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Modernizing on IBM Z Made Easier With Open Source Software


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Sponsored by Rocket Software

Thursday, January 28, 2021
11 a.m. ET

In the past decade, IDC has seen IBM Z evolve first from a siloed platform to what they call a "connected" platform, and then to a "transformative" platform. This transition has been driven by IBM, by the IBM Z software vendors, like Rocket Software, and by businesses themselves.

IDC research shows that businesses that choose to modernize IBM Z achieve higher satisfaction than re-platformers and many are using open source software (OSS) in their modernization initiatives. Employing OSS makes it possible to crack the platform open and enable it to connect to the rest of the datacenter and the outside world. Join IDC guest speaker, Al Gillen and Peter Fandel as they take a deeper look at the value proposition associated with using commercially supported OSS in mission-critical environments, like IBM Z. In this webinar we’ll discuss:

  • How OSS can neutralize the disparity between seasoned IBM Z and emerging developers
  • The modernization initiatives that involve OSS
  • What to consider before bringing OSS to IBM Z
  • How Rocket Software is delivering commercially supported OSS to IBM Z
Al Gillen
Group VP, Software Development and Open Source - IDC
As Group Vice President, Software Development and Open Source, Al Gillen oversees IDC's software development research portfolio. Research disciplines in this group include developer research covering census, demographics and developer activities; platform as a service and cloud application services for developers, and developer lifecycle and quality assurance products. In addition, Mr. Gillen jointly oversees IDC's DevOps research program, and runs a program focused on the ecosystem of open source software pan-industry. During his career at IDC, Mr. Gillen participated many studies that tie platform research and system software research together, including mapping workloads to software markets, business value, ROI and cost of ownership studies, the business value of virtualization, and server platform migration. This research has been conducted across operating systems including Linux, Windows and Unix.
Peter Fandel
Senior Director of Mainframe Open Source and Zowe - Rocket Software
Peter is the Senior Director of Product Management for Mainframe Modernization at Rocket Software. The products and product families he manages include Zowe, Open Web Launch, and Rocket’s portfolio of over 30 z/OS language and tool ports from Perl to Python, and from Git to gzip.

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