IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 56

STOP RUN
2 Generations on the Mainframe
Together, IBM executives Pat Toole Jr. and Pat Toole Sr. bring
more than half a century of dedication to the company

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE TOOLES

Pat Toole Jr. and Pat Toole Sr. stand
in front of Thomas J. Watson Sr.'s
bookcase in his New York office at
590 Madison Ave. in the late 1990s.

P

at Toole, GM for System z*, grew up surrounded by IBM.
"When I was growing up, most of my friends had a
poster of Joe Namath on their bedroom wall and I had
Tom Watson Sr.," he recalls.
Valerie Dennis
is managing editor
of IBM Systems
Magazine, Mainframe edition.

He went on his first plant tour
when he was 3. At age 8, his
father tried to teach him how to
design a printed circuit board.
When he was 17, he applied for a
co-op position, working mornings
at IBM and spending afternoons
finishing high school. Being
entrenched in IBM was what he
knew, as his father, Pat Toole Sr.,
a former senior vice president and
group executive, retired after a 36year career at IBM in 1997.
Like his son, Pat Sr. started at
IBM as a co-op in Endicott, New
York, where IBM was founded.
The co-op experience afforded

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him the chance to work on various
assignments. "I got fascinated with
working on semiconductors, so
my electrical engineering career
led me into semiconductors and
semiconductors led me into mainframes," Pat Sr. says. "It seems
that if you want to do the best technical work, do the most for society
beyond the frontier of applications
and development, it leads you
inevitably to mainframes."
Always a workhorse in solving
client issues, the mainframe was
the heart of where complicated
business problems were solved,
Pat Sr. says. Over the years, he's

seen the mainframe advance into
"a much broader technical and
user environment than anybody
ever imagined when I was working
on mainframes."
Though retired, Pat Sr. is
still connected to IBM and the
mainframe. He periodically helps
IBM or discusses projects with
his son. And people have found
the elder Toole through his son.
"When you leave IBM and retire in
the type of a technical world that
I lived in, the things you miss are
the ever-changing technology and
the relationship with people. Pat
has enabled me to have continuity
in both of those respects."
The family link to IBM goes
beyond father and son. Pat Jr.'s
sister worked for IBM for 10
years and is now an independent
contractor with IBM customers as
clients. Two of Pat Jr.'s children
now work for IBM.
Beyond mainframes and IBM,
the father and son duo enjoy
playing golf together; traveling to
Ireland; and visiting the University of Notre Dame, where Pat Jr.
received a bachelor's in electrical
engineering and serves on the
university's graduate studies and
research advisory council. Pat Sr.
holds an honorary doctorate from
Notre Dame and serves on the
university's college of engineering
advisory council.
The Toole family holds IBM
in high regard. It's all Pat Jr. has
known, and he says he was born to
be a part of IBM.
"I love the company like a
family and I never would have
had that appreciation, knowledge
or insight if it were not for my
father," Pat Jr. says. "I am forever
grateful for all he did to get me
ready and prepared."


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Protecting information
IBM Perspective: Sunny outlook on the mainframe
Techbits: Watson: your personal shopper
Infographic: How the mainframe changed our world
Partner PoV: ISVs can help mainframe customers keep up with a rapidly evolving environment
Focus on Storage: IBM FlashSystem addresses storage and application performance issues
Currents: As data consumption expands, information protection policies must be put in place
Case Study: Credit Where Credit's Due: Isracard Group devises a novel way to verify its system integrity before disaster occurs
Cover Story: A Secure Fortress: The mainframe delivers the reliability, safety and cost-effectiveness your IT shop needs
Feature: Be Proactive in Risk Management: Protecting data is crucial as your business connects in ever-increasing ways along the access superhighway
Feature: Being Risk-Aware: New IBM and Ponemon study examines the economics of IT risk and reputation
Administrator: Active/Active Sites helps distribute workloads during outages
Tech Corner: A point-in-time tool, Runtime Diagnostics can find issues in a pinch
Solutions: Reflection 2014; CA Chorus; VFTP 3.0; Lifecycle Manager; STEPLIB-Rx; Ivory VisualConnect; Mainframe Abend Assist; Linux Enterprise Server Starter System for System z
Stop Run: Together, IBM executives Pat Toole Jr. and Pat Toole St. bring more than half a century of dedication to the company
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2014 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Editor's Desk: Protecting information
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - IBM Perspective: Sunny outlook on the mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Techbits: Watson: your personal shopper
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Infographic: How the mainframe changed our world
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Partner PoV: ISVs can help mainframe customers keep up with a rapidly evolving environment
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Focus on Storage: IBM FlashSystem addresses storage and application performance issues
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Currents: As data consumption expands, information protection policies must be put in place
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Case Study: Credit Where Credit's Due: Isracard Group devises a novel way to verify its system integrity before disaster occurs
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Cover Story: A Secure Fortress: The mainframe delivers the reliability, safety and cost-effectiveness your IT shop needs
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Feature: Be Proactive in Risk Management: Protecting data is crucial as your business connects in ever-increasing ways along the access superhighway
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Feature: Being Risk-Aware: New IBM and Ponemon study examines the economics of IT risk and reputation
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Administrator: Active/Active Sites helps distribute workloads during outages
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Tech Corner: A point-in-time tool, Runtime Diagnostics can find issues in a pinch
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 50
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Solutions: Reflection 2014; CA Chorus; VFTP 3.0; Lifecycle Manager; STEPLIB-Rx; Ivory VisualConnect; Mainframe Abend Assist; Linux Enterprise Server Starter System for System z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 54
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 55
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Stop Run: Together, IBM executives Pat Toole Jr. and Pat Toole St. bring more than half a century of dedication to the company
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - 2014 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - SE2
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