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"Right now, we're focusing on
developing blockchain solutions
using IBM z14*. Some innovations
include a GPS-based identity
management system and a facial
recognition system for large
crowds that may include suspicious people."
"Secure cloud hosting is crucial for the success of
the client projects we run, and IBM's secure hardware
offerings are integral to our entire end-to-end process."
-Leanne Kemp, founder and CEO, Everledger
Founder and CEO, Everledger
Since its inception in 2015,
Leanne Kemp's London-based
company Everledger has successfully partnered with IBM,
including using the Z platform
and cloud solutions. "Secure
cloud hosting is crucial for the
success of the client projects we
run, and IBM's secure hardware
offerings are integral to our entire
end-to-end process," Kemp says.
When discussing products
during the company's sales cycle,
discussions on immediate and
future needs for cloud-hosting solutions always come up. Kemp says
the company recognizes the IBM Z
platform as one of the most secure
and appropriate options, which is
why they recommend it to clients.
"We use the high-security
hardware provided by IBM Z to
augment our high-value asset
provenance tracking solutions,"
she explains. "This helps to assure
our clients of the end-to-end security we can provide."
CEO, iTech-Ed Ltd.
Having worked with Z and its
precursors since 1980, U.K.-based
Trevor Eddolls writes about current
trends and new innovations with
"I publish a weekly blog that's
predominantly about Z-related
matters, and I also blog for Desti-
nation z and Planet Mainframe,"
says Eddolls. He also serves as the
editorial director for the Arcati
Mainframe Yearbook, which is all
about Z. "I talk about mainframes
In addition, he chairs Virtual
CICS and Virtual IMS user groups,
and produces newsletters for them.
Senior software engineer,
Hemanth Rama has used his
13-plus years of experience
working on the Z platform to
continually innovate. He's received
three patents relating to Z innovations in optimizing capacity on
IBM z/OS LPARs to reduce the cost
of running workloads, helping
clients keep their MLC costs down.
He's a passionate promoter of the
"I regularly write technical
content about the Z platform for
many popular IT websites, magazines and my personal blog,"
says Rama, who also speaks
about the platform at conferences,
symposiums, user groups and as
a guest on mainframe podcasts.
"I'm engaged with the mainframe
community by volunteering as a
project officer for SHARE con-
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ference MVS performance and Z
Principal consultant, Triton
James Gill has been working on
Z for about 30 years, starting on
MVS and DB2 2.1 on 3090 600J
machines. Now he focuses on
client technology consultancy
along with research and development using Db2 for z/OS,
seeking to publish his findings
in blogs under the DB2Geek
banner (db2geek.triton.co.uk) and
through formal presentations.
Last year, he presented on the
REST API at IDUG EMEA, including a live demonstration using his
U.K.-based company's zPDT*.
"We talk to a lot of clients
about REST, and increasingly
more about DevOps for mainframe development and
delivery," he says. "This is
proving to be a serious culture
shift for many, but the benefits
for their business units in terms
of time-to-market really drive this
movement. These are exciting
times to be working on Z."
Brett Martin is a freelance writer based
in Shakopee, Minnesota.