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Meet Zorow, An Open Mainframe Project For z/OS Systems

By | February 23, 2022

Zorow stands for z/OS Open Repository of Workflows, which provides a community and GitHub repository for z/OS system programmers and product vendors to contribute and collaborate with z/OSMF workflows. The project is driven by a very diverse and vibrant community, including IBM, z customers and other vendors.

According to Hiren Shah, Chair of the Open Mainframe Project’s Zorow project, “Our first and most important goal is a cross-team collaboration, enabling IBM, IBM customers and vendors to build and share common workflows for z/OS system management, configurations, and provisioning.”

The second major challenge for the Zorow community is to bridge the talent gap as most Mainframe experts are quite senior and the ecosystem needs to attract a new generation of developers so that the next generation of developers and users continue to reap the benefits of this critical technology.

The project is in incubation phase but Shah says that the team is “looking for a higher level of collaborations and once we start seeing that, we will open up the project and take it to the next phase from incubation to graduating it.”

What other challenges is the project trying to address? What kind of community is around the project? What roadmap does it have?

To get answers to all these questions, please watch the Zorow overview, which features a conversation with Hiren Shah, Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM, and TFIR host Swapnil Bhartiya.


Learn more about Zorow on their Github page here.