IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - 6
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHINANO KATAGIRI EMANUELE
ver the past year and half, I worked full time while
pursuing a Master of Arts in English at full speed.
Balancing my business career with my academics,
my recent marriage and my (somewhat existent) social
life has taught me that life doesn't stand still. As soon as I
work something out, I find myself adapting to yet another
unexpected endeavor, but that's what my balancing act is all about. I'm constantly
finding ways to improve my workflow; I use planners, calendar reminders and various
organizational tools to make sure the different elements of my life work in tandem.
The business world doesn't stand still either. Organizations
everywhere must adapt to new resources, new methodologies
and new user expectations. Mainframe clients are increasingly
turning to digital transformation to put themselves at the forefront of their evolving industries.
Many organizations use a DevOps framework to achieve
their own digital transformation. In "Developing a Business
Plan" (page 28), learn how DevOps and the IBM Z* Digital
Transformation Model can pave the way for innovation.
Some companies have already embraced DevOps as a catalyst
for transformation. In "Radical Changes" on page 22, learn how
financial services provider Rabobank used DevOps on IBM Z to
automate end-to-end tests and renovate its payments system.
Digital transformation and modernization can also entail
increasingly sensitive data. Learn about the General Data
Protection Regulation and what it means for organizations
undertaking their own transformation on page 8.
DevOps for IBM Z isn't the only framework that delivers
business value. This issue's Hot Topics article on page 50
examines why Container Pricing for IBM Z-a framework that
brings predictability to pricing-is so beneficial.
Other organizations evolve with some help from IBM Z
mainframes. Learn how FRAIKIN Group improved its business with a cost-effective, flexible thin-client environment in
"Fleet of Foot" on page 16.
As many of these articles illustrate, keeping ahead of the
times remains a priority for organizations everywhere. Whether
it's DevOps, Container Pricing or the IBM Z Digital Transformation Model, IBM has a framework to make this possible.
Keelia Moeller // Managing Editor,
Q Rutger Paulusse
A Quirky Approach
With his full, red beard, Jordi Huisman-photographer of the
cover story on page 22-is often likened to Vincent van Gogh.
Last year, he worked on a photo series for the National Gallery
of Victoria about a village van Gogh worked and lived in. It felt
like a job that suited him well. But the times change; a few
weeks ago, an older Dutch woman mistook him for a Brit,
and said with a thick accent, "You look like Prince Harry!"
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Rutger Paulusse, illustrator of the feature
story on page 28, enjoys all of his projects.
He strives to take a quirky approach to his
work. He was particularly happy with his final
illustrations on the feature story, and enjoyed
working with our art director, Mike Novak.
This photo represents his last phone call
with Novak, where the two agreed his last
proposal was some ace work.