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Issue 3.7 Editorial (April ’19)


And so the spring is officially here, in the US, and as always it brings a lot of excitement. Read the TSI article that starts with: “It seems spring has finally arrived here in Northern California, after what turned out to be a ‘drought busting’ winter, with record rainfall and some very intense ‘atmospheric rivers.’ In fact, the long lasting drought we’ve had here is now officially over, about time.”

Wow! It is going to be a busy time for the NonStop community. See the HPE RUGs update for details. You will read there:

“When it comes to May the calendar looks even busier. With the exception of GTUG that will be holding their RUG event prior to ETBC both of which will be in Europe, the rest of the RUG events for May, 2019 will be scattered up and down the western hemisphere. Perhaps the most interest will be in the upcoming LATUG event to be held on Colombia.”

And then there is ETBC (Edinburgh) hosted by BITUG!  HPE RUGs update says:

“ ‘ETBC 2019 will be the largest NonStop end user event outside of the US in 2019, our agenda contains two full days of informative NonStop content. We have multiple sessions by senior HPE staffers, vendor presentations and end user presentations. We start each day with a Keynote,’ ” the committee email stated.

It is fascinating how fast NonStop community is embracing change … You will read in the NTI article: “The words peppering their conversations include everything from Hadoop to Splunk to Cloudera to Azure Cosmos and even Snowflakes! For those who are feeling comfortable openly discussing the ins and outs of SQL it is as if a spaceship landed and everyone rushed to embrace the latest trend – dance to the latest tunes, if you like.”

We all heard the Apple announcement of its new payment card. Read OmniPayments article – it talks about the Apple announcement’s impact: “there may be little initial impact on existing applications. After all, transaction initiated by Apple Card will flow through the MasterCard network as they would do with just regular MasterCard plastic. But in time, this could take vendors down different paths when the transactions will all originate in the iPhone.”

Speaking of Apple! Wow, yes, there was a time when Tandem employees had Apple workstations on their desks.  Until Compaq came … See Ron LaPedis’ article on culture and acquisitions, a walk down the memory line! Ron writes about the time of the Compaq acquisition of Tandem: “A televised Q&A which was held in the LOC 100 cafeteria left dozens of us confused and close to tears. Tandem was a huge Apple shop. Since we made mainframes and they made desktops and laptops, we had a great relationship.”

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Thank you, see you in Edinburgh,

Margo Holen
Managing Editor