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Happy Birthday Mainframe: 60 years old and 60 years young!

May 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join the Open Mainframe community in this special webinar on Thursday, May 23 at 9 am PT/12 pm ET that aims to celebrate the mainframe birthday. We will take a look back at the fantastic innovations that have powered the IBM Z mainframe platform from its beginnings 60 years ago, which includes some of the folks who have shaped and witnessed the platform as well as those who are leading the charge into the next 60 years. Register here.

Speakers include:

– Cheryl Watson, CEO and Co-Founder at Watson & Walker

Cheryl Watson is the CEO and co-founder of Watson & Walker which offers practical mainframe performance and measurement advice.  Cheryl is known around the world for her passion and enthusiasm for IBM mainframes and the software that runs on them. She is most well-known for her z/OS (formerly MVS) newsletter, Cheryl Watson’s Tuning Letter, published since 1991.

– Derek Britton, Mainframe and Modernization Advisor

With over 30 years in the enterprise and mainframe software industry, Derek is an accomplished technology leader, writer, and consultant. With software development, product and brand marketing, product management, and services experience, Derek regularly commentates across the IT press, and at events such as Gartner, Open Mainframe Summit, SHARE, and GSE. Derek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from De Montfort University, and is the co-founder of the Open Mainframe Project COBOL Working Group.

– Donna Hudi, CMO at Phoenix Software International

Donna has more than 30 years of financial service, technology, marketing, and executive management experience spanning the asset management, software development, consulting, and non-profit industries. Prior to joining Phoenix Software as their Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development, she served as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for SHARE Association. Donna has been involved with the Open Mainframe Project since she was the Executive Director for SHARE Association and has continued during her tenure at Phoenix Software. She has been a member of the OMP Marketing Committee since 2019 and currently serves as the Marketing Committee Chair.

– Ed Jaffe, CTO at Phoenix Software International

Ed began his software development career by writing applications for government and research organizations in Washington, D.C. After moving to Los Angeles in 1982, he transitioned to the banking industry and eventually joined Phoenix Software International in 1987. He became Manager of Research & Development in the mid-1990s and was named Chief Technology Officer in 2009. Ed participated as a SHARE volunteer for nearly 30 years most recently as the SHARE Core Platform Focus Area Leader and is recognized throughout the mainframe community as a subject matter expert and strong advocate for the IBM Z platform.

– Jakub Balhar, Principal Product Owner at Broadcom

Jakub is a long-term enthusiast who is interested in building more secure solutions. He currently leads Zowe as the TSC chair, API Mediation Layer Squad lead, and the Product Owner for API Mediation Layer within Broadcom. He previously worked in the Space-related business, collaborating with NASA and ESA as Gisat’s Head of Application Development.



-Jessielaine Punongbayan, Support Engineer and Tech Evangelist at Dynatrace

Jessielaine is a Support Engineer at Dynatrace, an AI-powered monitoring tool. She has held various roles such as a Product Owner, Team Leader, Open Source contributor, Mainframe Modernization Ambassador, Writer, Conference Speaker, Software Engineer, and Hackathon Winner.

Register for the webinar here.


May 23
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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