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Podcast explores how COBOL is specifically designed for highly-precise transactions at high scale


One of IBM Distinguished Engineer Frank De Gilio’s favorite sayings is “I’m working on the whole bi-location thing, and as soon as I have it figured out, I’ll let you know.” That’s his way of saying it’s impossible to be in two places at the same time. Traveling all over the place, making sure all the right people know what’s new in IBM Z and how they can immediately put it to use is a rewarding task, but we needed a way to get the word out that would be easily accessible and hopefully a little fun.

So Frank and I created the Terminal Talk podcast, and our first episode went out June 20, 2017. From the very beginning, we’ve sought to deliver straight mainframe talk for people who want to learn more about this wonderful platform. We seek out enthusiastic experts who can’t help but share their knowledge with a larger audience — and listenership has grown steadily, current reaching over a thousand listeners per episode.

Sometimes we talk about new features. Sometimes it’s just chance to chat with a great guest. Given all of the talk it’s been getting in the news and on social media right now, it was obvious that we needed to seek out a COBOL expert. Thankfully, the expert everyone pointed us towards was more than happy to jump on a remote recording session (a first for the show) and get into the heart of the matter. Fellow IBMer Tom Ross, known around the world as Captain COBOL, brings straight answers, technical enlightenment, and a fresh perspective into just why the world runs on COBOL on IBM Z. Listen to the podcast episode now.

And be sure to add Terminal Talk to your regular podcast rotation — available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and all other major podcast platforms.