The IBM System z Mainframe, a Hidden Giant of Corporate IT

The South Yorkshire Branch would like to thank The Training Foundry for generously sponsoring this event.

Thursday 17 January 2008, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Niel Kenyon, Senior IT Specialist, IBM UK


The System z platform processes around 80 billion transactions a day for over 95% of the Fortune 1000 companies and 98% of IBM's top 500 customers. It stands at the core of most of the world's large corporate institutions and is the backbone of the IBM business itself. For such an important IT platform, there are relatively few professionals within the IT industry with an understanding of the IBM System z Mainframe platform architecture, what it does, how it does it, and exactly why customers stay with the platform. This seminar will provide a perceptual foundation in the unique and special characteristics of the System z platform and how it achieves extreme volumes of transaction and data processing with unprecedented Reliability, Availability and Scalability.

When developing new solutions to integrate with existing IT applications or to deploy new workloads, having an appreciation of System z can be the key to designing and deploying a highly integrated, innovative and profitable solution.


Niel has over 20 years experience in the IBM System z mainframe, working both as an IBM customer and within IBM. His experience with System z and mainframe computing spans large systems serving across the banking, insurance and commercial sectors, ranging from application design and delivery through to system architecture and exploitation for many of the largest corporations in the United Kingdom and Europe. Niel is currently the European technical lead for delivering new application development tooling to the System z platform.


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