Video Chat: Accelerating DevOps through PaaS in the cloud and Expert Integrated Systems

During our Google+ Hangout on Feb. 12, 2014, our moderator James Governor, an industry analyst at Redmonk, led a panel of DevOps experts in a discussion around the drivers, opportunities and challenges of accelerating DevOps through PaaS in the Cloud. Check out a few of the highlights as well as the complete video below. Or ...read more


Pac-Man, Ferris Bueller and the mainframe: The late 1980s

Mainframes

I remember when you could walk into a bar, settle down in front of a huge Pac-Man (or Asteroids, or Space Invaders) arcade game and run through a whole stack of quarters chasing blips across a screen.  Although I can’t say that time in front of a Pac-Man game necessarily made me a better programmer, ...read more


IBM unveils technology breakthroughs for x86, flash and more

Mainframes

In a business environment filled with constant change, IT infrastructure decisions drive the need to remake enterprise IT for the new era of cloud and drive business transformation with big data and analytics. Simply put, IT infrastructure matters because business outcomes matter. Today, at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), IBM unveiled several exciting, breakthrough ...read more


Cabbage Patch Kids, waterbeds and the mainframe: The early 1980s

Mainframes

If you were conscious in the early 1980s and lived in the US, you knew about Cabbage Patch kids—it didn’t matter if you had children or not.  Although they’re still around today, I wager you’d have a tough time finding a child who knows what they are, let alone wants one.  That’s how it is ...read more


50 years of mainframes, 30 years of memories

Mainframes

On April 7, 2014, IBM will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the mainframe. Just a few months later, on June 16, 2014, I will celebrate my 30th service anniversary with IBM—all of it working with the mainframe. Since I’ve been intimately associated with this amazing machine for three-fifths of its life, I thought it would ...read more


Why infrastructure matters for business-critical analytics—Part 2

Mainframes

In part 1 of this blog post I discussed how the mainframe—as the keeper of most of the world’s transactional data—is ideally suited to support the trend towards real-time analytics.  The IBM System z advantage is not just limited to the real-time analytics use case. More and more we see business analysts wanting to run ...read more


Why infrastructure matters for business-critical analytics—Part 1

Mainframes

This two-part series is based on a video interview with Paul DiMarzio on the changing nature of business analytics today and why smart infrastructure selection is so critical to business success. Go to any session at any analytics conference today and it’s almost certain that the presenter will start by tossing around statistics like “90 ...read more


My IODiary: Analytics, big data, infrastructure and more

Mainframes

I recently had the pleasure of attending IBM’s 2013 Information on Demand conference, held the first week of November in Las Vegas. IOD (which will be rebranded as IBM Insights next year) is the place to be for anyone interested in analytics. The theme of this year’s conference was “Think BIG. Deliver BIG. Win BIG.” ...read more


IBM wins CRN award for zEnterprise cloud solutions

Mainframes

Last night I was thrilled to accept this year’s CRN Tech Innovator Award for the most Innovative Cloud Solution for IBM zEnterprise BC12 with my colleague Jacqueline Woods, Vice President of Growth Solutions, STG . zEnterprise is the ultimate shared platform, highly integrated and built for secure cloud computing. Through continuous investment and innovation…and a ...read more