March 2023 Newsletter Pete Massiello

​This newsletter includes:

Free Licensed Programs You May Want to Check Out
Do I Have Defective PTF’s On My System? Are My PTF’s Current? Let QMGTOOLS Give You the Answers!
Save the Date! iAdmin Spring 2023
iTech iTip Videos
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
iBasics: IBM i Education for the Beginner System Administrator
iPOWER Hour Episode 44: Our System Admin is Retiring. Now What?
Upcoming Events
IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs (March 2023)

March Madness is certainly going on here at iTech Solutions, a Service Express company.  Let me tell you what I mean by that. First, we have had a record number of POWER 10 systems and SAN Storage happen this month as well as last. In fact, even into April, we are pretty well scheduled.  We have our team all over the US installing new Power Systems and SANs.  I can see it just by looking at our teams’ calendars, but also in all our project plans we do with each customer during the installation process.  Depending on the configuration, options, number of partitions, etc that checklist can be anywhere from 100 to 300 steps for an installation. Each installation has its own unique project plan.  So, it’s not just the installers, it’s the project managers and the rest of the technical team

As I said in February I spoke at my first in-person user group meeting in February at LISUG and we had the Service Express Annual Sales Conference last week in Florida. OMG, it was great to see so many team members, have face-to-face conversations, and just be back to as close to what normal used to be. We were also in Wisconsin for the WMCPA conference in March, then we have COMMON in Denver April 24 – 28,  and the Northeast User Groups (NEUGC) May 8-10 in Westborough, MA.  I know the entire team is excited to talk and meet everyone at these conferences.
For a list of sessions that Yvonne Enselman, Nilo Kahn, Pete Massiello, and Steven McIver, are presenting at COMMON PowerUp 2023 in Denver:

Nilofur Khan: What Are Soft Skills, and Why They Are Important?
Pete Massiello: What You Need to Know to Successfully Upgrade to IBM i 7.4 and 7.5, HMCm IBM i , FSP, & Firmware Putting All the Pieces Together, Installing and Configuring NVMe, Cool Things in Navigator to Be a Rockstar System Administrator

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