By Jack Lanchantin, IBM intern
This summer, I had the chance to work at IBM in the exciting area of z/OS BCPii. BCPii, or BCP internal interface, is a key component of the z/OS operating system and an important part of the Smarter Planet strategy. Customers use BCPii to become smarter about monitoring their systems, preventing outages, and managing workloads. While I heard the “Smarter Planet” concept thrown around a lot during the time I was at IBM, I couldn’t figure out exactly what it meant, at first. But over the past few months, I’ve gotten a good idea of what IBM means by “building a Smarter Planet”, and I've also realized how IBM software development contributes to the Smarter Planet theme.
Working in BCPii development, I’ve learned that it’s important to keep our customers in mind as we design a smarter operating system. But I've also realized that in order to build a smarter system, the z/OS development and test teams need to become smarter as well. When I participated in whiteboard design meetings, I discovered that my team, and IBMers in general, are very open to changing the way they do business. When I proposed a few new design ideas and approaches, such as using a new development tool to facilitate teamwork, everyone was open to my ideas and adopted them quickly. Building a Smarter Planet begins with smarter teamwork and smarter development processes.
It's been exciting to find out how IBM is rapidly adapting to changing customer needs with new technologies such as cloud on System z, analytics tools such as zAware, and mobile applications. Each of these areas is key to expanding System z and making it a smarter and more robust platform. A poster I saw in an IBM hallway said, “The future runs on System z”. Well, the future is pretty big, so System z and BCPii are sure to become even more essential for managing large systems.
Of course, there is no single technique we can use to build a Smarter Planet, but I can see how committed IBM is to helping make the world a better, more efficient, and smarter place.
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Jack Lanchantin is a software development intern for BCPii. He is currently an undergraduate student at Binghamton University, majoring in Computer Engineering. Jack enjoys playing basketball, listening to music, and spending time in Lake George, NY.