As I spoke with Share President Al Williams a couple of weeks ago, and even this week as I was at the Boston Share conference getting z196 reaction, the wheels were already in motion for his replacement.
At its Boston conference on Thursday, the mainframe user group announced the election of its new President – Janet Sun. Sun has been a Share volunteer for 26 years and served as Treasurer and Secretary of Share prior to coming on as President. Sun is also Product Manager at Rocket Mainstar. According to the announcement, Sun’s goals as President include not only expanding Share’s name throughout the IT community, but also supporting the next generation of IT professionals. This latter goal echoes what I heard at the zEnterprise keynote in Boston on Monday, as Karl Fruend of IBM indicated that there were professors on hand from several universities at the Share conference as part of a program to train “new” mainframers on zEnterprise and other technologies. Sun will certainly have her work cut out for her — the “green screen” generation is becoming more sparse with each new day.