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What lessons are cloud computing companies learning from the mainframe world?

25 years ago I joined a company called Object Oriented Pty Ltd (now Object Consulting). At the time we were promoting Object Oriented technologies, which was at the bleeding edge of technology. As consultants, we went around telling people how this was going to revolutionize enterprise software (which it did) and how we were part […]

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New England zEnterprise Customer Council Highlights Mobile, Cloud, and Innovation

The NEzCC fall 2014 meeting was held on November 12th at the Publick House in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. True to its legacy as a historic inn, the Publick House was a welcoming setting that provided a scenic backdrop of autumn in New England. But the true value of these customer council meetings is in hearing what’s […]

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Rocket Software is Making z/OS More Open

“Twenty years ago, IBM introduced OpenEdition MVS, their first foray into “opening” the mainframe to a new community of developers. This release included the Shell and Utilities priced feature.  Production cost varied with the size of the mainframe. If you consider that only a handful of people might actually use this code when originally shipped, […]

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Mainframe Challenges in the Ever-Changing World of IT

To say that IT is of great importance for the enterprise is an understatement. However, for many companies that remain mainframe-dependent, utilizing the mainframe with more modern devices like tablets and smartphones is no easy chore. Since mainframes weren’t originally designed to work with customer-facing applications and mobile devices, bringing these technologies together in a […]

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Is the Rich Client Architecture Dead?

Back when I started my high tech career, the mainframe computer was the ultimate thin client, server side architecture. Command line terminals with their vintage green screen interfaces populated the planet. Who doesn’t remember checking into a flight at the airport and having the airline agent key in commands at a ferocious clip? These systems […]

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