• May 17, 2022

The Mainframe is Now Open

Today is a big day. Not just for Rocket, but for everyone in the global mainframe community. A few hours ago we announced the launch of Zowe (pronounced ZOH-ee), the first-ever open community for z/OS. This is a joint effort between three major players in the mainframe space – IBM, CA and Rocket – as well as the Open Mainframe Project. We have been working on this for almost a year, and today marks the official launch of this program.

So what is Zowe?

Zowe is a framework based on every modern technology stack that users require to be agile and responsive as their businesses become more tech-enabled. It’s completely open, and it was purpose-built for z/OS users. It’s important because it allows for cross-company product integration for the very first time. We have literally broken down the walls that have made universal mainframe development so challenging.

IBM, CA and Rocket are committed to this framework and to building products, solutions, and experiences on top of it. Not only will solutions within our respective portfolios integrate better, but solutions across our offerings will also seamlessly work together

For almost 30 years Rocket has talked about making the mainframe open to anyone. Today’s launch makes that a reality. And it’s just the beginning. Anyone else who chooses to be a part of this community can contribute to, and leverage, everything that we’re doing.

Andy Youniss 0 Posts

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.


  • john willsher Reply

    August 29, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I would like to join Zowe. This sounds a great idea to assist open communique!

  • Sharon Chen Reply

    August 30, 2018 at 3:16 am

    Congrats to all participants of the ZOWE community project!. It is a very natural and expected evolution to the growing “open-ness” we witness at the Mainframe world in the past two decades.
    Hope this announcement will indeed be followed by a robust framework that will help enterprises with their efforts in keeping their core mainframe solutions organically connected to the outside realm.

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