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Coming in July: Celebrating Five Years of Destination z

As Destination z turns five in July, we look to celebrate our members who help make it the great community it is.

Posted: 6/28/2016 12:00:40 AM by Valerie Dennis | with 0 comments

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Our Destination z community boasts a variety of personalities, and we’re sharing a colorful look at some of our members. Find yourself or friends and associates by browsing through our commemorative caricature collection from Enterprise2013, SHARE Pittsburgh 2014, SHARE Anaheim 2014, SHARE Seattle 2015, SHARE Orlando 2015 and SHARE San Antonio 2016 or see the whole gallery here.

Member Spotlight

Senior Product Architect

Tibco Software Inc.

Years in IT—

My first mainframe job—
Computer operator/programmer IBM 360/20 DOS. I worked at a shared hospital data center. Started out sorting massive amounts of cards feeding them into card readers and programmable card punches. Programmed in Autocoder, COBOL and Assembler. Databases were ISAM. Learned the art of writing efficient code to run in limited resource environments.

My favorite mainframe memory—
I worked as one of the product developers for the Official Airline Guides “electronic edition” in the early 1980s. This was the first public “online” airline information display and reservation system predating the Internet by many years. It would display the data in 24-line chunks like a teletype on your Commodore VIC-20, TRS-80 or IBM PC. It was considered state-of-the-art in the early 80s. Now I develop software products that transport billions of messages a minute across the globe. When I started working on the mainframe I would punch my programs on cards. Now I can work anywhere in the world using just my phone. The progress being made is amazing. My job as a commercial mainframe product designer and software developer is awesome.

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