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The seven ages of mainframe


Keynote

In ‘As You Like It’ William Shakespeare describes the human condition and our life’s journey from cradle to imminent death, in a famous speech that talks about the seven ages of man. In the same way, the evolution of the mainframe has followed many stages, from infancy, to its early heyday, to its predicted demise some years ago. The seven ages of mainframe doesn’t end with a fading away in later life, however, but rather with a resurgence or rebirth as the mainframe has come into its own as an enabler for emerging tech: supporting BlockChain, machine learning, the Internet of Things…and all the many new technologies that require a system with the performance to handle the massive volumes of data involved, securely and reliably. The keynote will catalogue this evolution through the mainframe’s very own ‘seven ages’ and will include an enjoyable review of the mainframe’s past highlights, a look at its current position within the wider tech environment and a glimpse of what the mainframes of the future could look like.

(K6)

Stream: Keynotes
Room: Bentleys
Time: 08:30 - 09:00

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Speakers


  • Keith Banham at Macro 4
  • Keith Banham has worked in IT for over 35 years and is the mainframe R&D manager at Macro 4, a division of UNICOM Global. Keith started as an Assembler programmer at a major bank and during his 30+ years at Macro 4 he has worked on many of the company’s solutions for application lifecycle management, application performance management, document management and session management. He is responsible for driving the modernization of these solutions by building web, Eclipse and mobile interfaces, and architecting cross-platform solutions utilizing UNICOM’s open systems and IBM i capabilities.


    Email: keith.banham@macro4.com

  • Neil Evans at Macro 4
  • Neil Evans has worked in IT for over 25 years and is Chief Technology Office for EMEA at Macro 4, a division of UNICOM Global. Neil began his IT career as a PL/M programmer at ICL Fujistu and during his 20+ years at Macro 4 he has developed solutions for customer communications management, enterprise information management and application modernisation. He is a specialist in user interface design, solution architecture and technical leadership with responsibility for promoting the adoption of new and emerging technologies across the wider UNICOM group.


    Email: neil.evans@macro4.com

  • Keith Banham at Macro 4
  • Keith Banham has worked in IT for over 35 years and is the mainframe R&D manager at Macro 4, a division of UNICOM Global. Keith started as an Assembler programmer at a major bank and during his 30+ years at Macro 4 he has worked on many of the company’s solutions for application lifecycle management, application performance management, document management and session management. He is responsible for driving the modernization of these solutions by building web, Eclipse and mobile interfaces, and architecting cross-platform solutions utilizing UNICOM’s open systems and IBM i capabilities.


    Email: keith.banham@macro4.com

  • Neil Evans at Macro 4
  • Neil Evans has worked in IT for over 25 years and is Chief Technology Office for EMEA at Macro 4, a division of UNICOM Global. Neil began his IT career as a PL/M programmer at ICL Fujistu and during his 20+ years at Macro 4 he has developed solutions for customer communications management, enterprise information management and application modernisation. He is a specialist in user interface design, solution architecture and technical leadership with responsibility for promoting the adoption of new and emerging technologies across the wider UNICOM group.


    Email: neil.evans@macro4.com

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