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PHOTO BY MATTHEW WINGREN STOP RUN Karla Arndt Musical Menagerie Software engineer notes creative side with musical instruments and choirs Valerie Dennis is managing editor of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition. rowing up in a family where music lessons were expected, Karla Arndt began playing the piano in first grade. A few years later she added the clarinet and accordion. In fifth grade she had her directing debut when the church organist didn't show up. For Arndt, it was the beginning of a life filled with playing piano and organ and being the director of church choirs and bands. "I was 'volunteered' to play for the service about three minutes after it was supposed to start," recalls Arndt, technical team leader of the z/OS* Runtime G Diagnostics and Predictive Failure Analysis components, IBM. Upon becoming the regular church organist in seventh grade, she then began taking organ lessons, alternating weeks among instruments. Arndt recalls being a "typical teenager" who didn't practice until right before the lesson for that instrument. With her experience, people assumed Arndt would pursue a career in music. "I chose computer science and applied mathematics over music for my majors in college because I looked at the salaries and decided I'd be better off as a software engineer that played music for a hobby rather than a musician who programmed for a hobby," she says. Following college, Arndt was asked to be the choir director at her current church, a position she accepted 27 years ago. She regularly plays organ and piano. She also assembled a traditional worship band-and from that, a brass quintet-and a "polka praise" group that performs one day a year, playing hymns sung to the tunes of polkas and waltzes. Arndt's personal preferences in music and instruments vary. No matter what, "I like to find music that will challenge me and that in the end will be something someone else will want to hear me play as well." The software engineer enjoys that music stretches her mind. "I'd like to think that using the more creative side of my brain also helps with the complex analytics algorithms required in my components at work," Arndt says. "When I've been having a trying day at work, it helps to come home and sit at the piano for a while." Music is also therapy, as Arndt experienced several months of numbness in her thumb, saying piano served as physical therapy to regain movement. With all that music has provided Arndt-including a highlight of directing her men's choir in singing the national anthem at a Minnesota Twin's game-one of her favorite aspects is that "it has allowed me to get to know a whole lot of people that I likely wouldn't have. The choir and band members are truly like family to me." WANT TO BE FEATURED IN STOP RUN? Send an email to Valerie Dennis at 48 // SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2015

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Flexible options
IBM Perspective: The full potential of Linux
Infographic: Differentiate your cloud services and drive margins sky-high
Techbits: The P-TECH fast track
Partner PoV: Virtualizing system software can help reduce data center costs
Trends: IBM has the roadmap you need to get to business innovation
Currents: Thanks to mobile apps, users can access IBM z Systems services and data
IT Today: A Cloud IT Optimization Assessment can help determine the right solutions
Case Study: Letters Home: Western Illinois University improves school-to-student interaction with more eye-catching financial aid documents
Cover Story: Linux Breakthrough: New IBM LinuxONE systems are enterprise-grade and built for business-critical applications
Feature: Community Partnership: The new Open Mainframe Project capitalizes on the strengths of z Systems and Linux to foster growth
Feature: A Matter of Standards: The KVM hypervisor extends familiar tools to Linux on the mainframe
Tech Showcase: Understanding VSAM can help you process and access information
Administrator: New zHPF protocols offer up to a 68 percent reduction in I/O service time for write operations
Solutions: Integration Link; SIEM Agent for z/OS
Stop Run: Software engineer notes creative side with musical instruments and choirs
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
Mainframe Skills Special Report
2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2015