We are honored to host a special message from Andy Youniss, President and CEO of Rocket Software:
Rocket Software has always prided itself on solving complex technical problems. That’s why we chose our name back in 1990: We were scientists. Rocket scientists.
At the very beginning of our own history – nearly 30 years ago – we made the decision to partner with IBM and solve customers’ problems with our enterprise software solutions. Accordingly, we worked primarily with organizations who run their businesses using IBM Information Management System (IMS). IMS lies at the heart of high-volume, reliable, and secure computing operations for many of you around the globe. And IMS has evolved and grown significantly over the past 50 years.
We at Rocket have an affinity for IMS for many reasons. When it was first created by IBM, it actually was rocket science. IMS was first proposed as a solution to a problem that was vexing NASA: keeping inventory of parts for the Apollo program. After all, there were thousands and thousands of parts needed for the massive Saturn V and the space vehicle. A joint IBM/Caterpillar team worked on the software for two years, and on August 14, 1968 IMS made its debut.
Over the next 50 years (including many decades under the leadership of IBM’s legendary Vern Watts) IMS has become one of the most durable and reliable computer systems ever invented. It is also one of the most flexible systems around. In fact, the long life (bordering on immortality) of IMS is the result of how adaptable it is.
Our commitment to IMS is a reflection of our love for the mainframe. While other platforms have come and gone, mainframes are still the workhorse for everything from government to banking to healthcare. It’s also powering mobile and cloud deployments all over the world, even if many users don’t even know that’s what’s driving their applications. Every time someone gets money from an ATM or checks his or her health records online, there’s a pretty good chance that IMS played a critical role in making it happen. And open-source tools have made it accessible to newer developers programming in any modern language.
We are proud to be a close friend of the IMS community. And although Rocket wasn’t around when IMS was introduced 50 years ago, we have been a strategic partner in helping IMS continue to break new ground for more than half of its lifespan. We are looking forward to the next half century of IMS!