Today’s subject is actually the title of a presentation, and now a video, that Bob Rogers (IBM Distinguished Engineer and all around great guy at IBM’s Poughkeepsie Lab) been doing for a while (this talk was called “”Western Civilization Runs on MVS” when first given 20 years ago. Of course the term MVS has ling since been replaced with z/OS, so the title has been updated also).
I don’t believe it for a minute…. In fact, my confidence level is extremely high that today’s youth have (or will have) the same enthusiasm about working on (with) the mainframe as I did when I was 20 years old. I firmly believe the mainframe is an even more exciting, vibrant, and challenging career choice today than it was for me a mere 35+ years ago. I can still remember how excited I was at my first paying job working for a banking service bureau back in Buffalo NY. I was completely thrilled with the opportunity to work on their System/360 Model 40 with a bunch of 2314 disk drives , 2401 tape units , 1403 printers and a whopping 196 Kb of memory; most of which combined wouldn’t come close to equaling what’s on the notebook I’m using to type today’s blog entry……. Continue reading »
The short answer is A B S O L U T E L Y . . .
In fact, why would risk your corporate future on anything else!!!!
When the question “Why is System z essential to your business?” is presented, Terrie Jacopi, Program Director, DB2 for z/OS, and Ann Kilty Hernandez, DB2 for z/OS Information Architect and Technical Editor, both out of IBM’s Silicon Valley Lab, came up with a nice concise answer that sums it up perfectly, an answer well worth repeating. The next time you need a response to an attack on the mainframe (System z), keep Terrie and Ann’s words in mind…… Continue reading »
This week as part of the BeyeNETWORK Spotlight series, IBM’s Al Meyer, Marketing Manager of Data Warehousing on System z, IBM Software Group, was interviewed about mainframes, warehousing and business analytics…… Continue reading »
It looks like IBM’s second quarter earnings were announced on July 18. If you missed them, you can read all the nitty-gritty details HERE.
That part that should be of interest to us Mainframe types are all those cool number relating to System z and Information Management software. The the stuff that keeps some of us in Lego’s. And this quarter again looked very good for IBM….. Continue reading »
It’s almost like trying to find buried treasure. You get to use screen shots and directions, guiding you along; telling you what you need to do. This is when you’re kicking the tires to find out what this thing is all about, if you’re going to like it, if you want to move forward… It’s kind of like “come in, sit down, look around, and if you like it, stick around”… Then, suddenly, you find yourself getting comfortable, no actually having fun, you’re actually messing around with a mainframe. The concepts are making sense so you want to move on. You find yourself well into Part 1 realizing you’re enjoying yourself….. Continue reading »
Do you know a college/university student, high school student, or professor that is/knows of/teaches someone who would love to dive into a real computer challenge, a challenge that involves hands-on time with an IBM Mainframe (System z)? Now is there chance. Check out the prepared text of a letter mailed out to college professors about the Master the Mainframe contest. It’s sums things up quite well… and Thanks Mike for the letter….. Continue reading »
Are you new the mainframe and have been interested in how this all started and why? Maybe you have been around the mainframe your entire career but there are still gaps in the technology history that you would like to fill in? Or maybe you just want to reminisce about what has happened in the wonderful world of mainframe technology going all the way back to the 1960s? If you answered YES to any of the previous questions, do I have a video for you…… Continue reading »
My entire career has been spent working on IBM “Big Iron”. I have literally done nothing for 35 years that didn’t involve the mainframe. True, I have dabbled on other platforms because some flavor of DB2 ran there. But my true love is the mainframe. And most who know me of or of me, realize/accept/understand/tolerate that… Continue reading »