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I am a Mainframer

I am a Mainframer

By Open Mainframe Project
The "I Am A Mainframer" podcast explores the careers of those in the mainframe ecosystem. Hosted by Steven Dickens, Senior Analyst at Futurum Research, each episode is a conversation that highlights the modern mainframe, insight into the mainframe industry, and advice for those looking to learn more about the technology.

The podcast is sponsored by the Open Mainframe Project, a Linux Foundation project that aims to build community and adoption of Open Source on the mainframe by eliminating barriers to Open Source adoption on the mainframe, demonstrating the value of the mainframe.
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I am a Mainframer: Eddy Ciliendo
In this episode of the “I Am a Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens is joined by Eddy Ciliendo, VP of Worldwide Strategy & Technology at Model9. Their conversation explores how the movie "WarGames" sparked Eddy's early passion for computers, the early opportunities he was given in the mainframe space, and his genuine love of the work he does. Eddy also has a very positive outlook for the future of the mainframe platform. This is an insightful conversation you won't want to miss!
26:27
August 17, 2022
I am a Mainframer: David Jeffries
In this episode of the “I Am a Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens is joined by David Jeffries, VP, Development, IBM z/OS Software at IBM. Their conversation explores how David's extensive career has grown and developed, the importance of mentoring, and the bright future he sees continuing to take shape in the mainframe world. You won't want to miss this episode!
14:50
July 27, 2022
I am a Mainframer: Lisa Dyer
In this episode of the "I Am a Mainframer" podcast, Steven Dickens welcomes Lisa Dyer, Global Vice President, Systems Z & Power LOB Leader at Ensono. Their conversation dives into Lisa's 20+ years as a technologist building digital platforms, her fresh perspective as someone relatively new to the mainframer world, and what made her ultimately become a mainframer. Listen now to hear Lisa's career story.
27:45
June 22, 2022
I am a Mainframer: Misty Decker
In this episode of the "I Am a Mainframer" podcast, Steven Dickens welcomes Misty Decker, Director of AMC Product Marketing at Micro Focus. Their conversation explores Misty's career arc in mainframe, advice for those starting out in the space, and how her unexpected journey as a Mainframer started with her first plane ride at the age of 21. Listen to learn Misty's refreshing industry insights.
28:45
May 30, 2022
I am a Mainframer: Jose Castano
In this episode of the "I Am a Mainframer" podcast, Steven Dickens welcomes Jose Castano, VP of System Sales at IBM. Their conversation explores Jose's career journey, those who have influenced and guided him along the way, and how his experience has given him a unique perspective into the mainframe space. Listen to learn how Jose's extensive experience is his biggest differentiator.
18:37
April 20, 2022
I am a Mainframer: Rebecca Levesque
In this episode of the "I Am a Mainframer" podcast, Steven Dickens welcomes Rebecca Levesque, CEO of 21st Century Software. During their conversation, Rebecca shares her professional journey and how 21st Century Software fits into the overall mainframe ecosystem.
31:53
March 21, 2022
I am a Mainframer: Mark Neft
In this episode of the "I Am a Mainframer" podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Mark Neft, CTO, Platform Modernization at EPAM Systems. During their conversation, Mark shares his unique "home remodeling" approach that helps clients figure out what they already have in place in terms of infrastructure. He goes on to talk about the tools and capabilities he's built to put roadmaps in place that will get them where they want to go with their mainframe.
24:33
February 17, 2022
I am a Mainframer: John Smith
In this episode of the "I Am a Mainframer" podcast, Steven Dickens is joined by John Smith, Executive Vice President, Ecosystems at Zafin. John shares his earliest experiences with mainframe and how his continued pursuit of knowledge around it led him to a successful career in financial services. Their conversation also explores John's career, including the challenges he's seen in the fintech space, his time at Salway, HPE, IBM, and Zafin, and what Zafin is doing to revolutionize how financial institutions of all sizes modernize their core banking systems.
26:24
February 09, 2022
I am a Mainframer: Cameron Seay
In today's episode of the "I Am a Mainframer" podcast, Steven Dickens talks with Dr. Cameron Seay, IBM Z Academic Thought Leader and Adjunct Professor at Tennessee State University and East Carolina University. Their conversation focuses on Cameron's longstanding support of the Mainframe community, his commitment to introducing students to the mainframe, and how that commitment, coupled with his teaching approach to development methodology, has helped nearly 300 students get mainframe jobs.
31:32
February 04, 2022
I am a Mainframer: Tina Tarquinio
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Tina Tarquinio, Director, IBM Z Product Management. In this podcast, Tina discusses her journey with the mainframe, advice for those just starting their journey with the Mainframe, and where she sees the Mainframe going in the future.
40:11
December 14, 2021
I am a Mainframer: John Metic
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with John Mertic, Director of Program Management - Linux Foundation, ASWF, LF AI and Data, LF Energy and Open Mainframe Project. In this podcast, John discusses his journey with the mainframe, advice for those just starting their journey with the Mainframe, and where he sees the Mainframe going in the future.
41:26
November 22, 2021
I am a Mainframer: Steven Dickens
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, we flip things around Joe Winchester sits in as a guest host and interviews  Steven Dickens, Vice President Sales, and Business Development, Senior Analyst at Futurum. On this podcast, they discuss Steven's journey with the mainframe, advice for those just starting their journey with the Mainframe, and where he sees the Mainframe going in the future.
40:04
October 20, 2021
I am a Mainframer: Derek Britton
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Derek Britton, Director of Communications and Brand Strategy at Micro Focus. On this podcast, they discuss their journey with the mainframe, advice for those just starting their journey with the Mainframe, and where they see the Mainframe going in the future.
50:23
September 13, 2021
I am a Mainframer: Paul Scott
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Paul Scott, Chief Architect Web Enablement Technologies at Phoenix Software International. On this podcast, Paul discusses his journey with the mainframe, advice for those just starting their journey with the Mainframe, and where he sees the Mainframe going in the future.
18:27
August 16, 2021
I am a Mainframer: Frank Heimes
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Frank Himes Staff Engineer at Canonical and Technical Lead for Ubuntu Server on s390x. On this podcast, Frank discusses his journey with the mainframe, advice for those just starting their journey with the Mainframe, and where he sees the Mainframe going in the future.
30:46
July 19, 2021
I am a Mainframer: Vicom Infinity & Privakey
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Brian Ross, Chief Product Officer at Privakey, Len Santalucia, CTO and business development Manager for Vicom Infinity and Vinnie Terrone, Vicom Infinity. On this podcast, they discuss their journey with the mainframe, advice for those just starting their journey with the Mainframe, and where they see the Mainframe going in the future.
26:30
June 21, 2021
I am a Mainframer: Greg Lotko
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Greg Lotko is SVP and General Manager of the Broadcom Mainframe Software Division. On this podcast, Greg discusses his journey with the mainframe, advice for those just starting their journey with the Mainframe, and where he sees the Mainframe going in the future.
40:25
May 18, 2021
I am a Mainframer: Sean Grady and Haseeb Jawad
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Sean Grady, Senior Software Architect, and Haseeb Jawad, Director Product Management & Operations, Power Systems Business Unit at Rocket Software. On this podcast, they discuss their journey with the mainframe, advice for those just starting their journey with the Mainframe, and where they see the Mainframe going in the future.
28:05
April 13, 2021
I am a Mainframer: Tom Amodio
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Thomas Amodio, President, Infinity Systems Software Inc., Vicom Infinity, Inc. On this podcast, Tom discusses his journey with the mainframe, advice for those just starting their journey with the Mainframe, and where he sees the Mainframe going in the future.
37:58
March 09, 2021
I am a Mainframer: Anne McKee
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Anna Mckee, Db2 for Z/OS Systems Programmer, at IBM Z Dallas ISV Center. On this podcast, Anna discusses her journey with the mainframe,  the Master the Mainframe Program, and where she sees the Mainframe going in the future.
26:01
February 15, 2021
I am a Mainframer: Kip Twitchell
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Kip Twitchell, at IBM Global Business Services. On this podcast, Kip discusses his journey with the mainframe,  the GenevaERS Project, and where he sees the Mainframe going in the future.
24:17
January 20, 2021
I am a Mainframer: Rick Barlow
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Rick Barlow, Senior z/VM Specialist, Velocity Software Inc. On this podcast, Rick discusses his journey with the mainframe,  advice for those just starting their journey with the Mainframe, and where he sees the Mainframe going in the future.
27:02
December 15, 2020
I am a Mainframer: Robert Garrett
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Robert Garrett zOS/Mainframe Operating Systems Software Consultant at zResource. On this podcast, Robert discusses his journey with the mainframe, the changes he has seen over the year, and where he sees the Mainframe going in the future.
29:04
November 11, 2020
I am a Mainframer: Dan Pavel Sinkowitz
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Dan Pavel Sinkovicz, OMP Mentorship Program Member and Student at the University of Northampton. On this podcast, Dan discusses his journey with the mainframe, the OMP Mentorship Program, and where he sees the Mainframe going in the future.
14:32
October 13, 2020
I am a Mainframer: Ross Mauri
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Ross Mauri, General Manager, IBM Z. On this podcast, Ross discusses his journey with the mainframe, confidential computing, advice for those just starting their journey with the Mainframe, and where he sees the Mainframe going in the future.
38:40
September 01, 2020
I am a Mainframer: Jelly Punongbayan
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Jessielaine Punongbayan, Senior Software Engineer at Broadcom in Prague. On this podcast, Jelly discusses her journey with the mainframe, the challenges for the mainframe, Zowe, and where she sees the Mainframe going in the future.
21:03
August 11, 2020
I am a Mainframer: Maggie Li
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Maggie Li, Chief Architect at Precisely. On this podcast, Maggie discusses her journey with the mainframe, the challenges for the mainframe, Zowe, and where she sees the Mainframe going in the future.
26:11
July 14, 2020
I am a Mainframer: Eric Chevalier
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Eric Chevalier of Viking Software Solutions. On this podcast, Eric discusses his journey with the mainframe, bringing Linux onto the platform, advice to young people who are just beginning their journey, and where he sees the Mainframe going in the future.
27:41
June 23, 2020
I am a Mainframer: Sebastian Wind
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Sebastian Wind, System Design at DATEV eG.  On this podcast, Sebastian discusses his journey with the mainframe, the Open Mainframe Intern Program, becoming an IBM Champion, and where they see the Mainframe going in the future.
16:37
May 19, 2020
I am a Mainframer: Shashank Motepalli
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Shashank Motepalli, Ph.D. student at the Univerity of Toronto and Open Mainframe Project Intern Alumni.  On this podcast, Shashank discusses his journey with the mainframe, the Open Mainframe Intern Program, and where they see the Mainframe going in the future.
18:25
April 22, 2020
I am a Mainframer: Vaughn Marshall
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Vaughn Marshall, Sr Principal Product Manager at Broadcom Inc.  On this podcast, Vaugh discusses his journey with the mainframe, Zowe, and where they see the Mainframe going in the future.
22:49
March 25, 2020
I am a Mainframer: Panel Discussion with Len Santalucia, Todd Schofield, and Jay Desai
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Len Santalucia, Todd Schofield, and Jay Desai.  The panel discusses their journey with the mainframe,... The post I am a Mainframer: Panel Discussion with Len Santalucia, Todd Schofield, and Jay Desai appeared first on Open Mainframe Project.
40:13
January 28, 2020
I am a Mainframer: Jordan Cain
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Jeff Bisti sits down with Jordan Cain. Jordan is a Software Developer at IBM and a committer on the Zowe... The post I am a Mainframer: Jordan Cain appeared first on Open Mainframe Project.
22:15
December 18, 2019
I am a Mainframer: Elizabeth Joseph
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Jeff Bisti sits down with Elizabeth Joseph. Elizabeth is an author, systems engineer, and developer advocate at IBM working on... The post I am a Mainframe – Elizabeth Joseph appeared first on Open Mainframe Project.
23:27
November 20, 2019
I am a Mainframer: Rose Sakach
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Jeff Bisti sits down with Rose Sakach. Rose is a Product Manager at Broadcom.  Rose tells Jeff about her journey... The post I am a Mainframer – Rose Sakach appeared first on Open Mainframe Project.
25:33
October 23, 2019
I am a Mainframer: Jeanne Glass
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Jeanne Glass. Jeanne is the CEO at VirtualZ Computing.  Jeanne tells Steven about her journey... The post I am a Mainframer – Jeanne Glass appeared first on Open Mainframe Project.
28:09
September 18, 2019
I am a Mainframer: Stephen D. Hassett
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Steve Hassett. Steve is the COO of GT Software.  Steve tells Steven about his journey... The post I am a Mainframer – Stephen D. Hassett appeared first on Open Mainframe Project.
28:38
July 31, 2019
I am a Mainframer: Usman Haider
In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven Dickens sits down with Usman Haider. Usman is a masters student at NUST University in Pakistan and an alumni... The post I Am A Mainframer – Usman Haider appeared first on Open Mainframe Project.
20:10
April 30, 2019
I am a Mainframer: Alex Kim
In the latest episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Steven chats with Alex Kim from Vicom. Alex tells Steven about his journey to the mainframe, how The Open... The post I Am A Mainframer – Alex Kim appeared first on Open Mainframe Project.
23:04
March 27, 2019
I am a Mainframer: Andy Youniss
    In our latest episode of the “I am a Mainframer” podcast, Steven chats with Andy Youniss from Rocket Software. Andy co-founded Rocket back in 1990, and has served... The post Andy Youniss: I Am A Mainframer appeared first on Open Mainframe Project.
29:52
February 14, 2019
I am a Mainframer: Sujay Solomon
In our latest “ I am a Mainframer” interview series, Steven Dickens, WW Sales Leader – LinuxONE at IBM, chats with Sujay Solomon. Sujay has been in the Mainframe industry... The post Sujay Solomon: I am a Mainframer appeared first on Open Mainframe Project.
26:40
October 02, 2018