IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2013 - (Page 48)

STOP RUN Music LESSONS Kochishan challenges misconceptions about polka—and the mainframe A fter nearly 35 years working in IT, Stefan Kochishan, senior director of mainframe marketing at CA Technologies, has deep roots in mainframe technology. But his roots in music—particularly polka—run even deeper. Mike Westholder is managing editor of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition. The son of German immigrants, Kochishan’s father (also Stefan) played the button box accordion and harmonica, and his older brother, Karl-Heinz, is an accomplished accordionist. Having taken up the saxophone at age 8 and the clarinet at 11, Kochishan, 54, has played with various musical groups over the years—including his brother’s band, Europa, for nearly 43 years and Polka Power California for 20. Q. Would you say polka music is a family tradition or a profession? A. Both! Though I wouldn’t really say it’s a profession for me— more like a very deep passion for being creative and creating a fantastic customer experience. To me, performing provides great stress relief from my daily marketing responsibilities. Q In addition to polka, have you performed with other types of bands? A. I’ve had the great opportunity to play with several bands and music styles from polkas and waltzes to very tradition- 48 // JULY/AUGUST 2013 al ethnic music—Croatian, Serbian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Greek—and more modern styles like swing, Dixieland, jazz, blues and some rock. I was also a studio musician for a while, playing for commercials. I’ve played ocean cruises, the Lawrence Welk Theatre in Branson, Mo., Las Vegas and countless venues. One nonconventional place I’ve played was on a plane on the tarmac waiting for a storm to pass. It was pretty cool having the flight attendants and passengers all singing along to pass the time. Q. What’s the most memorable event you’ve played? AThat’s easy—the City of La Mesa [Calif.] Festival with over 10,000 spectators. The place was packed and jumping! Q. What about polka is most appealing to you? A. Really, there are so many types of polkas: German, Slovenian, Polish, Czech, Mexican, Ukranian, et cetera. It’s the variety of styles to emulate and the upbeat, driving, happy sounds that appeal to me. Stefan Kochishan, senior director of mainframe marketing at CA Technologies Q. What’s the biggest misconception about polka? A. Just like many misperceptions about the mainframe—it’s old technology, outdated, it won’t last, it’s only for senior workers—newer styles of polka “ain’t yer daddy’s polkas.” There’s a resurgence of popularity for the music among younger generations. It’s totally evolved and will be around—just like the mainframe—for years and years to come.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2013

Table of Contents
Publisher's Desk: By design
IBM Perspective: Ongoing innovation on IBM System z
IT Today: Economics and performance make Linux on System z the clear choice
Partner PoV: Linux and open-source HA build on mainframe's strengths
Trends: New DataPower appliance for IMS rapidly transforms data for cloud and mobile apps
Cover Story: The Next Evolution of Linux on System z: The benefits of this technological synergy continue to advance
Feature: Making a Splash: Linux consolidation helps System z forge inroads in new markets
Feature: Software-Defined Environments Make Computing Smarter: By adding intelligence to the IT infrastructure, enterprises become responsive and flexible, an interview with IBM's Arvind Krishna
Tech Corner: In addition to high performance, System z processors are designed to be reliable
Administrator: System z innovations automatically define configurations for greater availability
Solutions: Compuware Workbench; ThruPut Manager AE+
Advertiser Index
Stop Run: Kochishan challenges misconceptions about polka—and the mainframe
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2013 Mainframe Buyer's Guide Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2013