IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 56

STOP RUN

PHOTOS BY ROCKET EMPLOYEE ALISON ISHIMARU

The Rocket Band is an
ever-rotating group of employees
who bring their shared interest
of music together to perform at
company and technology events.

Attuned to
Business
Rocket president encourages employee collaboration
with house band
ndy Youniss has been
drawn to music for as
long as he can remember. Both his parents played
guitar, and the president and
CEO of Rocket Software would
ask them to teach it to him. When
he was in second grade, his dad
taught him three chords, and he's
been playing the instrument
since. Two years later, he
began playing piano, and
still does to this day.
Beyond playing, he
enjoys attending
See Andy Youniss'
performances,
TEDx talk about the
watching people
connection between
music and work at
play and seeing how
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they work together
while maintaining their
own role.

Valerie Dennis
is managing editor
of IBM Systems
Magazine,
Mainframe
edition.

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This approach to teamwork is
something Youniss has brought to
Rocket, a global software development firm. "In music everybody
has a role," he notes. "Everybody
has to stay connected and give
each other the space to do their
thing. This is very similar to running a company where everybody
has got to stay tightly connected
but has a role to play."
Being a self-taught musician
looking to improve, Youniss says
trying to learn something new
keeps him curious. And those
traits carry over to business.
"When I play, I try to surround
myself with musicians who are
better than me. That's how I learn
and that is how I get better," he
admits. "It's exactly the same

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thing in the context of running a
company like Rocket. You are constantly trying to surround yourself
with people who are smarter, who
know more. That's how you learn
and get better."
Out of that love of music and
teamwork came The Rocket
Band-an ever-rotating group of
employees who bring their shared
interest of music together to
perform at company and technology events. From its humble
beginnings seven years ago-when
Youniss had employees over to his
house and they began playing-the
group had a more organized performance at a sales kickoff event,
and the band was officially born.
"The Rocket Band came out of
that, where you realize this music
thread weaves through a lot of
people in the company and not
just engineers, but sales people,
marketing people, all different
functions," he says.
Youniss ensures the band is
as inclusive as possible and, as a
result, it's never the same lineup
or performers twice. Everyone
from interns, veteran employees
to IBMers and partners have been
involved, playing anything from
classical to jazz to funk to rock
and punk music.
Because of this love and inclusion of music, Rocket is known
as a place where music is a big
part of the company culture. At
conferences, you can find guitars
hung on the wall of its booth for
attendees to look at and play, and
people stop by out of curiosity.
"Music is such a human way
to connect and relate to people," Youniss notes. "It builds
relationships, it builds trust, it
builds those connections that last
forever, really."


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Trusting the System
Partner PoV: A Reliable Advantage: Use z/OS resources and tools for data protection
Currents: Simplifying Offerings: The direction is to streamline product installation on the z/OS platform
R&D: Unintended Emissions: IBM uses low-cost sensors to help address climate change issues
Trends: Dedicated Support Staff: IBM Technology Support Services offers protection for business resiliency and continuity
Special Report: Security, Cost and Talent: Magazine Reader Survey reveals top concerns among mainframe users
Cover Story: Trusting the System: The new IBM z14 emphasizes security, insights and a connected ecosystem
Feature: Paradigm Shift to Encryption: Pervasive encryption is the no-compromise approach to data protection on IBM z14
Administrator: A Step Up: Java with z14 features hardware facilities for secure, high-performance transaction processing
Solutions: MegaCryption V6.4.2 for z/OS, Advanced Software Products Group Inc.; SCRTPro, Watson & Walker
Stop Run: Attuned to Business: Rocket president encourages employee coloaboration with house band
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2017 Mainframe Solutions Edition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Editor's Desk: Trusting the System
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Partner PoV: A Reliable Advantage: Use z/OS resources and tools for data protection
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Currents: Simplifying Offerings: The direction is to streamline product installation on the z/OS platform
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - CT1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - CT2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - R&D: Unintended Emissions: IBM uses low-cost sensors to help address climate change issues
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Trends: Dedicated Support Staff: IBM Technology Support Services offers protection for business resiliency and continuity
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Special Report: Security, Cost and Talent: Magazine Reader Survey reveals top concerns among mainframe users
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR6
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Cover Story: Trusting the System: The new IBM z14 emphasizes security, insights and a connected ecosystem
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Feature: Paradigm Shift to Encryption: Pervasive encryption is the no-compromise approach to data protection on IBM z14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 48
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 50
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Administrator: A Step Up: Java with z14 features hardware facilities for secure, high-performance transaction processing
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 52
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 54
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Solutions: MegaCryption V6.4.2 for z/OS, Advanced Software Products Group Inc.; SCRTPro, Watson & Walker
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Stop Run: Attuned to Business: Rocket president encourages employee coloaboration with house band
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Cover4
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