IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 56

PHOTO COURTESY OF REG HARBECK

STOP RUN

Reg Harbeck is seen on a
gondola at the Whistler and
Blackcomb Mountains in
British Columbia.

Cultural Communicator
Reg Harbeck loves talking to and about the mainframe
community and technology
Valerie Dennis
is senior editor
of IBM Systems
Magazine.

zTalk podcast:
Reg Harbeck
talks to
mainframe
community
members.
ibmsystems
mag.com/
mainframe/
trends/ztalk

any mainframers
have interacted with,
attended a presentation by or are familiar with Reg
Harbeck. The chief strategist
at Mainframe Analytics is an
experienced systems programmer and an active participant of
mainframe culture and events.
In an industry where introversion is a typical trait, he stands
out as an extrovert ready to talk
with anyone.
That wasn't always the case: A
speech in school helped Harbeck
realize public speaking wasn't
a strength. He joined his local

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Toastmasters club early in his
career to help improve that skill.
After a few decades away, he
rejoined when he moved to a new
location and was looking to build
his local social network.
Harbeck spoke to the group
about how Toastmasters had been
instrumental in his career. In the
speech, he describes how the
group has allowed him to bring his
computer skills to the next level.
Toastmasters gave him the
confidence to be himself when
presenting. After delivering a
presentation on little sleep,
where he said he was acting

"goofy," Harbeck realized that
"when I'm comfortable with
myself in front of an audience,
then they're at ease."
Having public speaking experience was a useful inroad into
a mainframe career, Harbeck
discovered. "The public speaking
abilities allowed me to build an
additional dimension into my personality that allowed me to have a
really unique set of skills," he says.
That has allowed him the
ability to travel the world giving
technical presentations at a
high level, be a prolific presenter
at conferences and host the
IBM Systems Magazine
zTalk podcast.
Harbeck has had a lifelong
interest in academia-both his
parents were educators-and
his dad taught him the idea that
wisdom is found in conversations,
not just academic institutions.
"I want to take these technical
moments that have happened
in my career and add wisdom to
them," he notes.
To aid in that, Harbeck is
pursuing a Master of Arts in interdisciplinary humanities, which
he expects to complete in 2020.
A master's degree gives him the
learning to speak credibly and
have something relevant to say,
and the opportunity to connect
with all the other people who are
thinking in this area, he says.
Documenting the mainframe
culture and history, documenting
that wisdom and sharing it with
nonmainframe and mainframe
people alike is the direction
Harbeck plans to continue. "I
want to bridge that humanity and
that technology back together,
because that's the only place
they were ever meant to be."


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Secure Sharing in the Cloud
Partner POV: Winds of Change: Now is the time for digital transformation on IBM Z
IT Today: Solutions and Support: 5 reasons IBM Z makes technical and financial sense for clients
Focus on Storage: New Revolution: Storage technology shifts to accommodate cloud and cognitive demands
Case Study: A Proof of Concept: ICU IT Services expands its market base by embracing Linux on IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE
Cover Story: Building on the Future: IBM Cloud Private with IBM Z helps clients reap the benefits of cloud
Feature: Securing the Cloud: New and established IBM offerings to meet enterprise data protection needs
TECH Showcase: The Clock's Ticking: IBM framework helps clients prepare for the EU's General Data Protection Regulation
Hot Topics: Go With the Flow: z/OS v2.3 Migration book is transformed to a z/OSMF workflow
Administrator: Problem Pointer: Runtime Diagnostics with z/OS V2.3 offers new ways to discover issues
Solutions: DMX Change Data Capture, Syncsort; Enterprise 3.0, Micro Focus
Stop Run: Reg Harbeck
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
2018 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Editor's Desk: Secure Sharing in the Cloud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Partner POV: Winds of Change: Now is the time for digital transformation on IBM Z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - IT Today: Solutions and Support: 5 reasons IBM Z makes technical and financial sense for clients
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Focus on Storage: New Revolution: Storage technology shifts to accommodate cloud and cognitive demands
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Case Study: A Proof of Concept: ICU IT Services expands its market base by embracing Linux on IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Cover Story: Building on the Future: IBM Cloud Private with IBM Z helps clients reap the benefits of cloud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Feature: Securing the Cloud: New and established IBM offerings to meet enterprise data protection needs
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - TECH Showcase: The Clock's Ticking: IBM framework helps clients prepare for the EU's General Data Protection Regulation
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Hot Topics: Go With the Flow: z/OS v2.3 Migration book is transformed to a z/OSMF workflow
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 48
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 50
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Administrator: Problem Pointer: Runtime Diagnostics with z/OS V2.3 offers new ways to discover issues
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 52
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 54
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Solutions: DMX Change Data Capture, Syncsort; Enterprise 3.0, Micro Focus
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Stop Run: Reg Harbeck
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 2018 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
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