I spent a week in Berlin, Germany a week ago. I was very impressed by the city, with its history and culture. The hotel that we stay at was new, but decorated like it was from 1968. Which is fitting, because the reason we were there was to talk about computing on the IBM mainframe. IBM recently announced the z10, the latest in our proud heritage of mainframe systems, and like the hotel what was old is new again. WebSphere plays an important role on that system, and zSeries an important role in the WebSphere product line. The purpose of this trip was to meet as part of the zSeries Business Leadership Council (zBLC). The zBLC is a customer advisory council where we work with many of our largest customers on software and business issues around the zSeries environment.
The mainframe plays a critical role in most large enterprises. And WebSphere brings new and modern programming models and capabilities to the mainframe. Allowing it to easily fit into the customers enterprises. There is clearly a tight rope to be walked here, how to give the application development team the ability to innovate using techniques that they use on more distributed platforms, vs the centralized control model that is the hall mark of the mainframe. This centralize control model is what give ultra-high availability and reliability. This meeting was again focused on how we continue to bring the zSeries differentiated value forward, while enabling application developers this freedom.
Thank you to all the customers who took part, and provided their valuable insight.Alan