• August 12, 2020

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 […]

Announcing Rocket.Build 2020

In a year full of unexpected events, there is one certainty: we must adapt and find better ways to accomplish our goals. Between working remotely and reducing travel, there have been many changes across our organization. But in the face of change and uncertainty, we wanted an important Rocket tradition to continue on. Starting today, […]

Open Source

Now available: open-source drivers for IBM Db2 Connect

The marriage of mainframe applications and open source software continues to deliver innovative solutions for Enterprise customers. Companies are always looking for ways to take advantage of the unmatched reliability of these systems as well as continue to leverage their legacy investments. Many global banking and financial services organizations as well as major airlines and […]

Rocket.Build 2019: Using open source to improve the mainframe experience

Some ideas come from clever visionaries—this wasn’t one of those ideas. This idea was born from optimism, assuming “it’ll just work,” and subsequently having everything blow up in my face. When I worked on Zowe, we used Ant scripts to automate the build process of the desktop and its applications. Ant could handle everything from […]

Open Source

The Mainframe is Now Open

Today is a big day. Not just for Rocket, but for everyone in the global mainframe community. A few hours ago we announced the launch of Zowe (pronounced ZOH-ee), the first-ever open community for z/OS. This is a joint effort between three major players in the mainframe space – IBM, CA and Rocket – as […]

Git Open Source

Bye bye, version-control hell: announcing Git for z/OS

If you’re an engineer or programmer, you’ve no doubt experienced the chaos and confusion of multiple people working on the same piece of code at the same time. It’s not only disruptive, but sorting everything out wastes valuable time and resources. The good news (if you’re a mainframer) is that those problems are a thing […]

Rocket Data Center

Live from IBM World of Watson: Open Source Cognitive Computing? Yup.

One of the barriers to entry for any new technology is entropy. Simply put, people are far too busy to take time out of their busy lives to learn new languages and new skills unless they have a compelling reason to do so. And it’s not just about staying up to speed on the latest […]