About this blog

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About this blog

I created this blog to share ideas on how to do things using the IBM i operating system and IBM Power servers (formerly known as AS/400, iSeries, and System i).

Not everyone is an IBM i "black belt", with many years of experience with the IBM i operating system and who already knows all or most of the details in the posts of this blog. There are many "white", "yellow", and even "purple belts" who do not, and these need to be nurtured and encouraged to become the "black belts" of the future.

I do not claim, or pretend, to be the person who knows the best way of doing everything. I hope that when I post on a subject if you know an alternative or better way of doing it you describe your method in the comments section for others to read.

Many of the ideas for these posts come from questions I have been asked by others.

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About the author: Simon Hutchinson

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I am an IT professional with many, many (35+) years of experience with the IBM i, and its former forms.

I first started as a programmer with the IBM System/36, and soon moved to programming on the AS/400. During those years I have used all flavors of RPG from RPG II to RPG for i (totally free format RPG), on IBM i, CL, SQL, and a whole variety of IBM i based tools.

I started my IT career in the United Kingdom, before emigrating to the USA.

Simon Hutchinson starting his first job with IBM midrange, 1988
Starting my first job on IBM midrange in 1988 (I am fourth from left, or right)

Currently I live in Central Texas with my wife, Francesca, who is also an IBM i developer type. During our marriage she taught me a lot and been a fantastic sounding board, for which I am very grateful.

Since its founding, in 2020, I have been the president of the Central Texas IBM i User Group, CTXiUG.

I have presented to various IBM i local user groups across the USA and in other countries, either online or in person. If you would like me to talk to your group contact me and we can make the arrangements.

Being presented with the COMMON (USA) Education Foundation
John Earl Speaker Scholarship award, April 2023 (on left)

I am not an employee of IBM, or any of their subsidiaries. All of the opinions on this website are mine, unless otherwise stated.

Feel free to contact me by using the Contact Form, on the right.


Awards and recognitions

IBM Champion for Power 2024
IBM Champion for Power
IBM CHampion for Power 2023
IBM Champion for Power
IBM Champion for Power 2022
IBM Champion for Power
IBM Champion for Power 2021
IBM Champion for Power
IBM Champion 3 year milestone
IBM Champion
3 year milestone
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In The Know Level 1   In the Know Level 2   Open Book Level 1   Open Bool Level 2
Badges earned within the IBM Champion program
IBM Community Contributor Level 1
IBM i Community
IBM Community Influencer Level 2
IBM i Community

IBM i Community
IBM Certified Specialist logo
AS/400 RPG

Education Foundation
2023 John Earl Speaker
Scholarship award

Gold medal speaker


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