Published on October 26, 2020 by IBM Systems Magazine.
John Mertic of The Linux Foundation on how the Open Mainframe Summit came to be, how the event switched to virtual and how the summit engaged the mainframe community
On Sept. 16 and 17, 2020, the Open Mainframe Project held the first inaugural Open Mainframe Summit, which brought together several members of the IBM Z® community, including students, educators and industry professionals, to share their insights on the mainframe. The virtual event gave mainframers a chance to connect online to share best practices, discuss trends, learn new technical insights and network with their peers.
“There is a huge open-source community of developers, enthusiasts, users, vendors in the space,” says John Mertic, director of the Open Mainframe Project and director of program management at The Linux® Foundation. “That’s an area we see value in creating an event space for, so those communities to collaborate, come together and have those conversations.”