IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 56

STOP RUN

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BILL BERNSTEIN

Karl Schmitz poses in his studio
in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Perception Is Everything
IBMer Karl Schmitz bridges the gap between art
and computer security
Keelia Moeller
is the managing
editor of IBM
Systems Magazine,
mainframe edition.

fter witnessing at an
early age the potential of
artistic careers through
his grandfather, a commercial
artist, Karl Schmitz found himself
drawn toward art. While he took a
brief rendezvous from the artistic
realm, the 60-year-old Schmitz
got back in touch with his artistic
calling 15 years ago. Now, he
balances his career in computer
security with his passion for writing songs and painting.
Schmitz finds the worlds of art
and technology have much in
common. "If you're working on
computer security, you have to look
at software and computers with a
different perspective and see how to

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get code to operate differently. The
same thing goes with art. You're
looking for different connections-
between shapes or color contrasts,
for example-and it all has to do
with the way you perceive everything," says the senior technical
staff member at the IBM Z* Center
for Secure Engineering.

The Intersection of Art
and Technology
Abstract art is most interesting for
Schmitz because it carries strong
connections to his career. It's all
about portraying something in an
unexpected way, and for Schmitz,
this concept easily translates into
computer security. "Several years

ago, some people identified a
buffer overflow-where someone
took a string that was longer than
expected within software-and at
first it just looked like a security
problem," Schmitz says. "But after
looking at it through a different
lens, others discovered that the
buffer overflow could also be used
to inject code into a system."
Schmitz makes a point of participating in outside artistic activities.
He's a member and board member
of Barrett Art Center, an 80-year-old
art gallery in Poughkeepsie, New
York. He also participates in regular
open mics to perform songs he's
written. These experiences have
opened up several opportunities for
him-from meeting other artists to
discovering the various ways artists
can have their work featured.
He draws his inspiration from
Jackson Pollack, along with some
influential artists in the 1990s.
"The huge do it yourself art
community in the 1990s made me
believe that average people could
still express themselves creatively
without needing to be professional
about it," he says.

Finding Order
Schmitz's ability to balance two
seemingly unlike worlds makes
his perspective both unique and
valuable. His artistic viewpoints
broaden his creativity in his job,
and his desire to look for alternate perspectives contributes to
his professional career. "Nothing
is more orderly than computer
software, but my job is to find out
where there isn't as much order as
there should be, and correct it to
put order there," he says. "That's
what I'm trying to do in my art,
too. I investigate where the line is
between order and chaos."


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Transformation in the balance
Partner POV: Real-time visibility to data access is required to maintain GDPR compliance
R&D: IBM Research is providing valuable insights to tackle challenges and enable prosperity from the tip of Africa
Feature 1: Fleet of Foot: FRAIKIN Group develops a cost-effective and flexible thin-client environment
Cover Story: Radical Changes: Rabobank relies on DevOps on Z to transform its payments system
Feature 2: Developing a Business Plan: DevOps and the IBM Z Digital Transformation Model pave the way for innovation
Champions Showcase: Meet 18 of the 2018 IBM Z Champions
Hot Topics: Container Pricing for IBM Z brings predictability to cost
Solutions: IBM Z Mainfraime Virtual Tape Library, IntelliMagic Vision 8.14.2, zAdviser, DYNA-STEP Dynamic STEPLIB and ISPF Library Management 3.2
Stop Run: IBMer Karl Schmitz bridges the gap between art and computer security
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
2018 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Editor's Desk: Transformation in the balance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Partner POV: Real-time visibility to data access is required to maintain GDPR compliance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - R&D: IBM Research is providing valuable insights to tackle challenges and enable prosperity from the tip of Africa
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Feature 1: Fleet of Foot: FRAIKIN Group develops a cost-effective and flexible thin-client environment
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Cover Story: Radical Changes: Rabobank relies on DevOps on Z to transform its payments system
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Feature 2: Developing a Business Plan: DevOps and the IBM Z Digital Transformation Model pave the way for innovation
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 30
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Champions Showcase: Meet 18 of the 2018 IBM Z Champions
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 40
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 48
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Hot Topics: Container Pricing for IBM Z brings predictability to cost
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 52
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Solutions: IBM Z Mainfraime Virtual Tape Library, IntelliMagic Vision 8.14.2, zAdviser, DYNA-STEP Dynamic STEPLIB and ISPF Library Management 3.2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 55
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Stop Run: IBMer Karl Schmitz bridges the gap between art and computer security
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
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