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On Wednesday the 4th of March IBM and SHARE provided an opportunity for high school and college students to come to SHARE to hear about the industries "Best Kept Secret", the IBM System z. It is AMAZING how few High School and College Students know how often their daily lives may be influenced by the "Mainframe".
Anyway, after a one hour presentation (Starting with a welcome for Karl Freund, VP of IBM System z Marketing and Strategy), the students were led down to the SHARE Technology Exchange (Exhibit Hall) to see an operating mainframe and to talk with IBM experts, vendor reps and customers who were willing to talk to the students (most of them).
Initial feedback from students and instructors was that the experience was well received, appreciated, and several students are now very interested and want to pursue Enterprise Computing topics in their studies.
All in all, a great event. With over 100 participants, we continue to spread the word that we are a lean, green, computing platform (Machine) :-)[Read More]
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Just to be sure two important new features for the Destination z community don't get lost in all the recent news about the new System z10 Business Class mainframe:
And always let me know what you think. Add your comment to my blog and I'll get back to you as soon as I can[Read More]
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And speaking of SHARE: Jeff Gould, director of research for Interop Systems, attended the event and came away realizing a couple of important things:
According to Jeff, the California Controller is keeping money in the state budget to pay for Cobol development, claiming that the language is dead, there is no way to modernize mainframe applications, and that the only thing to do is to keep throwing money at the problem.
Dead wrong, says Jeff. Here's part of what he wrote: "In the past few years a whole new class of mainframe applications has emerged which bring non-mainframe environments such as Java and Linux to Big Iron. WebSphere on z, Linux on z – these are much more than mere checkbox options in some ... marketing scheme. A substantial chunk of the 10,000 or so System z mainframes in the world are actually running these environments. And they are doing it for big-time production apps too, not just development."
Have a look at the rest of Jeff's story. Just more evidence proving what we already know. The mainframe is back, and it really never went away.[Read More]
For all you Destination z followers,
The newest edition to the zEnterprise family has been announced. Check out the details at this website!
Want to learn more, IBM will show off the new machine at the upcoming SHARE conference in Orlando. Come partake in the many sessions being offered around the zEnterprise and the new z114.
And speaking of SHARE, stop by to see me at the Destination z booth in the exhibit hall and visit our Destination z Partner members who will be participating on our zZingo card promotion.
PS: If you have already joined Destination z and have not yet collected your membership pin (at other conferences), then stop by the booth to collect it in Orlando. If you have not yet joined Destination z as an individual community member, then either sign up online now, or see me at SHARE and we can sign you up together and I can present you with your pin!
Have a great z day,
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You might already know that SHARE is holding its next conference March 1-6 in Austin, Texas. What you might not have known is that IBM's very own System z Marketing and Strategy VP Karl Freund will be delivering the keynote, called "Building a Dynamic Infrastructure - Trends and Directions for System z". Karl is usually pretty dynamic himself, so don't miss that.
Also -- speaking of dynamic -- look for IBM Destination z while you are in the exhibitor area. I will be there personally, and you could win a massage on-site at SHARE if you participate in the contest we'll be running.
Also -- System z will soon be celebrating its 45th birthday, and you have a chance to share in the festivities. Check this out from Natalie Boike, the editor of IBM Systems Journal, Mainframe Edition:
"The March magazine will be widely available at the SHARE Conference in Austin March 1and it will highlight IBM's 45-Years of Innovation on the Mainframe as April marks the anniversary of the System/360. In 1964, IBM announced the product "as a new generation of electronic computing equipment" in 165 U.S. cities!
"The March IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition is publishing a special timeline pullout along with special Anniversary focused editorial. It's a good time to market within the pages of the magazine within this editorial environment. Beyond March, however, IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition is looking to review how the mainframe has changed the industry by collecting user, client and vendor memories through April 13, for potential publication in the magazine and on our Web site.
"Were you one of the 100,000 businessmen or women who attended the announcement meeting? Did you play a role in helping the System/360 evolve over the years? Amusing or earnest, momentous or trivial, we’d like to hear how the IBM mainframe has impacted your life.
"Share your story by e-mailing me (that is, Managing Editor Natalie Boike), at firstname.lastname@example.org."
See you at SHARE, and maybe in the pages of IBM Systems Magazine. Ciao for now.
Just a heads up that IBM in conjunction with WAVV will be conducting a Mainframe Career Exploration Day at the upcoming WAVV (the World Alliance of VSE, VM, and Linux User Group) conference in Orlando Florida on May 18th. If you are a student or faculty member in the Orlando area and you would like to participate, just let me know.
This is a great opportunity to learn about the mainframe and visit with several of our IBM Destination z members who will be attending and/or exhibiting at this event.
Hope to see you there.....[Read More]
I would like to extend a warm welcome to an exciting new member of our IBM Destination z community, Pirean Limited. Pirean is based in the United Kingdom and has recently expanded their business in System z with focus on Security and Service Management. Pirean's offerings include Consultancy Services, IBM Software, and Pirean Software.
For more information on Pirean and what they offer please visit their website or contact their Senior Consultant and System z Lead, Alan Harrison (Alan.Harrison@pirean.com.
Of course, you can always get to their website from the IBM Destination z members website where we proudly list them.
Again, welcome Alan and the Pirean team to Destination z
Hello Destination z followers,
It has been some time since my last entry and allot has happened since. Let me start off in welcoming two new Business Partner members to our community, specifically a warm welcome to NewEra Software, Inc. and Semantic Designs. We have many more IBM Business Partner firms in the enrollment process and look forward to welcoming them in future blogs. You can see all of our partner members at our website listing our membership. Remember to visit our home site too!
For those of you new to IBM Destination z, I wrote an article with you in mind and invite you to have a look at it at the MAINFRAMEZONE.COM link here.
And finally, Destination z is moving! Yes, you heard me (or ready it right!), we are moving our website to www.destinationz.org. What does that mean to me? Well, it means that now we are enrolling individual members in the z community. Destination z is no longer just for IBM Business Partners. We are expanding to include people who work with or around mainframes, this means YOU!
I encourage you to go to our new website and sign up as a member today! Our new site rolls out end of April or May, so stay tuned to see how we celebrate everything z!
Have a great z day all,
OK, time for me to wake up and start bloggin' It has been months since my last blog which happens to be on the announcement of the scholarship for 2009. Well, I'm back, the winners have been named, and you can find out who the talented winners are by visiting the new Scholarship Program link. Please note our generous sponsors who made the scholarships possible.
Congratulations to our winners!
I'm going to try to bring more interesting and frequent materials to you here, so keep tuned.
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As I told you in February, SHARE was here in Austin (where I happen to live) and IBM Destination z ran a promotion I called the zZingo card. Attendees who visited with 13 of our IBM Destination z members where treated to a relaxing massage during exhibit hours.
Needless to say that those who took advantage of the offer felt the effort to visit all the exhibitors was well worth the effort.
Watch this space, i will let you know of any similar offerings we may conjure up in the coming months.