Live from SHARE: reflections on the past week

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SHARE logoAs I get on a plane back home to Texas, I’m still trying to process everything I learned and saw this week at SHARE (www.share.org). I’ve been attending SHARE conferences for many years, and I’m always amazed by the innovations that the mainframe community makes. So what were my major takeaways from SHARE this week?

The first is that I noticed that the attendees seemed quite receptive to how mainframes fit into cloud architectures with applications and archival data in the cloud for their mainframes that remain on-premises. This is a big deal for the mainframe sector because it showcases the increasing flexibility of big iron in newer environments such as mobile and cloud.

The other big trend I saw this week was that networking is king! We had lots of great meetings with IBM, other mainframe software companies, and most of all, our great partners and customers. SHARE fosters a highly collaborative community, and it’s great to see the walls come down when we all get together.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank my Rocket colleagues for their great work this week. We had 10 Rocketeers leading breakout sessions, and every one of them worked really hard to put great presentations together. If you’d like more information about any of the sessions drop me a note.

Both of SHARE’s 2015 events (Orlando and Seattle) were great, and we’re already looking forward to having everyone come to Texas next February for the next conference in San Antonio.

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Bryan Smith is Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer at Rocket

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