IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 40

PHOTO COURTESY OF MATTHEW COUSENS

STOP RUN

Matthew Cousens poses at
IBM Poughkeepsie.

A Poughkeepsie Perspective
Growing up around computers and the IBM culture led
Matthew Cousens to work with the mainframe
Valerie Dennis
is the former
senior editor of
IBM Systems
Magazine.

ince nearly the first time
that Matthew Cousens
touched a computer, he
knew he wanted to work with
them. Following in the footsteps of his grandparents and
great-grandfather, his interests
in computers led him to work
at IBM.
"Growing up in Poughkeepsie
[New York] with the 'PC bug,' I
hatched a plan: school at Marist
College, work at IBM," notes the
lead architect for Customer Test
Application Strategy, Design and
Development, IBM.

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While a sophomore at Marist
pursuing his bachelor's degree in
computer science, he began as an
intern at IBM before coming on
full time in December 2002 after
graduation. Growing up, Cousens
had many interactions with IBM.
His first memory was in fourth
grade when IBMers came into his
classroom with PCs, a long-held
tradition at IBM that he participates in now as an IBMer. That's
when he began using the IBM
PCjr, teaching himself BASIC
(from a book checked out of the
Vassar College library) and to

answer questions-What made it
work? How did it do that? Could I
make it do what I wanted it to?
While his undergrad and,
later, his master's in business
administration, weren't related to
mainframes, he began working
with them at IBM. "I started doing
function testing for parts of z/OS*,
and now I'm on the other end of
the stack doing integration testing," Cousens says. "My current
role is designing and developing
the applications we run in Integration Test. These applications
need to be similar to what clients
run in their production environments, so that's no easy task,
but it's very rewarding to build a
complex application and watch it
come to life."
He also takes a lot of pride in
being part of his family's IBM
legacy. His grandparents met at
IBM at a time when many women
didn't work, and his grandfather
was a member of the Quarter
Century Club, a recognition for
employees with 25 years
of service.
Having the experience and
perspective of growing up in an
IBM town with family members
working there has given Cousens
admiration for the company.
"My understanding of the history
of IBM has helped me appreciate
the organization I've worked for
all these years," he says. "Some
people are quick to point out the
things that have changed over
the years in a negative context. I
am more likely to point out how
today's IBM better fits into our
current culture, how I wouldn't
want to work for the IBM of the
past and how it is still a wonderful company to work for after
100-plus years."


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Good things in small packages
Trends: IBM LinuxONE and Linux on Z offer a differentiated infrastructure and open standards for running a premium microservices cloud
Currents: RACF offers different options to ensure a secure IBM Z system
Partner POV: Linux on IBM Z postitions clients to move forward with modern technologies and workloads
Cover Story: Flexibility Counts: Why clients rely on Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE to deliver business value
Feature: Fresh, Flexible and New: IBM z14 Model ZR1 boasts more capacity in a smaller foorprint
Tech Showcase: How DevOps helps organizations keep up with the quickening pace of competition
Tech Corner: Engage IBM Db2 V12 for mobile with z/OS Distributed Data Facility or z/OS Connect
Administrator: Single-frame IBM z14 Model ZR1 brings the benefits of IBM Z to organizations of all sizes
Solutions: CleverView for TCP/IP on Linux V2.9, VitalSigns for FTP V3.1
Stop Run: Growing up around computers and the IBM culture led Matthew Cousens to work with the mianframe
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
2018 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Editor's Desk: Good things in small packages
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Trends: IBM LinuxONE and Linux on Z offer a differentiated infrastructure and open standards for running a premium microservices cloud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Currents: RACF offers different options to ensure a secure IBM Z system
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Partner POV: Linux on IBM Z postitions clients to move forward with modern technologies and workloads
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Cover Story: Flexibility Counts: Why clients rely on Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE to deliver business value
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Feature: Fresh, Flexible and New: IBM z14 Model ZR1 boasts more capacity in a smaller foorprint
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Tech Showcase: How DevOps helps organizations keep up with the quickening pace of competition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Tech Corner: Engage IBM Db2 V12 for mobile with z/OS Distributed Data Facility or z/OS Connect
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Administrator: Single-frame IBM z14 Model ZR1 brings the benefits of IBM Z to organizations of all sizes
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Solutions: CleverView for TCP/IP on Linux V2.9, VitalSigns for FTP V3.1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Stop Run: Growing up around computers and the IBM culture led Matthew Cousens to work with the mianframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 2018 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
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