IBM Mainframe 50th Anniversary
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the mainframe. The IBM System/360 was released April 7, 1964 and forever changed the way that the world works, it made the extraordinary possible. At the time, IBM invested $5 billion in the project, a sum that would be over $35 billion in today's dollars. Some innovations are so big they've gone beyond changing the technology landscape – they've changed how we see the world. Not many products have had such a profound effect on the way that the world works. The mainframe helped to usher in an entirely new era of computing. Most people probably do not realize the importance that the mainframe has played in the world or how many times a day they interact with a mainframe. Think about it, can
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Even though we're celebrating 50 years of excellence with the mainframe, the real excitement is looking forward to the next 50. The mainframe is alive and well, despite the many doom and gloom predictions over the years. Today, multi-billion dollar enterprises and emerging new businesses alike are built on the mainframe. The unsurpassed reliability, availability and scalability of these machines remains unmatched. The modern mainframe is more open and progressive than ever, while still being extremely secure, allowing companies to continue to bet the most important pieces of their business on the mainframe. You may not know it, but the mainframe plays an important role in new technologies such as mobile, cloud and analytics.
There is no question that the mainframe platform will continue to play an important role in the future of business. Now we must all come together to usher in the next generation of mainframe developers, which we are calling Generation z. IBM is looking to help in any way that we can on this front, but we need you, our clients, to be in it with us. We all need to come together to help recruit, educate, and build a community around this next generation of mainframe gatekeepers. Are you in?
Here are some great resources to learn more about the 50th anniversary of the mainframe: