The Mainframe Community to Gather at the Open Mainframe Summit in Philadelphia

By Matthew Vulpis, Content Contributor  |  July 15, 2022

In today’s technology driven world, brought on by digital transformation, the innovation of new devices and applications is at the forefront of my organization's priorities. At the heart of innovation, more often than not, is collaboration. Using digital tools for innovation and collaboration, IT organizations can more easily and effectively develop new and improved products and digital services that can optimize daily processes.

On top of collaboration to spur innovation, businesses today are also collaborating with one another in order to assure the right technology is being leveraged for the right use case. Enterprises today have a healthy appetite for embracing new hybrid cloud technologies, but selecting technologies means committing to solutions that will support an active, growing business over the long term, so it requires careful consideration and foresight.

When an enterprise bets on the wrong horse, the result is often significantly higher development costs and reduced flexibility, which puts more pressure than ever on IT workers today. That’s leading to more IT leaders turning to open source software than ever before.

The term open source refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible, meaning open source software is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance. Open source code  is developed in a decentralized and collaborative way, relying on peer review and community production, and has become essential today. The open source movement uses the values and decentralized production model of software to find new ways to solve problems in communities and industries.

Just two years ago, the open source market was valued at $12.7 billion, but is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.9 percent through 2027 to an estimated $441 billion. The growth can be attributed to the rise of digitalization, as more companies are increasingly looking for ways to enhance their services and applications, especially when it comes to modern digital tools. Now, as digital innovation continues onward, open source has become critical for companies that don’t want to be left behind competitively.

Recently,  The Open Mainframe Project, an open source initiative that enables collaboration across the mainframe community to develop shared tool sets and resources, announced the schedule for the 3rd annual Open Mainframe Summit. It will be an in-person event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and streaming online for global attendees. This year’s theme focuses on security, which is top of mind for every company.

This year will highlight security as it relates to all aspects of mainframes and beyond, including cloud-native services, automation, software supply chain management and more. The Summit will also highlight projects such as Zowe and COBOL, education and training topics that will offer seasoned professionals, developers, students and thought leaders an opportunity to share best practices and network with like-minded individuals.

Critical enterprise systems are more connected than ever, which means vulnerabilities have increased. In fact, according to The Essential Holistic Security Strategy, a recent report by Forrester (News - Alert) Consulting, commissioned by Open Mainframe Project Silver Member BMC, 81 percent of organizations surveyed are prioritizing the integration of security functions and improving security detection and response.

Some of the security sessions include:

Additionally, David Wheeler, Open Source (News - Alert) Supply Chain Security Director at the Linux Foundation, will give a keynote.  

Other highlights include:

To see the full conference schedule here. For registration click here.

Edited by Erik Linask
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