Five “E”asy Ways to Remember Mainframe History

The last fifty years of mainframe contributions can be broken into five periods in which mainframes transformed business and
government.  Here is an “E”asy way to think of them:


Empower (2000-present): mainframes empower transformation as part of the technology ecosystem


Engage (1990-2000): organizations’ customers engage more directly with the business on the shoulders of mainframe systems and data


Enrich (1980-1990): mainframes open up entire new vistas of possibilities by providing rich data on business, markets and customers


Expand (1970-1980): enterprises recognize the ability to expand market offerings through mainframe systems


Enable (1964-1970): business, government and science start to do incredible things, enabled by mainframe computing.


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These postings are my own and do not necessarily represent BMC's position, strategies, or opinion.

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Jay Lipovich

Jay Lipovich

G. Jay Lipovich is a Principal Product Manager for mainframe systems management and cost optimization at BMC Software. He has many years’ experience in the design and development of strategies and solutions for infrastructure and data management. This includes design strategy and performance evaluation for a mainframe hardware vendor; infrastructure performance consulting for industry and US government agencies; and design and development of strategies and solutions for infrastructure management solutions. He has published numerous articles in trade journals defining approaches to infrastructure performance management and cost optimization. Mr. Lipovich is ITIL Foundation and CDE certified.