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lists and back channels. We're
seeing interest from other mainframe vendors looking to engage,"
Mertic says. Zowe has also helped
jumpstart other open-source projects that were in the early stages
of launching. Learn more about
Zowe at bit.ly/2ZsNxZq.

"One of the aspects that makes open
source so attractive for mainframe is
getting people involved in technology.
Open source on mainframe is just
lowering the barrier."

Get Involved With
Open Source and Zowe

-John Mertic, director of program management for The Linux
Foundation and director for the Open Mainframe Project

software, too. "Without open
source, they wouldn't have been
able to innovate so fast because
they would've been burdened by licensing costs from all of the proprietary infrastructure," says Mertic.
With open source, the companies
were able to move faster with fewer
complications.
Other industries are just beginning to dabble in open source. The
energy sector is starting to pick up
open source with LF Energy, and
even Hollywood, from a special
effects point of view, has open
source in the background to drive
the special effects pipeline with the
newly created Academy Software
Foundation.

Bringing the Mainframe
Back to Its Roots
For Mertic, going into open source
with Zowe means bringing the
mainframe back to its roots. "The
mainframe community has been
doing open source before open
source was even a name," he says.
"We can trace it back to SHARE
in the 1950s, where mainframe
programmers came together to
share source code over tape and
printouts. They worked together and shared so that everyone's
source code could improve. So in
a way, mainframe has been doing
this for a long time."

Open source will also help the
mainframe community solve one
of its most intimidating problems-
the mainframe talent gap. "The
mainframe is struggling with the
talent gap, and wondering where
the next generation will come
from" Mertic says. "One of the
aspects that makes open source so
attractive for mainframe is getting
people involved in technology.
Open source on mainframe is just
lowering the barrier."

The Open Mainframe
Project and Zowe
Millions of open-source projects
are available, but some stand out
as critical. When these projects
come along, the Open Mainframe
Project-a division of The Linux
Foundation-steps in to help. "The
Open Mainframe Project emerged
to help build sustainability in the
ecosystem for the next 50 years,
and we recognized that open
source can bring these efforts together to strengthen communities,"
Mertic says.
The Open Mainframe Project
knew that Zowe had the potential
to unleash open-source efforts
within the mainframe community, and so far, that's exactly
what Zowe has done. "The source
code has been going up. We're
getting a lot of chatter on email

Several online open-source
communities are available where
you can contribute, or provide
documentation and feedback. "If
you're struggling with an area of
technology as an organization
or as an individual, or if you're
interested in learning more about
something, a quick search will
lead you to open-source communities like EOSIO/eos," says Mertic. EOSIO/eos (bit.ly/2P8msp8) is
a section on Github dedicated to
open source, but several others
are also out there-all of which are
eager for more contributors.
The Linux Foundation is another great resource for open source,
which is why it adds a new member a day. "The Linux Foundation
specializes in helping organizations bring open-source projects
to market," Mertic says. The Linux
Foundation has an entire group
dedicated to creating guides for
the open-source space-such
as how to build an open-source
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open-source project.
You can also get involved with
Zowe at zowe.org, where you'll
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can download and try different
components of Zowe, and examine
the source code. Everything is run
transparently.
When it comes to Zowe and
open source in general, much work
still needs to be done. But as open
source continues to spread, more
engaging ecosystems start to grow,
leading to great opportunities,
increased diversity and a catapult
toward business success.

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Editor's Desk: The times, they are a-changin'
Currents: Combatting ocean pollution with blockchain
Currents: Japan's Fukui Bank transforms business and migrates to IBM Cloud
Currents: On the web
Currents: z/OS Container Extensions frequently asked questions
Currents: 'Mainframe Mike" The Game' teaches children about IBM Z
Currents: (Re)Designed to deliver
Currents: Solutions
Currents: Blockchain could improve vaccine supply chains and medical record tracking
Partner POV: Cultivate the right IT skillset to increase customer centricity
Cover Story: Innovation in Financial Services: IBM Z and LinuxONE underpin fintech efforts
Feature 1: An Agile Approach to Your Multicloud Strategy: 5 insights to consider for a successful cloud-native development experience
Feature 2: Opening the World: Open-source models enhance security, heighten control, lower costs and enable collaboration
TECH Showcase: New workloads demand extraordinary storage performance, reliability and manageability
Techbits: COBOL celebrates 60 years
Techbits: Tailored Fit Pricing for IBM Z unlocks the full power of the platform
Techbits: Ask the expert: IBM Support
Beyond the Box: IBMer Peter Relson photographs wildlife in its natural habitat
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
2019 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Intro
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Cover1
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Cover2
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 1
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 2
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 3
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 5
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Editor's Desk: The times, they are a-changin'
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 7
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Currents: Japan's Fukui Bank transforms business and migrates to IBM Cloud
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Currents: z/OS Container Extensions frequently asked questions
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Currents: Solutions
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 11
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Currents: Blockchain could improve vaccine supply chains and medical record tracking
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 13
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 14
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 15
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Partner POV: Cultivate the right IT skillset to increase customer centricity
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 17
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Cover Story: Innovation in Financial Services: IBM Z and LinuxONE underpin fintech efforts
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 19
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IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 21
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IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Feature 1: An Agile Approach to Your Multicloud Strategy: 5 insights to consider for a successful cloud-native development experience
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IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 26
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 27
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 28
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 29
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Feature 2: Opening the World: Open-source models enhance security, heighten control, lower costs and enable collaboration
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IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - TECH Showcase: New workloads demand extraordinary storage performance, reliability and manageability
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IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 40
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 41
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Techbits: COBOL celebrates 60 years
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Techbits: Tailored Fit Pricing for IBM Z unlocks the full power of the platform
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IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 45
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Techbits: Ask the expert: IBM Support
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IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Beyond the Box: IBMer Peter Relson photographs wildlife in its natural habitat
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IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Cover4
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
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