Enterprise Platform Software, CICS, COBOL and other System z tooling
It was recently suggested that I should consider starting a blog for Developers and “my clients” that would assist in getting the word out on my team’s efforts. At first I had to consider the type of commitment this may require. In 2006, I managed to fly over 150,000 miles with work and I was thinking there were a number of times it would be hard to even think of “posting” information in a log of this nature.
But, I looked through some of the materials and postings here on Developerworks and thought maybe some of the travels I have and opinions I gather along these journeys may be worth sharing with an audience. If nothing else, I can certainly share some of the stranger moments in these travels.
I figure there are lots of ways that folks learn. The traditional methods are books, courses, classrooms and the like. While I have gained a lot of experience that way, I tend to learn more from my personal experiences. And if I am right, perhaps I can share some of these with you to allow you to grow a little too.
Its important that folks don’t consider me an expert on any given topic. Of course, some thing I know well and others I clearly don’t know well. But as a generalist and someone who is lucky to be surrounded by very clever and intelligent folks, I can look fairly clever some days myself. But I will leave it to you to judge the value of these musings.
I should start by telling you a bit about EPS. This software portfolio covers a wide range of offerings including CICS and some of the programming languages like COBOL, PL/1 and Assembler. We have strong affiliations with the WebSphere family (particularly on System z) and I certainly favour the System z machines. I plan to talk of “gateways” , “queues” and lots of tools surrounding these family members. My business interest is seeing the success and continuity of our Customers whom I value greatly. While not every EPS product runs on System z (remember OS/2 folks), our portfolio of over 130 products tend to encourage this platform as the best for Enterprise companies. Our WebSphere Developer for System z product is an excellent example of something that runs on Intel, but targets System z. (Also note, that I consider this the “desktop” of the Enterprise Developer and you are likely to hear plenty of this in future.)
From time to time, expect examples of this technology as well. As a rule, I am famous on my team for demanding Live Demonstrations. Its not just that I feel they are more interesting, its more that I want to prove to the world that our technology works and works well. We tend to keep our examples simple and easy to understand and apply.
So, expect updates here every couple of weeks and remember that Travel is my friend and enemy throughout this dialog. If you have questions of me, contact my IBM e-mail (email@example.com). But if it’s the portfolio you are curious about try firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see if my team or myself can get you answers.[Read More]
So, here I am back again with a short update from Mumbai
In this case, there is a lyric by the BarenakedLadies that goes “Haven’t you always wanted a Monkey….”.
Sitting on a fencepost looking kindacool! Short answer is I no more want amonkey than I do a cat (at least at this point in my life).
I think I mentioned earlier that I am lucky to be surroundedby smart folks. This week was noexception. I will be offering anotherpost on what it means to me to be in the IBM Sales Enablement business, butsuffice to say, I think I learn more than I teach most days.
So, while I am still learning a bit about posting on thissite (I plan to try and format things a little better on this post – you can bemy judge). Hopefully I can do someHTML formatting for the Web here.
Will update you all again soon….