• October 20, 2020

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 […]

Live from IBM World of Watson: Redefining our world, re-imagining our experiences

The iPhone redefined how we interacted with phones. Uber reimagined the way we use taxis. Airbnb transformed how we booked our hotels. Each one of them has one thing in common: they gave us a new way to experience the world around us.  With the launch of Watson Data Platform, IBM is giving every enterprise […]

The small cloud: How cloud impacts SMEs

As I’ve been looking at the cloud economy, an issue has been in the back of my mind–how is the cloud affecting small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs)? While most discussions on cloud-based business focus on the big guys (think Salesforce) there is actually an interesting story to tell looking at smaller businesses. After all, SMEs account for […]

SaaS and the modern CIO

Last year, CISCO released a white paper titled CISCO Global Cloud Index. This paper, in essence, states that workload for software as a service (SaaS) is starting to outstrip workload for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and that it is predicted to increase even further. This is a reflection that IaaS is going the way of network […]

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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 […]

The Cloud in 10 Years: Will It Be a Major Force And Have the Same Visibility in the Next Decade?

“To get a glimpse into the future of cloud computing, it’s useful to look for analogies from the past in computing. It has been 30 years since the birth of the IBM PC. Its beginnings were humble and acceptance was slow, but a few years later something very special happened that would make the computer […]