Welcome to DancingDinosaur, mainframe computing in the 21st century. This blog will present all manner of news,  trends, research, analysis, and opinion relating to the mainframe computer and the mainframe data center. It will cover hardware, software, services, management, personnel, and whatever else might impact the mainframe data center. You are welcome to ask questions and suggest topics, and you are encouraged to freely comment.

I’m Alan Radding. You probably have been reading my writing for years. As a fulltime freelance writer, researcher, and analyst specializing in business and technology for 30 years, I have written for almost all technology publications.  Similarly, I have handled projects for most of the leading technology vendors including: IBM, HP, EMC, Sun, Microsoft, and more.  You can check out more of my work at my websites,  http://www.technologywriter.com and http://www.independentassessment.com.

You can contact me directly at 617-332-4369 or alan@radding.net

Finally, the contents of this blog are copyrighted by Alan Radding.  For permission to reuse, repurpose, or reproduce any of the contents of this blog, please contact me directly.

3 Responses to “About”

  1. Ken Cameron Says:

    Alan: great site! Thanks! I’ve been in IT for 40+ years, starting my career at IBM while still in college. I actually helped a bunch of IBM CE’s physically install the first 360/40 in the USA. After 20 years, I left IBM and starting running IT infrastructures “in the real world”. The religious wars between mainframe and “all other comers” has been comical and sad all at the same time. IBM is, of course, partly to blame. In the 60’s and 70’s, IBM was the best and purest marketing firm ever, but it lost its’ luster in the 80’s and 90’s. Today’s mainframe (The Dancing Donosaur) is truly an unbelievable opportunity to address many of the issues in IT organizations of today. For the last 10 years, I hammered at IBM to do more to market SAP on the mainframe, but with little success. Now, it can run Linux, Windows, OpenSolaris, and z/OS. Talk about virtualization, consolidation, and “Green IT”!!! z is definitely the most robust “Cloud Computing” platform in existence. In fact, the mainframe has been doing Cloud Computing for decades (ignoring internet access). I believe that Cloud companies who use mainframes will out compete those with server farms in the long haul. Of course, the religious wars will go on. I look forward to reading and commenting on this site.

  2. alan Says:

    Glad to have you join us. Stay tuned!

  3. Eyal Rothfeld Says:

    Great Blog, Alan !

    Thank you,
    Eyal Rothfeld • Enterprise Systems Solutions Manager
    Ness Israel, Ness Technologies


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