The mainframe’s System z® and z/OS® have long been known as the impenetrable castle at the center of the enterprise. The concept has been illustrated as a visual metaphor in hundreds of presentations — a castle with high, thick battlements that attackers cannot scale or penetrate.
Dr. Cameron Seay imparts his 20-plus years of industry experience on students by developing an enterprise systems education program at North Carolina Central University and North Carolina A&T State University. Read more in his Q&A with SHARE'd Intelligence.
Mainframe culture is analogous to TBBT’s Sheldon character in several ways. But the intransigence of that culture is considerably less amusing. Because culture invariably trumps strategy, transformation of that culture may be even more important than technological advancement of the platform.