• January 28, 2022

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2022 Will Be the Year of Hybrid Everything

There may be several different associations that come to mind when we hear the word hybrid, but essentially, they all refer to a combination of multiple elements coming together to create something with the best possible capabilities.   In the past, businesses may have attempted to use a one-size-fits-all mentality to inform policies, strategies and structures […]

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The Next Generation DBA – Introducing the Database Concierge

Last month, I had the honor of delivering a keynote address at the GuideShare Europe UK Conference to discuss the dramatic changes in the priorities and demands of the next generation of database administrators (DBAs). I want to thank GSE UK for having me, and all who attended. For those who were not able to […]

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Are You Exposed to Security Vulnerabilities with Your Use of Open-Source Ports on z/OS?

Over the past couple of years, increased Zowe adoption and the push to integrate the mainframe into platform-neutral DevOps pipelines have resulted in greater use of Unix System Services (USS). With increased use of USS has come widespread acceptance of Rocket’s z/OS ports of common open-source languages and tools that are not bundled with USS […]

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This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Implement Multi-Factor Authentication

The White House has proclaimed October Cybersecurity Awareness Month, promoting efforts by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to encourage the public to be “Cyber Smart” and stay safe online. As stories of malicious cyber actors, such as ransomware attacks, continue to make headlines and disrupt businesses across industries, the importance of cybersecurity cannot be overstated.  At Rocket, security is our top priority, which […]

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One Year of Supporting Customers with the Rocket Forum

We blinked, and 200,000 page views later, the Rocket Forum is one year old! In an industry that is feeling the strain of an aging workforce, this completely free resource is helping members navigate the challenges of modernizing their IBM i, IBM Z and MultiValue environments, and get more value from their Rocket solutions. It […]

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Three Things Companies Can Do to Attract the Next Generation of Mainframe Professionals

For years, businesses that use mainframe technology have been seeing their seasoned professionals retire. Now, companies are struggling to find new talent to fill this skills vacuum, and when they do, it is difficult to properly train them without those established experts to offer guidance. One of the challenges is the market focus on newer coding languages, meaning young people interested in IT careers have a misconception […]

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Busy? Hire a Robot(ic Process Automation Tool)

You may not have heard, but Rocket recently acquired ConnectIQ. As our CEO Andy Youniss noted in his letter earlier this month, ConnectIQ is “a robotic process automation (RPA) tool for mainframe environments, and helps companies create new efficiencies by automating the most often repeated, most labor-intensive functions.”  This acquisition is actually an extremely timely […]

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Join Rocket CEO Andy Youniss on 11/12 To Discuss Diversity in the Mainframe Community

CEOs and General Managers are investing in diversity; why? And how can we know more about what companies are doing? As companies in the mainframe and other industries prioritize diversity, inclusion and equity programs, allocate resources and approve initiatives, we believe our results will be collectively better and faster if we work together—and talk openly […]

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Building Upon Zowe: How Rocket is Building Commercial Software for Zowe Users

This content was originally presented at the inaugural Open Mainframe Project Summit in September 2020. Over two years ago, Rocket Software joined forces with IBM and Broadcom/CA to create the Zowe project. Our goal? To build a z/OS framework for the modern age. As long-time mainframe users, we all wanted to come together to create […]

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Leveraging Open Source & Hybrid Cloud for z/OS: A Rube Goldberg Evolution to COTS Value

This content was originally presented at the inaugural Open Mainframe Project Summit in September 2020. I’ve been working on the mainframe for over 50 years, lately focusing on the open source capabilities of IBM’s proprietary operating systems. Throughout the years, I’ve noticed that businesses have three main goals for their mainframe environment: Get off the […]