7 Mainframe Taboos We Should Break

Having worked ‘on The Mainframe’ for almost 20 years at a variety of clients and sites I’ve come about a number of taboos within the Mainframe ‘ecosystem’ that are sometimes just doing my head in and just need to be broken. These taboos can be seen across the playing field and when I say across, I do mean across. Ranging from banks to insurance companies, from airlines to pension funds and from governmental institutions to ‘narrow-lane truck and heavy container warehouses’ and heard through the vox populi. Yes there are actually global warehouses running their stuff on The Mainframe (and … Continue reading 7 Mainframe Taboos We Should Break

What’s in a name…

Never in my 15+ year career of working on The Mainframe have I been more surprised (and probably pleased) with the nomenclature for my precious platform. I am not talking about the numbering-system (2064, …, 2088, …, 2098,…) but the ‘common denominators’. Going back to the day I had my ‘love-on-first-sight’ experience with The Mainframe (in my defence, it was a hot summer day in 1998) the machine was called an ES/9000 from the System/390 family. I forgot if she was was G4 or a G5 but I do remember she was a 24, 27, 31 and 32 bit machine which took … Continue reading What’s in a name…