• October 20, 2020

Welcome WebConnect and ConnectiQ to Rocket Software

Today, Rocket announced the acquisition of WebConnect terminal emulation and ConnectiQ mainframe RPA from ActiveOps. We are overjoyed to bring these two leading technologies – and their incredible customer base – into the Rocket family. Each represent an opportunity for Rocket to expand its capabilities and leadership in the legacy software space, and better serve […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rocket and Open Source: A Brief History on the Open Mainframe Movement

Do you remember OpenEdition MVS? This technology was IBM’s first foray into “opening” the mainframe up to a new community of developers—over 25 years ago! IBM began shipping this feature as part of the base of the new OS/390 operating system, which dramatically reduced the cost and skills needed for new workload development on the […]

Legendary Help: Keeping benefits running despite historic unemployment

During the height COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people globally were laid off or unable to return to work due to government orders. In order to accommodate these orders and keep people safe, state governments released new funding to provide financial relief to individuals who needed it. These government agencies had to process a record number […]

Modern, Open, and Smart Data Management for Db2 Leaders

This was originally presented as a keynote session at the IDUG Virtual Db2 Tech Conference in July 2020.  Since my years in grad school, I’ve been interested in DB capabilities. As part of my thesis and graduate assistant work, I evaluated, operated, and used multiple DBs, including several open sources ones. As part of my […]