The Mainframe in 2007/8

6 December 2007


Buffet at 6:00pm. Talk at 6:30pm.

Ground Floor Lecture Theater Peter Jost Centre, School of Computing and Mathematics, John Moore's University, Byrom Street, Liverpool. View a map of Liverpool JMU

Paul Carruthers, IBM


Paul will discuss the huge amount of investment within the mainframe platform, now known as IBM System z; what is does best and where it is going.

For example; Paul will remind the audience of the components that have proven themselves for decades, such as the z/OS (aka MVS) & VM operating systems, COBOL, Batch, DB2 and the IMS & CICS transaction processors.

Thereafter Paul will discuss how the mainframe is positioned to support 'contemporary' technologies such as Unix (USS), Linux, Java, web services and the very latest in cryptographic security for data. Paul will also describe how todays mainframe can support 1000's of Linux images whilst simultaneously servicing traditional z/OS workloads.

Paul will also talk about IBM's 'Mainframe Charter' and how it's core elements of Community, Innovation & Value are designed to demonstrate the mainframe is far from Dead or Dying.

About the speaker:
Paul has worked for IBM since January 1998; initially within Strategic Outsourcing before moving onto Software Group. Prior to that he gained extensive multi-sector experience through engagements with prestige organisations such as Freemans Mail Order, Co-operative Wholesale Society and ICI. Whilst in Strategic Outsourcing Paul continued to develop his skills in lead technical roles within many accounts including Asda, Bradford & Bingley, Equifax and Certegy

In his current role in IBM Paul works with the CICS development lab in Hursley to develop and enhance the IBM CICS tools suite. He also works with customers (both outsourced and non-outsourced) to assist them from a technical level in migrating from current ISV software tools to appropriate IBM CICS product base.

He has worked within IBM System z CICS Technical Support teams at various companies (not just IBM) since 1990, gaining a large amount of experience in installing, customizing and rolling out CICS and associated software tooling. Based in Leeds he travels around the UK & Europe to give technical presentations, demonstrations and proof of concepts for the IBM’s CICS tool suite.

His most notable qualifications and achievements include:

  • BCS at Chartered IT Professional level (2004)
  • Co-authored the IBM Redbook for ‘CICS Performance Monitor version 1.2’ (2003)
  • BTEC HND in Computer Studies (1987 - 1990)
  • BTEC OND in Computer Studies (1985 - 1987)