Life on the “Edge”

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It’s been a great week here at IBM Edge in Las Vegas. This was a terrific week for everyone involved. I was able to connect with so many customers, partners, and industry colleagues. Rocketeers were on hand to discuss innovations in and around IBM z Systems, IBM POWER Systems, and IBM Storage. A few highlights to share with you:

  • Attendees got to see the new IBM POWER Security and Compliance software solution in a conference session on Wednesday.
  • More and more customers are talking about the need to “move analytics to the data” instead of the old methods of moving the data to some analytics platform far, far away. Apache Spark is definitely a part of this conversation.
  • Blockchain technology can be applied to many more use cases than just digital currency.
  • Your favorite open source languages and tools are here today on IBM z Systems – and more are coming. This sounds like techie-talk. But this trend is solving a recognized talent gap in the mainframe community. Today’s high school and university students are finding the mainframe as developer-friendly and open as any other computing platform. Anyone who knows today’s most popular languages – for example, R for data scientists, Python for software engineers – can use a mainframe.
  • This really came alive with the Master the Mainframe world championship that took place in San Francisco on the weekend leading into the Edge conference. Over 18,000 students from all over the world participated in this global competition, and the top nine finalists came to San Francisco for the final round. I was there when IBM’s Ross Mauri announced the world champion winners on Monday. And I got to meet with and talk to the three finalists. Smart, talented, personable students (software engineers) who built amazing solutions on the mainframe with today’s most modern languages and tools.

I know what mission-critical applications run on mainframes today. And I know many of the software engineers across the globe responsible for building them. As I leave Las Vegas this week and think about what I just experienced, I feel good about the future. When I see the talent and creativity that our next generation brings, and I see how quickly and easily they can unleash that on this powerful platform, I feel even better about our future.

IBM Edge is over. Now let’s go build our future—together.

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Andy Youniss co-founded Rocket Software in 1990 and continues to be the company's main driving force. Andy successfully established and actively manages Rocket's largest OEM partnerships and is guiding the company's growth through technology investments, acquisitions, new product lines, and strategic partnerships. Prior to founding Rocket Software, Andy was the development manager for DB View Inc., a software company specializing in DB2 database tools. Previously, he was a programmer/analyst at American Management Systems, and was also a project development consultant. Andy holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

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