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Insurance for Db2 for z/OS

Jim Utsler

December 8, 2022

Log-On Software’s Total Utility Control can automate many database tasks, as the North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company recently discovered

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The Evolution of Mainframe Education

Patrick Stanard

October 28, 2022

The average age of a mainframer is 58 years old. Yes, most of us have gray hair and wear Aerosmith tee shirts to work. The task at hand is how do we pass the baton of mainframe knowledge to the next class of mainframers that will support the massive mainframe ecosystem that runs our world […]

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Seeing the World Via the Mainframe

Reg Harbeck

April 4, 2022

Reg Harbeck: Hi, I'm Reg Harbeck, and today I'm here with my colleague and co-author Karl-Erik Stenfors, who has been in the mainframe space for a very good long time. Well Karl-Erik, let's start by telling us about how did you end up on the mainframe?   Karl-Erik Stenfors: Well, a bit of a point. […]

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Jeff Cherrington on Rocket Software’s Evolution and IBM Z Contributions

Reg Harbeck

January 31, 2022

Reg Harbeck: Hi, this is Reg Harbeck and today I'm here with my friend and colleague Jeff Cherrington who is the vice president of product management, Z Systems—I think I missed a word or two there—at Rocket Software. So, Jeff, I guess what we're going to talk about today is just the whole journey that Rocket […]

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Random and ‘Almost Random’ Numbers on z/OS

David Stephens

September 17, 2021

Random numbers can come in handy. They can be used to create a unique filename, generate a random new password, or randomly select a record. The good news is that we can obtain random numbers on z/OS. Well, at least some of them are random. COBOL and RANDOM A quick look at the IBM Enterprise […]

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Elizabeth K. Joseph on Being a Developer Advocate and the Future of Mainframe Technology

Reg Harbeck

September 1, 2021

Reg Harbeck: Hi. This is Reg Harbeck and today I'm here with Elizabeth K. Joseph who is a developer advocate at IBM and an increasingly well-known mainframer. I've kind of gotten to know her through various social media outlets and such. Elizabeth—Liz, I guess I can call you—tell us, how did you end up on the […]

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What Makes CICS, a Mixed Language Application Server, So Special?

Ezriel Gross

August 10, 2020

CICS® has been around since 1969 and still continues to flourish as a mixed language application server today. Primarily running on mainframes, also known as an IBM Z®, CICS does run in limited forms on other platforms, as well. As an application server, it is used to host applications that can be written in several […]

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The Many Faces of Application Creation: Part 2

Jim Schesvold

March 16, 2020

This is a continuation of last month’s article, which chronicled application tools and options in context of development projects I’ve worked in and programming alternatives used, including design, coding, and validation. I’ve used various programming facilities, along with their strengths and weaknesses. My experiences start in the early 1970s, and the evolution I’ve experienced spans […]

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The Many Faces of Application Creation: Part 1

Jim Schesvold

February 20, 2020

While my career has mostly been consulting, marketing, systems programming and management, I’ve also had numerous engagements in application programming and design. A class in COBOL was my first IT experience, and in my MBA program, I learned Fortran and General Purpose Simulation System (GPSS) in Operations Research classes. In 1975, I rewrote a broken […]

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Dusty Rivers on IMS, CICS, Db2 and IBM Z

Reg Harbeck

December 5, 2019

Reg Harbeck: Hi, this is Reg Harbeck and today I'm here with Dusty Rivers, an experienced IBM mainframe expert, an IMS person who has been working all across the mainframe ecosystem especially in areas that has gotten enough attention that he has been able to be an IBM Champion for the past 10 years as […]