IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 39

WOMEN IN TECH
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Chemical
Engineering Student
Turned Mainframe
Working Mom

discouraged by setbacks; always
seek out opportunities and do
your homework, she adds.

KATHY GASSET
Systems Programmer,
The Kroger Co.
Cincinnati

DONNA DILLENBERGER
IBM Fellow, IBM z Systems
Yorktown Heights, New York
Projects with
technical
and human
interest captivate Donna
Dillenberger.
She looks for opportunities that
will introduce her to new skills
and ideas and potentially help
humanity. She values working
with colleagues who are compassionate and positive.
In her 28 years with IBM,
Dillenberger and her colleagues
developed new hypervisors,
hardware and system software
to enable a single box to process hundreds of thousands of
transactions per second as well as
machine-learning algorithms that
allow systems to handle dynamic
workloads. She's created learning algorithms to give healthcare
providers better insight to illness,
treatment and diagnosis.
Dillenberger counsels young
women considering IT careers to
"work on ideas that appeal to you,
that touch your heart and can
help humanity. Work with positive, kind, encouraging people.
Once you've become adept in an
area, choose a new problem space
so you're continually expanding
your universe," she advises.

Kathy Gasset's
only work
outside of IT
was her first
job at the local
McDonald's in
Cincinnati. During her 40 years in
the industry, Gasset has garnered
expertise in IMS* and Syncsort
MFX, working primarily on IBM
hardware and software.
Getting her first programmer
analyst position was her biggest
challenge. While working as a
z/OS computer operator, Gasset
wanted to become a COBOL
programmer, so she went back to
school while working full time.
When her employer's programmer trainee program-which she
intended to join-was canceled,
Gasset relocated to Houston and
found a job as a COBOL programmer analyst at a large company.
She has worked for several
large organizations in Houston
and Charlotte, North Carolina, during her career. Gasset
returned to Cincinnati 20 years
ago, accepting a COBOL programmer position at Kroger.
One of many accomplishments
she's proud of is her work on a
project to introduce Java* developers to z/OS, proving that the
mainframe is alive and well.
Her advice to potential IT
careerists is: Assume nothing.

My exposure to the mainframe happened by chance. After discovering
a passion for coding well into my
college career, I married a Northern
Illinois University (NIU) student and
found the computer science department at NIU had a well-established
mainframe curriculum.
During my senior year, Chris
O'Malley, CEO of Compuware,
came to campus as part of a
recruiting event and gave a rousing presentation. I was hooked; I
never seriously considered working
for another company after hearing
Chris's passion for the mainframe.
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It was an epically stressful period,
but hundreds of diapers later, my
husband and I passed all of our
courses. Shortly thereafter I came to
work for Compuware. Working full
time is hard when you have a child,
but it would be harder if I didn't
believe my work was important.
Accepting the responsibility of
mainframe stewardship is rewarding
and a privilege that I look forward
to for the rest of my career.

Krysten Erickson
Developer, Compuware
When not covered in toys, books
and sticky kisses, Krysten is an
ardent Big Iron advocate and
developer at Compuware.
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016 // 39



IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016

Editor's Desk: Mastering their craft
IBM Perspective: Expanding mainframe ecosystem creates opportunities for Gen Z
Partner PoV: Workplace Diversity: Attract the best talent by encouraging more options for women
IT Today: Financial Feasibility: IBM Global Financing designs customized solutions for technology investments
Currents: Giving Data Structure: Find the right database management systems to maximize information
Case Study: Investing in a Difference: Primerica Life Insurance Co. improves processing and performance
Cover Story: Sparking Student Interest: IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship exposes top students to analytics and data storage
Feature: The Modern Mainframer: The IBM z platform attracts recent grads to its orbit
Women in Tech: Taking a Seat at the IT Table: Women meet challenges, savor successes in the IT field
Tech Corner: Get in the Cloud: z/OS solutions can connect to the cloud through REST interfaces
Solutions: API Integration Platform 3.0, OpenLegacy; Ivory Service Architect V5.1, GT Software
Stop Run: Code Your Own Way: High school girls take charge of their futures
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
Linux on z Systems E-book
2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Editor's Desk: Mastering their craft
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - IBM Perspective: Expanding mainframe ecosystem creates opportunities for Gen Z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Partner PoV: Workplace Diversity: Attract the best talent by encouraging more options for women
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - IT Today: Financial Feasibility: IBM Global Financing designs customized solutions for technology investments
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Currents: Giving Data Structure: Find the right database management systems to maximize information
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Case Study: Investing in a Difference: Primerica Life Insurance Co. improves processing and performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover Story: Sparking Student Interest: IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship exposes top students to analytics and data storage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Feature: The Modern Mainframer: The IBM z platform attracts recent grads to its orbit
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Women in Tech: Taking a Seat at the IT Table: Women meet challenges, savor successes in the IT field
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Tech Corner: Get in the Cloud: z/OS solutions can connect to the cloud through REST interfaces
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Solutions: API Integration Platform 3.0, OpenLegacy; Ivory Service Architect V5.1, GT Software
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Stop Run: Code Your Own Way: High school girls take charge of their futures
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - RF2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Linux on z Systems E-book
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - SE2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - SE3
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - SE5
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