Open Mainframe Project Announces Record Growth with the Launch of Four New Projects, a COBOL Working Group and Micro Focus as a New Member
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Mainframe Project (OMP), an open source initiative that enables collaboration across the mainframe community to develop shared tool sets and resources, today announces record growth with the launch of four new projects, a COBOL Working Group and welcoming Micro Focus as a new member. CBT Tape, GenevaERS, Software Discovery Tool and Mainframe Open Education have been accepted as new projects, joining existing projects such as Zowe, COBOL Programming Course and Mentorship.
"The Open Mainframe Project is a crucial pillar that intertwines the mainframe industry with the open source community," said John Mertic, Director of Program Management for the Linux Foundation. "We depend on our members to suggest new projects while we ensure a vendor neutral governance that helps breathe new life into traditional technologies like COBOL and CBT Tape. We look forward to continued growth in both the development and use of these technologies."
Opening Doors for Trusted Technologies
"We were open before open source was a thing," said Sam Golob, current editor of CBT Tape. "We persevered to showcase our ambitious concept and extensive library. We are excited to learn more from the Open Mainframe Community and continue to be available for the next generation of mainframers."
COBOL Working Group
"If COBOL code stopped working, so would the global economy," said Cameron Seay, Chair of the COBOL Working Group and an Adjunct Professor at East Carolina University. "Most people don't realize that COBOL plays an important role in our digital future. We can build upon the success of the past and its vitality in the present. This group will help raise awareness of this in not only the mainframe world but everywhere."
Momntum continues with other new projects
Software Discovery Tool
Mainframe Open Education
"Today's mainframe talent is getting close to retiring, and the universities, with a few exceptions, have not traditionally taught mainframe technologies," said Robert Dahlberg, Open Mainframe Project Mentorship Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, College of Engineering. "The Mainframe Open Education Project will address this challenge by providing easy access to curriculum and learning roadmaps to help train new talent for mainframe jobs. New innovations in software have forced a resurgence of the mainframe, which is silently running critical infrastructure and, because of its efficiency, taking over the running of our hybrid clouds and server farms."
"The collaborative services approach to solving significant customer problems has always had a community aspect to it," said Kip Twitchell, GenevaERS Technical Steering Committee Chair and IBM Financial System Global Subject Matter Expert. "Open Source and the Open Mainframe Project is the natural next step in its development, renewing the power of the mainframe and transforming the world's significant business systems at the same time."
Open Mainframe welcomes Micro Focus into the ecosystem
"As long-standing vendors of robust mainframe technology, Micro Focus understands the mainframe world very well," Neil Fowler, General Manager, Application Modernization and Connectivity Product Group at Micro Focus. "We're delighted to join the growing community of practitioners at Open Mainframe Project who are looking at open source collaboration as a means to maximizing the value from their mainframe environment."
One of Micro Focus's first priorities will be to continue to drive the effort of the COBOL Working Group.
"COBOL's success over six decades is legendary, and its usage remains significant across thousands of organizations," said Derek Britton, Application Modernization Group, Micro Focus. "That value is not always fully understood. The new Open Mainframe Project COBOL Working Group aims to clarify and encourage the continued use of COBOL applications on the mainframe and beyond by providing insight, resources and information to help IT decision makers build their application, technology and training plans based on practical, factual input. COBOL's open and adaptable design makes the OMP working group a perfect platform to lead this discussion and Micro Focus are delighted to be able to lend our support to the group."
Open Mainframe Project celebrates its 5 year anniversary at the inaugural Open Mainframe Summit virtual conference on September 16-17. The event is made possible thanks to Platinum Sponsors Broadcom, IBM and Rocket Software; Gold Sponsors SUSE and Vicom Infinity and Silver Sponsor Micro Focus.
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