Most mainframers who have ever gone to SHARE or the IBM System Z Expo/System z University in the last several years have no doubt come across one of the mainframe’s greatest cheerleaders, Bob Rogers. While many mainframers are pretty serious-minded folks and not likely to stand out in a crowd, Bob Rogers handles both situations extremely well.

Bob is a brilliant man but also one of the most fun and gregarious people I’ve ever met. So placing him in the Mainframe Hall of Fame was a very easy decision; a decision that has been roundly applauded by his fellow mainframers as evidenced by the “Amens”  in response to the announcement on MainframeZone’s LinkedIn Group.

For those of you not familiar with Bob Rogers’ mainframe accomplishments, here is the very brief description that accompanies his photo in the Mainframe Hall of Fame that is now up on the Website (look under the Resources tab).

Bob Rogers was the lead software designer for the mainframe migration into the 64-bit world. He also played a key role in the transitions to XA-370, ESA/370, and z/Architecture. In addition, he implemented the support for single z/OS images with more than 16 CPUs; and was a lead designer of z/OS support for the zAAP and zIIP specialty processors.

I realize that many other individuals also played very important roles in the development and success of the IBM mainframe. Send me an email ( telling me who else should be considered for inclusion in the Mainframe Hall of Fame.

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In 1970, primarily due to anti-trust pressure from the Federal Government as well as an independent lawsuit by Applied Data Research, IBM made the decision to “unbundle” software costs and hardware costs. This meant that over the past 40 years independent software vendors (ISVs) have been able to compete on a even basis with IBM for mainframe software product sales…

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