• September 23, 2021

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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 […]

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Legendary Help: Keeping Important Payments On Schedule

With unprecedented demand for public services during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. government agencies have had to improve their IT applications. But IT issues also impact employees, and it’s important to keep internal IT systems updated and working efficiently. In uncertain times, this can help reassure employees that they will be taken care of, no matter […]

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Legendary Help: Helping Travelers Stay Safe

Traveling can be an amazing experience. There are new cultures, foods, and people to discover. There is history to get lost in or magnificent new inventions to see. But not knowing the culture or the city can also be overwhelming, especially if something goes wrong. Travel insurance can give travelers some assurance that, if something […]

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Why “Legacy” Shouldn’t Be a Bad Word

I used to avoid the word “legacy” to describe the stalwart IBM Z, IBM i and other platforms that have long been in their golden years.  I called them “exotic” systems, as though that made them more dramatic, like a special type of coffee bean. “Legacy” felt negative.  I searched for a different word. Something […]

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Rocket’s Open Source Tools for z/OS

For a long time, the downside to using the mainframe for open source software had been the limited tools and binaries available. Instead of acquiring binaries from others, the user has to build their own code. Luckily, times have changed and IBM and Rocket Software, along with the Linux Foundation’s Open Mainframe Project, have established […]

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New Product Offering Renews Rocket’s Commitment to Open Source Software

Why can’t mainframes have a desktop like other computers? Can we find a way into the mainframe that is lightweight and has zero-install for the end-user? Can the mainframe be so open and modern that it becomes the standard platform for enterprise application development? These were the questions that led Rocket to start developing open-source […]

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Legacy Systems: The Bottom-Line Advantage

In the technology world, you can’t go more than 10 minutes without someone using the word “disruptive.” But you can’t go more than 30 seconds without hearing the word “new.” Absolutely everything in hardware and software is about novelty, and yesterday’s innovation is tomorrow’s doorstop. That 40MB hard drive you bought for $3000 is literally […]