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What Excites the IBM Master the Mainframe World Champions?
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This weekend, 43 students from 22 countries will fly to New York City to face off in the final round of the IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship competition! These students are the best and brightest and we're thrilled to have them partake in our IBM Mainframe50 activity next week. The IBM Master the Mainframe team asked the contestants what most excited them about participating in the Master the Mainframe World Championship contest and where they see the future of technology going. I invite you to read what they shared with us below and join us via Livestream on April 8th for the IBM Mainframe50 event where we'll unveil the winner of the competition.
"I'm very excited to be among the best students in the world. I'm very happy to take a part in the great and challenging IBM MTM World Championship contest and get a lot of new experience and new friends from other countries. It is very nice to feel myself as a part of worldwide IBM team during this time. We are like on the bleeding edge of technologies with IBM."
- Egor Pugin, Russia
"Technology is easily the most omnipresent component in every activity today, even increasingly in the less-developed countries. With the insight from over a century's experience in computing and with their wide range of innovations adopted in volumes, the reality of IBM's idea of a smarter planet is a great bet for the near future!"
- Rapael Kiminya Laibuni, Kenya
"As IBM is extending the role of mainframes to become platforms used in mobile and cloud computing, it's going to be interesting to see how conventional thinking toward the mainframe changes, and how it will be adopted into an ever-changing technology landscape. Perhaps we'll see an uptake of the mainframe in a diverse set of computing roles beyond those presented by the banking sector--that will be quite interesting."
- Rijnard van Tonder, South Africa
"As technology becomes faster and more powerful, it becomes more important for the unseen technology, like the IBM mainframes, to stay up-to-date and allow for even more expansion for future technology."
- Elton Cheng, United States
"Participating in the IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship is very exciting for me. The interesting tasks enthuse me as well as the fantastic travel to New York. This contest is really a life changing event!"
- Robert Rechnagel, Germany
"What excites me more about participating in the Master The Mainframe World Championship Contest is that it is the first time such an event occurs and in my case, the first time I participate in a competition like this. I'm excited to have the privilege of being part of the 43 lucky participants who will be able to be in such a renowned company like IBM and see closely a mainframe. Also, I'm excited about the fact that I'm a motivation for other students to participate and engage in this competition. Last but not least, I am proud to be part of the two students who represented my Puerto Rico for first time in Master The Mainframe Contest. I just cant believe it. This has been a great experience and it has changed my life completely."
- Cristina Santana Sepulveda, Puerto Rico
"I see the future of technology as one where everyone is connected, no matter its location on the world or their language. In this future there will be a lot more knowledge that can be shared across the world. This overwhelming exchange of information will need security, reliability and availability, so I picture IBM as a company that will provide the infrastructure to make all this possible."
- Luis Felipe Espinosa Elizalde, Mexico
"I think the future is about interconnecting information, so we do not have to manually transfer data to and from devices, but this will be done in an automated way when we need it. IBM will be playing the role of providing the servers which will store the data and allowing an exponential growth on the transactions made."
- Aaron Call Barreiro, Spain
"It's interesting to learn the current trends in IT and understand how important their adoption is to improving the business value of the enterprise. - it's the kind of knowledge we don't usually get from class. Hands-on interaction with the mainframe has exposed me to another dimension of computing; with the majority of developers concentrating on front-end user applications, it's easy to overlook the back end systems on which these services rely. The contest has been a great learning experience in reinstating the significance of the modern mainframe, middle-ware and the integration of related technologies to develop more valuable solutions."
- Rapael Kiminya Laibuni, Kenya
"I see interconnectedness being the future of technology, where the cloud allows personalized data for everything we do, and exposes a multitude of services to systems convenient and available to everybody. Achieving something like this takes enormous back-end power, which is where I see IBM excelling."
- Pravin Kumar, Australia
Cheer for your favorite contestants, visit the Master the Mainframe World Championship website to learn more about the competition and be sure to tune into the IBM Mainframe50 Livestream on April 8th! Good luck to all of the contestants!
Deon Newman is Vice President, Marketing for IBM System z. He is responsible for worldwide brand management and marketing strategy to develop the position of the System z brand in the market, drive global awareness, interest, and demand. Previously, Mr. Newman served as Vice President, Marketing and Communications, IBM Systems & Technology Group, North America, responsible for driving the North America marketplace leadership and results of the IBM Systems portfolio, marketing strategy and execution. Prior to that, he served as the Worldwide Marketing Director for SOA and IBM WebSphere and as the Worldwide Director of Sales and Marketing for System z Software. Deon joined IBM in 1991 in Melbourne, Australia, and during his IBM career, has held a number of marketing and sales leadership positions across Asia, Europe, the U.S. as well as in a worldwide capacity.