• June 25, 2022


This year, a record-breaking number of Rocket employees were named as 2020 IBM Champions—13 to be exact. To celebrate our ongoing partnership with IBM, and our dedication to innovation, legacy technologies and legendary results, we want to highlight them. 

Over the next weeks, we will count down to IBM THINK with each of the 2020 Champions, and celebrate what we love about our partnership with IBM! 

Name: Jørn Thyssen
Title: Senior Solutions Advisor
Length of time at Rocket Software: 2.5 years

What it means to be an IBM Champion: I’m honored that IBM recognizes my contributions to promoting IBM technology.

What I love about IBM: They keep staying relevant, even as technology trends change.


What I love about the IBM/Rocket Software partnership: I enjoy working as one team to solve customer challenges.

How do IBM products improve everyday lives? All of us have a daily touch point with the mainframe. In Denmark, where I live, the national MFA single sign-on solution, mobile payments, automated monthly payments, the replacement for traditional mail, and so much more all leverage IBM (mainframe) technology.

Favorite IBM product: IBM Db2 for z/OS, as it is the engine, but my favorite tool is IBM Db2 Administration Tool as I’ve used it since Day 1 (June 2001) in my professional career.

Favorite IBM project: Mainframe modernization, as it will be extremely important to make the mainframe more accessible for developers.

Favorite quote: “It never gets easier, you just go faster.” – Greg Lemond

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Rocket Software empowers organizations to create legendary impact in the world through innovation in legacy technologies. With deep expertise in IBM Z, IBM Power, and database and connectivity solutions, Rocket solutions power tens of thousands of global businesses, solving real problems and making real-world impact. With more than 70% of the world’s IT workload running on legacy platforms, Rocket helps companies and public-sector organizations innovate using the technology and data they already have, so they can always be ready for what comes next. Rocket customers include 44 of the Fortune 50, representing industries including Banking and Finance, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Transportation and Logistics, Retail and Insurance. A Bain Capital portfolio company, Rocket is headquartered in the Boston area with centers of excellence strategically located throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.


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