IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 48

STOP RUN

PHOTO COURTESY OF VANCE MORRIS

Vance Morris at
IBM in Poughkeepsie,
New York, in March

Motivated by the Mainframe
'Things just clicked' for IBMer looking for his path
Valerie Dennis
is managing editor
of IBM Systems
Magazine,
Mainframe edition.

ot every success story
has a smooth beginning.
After "a few failed starts"
at an undergraduate degree and
working at a local data center,
Vance Morris enlisted in the Army.
There, "military life really helped
me learn to self-motivate and gave
me insights into the real world," the
IBM z Systems* programmer says.
He began classes again while
in the Army and graduated in
2011 with a degree in computer
science from West Texas A&M
University. But it was in 2009
while attending a conference that
Morris realized the turning point
in his career.
"I can distinctly recall standing
in the back of the keynote and

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noticing how many of the people
were nearing the ends of their
careers," he recalls. "Then I
noticed the caliber of businesses
being represented and things
just clicked. I now believe the
mainframe is 'too big to fail' as the
economy of the world relies on the
unique capabilities it provides."
In 2011, while in college,
Morris placed in the IBM
Academic Initiative Master the
Mainframe contest, which led
to his involvement in 2014's
Mainframe50 Master the
Mainframe World Championship.
"Being able to claim a small
piece of that amazing event is
really great, and it's something
I'll never forget," he says. He's

also a past recipient of the
IBM Destination z Enterprise
Computing scholarship.
Following graduation, Morris
began working at the IBM ISV
Lab in Dallas, to which he
attributes securing via his Master
the Mainframe participation.
He recently switched to the
cloud unit working with the IBM
Bluemix* platform.
Morris reflects positively on
the path he has taken, noting his
work in service roles has helped.
"Even though the technology I've
worked on has been very complex
and required deep understanding,
the need to satisfy customer
requirements and leave them
with a good feeling in the end
has helped my career progress,"
he says. Because many of his
jobs have dealt with different
technologies, he now considers
himself a "jack of all trades."
In his free time, Morris works
with Arduino microcontrollers
and the Internet of Things, noting
the knowledge gained through
these interests "is going to be
useful as I learn about and work
with Bluemix."
While his path may not be
typical, Morris is happy with
where it's taken him and sees
great possibilities ahead for both
himself and the mainframe.
"There is so much history
behind the mainframe, and
it's always been on the cutting
edge of serious enterprise
computing," he points out. "Its
capabilities and RAS [reliability,
availability and serviceability]
are outstanding, and with IBM
positioned as the ideal machine
for modern mobile workloads,
the future looks bright."


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: An important note
IBM Perspective: Transforming travel end to end
Partner PoV: Maximize the platform's business value by addressing challenges now
IT Today: Infrastructure matters: Myth or truth?
Case Study: Turning Complexity Into Simplicity: Vissensa Ltd. deploys an IBM Enterprise Cloud System to relieve the IT burdens of its clients
Cover Story: Industry Importance: Applying disruptive technologies in a nondisrputive way helps mainframe clients achieve business efficiency
Feature: Security Notification: Mainframe companies must be proactive and educated in testing and protection, expert says
Feature: Industry Improvements: Clients from five key industries highlight what's possible with IBM mainframe
Tech Showcase: Businesses must look at the big picture to take advantage of analytics
HotTECH Products
Administrator: New technologies with the IBM z13 and DS8870 systems aim to reduce costs and improve resilience, scale and performance
Solutions: ARCAD- Anonymizer; FDRPASVM, MVT Vault, STEPLIB-Rx 3.1; Topaz, ISPW V4.4, Savvytest 2.1
Stop Run: 'Things just clicked' for IBMer looking for his path
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Editor's Desk: An important note
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - IBM Perspective: Transforming travel end to end
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Partner PoV: Maximize the platform's business value by addressing challenges now
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - IT Today: Infrastructure matters: Myth or truth?
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Case Study: Turning Complexity Into Simplicity: Vissensa Ltd. deploys an IBM Enterprise Cloud System to relieve the IT burdens of its clients
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover Story: Industry Importance: Applying disruptive technologies in a nondisrputive way helps mainframe clients achieve business efficiency
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Feature: Security Notification: Mainframe companies must be proactive and educated in testing and protection, expert says
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Feature: Industry Improvements: Clients from five key industries highlight what's possible with IBM mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Tech Showcase: Businesses must look at the big picture to take advantage of analytics
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - HotTECH Products
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Administrator: New technologies with the IBM z13 and DS8870 systems aim to reduce costs and improve resilience, scale and performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Solutions: ARCAD- Anonymizer; FDRPASVM, MVT Vault, STEPLIB-Rx 3.1; Topaz, ISPW V4.4, Savvytest 2.1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Stop Run: 'Things just clicked' for IBMer looking for his path
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - SE2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - SE3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - SE4
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