COUNTDOWN TO IBM THINK WITH IBM CHAMPION RON BISCEGLIA
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: Ron Bisceglia
Title: Principal Architect, Distinguished Engineer
Length of time at Rocket Software: 13 years
What it means to be an IBM Champion: I feel honored to be recognized by a company like IBM for going the extra mile to help customers learn about IBM solutions and solve real-world problems with their products. I have been recognized as an IBM Champion for the last seven years and each year I try to go the extra mile so that I can achieve that recognition again.
What I love about IBM: What seems like unbounded resources and knowledge, along with the fact that they are always bringing out new technologies to address world-wide IT needs of governments, organizations and businesses.
What I love about the IBM/Rocket Software partnership: There are many times where I feel, with the folks I work with at IBM, that we are all part of the same company, working together to provide the best solutions and services together. It’s easy to reach out to many different resources within IBM when help is needed and I think the same is true for people in IBM–they can reach out to people within Rocket.
How do IBM products improve everyday lives? I have worked with IMS pretty much my entire career and I would say that there are very few people, besides my coworkers, who have ever heard of IMS. Yet, IMS customers span several industries, including those you might expect such as financial, insurance and government, but also travel, shipping and retail. We like to say “IMS Runs the World” because almost all of us regularly interact with IMS in our daily lives, whether we are aware of it or not.
Favorite IBM product: IMS. IMS has been around over 51 years now but is still used for its reliability and performance to run some of the largest, most critical applications world-wide. IMS processes around 265 billion transactions per day compared to 5.6 billion Google searches and 500 million tweets a day. Pretty impressive.
Favorite IBM project: The mainframe seems to be looked at as an archaic, hard to work with, dinosaur. Working with IT professionals in various companies and at IBM to understand how to make the mainframe more accessible to new professionals coming into the workforce, and to integrate it with modern CI/CD pipelines used on other platforms to make applications that run on the mainframe more agile, has been one of the hardest problems that I have worked on. I think bringing IMS into the DevOps world will be one of the most rewarding projects.
Favorite quote: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela