Wednesday SHAREnews Daily President's Corner Letter

By Brian Peterson

SHARE has been the voice of enterprise computing for more than 55 years, representing our Member organizations. One aspect of this “voice” is shaped directly by the SHARE Membership through the SHARE Requirements process. You can continue this tradition and make YOUR voice heard by participating in the SHARE Requirements process.

A “Requirement” is a structured document which describes a business need related to a vendor’s products, services, policies or strategy.  SHARE Requirements are discussed, ranked and voted upon by the SHARE Membership and represent the collective judgments and opinions of SHARE. Once all the votes are tallied, Requirements are submitted to the vendor for its consideration. Requirements vary in significance and even small Requirements can result in very positive changes. SHARE Requirements have resulted in numerous enhancements to z/OS, SMP/E, DB2, CICS and z/VM. Pick your favorite product and SHARE Requirements have almost certainly provided input that resulted in significant enhancements.

For a complete list of User Group requirements satisfied by the current IBM z/OS release, visit

This page lists over 180 Requirements which were satisfied in z/OS 1.13, many of which originated here at SHARE. You can join a SHARE Project’s Requirements process at  

In addition to Requirements, SHARE offers awards to recognize the efforts of people new to our industry. SHARE’s Academic Award for Excellence is part of our outreach into the academic community to increase awareness of SHARE and our role in enterprise computing amongst the next generation of IT professionals. The winners of the 2012 SHARE Academic Award for Excellence are:

Grand Prize winner
Murat Deniz Uskaner
Bahcesehir University
Istanbul Turkey
Project name: SMPE TOOL

1st runner up
Osmanys Rosales
Syracuse University
Syracuse NY
Project name: USB Storage Devices Security

2nd runner up
Jeremy Allen Barnitt
Syracuse University
Syracuse NY
Project name: Enterprise Social Scheduling Platform

CA Technologies, in partnership with SHARE, is awarding scholarships to the “Mainframe Academy with CA Technologies,” an accelerated, vendor-agnostic program that arms IT professionals with core programming skills to manage a mainframe environment.  A committee of SHARE volunteers reviews all scholarship applications and selects the winners. Thanks to our 2012 review committee volunteers: Dave Danner, Kristine Harper, Martha McConaghy, Brian Peterson and Kathy Pfieffer. At SHARE in Anaheim, we are awarding Mainframe Academy scholarships to the following individuals:

Chetan Chavan
Gurgaon, Haryana, India

Michael Matthews
Irving, Texas

David Joseph Bare
Aiken, South Carolina

Find out more about the Mainframe Academy with CA Technologies at

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