I've spent the last 20 years of my career working in business strategy and consulting. When I took my current job as head of Mainframe Strategy for Broadcom, my "best man" and friend turned to me and said, "Mainframe strategy? Are you like that appliance repairman that waits for calls all day that never come?" Those things pretty much run themselves - and haven't been the center of attention in decades. Why on earth do they need a strategy guy?"
The joke wasn't entirely lost on me. Mainframes are so proven and dependable - in fact, they're used by over 70% of Fortune 500 companies - that it's easy to see why people may believe there's no need to tinker with them.
But my friend was wrong to assume (jokingly) that there is no room for strategy and innovation on the mainframe and it's best left on auto-pilot. With the right strategy and attention, our growing use of mainframes can continue to be even more than the already world-changing banking, insurance, online billing, and flight bookings it handles every day. It can and already is an important part of the hybrid cloud movement that's dominating computing right now.
So what does strategy for mainframes mean, then? The trick is asking, "What does the future of the mainframe look like?" That question is actually my everyday job. Over the past two years, we have heard serious questions from our customers about mainframe and their business. For example:
At Broadcom, our unequivocal reply is "Yes. Yes. Yes. And yes."
Because of our leading commitments and investments in recent years, we hope you'll consider us as your next great strategic partner. As I've learned over my career and most recently with mainframes, the right strategy makes all the difference. Want to know more about how the above programs might benefit your business? Reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any of our other experts. That's what we're here for.
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