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The Main Scoop, Episode 21: Longevity, Integrity, and Humanity: 60 Years of Mainframe

Longevity, Integrity, and Humanity: 60 Years of Mainframe

The integrity of both the mainframe platform and the people within the ecosystem have kept the world’s economy humming for 60 years. But don’t just take it from our hosts Greg Lotko and Daniel Newman! This special anniversary episode spotlights the mainframe community, what they love about the platform, their favorite technological advancements, and why the mainframe is critical to our everyday lives.

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Daniel Newman: Hey everyone. Welcome back to another episode of The Main Scoop. I’m Daniel Newman, your host, joined by Mr. Greg Lotko. Greg, we’re back today.

Greg Lotko: Delighted to be back. Love doing The Main Scoop with you.

Daniel Newman: It’s good to be here. It’s good to be celebrating today. You want to tell everyone what we’re going to be celebrating?

Greg Lotko: Hey, you may have noticed that we’re not referencing someone that’s going to be joining us, but we got a bunch of people from the ecosystem join us because the mainframe is all about the people.

Daniel Newman: It is all about the people. And I believe Greg, that we are celebrating now six decades, 60 years of the mainframe. That’s a long time that this very, very important technology has been powering industries and still to this date, powering many industries.

Greg Lotko: Thriving.

Daniel Newman: Thriving. So let me ask you a question. As somebody that spends a little bit of time focused on this particular business space, why do you think this particular technology has been so important and remained so relevant for so long?

Greg Lotko: So let’s not listen to just me. Let’s hear from the ecosystem. We could talk about that. Let’s go to the ecosystem.

Cade Martinez: The mainframe is massive. There will never be a shortage of things to learn and you can always expand on your knowledge.

Andreea Bodnari: The mainframe is the foundation on which the healthcare industry runs.

Sarah Zagorski: The Maine Frame is a powerhouse of computational might, driving critical operations with efficiency and reliability.

Erik Weyler: If you only know one thing about the mainframe, you should know it’s a transactional monster.

Niall Ashley: The mainframe is forever and it’s so irreplaceable. There is nothing that can do what the mainframe can do. As cheap as it can be done, or as efficient as it can be done. The mainframe is just forever. It’s only going to get better and it’s never going anywhere.

Dr. Howard Rubin: The mainframe is one of the most solid asset classes of all the compute asset classes.

My Phung Tieu: The mainframe is secure and everywhere.

Jarrett Goddard: Everyone wants to feel like what they want really matters and mainframe just does, it’s a great industry to be in and it’s indelible and it’s wide in society.

Reg Harbeck: The mainframe is the main place we frame the future.

Daniel Newman: Wow. So the community’s loving it.

Greg Lotko: Yeah. Start from the end of work back. I love that the person used the word frame. It frames the future. It’s powerful, it’s resilient, it’s lasting-

Daniel Newman: And it’s massive.

Greg Lotko: Really good stuff. It’s massive.

Daniel Newman: Somebody said it’s massive. And of course over the years it actually has gotten quite a bit smaller.

Greg Lotko: Yeah, it’s physically gotten smaller so that it could fit in an industry standard rack. It’s way more efficient and effective because of that continuous investment and evolution. So at the same time, it both got smaller in stature or space that it took out. But the power and the capability is massive.

Daniel Newman: But it hasn’t gotten any less important. In fact, you could argue, well, naysayers might want to say everything’s going to go cloud or this or that. The industry, whether it’s the financial services world, healthcare systems, they’ve realized that there is no other way to do this. So Greg, let me ask you a question. What do you love about the mainframe?

Greg Lotko: The people.

Daniel Newman: The people.

Greg Lotko: I mean, it’s the thing that kept bringing me back. The technology is fabulous. I mean nothing against that. The power, the strength, the resiliency, what it does for businesses around the world. But the thing that really makes this work, the thing that has driven it to new heights, it’s the people. The energy and enthusiasm around the platform and what they’re doing with it in the world. But what about you? What do you think? I mean, you’re a broad industry analyst. We have this opportunity with The Main Scoop. We do talk about broad topics, but we always bring it back to the mainframe. What have you come to love about the mainframe?

Daniel Newman: Look, the shift from mainframe to modernization is something that we often talk about on the show, Greg. We talk about hybrid architectures and then we talk about cloud architectures. And the thing I love is that as you see gradual transformations that are going on in business, the mainframe has really remained and been rooted as part of the core of so many different businesses for its reliability, for its scalability, for the secure nature that it has. And then of course its ability to stay modern. We’ve seen implementations of AI at scale. It’s funny that seems like so many want to say it’s A or B, but I feel like it’s A and B.

Greg Lotko: Even the way you started that, you started to say it’s the shift from two, it’s with- It’s modernization with the mainframe connecting to those other technologies

Daniel Newman: And it’s really staying that way. And as I’ve even spent more time with you and I’ve spent more time with other partners in the ecosystem, those celebrating the 60 years, I’ve learned so much more and I’ve seen so much more about why this technology has such a bright future. But hey, why don’t we ask some of our friends out in the ecosystem what they think.

Greg Lotko: Absolutely. What do you all think out there?

Greg Sveinbjornson: What I love about the mainframe is there’s lots of support for new people like me and I get to help maintain and develop software that is going to affect millions of people.

James Roesemann: I mean, mainframe is just cool. They’re these ultra-powerful machines that make so much a modern life possible.

Mike Fontanetta: The mainframe has provided a foundational framework that all other business technologies have been built upon.

Oleksandr Hubanov: Coding for mainframe is your opportunity to have a contribution to human history because the code persistent for many, many years.

Neal Cash: I love the opportunity, that’s the key. I started at the very bottom of the mainframe chain, I was mopping floors and hanging tapes. And now I am privileged to be part of a program that teaches our next generation of mainframers.

Adia Sakura-Lemessy: My favorite thing about the mainframe is really two favorite things about the mainframe. But the first one is that I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better example in tech of the saying, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I mean, there’s a reason why despite the fact that some people have been saying the mainframe is somehow perpetually in a cycle of maybe almost disappearing for years, it has not disappeared and it is not likely to disappear anytime in the near future. I mean, this has been powering some of the biggest systems in the world since before the Beatles came stateside. That brings me to my second favorite thing about the mainframe and a huge chunk of why I’m really here. Before I understood the tech, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet some of the people. And mainframers, in my opinion, are an awesome and welcoming group of people.

Steven Dickens: The mainframe has provided an enduring platform that underpins how we live and how we operate today. As we look forward, what we see from the mainframe is that continuing with new functionality, powering a hybrid cloud model and delivering on the promise of AI. I think as you look at the last 60 years, you see key indicators that are going to mean there’s a lot to come from this platform. So we shouldn’t be looking backwards. We should certainly be looking forwards.

Benazeer Ilyas: When it comes to big data, nothing gets compared with IBM’s processing power. And that’s exactly why, like our most 95 percentage of world stop banks still rely on mainframe technology for their daily transactions. And that’s exactly what I love about mainframe. It’s original. It’s a legacy system with high credibility, which still provides solution that endures and build the future generation a better place. And I am glad to be part of it too.

Leapheng Sok: Mainframe is really reliable, powerful, and secure. It can handle many transactions and data at the same time. As you all know, mainframe has been the backbone of many industries and continue to adapt and innovate to meet the changing demand of the digital world. Cheers to 60 years of outstanding achievement and to many more to come.

Shiva Saberi: I love mainframe because it always surprises me. There is something to learn about the mainframe, something that makes a difference in our world.

Joao Bezerra Leite: The mainframe is a good friend, especially for those who have to process huge amounts of data.

Viet Tranhuynh: I love the mainframe because it’s fun. I get to learn new things every day. Not only that, the mainframe community is very supportive and enjoyable to work with.

Greg Lotko: So what I heard there, we’re back to the people, it’s about the community. I mean, usually when somebody says it’s cool or talks about the area they’re in is cool, you go, yeah, of course you think that. But what is cool is the community with the longevity, the idea that the people that I worked with were the founders around this platform. And they invested in me so that I could learn, and now my generation wants to pay it forward yet again. A platform with this staying power, this capability over this period of time is unprecedented. That is cool.

Daniel Newman: Yeah, it’s interesting to watch some of those young technology leaders talking about, well, first of all, the word cool I think was said more than several times. And then also of course, talking about building and developing on code, and iterating on code, and creating something that has staying power. So let’s talk business value.

Greg Lotko: Sure.

Daniel Newman: In the end, we always say, “You don’t buy technology for technology’s sake. You buy technology for business sake.” And if you think about this particular technology, it has been at the core of business value. I mentioned earlier, I said, “Reliable, scalable, secure.” These are just a few. Resilient. In the end, what’s the world look like if all of a sudden mainframes were no longer here?

Greg Lotko: I shudder to think, candidly. When you talk about a platform that has had staying power, I think people think about stability, or being static, or a consistent return. But this has been a platform that’s continued to give a return on investment that far exceeds any other platform. The heavy lifting power it does in businesses, and the cost per compute, is paled compared to anything else.

So forget about anybody’s preferences, or biases of the technologies that they’ve worked in, a world without mainframe would be a heck of a lot more expensive for IT. It would be much less resilient, and it would require a heck of a lot more people power to keep all this working and running in today’s society. I won’t say it couldn’t be done, but it wouldn’t be done nearly as efficiently or nearly as well.

Daniel Newman: Business often has a way, Greg, of telling when there’s a better way. And the fact that-

Greg Lotko: When they think there’s a better way.

Daniel Newman: When they think. But what I’m saying is, if it was a sure thing, if it was just sure thing that they could move into another platform, and get better results, they would’ve done it. I’m telling you.

Greg Lotko: Agreed.

Daniel Newman: The reason they haven’t done it, is because this is still one of the most efficient, most powerful, scalable, secure platforms on the planet.

Greg Lotko: And it’s not saying it’s the right platform for everything, which is why there has been client server computing, and there’s cloud, and there’s mobile computing. There’s platforms that are really good for certain parts of IT and the workload. But the stuff that has stayed on mainframe, is because that is the best place for it to be.

Daniel Newman: Well, you look at transaction processing and if all of a sudden that was taken away. Just imagine if some force came on and suddenly the mainframe tomorrow vanished from the world-

Greg Lotko: A magic wand.

Daniel Newman: A magic wand came. What do you think our friends, what do you think our community would think happens?

Namik Hrle: What would happen if suddenly Google, Meta, Facebook, X, Twitter, you name it, stopped working? Surely, definitely some inconvenience. For example, I couldn’t watch my favorite cat videos. And yes, also some more serious inconvenience than that. But still, the world wouldn’t stop. On the contrary, if all mainframes would suddenly stop working, the world economy would stop. No buying, selling basic goods, no booking travel, no insurance claims, no withdrawing your money from the bank. Frankly, what would be the consequences of all this collapse? I don’t like to think about it.

Reg Harbeck: What you would have is a deluge, a great flood of loss of functionality. I’ve often referred to the mainframe as Noah’s architectures, as the platform for the ages that was designed to survive and help us survive and move forward. So it was kind of like if the people in Noah’s Ark suddenly didn’t have a boat anymore.

Dr. Howard Rubin: So if a mysterious force wiped out earth, all the Earth’s mainframes, what would happen? Most transaction processing, whether from credit cards or banks, to motor vehicle bureaus, to social security, to the IRS, maybe that’s a good thing, would actually grind to a halt. It’s the actual workhorse of what’s going on out there, in high-volume transactions and payment processing and things like that. And even computational is out there too. So probably 70% of the world’s workloads would stop working. And the consequences of that would bring mankind to a standstill.

Paulo Carvao: What comes to mind would be a mainframe zombie apocalypse. But on a serious note, I think what we would experience would be significant financial services disruption. Government operations would halt around the world. Airlines and transportations would go into a chaotic mode of operation. Healthcare systems would be strained. Retail and supply chains may collapse. Data and security and privacy risk would emerge all over the place, and this would have significant economic impact. So I hope that mysterious force never comes to play, because we’ll have real issues.

Greg Lotko: Hey, so for me, I’m more of a dog person than a cat person, although, don’t write in your cards and letters. I like Maine Coons and I like Scottish Folds, go, Taylor Swift. But yeah, I think what they’re expressing here is the recognition of the different types of workloads and what they mean to us in a real world on an everyday interaction.

Daniel Newman: Noah’s architecture.

Greg Lotko: Yeah, I like that one too.

Daniel Newman: That kind of caught my attention a little bit. But I think it is the idea that certain things that we’ve come to know and expect to just work, that’s kind of what the mainframe is really, really good at. It’s like the thing. You never expect to walk into a store and try to buy something and find out that you can’t, that a transaction cannot be processed. You think about credit card transactions.

Greg Lotko: You don’t want to look at your bank account and have it be like, “Well, you can’t look right now. We don’t have any idea how much money you have.”

Daniel Newman: So what do you think are the biggest milestones? Do you have a milestone, or something that’s happened with innovation, or invention in the mainframe over the years, Greg, that just really stands out to you?

Greg Lotko: For me, the biggest thing was opening up the platform, right? It probably started first, technologically with the idea that IBM created a platform where you could bring your programs forward. You didn’t have to rewrite them every time you got a new computer. Think about that. If you got a new iPad or tablet, and all of a sudden you had to rewrite all the software. Not efficient.

So that was huge. But when you have a closed system, I think you get constrained. You kind of say, “Well, I already have a spreadsheet. I already have something. It’s good enough.” And you stagnate, you don’t innovate. You may provide different functions, but you don’t necessarily evolve and iterate. And then in the late ’60s, when it opened up and it spawned this whole partner ecosystem, where others could develop software for it. And now you had competition for better programming, or middleware technologies, everybody was trying to provide more value or greater value than the next. I think that’s really what spurred it forward.

Daniel Newman: Yeah, I definitely love watching how, as it modernizes, that it’s embracing the new parallel or adjacent technologies. So whether that’s been hybrid architectures-

Greg Lotko: And that’s a different level of open. I was talking fundamentally, of just having not all the software provided by one vendor. Then you go forward 20, 30 years and you get Linux on the platform. And then you start opening up APIs. You get hybrid workloads and connecting with cloud workloads. It really just keeps accelerating and giving a greater return on it.

Daniel Newman: Yeah, just the last few years, even seeing the way AI and the mainframe have begun to work together so closely. But what do you think all of our friends in the community are saying about what they consider to be the greatest advancements of the mainframe?

Paulo Carvao: Well, talking about the greatest advance in mainframe technology is almost like picking a favorite amongst your children. There has been so much, from advanced security features, like cryptography at scale, all the way to innovations in computer language. It’s been a lot of pioneering technology that has been introduced by the mainframe. But I think I would stay with, or stick to, virtualization. Virtualization was there first. It enabled us to separate, initially hardware from software. Enabled portability, enabled scale that led all the way to infrastructure as a service, and the cloud paradigms that we have today. So I think I would go back to the pioneering days of virtualization on the mainframe. And I think this has been one of the most remarkable technologies that has started in the platform.

Joao Bezerra Leite: What I would say, the hybrid cloud strategy is one of the greatest advance, because brings this scalability, brings the serviceability, brings the reliability of the mainframes. But also brings the capability to adapt and to integrate in this cloud world, in this cloud modernization that comes and is in our lives as well.

Reg Harbeck: There have been so many important advances, every year, every decade. And that continues right now. You see, with the Telum chip, with the AI, with the quantum relevance, with the increasing cloud relevance. And yet, each of these hearkens back to earlier innovations, earlier ideas, earlier aspirations. Certainly, the cloud is a manifestation of really early ideas of computing as a utility and not as an individual box. And what does this all have in common? Well, there’s one word, and it’s a word that was not part of the original system 360 design, but was aspirationally in the hearts and minds of people, and came out explicitly in the 1970s. And that word is virtualization.

Andreea Bodnari: Well, this one doesn’t take a lot of thinking. It’s actually virtualization. The ability to run multiple workloads on the same piece of hardware. And with virtualization, we’re now able to optimize the usage of mainframes.

Daniel Newman: So good to see so many of the alumni from The Main Scoop chiming in here.

Greg Lotko: Yeah, I agree.

Daniel Newman: It’s, the talent and the community seem to really find a way to resonate throughout this episode. But when you listen to just the answers, whether it’s been, what are the best innovations? Or what would the world look like without? You just kind of listen to all of them. And they talk about the power of community, being around and working with people that are innovators, and people that love-

Greg Lotko: What is it for you? What do you think is the biggest technological advancement on the platform?

Daniel Newman: Well, what I said before is, I think it has more to do with the acceptance of the new open standards. Not what you were talking about.

Greg Lotko: It’s all right.

Daniel Newman: You kind of came up with my answer when I answered, and then you came back with it, and you were like, “I’m watching the way it’s modernizing to address what some people are looking from outside the mainframe era, as these are the future.” I think it’s an and. And what I’ve really come away from, having spent more and more time in this business and around this business, Greg, is that it’s not or, it’s and.

Greg Lotko: And as I listened to the ecosystem talk, I was thinking about, wow, yeah, I agree, virtualization. I agree, parallel sysplex was huge, and databases, and transaction processing. But I really realized the single biggest innovation isn’t one of them, it’s all of them. It’s the idea that this platform has had continued and ongoing innovation. So the single biggest innovation is realizing what this platform’s doing, how important it is to the world, and not stopping, not resting on its laurels, to continue to innovate ahead of the needs of the businesses and all the institutions that are relying on the platform.

Daniel Newman: When you have a technology that’s as fundamentally important to society as the mainframe, and then you have, as I was sort of alluding to earlier, a community of people that love being part of it, you get a byproduct, which is often innovation and continuous improvement. And that’s what we’ve got here. And of course, you get people that you can just tell, Greg, they’re just so proud to be in this business.

Greg Lotko: There is pride, for sure. It’s a life’s work. It’s a passion. It’s an energy and enthusiasm. That’s what you feel. And it’s infectious, in a good way.

Daniel Newman: Well, let’s find out what they’re most proud of about being part of this industry.

Paulo Carvao: What makes me most proud of being a member of the community, frankly, is the community itself. I’ve spent many years of my professional life as a main framer. But I’ve been away for a while. I’ve been in different areas of the business and I’ve been even a little bit outside of technology now for the last couple of years. But I’m still here. I’m still a main framer at heart, and I still have a chance to celebrate a great milestone, and an anniversary together with you all. So I think that’s what we should be all most proud of. We must be proud of each other and our camaraderie.

Reg Harbeck: I’m just so proud of each one of the people I’ve gotten to know, learn from, and take the journey with. And so I’m proud of the people of mainframe above all.

Andreea Bodnari: I have to say, the mainframe community is forward-thinking and adaptable. Especially, in the last decade, we’ve seen the cloud technology take a more prominent place in the business ecosystem. However, the cloud technology is not at all a disruptor to help businesses run their workloads. And the mainframe community found ways to basically emphasize its own strengths and collaborate where it made sense with the cloud technology in order to fundamentally serve the client at the end of the day. And this approach, of driving with openness, of driving with collaboration, I think made the mainframe ecosystem more relevant, and helped the business ecosystem evolve faster and take advantage of innovation at the faster pace.

Namik Hrle: That’s the tight-knit across all the involved players, from the designers, developers, and support teams, our business partners and consultants, and IBM champions, to most importantly, our customers, who are the inspiration for all we do, and who are always the most important component in the mainframe ecosystem.

Daniel Newman: Speaking of IBM champions, Mr. IBM champion, I think I saw a post with your picture on it.

Greg Lotko: Yeah, I’m the first ever executive influencer IBM champion for the Z community, which it’s all about the community. And as I listened to the answers, it struck me that while I’m extremely proud of this community, for what they’ve done, for what they’ve delivered, for what they’ve put in the world, I’m so much more proud of who they are. And that’s what kept bringing me back. Like some others that you heard from, I’ve been in and out of this community. But it’s the people that always drew me back. The commitment, the energy, the enthusiasm. It is a fabulous place in the IT market to make your career. And I couldn’t do it without all these people.

Daniel Newman: Yeah, you’re gushing a little bit. It’s good to see that.

Greg Lotko: I’m extremely proud of this ecosystem.

Daniel Newman: So part of the continuation of any successful industry comes back to bringing fresh new talent to it.

Greg Lotko: Yep.

Daniel Newman: What do you think is the draw for the younger community to want to join and become part of this mainframe space?

Greg Lotko: It’s the people. It is absolutely unique here. The idea that people have had their life’s work and passion around this, and they want to ensure that this is here for many years into the future. So the people are very giving of their knowledge, and make that investment. But that’s from the other side. Let’s hear from those folks that are newer to the community, what they think.

Adia Sakura-Lemessy: Ever since my understanding of a mainframe expanded beyond an idea of a big computer that runs your credit card transactions, I had a sneaking suspicion that I was going to be very happy in this space. And I’m looking forward to potentially having quite a long career here, even though I am just at the very beginning. Because right now my passion is running very high for this field and that’s not something I can say about very many things.

Amarildo Golloshi: When I was in college, I didn’t hear anything about the mainframe. One thing that I would like to say is, would be very good opportunity for people they are in college to be introduced about the Mainframe and the technology that Mainframe use so they can be their future.

Cade Martinez: So far I’ve really enjoyed learning about Mainframe and being able to collaborate with other Mainframers and hopefully I’m able to do it for years to come.

James Roesemann: I’m less than a year into my Mainframe career, and the thing that attracted me to this industry to begin with is I think the reason why so many businesses stick with the Mainframe. It’s reliable. In a world that feels more turbulent than ever, the Mainframe feels like a rock of stability, and I know that it’s going to be a dependable platform and a dependable career for many years to come.

Daniel Newman: You could see a lot of excitement and enthusiasm in those young up-and-coming Mainframers, Greg. I sensed some that feel that this could be, it’s not a stopping point, it’s a starting point and that a career can be built. And that’s really, really great to hear because this industry is going to need young, fresh, enthusiastic talent to continue to bring innovation to what I think will be a very long and important future that this technology still has.

Greg Lotko: I think that’s unique. I think usually you hear about people talking about a particular database or software technology. Whereas when you’re talking about the Mainframe, you’re talking about an entire platform and everything it involves, whether it be the applications working in a business, whether it be middleware, whether it be the hardware, and folks can do a lot of different things across that career, and I think that’s what keeps it exciting and challenging for them.

Daniel Newman: Yeah, it’s important. So this is an ever-changing space, Greg, and while-

Greg Lotko: Constantly evolving, for sure.

Daniel Newman: This is an ever-changing and constantly evolving space, Greg, and by the way, part of what makes any technology so important is that it has its fair amount of stability with a constant dose of iteration and innovation. You want a platform that’s running every financial services transaction, almost every single one, to be really stable, reliable, dependable, and maybe not be changing too quickly. At the same time though, you want to know that whether it’s advancing the most cost-efficient ways to do something, the most sustainable ways to do something or the most secure ways to do something, that it’s addressing that all in real time.

So you got that challenge of kind of wanting to constantly modernize and constantly at the same time give people that real stability that you want to know that your tech is just going to work. So let’s put ourselves on the spot for a minute. All right. Give me the three words that come to mind for you when I say Mainframe.

Greg Lotko: I’m going to use four.

Daniel Newman: Of course you are.

Greg Lotko: Because when I pick the first three, there’s overlap in there. So for sure it’s longevity. And then tied to that, I think about durability and security. But most important to me, and we heard it from all the people out there in the ecosystem, the most important thing if I were to describe the platform is its humanity.

Daniel Newman: So since you got four, I’m going to keep the playing field level and I’m going to give you two.

Greg Lotko: You’re such a sharer.

Daniel Newman: I’m such a sharer. I should open up more. So I’m going to use one that a lot of people would probably expect, and that’s scalable. The platform is incredibly scalable. I’m going to use one that maybe doesn’t quite match your humanity, but it does play a little bit more in the ether of bigger thinking, and that’s integrity. When you do as many transactions on a day in and day out basis as a Mainframe does, the fact that it almost never gets it wrong, the integrity of the system is pretty incredible.

Greg Lotko: I think it does tie to the humanity in it. It’s the integrity of the system and the people that are running the most important workloads in the world.

Daniel Newman: Well, I don’t know by this point in the show, Greg, if you could guess, but you gave your six and I gave my zero so that we could have a chance to both give three. But let’s hear what the community had to say about the three words that they would use to describe the Mainframe.

Greg Lotko: Absolutely.

Niall Ashley: Three words. The Mainframe, I’d say versatile. This bit of cut is able to run ZOS or Linux. It can be used in aviation or banking. It’s very, very versatile powerhouse. This machine can compute an unfathomable amount of data, has an immeasurable yield of transactions per second. But I’d also say my last word is oxymoronic. It’s the most modern piece of legacy hardware in the entire IT industry.

Sarah Zagorski: Powerful, efficient, and reliable.

Namik Hrle: Vital, unbreakable, ingenious,

Adia Sakura-Lemessy: Powerful, efficient and indispensable.

Jakub Balhar: Secure, reliable and fun.

Neal Cash: Simply put, it’s fast, it’s reliable and it’s secure.

Reg Harbeck: Profound, definitive, and human.

Daniel Newman: Well, Greg, you weren’t the only one that found the word human, so you got another word. Are you going to just chalk it up to the fact that you got it and someone else did that you were really onto something there?

Greg Lotko: No, I like it. I like it a lot. And so the other thing we heard is reliable and what else is reliable? You can count on more episodes of The Main Scoop.

Daniel Newman: And with that, we do have to say thank you to everyone for tuning into this special 60th anniversary edition of the Mainframe here on The Main Scoop. I’m Daniel Newman joined by my friend and co-host Mr. Greg Lotko. We appreciate you tuning in. Hit that subscribe button, join us for all of the episodes of this show, but we’ve got to say goodbye for now. We’ll see you all later.

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From the leading edge of AI to global technology policy, Daniel makes the connections between business, people and tech that are required for companies to benefit most from their technology investments. Daniel is a top 5 globally ranked industry analyst and his ideas are regularly cited or shared in television appearances by CNBC, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and hundreds of other sites around the world.

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The Futurum Group team assesses how the global impact of the recent CrowdStrike IT outage has underscored the critical dependency of various sectors on cybersecurity services, and how this incident highlights the vulnerabilities in digital infrastructure and emphasizes the necessity for robust cybersecurity measures and resilient deployment processes to prevent widespread disruptions in the future.
On this episode of The Six Five Webcast, hosts Patrick Moorhead and Daniel Newman discuss CrowdStrike Global meltdown, Meta won't do GAI in EU or Brazil, HP Imagine AI 2024, TSMC Q2FY24 earnings, AMD Zen 5 Tech Day, Apple using YouTube to train its models, and NVIDIA announces Mistral NeMo 12B NIM.
An Overview of Significant Advancements and Announcements in the AI Software and Services Market in June 2024
Keith Kirkpatrick, Research Director with The Futurum Group, covers the highlights in the enterprise AI market in June 2024, featuring key players such as Apple, Meta, OpenAI, Stability, Google Deepmind, Meta, and McDonald’s.
An Overview of Significant Advancements and Announcements in the Enterprise Applications Market in June 2024.
Keith Kirkpatrick, Research Director with The Futurum Group, covers the highlights in the enterprise application market in June 2024, featuring players such as Salesforce, Pegasystems, SAP, Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle Netsuite, and more.