Interviews

Tired of hearing that mainframes are old technology? Looking for proof that mainframes are on the cutting edge and can do things no other systems architecture can? Take a trip with me to Florianopolis, Brazil, the home of Hoplon Infotainment, creators of the massive, multi-player game TaikoDom, which runs on the world’s first IBM gameframe…

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Headquartered in Columbus, OH, Nationwide is a Fortune 500 insurance and financial services company with more than $161 billion in assets and more than 36,000 employees, including 6,000 in IT. The company operates in a highly regulated industry, which makes the sophistication, failover and industrial-strength security and processing of the System z integral to its operations and governance. In 2005, Nationwide also discovered that migrating independent Linux server applications to Linux on System z dramatically reduced its total cost of operations for hardware, software, data center space, personnel, and power consumption. …

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With $20 billion in assets and more than 7,000 employees, First National of Nebraska (www.fnni.com) is one of the top-50 financial services holding companies in the U.S. Its headquarters is Omaha, NE, where it has been operating for the past 150 years. Today, First National serves more than 6.6 million customers in all 50 states, with more than 90 banking locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota, and Texas. First National is the ninth largest merchant processor, a top-10 commercial card issuer, the eleventh largest U.S. issuer of bank credit cards, a top-20 electronic funds processor, the ninth largest U.S. agricultural lender with customers in 49 states, and one of the leading providers of project finance to the ethanol industry…

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