeably if configured as such.  Seamless integration is the result by updating both data sets simultaneously.

We found the general overview of the security enhancement “Authority Collection” intriguing.  Establishing proper authority is complex, often meaning the default is to provide more  authority than required to ease the burden of analysis.  This tool traces through the processes and identifies the minimum level of authority required to accomplish a task.   This type of analysis may be too arduous or too technical for many application development teams to undertake and should help lock down applications and data more appropriately.  We are interested!

General availability of the release is expected June 21, 2019.  Read the initial announcement here:

IBM Announcement

The COMMON conference in Annaheim, Power Up 2019, will have plenty of IBM presence and further information!  Remember to visit us at our booth!

POWERUp 2019

iNext and 7.3

April 19th, 2016

Yep.  The mystery is over.  The next version of the operating system will officially be 7.3.  No more will we need to speculate what is NEXT.  COMMON should be a great place to learn more in person.  But there are lots of blogs and announcements to research it NOW.

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iNext. What’s next on i?

March 16th, 2016


At WMCPA this week, IBM hinted that 7.3 will be announced at COMMON in April. The new release will be focused on mobile, security, and big data. Expect a high availability component as well. IBM indicates the AS/400 operating system as originally delivered doesn’t really exist as it did; the operating system has been completely modernized since then.

Silveredge will see you in New Orleans.



COMMON 2016 Annual meeting and what is iNext?

March 4th, 2016


Silveredge will be a sponsor and exhibitor at Common’s Spring Conference and Expo on May 15-18 in New Orleans.  The conference is expected to have over 300 sessions!  Silveredge will have representatives there to provide  information regarding our current projects involving modernization, EDI, etc.  Stop by to run your project by us for free advice as to ways to maximize your ROI.

You can visit the Common website at for more information.  Common describes the conference as follows:

“The Annual Meeting is COMMON’s largest educational event of the year, with in-depth IBM i, AIX, and Linux-related education including all-day pre-conference workshops, open labs, and a wide variety of regular-length sessions. It is the annual meeting of the COMMON membership and the largest gathering of the Power Systems user community.

It will kick-off with the Opening Session on Sunday, May 15, 2016, followed by four full days of education. Take a look at all the Sessions and Educational Choices that will be available: Online Session Guide.  The fun and exciting Closing Reception caps things off on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Of course, as is expected from all COMMON conferences, there will be plenty of social and networking events taking place throughout the week.

 Rumor has it that IBM will announce V7.3 at the event and there is something identified as “iNext” as part of the announcement.  Time will tell! 

Silveredge hopes to see you there!


February 7th, 2013

COMMON 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition

Silveredge was a sponsor and exhibitor at Common’s Conference and Expo April 7-10, 2013 at the Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Ambrose Marton represented Silveredge, providing information regarding our current projects involving modernization, EDI, etc. Ambrose provided an Education Session – Skill Set Modernization or “Don’t be a Relic!”

We enjoyed seeing many of you at that great event!

You can visit the Common website at for more information about the Common community.