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BEYOND THE BOX

ɂ PHOTO BY JENNIFER MAY

until a soprano in the group handed him a fake red nose to put on as
they began singing "Rudolph, the
Red-Nosed Reindeer."
"And when you get to the chorus
and everybody is invited to sing,
I turn around. I have the red nose
on, and the kids go wild. We had a
great concert. We had a lot of fun
and we did three more songs and
life was good."

Puzzles of Life

Mark Nelson works with the IBM Mid-Hudson
Valley Club Chorus at their rehearsal space
in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Synchronizing Voices and Systems
Mark Nelson maintains tradition as director of the
IBM Mid-Hudson Valley Club Chorus
By Rebecca Lubecki

T

he year is 1982. It's one
!Ã-Ä$Ã.É%! V%î$%&Ã
days at IBM and he sees
an announcement for the IBM
Mid-Hudson Valley Club Chorus. He attended a practice one
night and has been singing with
the crew ever since. The senior
software engineer in z/OS* Security Server (RACF*) Design and
Development, who now serves as
the chorus' director, claims he's
always had an affection for music
and the Hudson Valley.
W7ÉQî$%&QÃ&V%Ã&ÉÃ"É!"ÉÃ!$ÉÃ
than anything else, and then the
music," Nelson says about staying
with the group for 37 years.

Instilling Tradition
Nelson says it's an honor to be a
part of IBM's great musical tradition. The IBM Mid-Hudson Valley
Club Chorus was founded in 1946

at the personal request of IBM's former president, Thomas J. Watson
Sr., himself. There is even a corporate songbook (ibm.co/2z6KPNj).
Today, the group performs at
company events, churches, senior

Nelson grew up surrounded by technology. He and his brother, a radio
operator, would spend time with
their grandfather creating science
projects. Nelson ultimately chose to
study computer science at the Polytechnic Institute of New York (now a
part of New York University).
"You know that feeling of being
able to work on one of the great
puzzles of life, which is writing a
program, getting it to work? It was
a great feeling."
Nelson says the club chorus is
similar to his job in that he has to
do a bit of shepherding. "We all
know what we want to do," he says.
"Sometimes that actual execution
of it needs a little bit of a gentle
guidance." He compares helping
members' voices harmonize to
helping his security team work
with other departments.

"The end goal is to come out with a singularity of
vision, a singularity of execution so that you don't
hear 25 individual voices. You don't see 25 different
products. You hear one voice. You see one OS."
-Mark Nelson, senior software engineer, IBM
residences and, once, a local
baseball game. Nelson still reÉÆÉ$%ÃÈ$ÉÇ& Ã%î$%&Ã%!)Ã
for an IBM holiday party when
the previous director fell sick and
asked Nelson to take his place last
minute. He recalls feeling nervous

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"The end goal is to come out
with a singularity of vision, a singularity of execution so that you
don't hear 25 individual voices.
You don't see 25 different products. You hear one voice. You see
one OS."


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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Keeping up to date
Currents: University introduces a new program to develop mainframe skills
Currents: On the web
Currents: Shattering the glass ceiling: Female pioneers in tech history
Partner POV: Secure IBM Z application access with multifactor authentication, endpoint management and more
Cover Story: Next-Gen Security and Resiliency for Hybrid Multicloud: The IBM z15 provides the cloud you want with the privacy you need
Feature 1: Move on up: The IBM Client Advocacy and Systems Assurance team and the RevitaliZ program help keep clients up to date with the latest IBM Z technology
Feature 2: A Closer Look at the 2018 Master the Mainframe Winners: Past winners talk about their experiences with the contest
TECH Showcase: Why pervasive encryption on IBM Z is the gold standard in data protection
Techbits: How has quantum computing evolved?
Techbits: Ask the expert: zERT Discovery, zERT Aggregation and zERT Network Analyzer
Beyond the Box: Mark Nelson maintains tradition as director of the IBM Mid-Hudson Valley Club Chorus
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
2019 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Intro
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Cover1
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Cover2
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 1
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 2
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 3
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 4
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 5
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Editor's Desk: Keeping up to date
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 7
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Currents: University introduces a new program to develop mainframe skills
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - CT1
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - CT2
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Currents: On the web
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Currents: Shattering the glass ceiling: Female pioneers in tech history
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 11
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Partner POV: Secure IBM Z application access with multifactor authentication, endpoint management and more
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 13
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 14
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 15
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Cover Story: Next-Gen Security and Resiliency for Hybrid Multicloud: The IBM z15 provides the cloud you want with the privacy you need
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 17
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 18
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 19
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 20
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 21
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Feature 1: Move on up: The IBM Client Advocacy and Systems Assurance team and the RevitaliZ program help keep clients up to date with the latest IBM Z technology
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 23
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 24
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 25
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 26
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 27
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Feature 2: A Closer Look at the 2018 Master the Mainframe Winners: Past winners talk about their experiences with the contest
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 29
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 30
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 31
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 32
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - TECH Showcase: Why pervasive encryption on IBM Z is the gold standard in data protection
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 34
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 35
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 36
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Techbits: How has quantum computing evolved?
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - 38
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Techbits: Ask the expert: zERT Discovery, zERT Aggregation and zERT Network Analyzer
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Beyond the Box: Mark Nelson maintains tradition as director of the IBM Mid-Hudson Valley Club Chorus
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Cover3
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Cover4
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2019 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
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