When I started working for The Fillmore Group over ten years ago, the world of DB2 was far different. The State of Maryland had probably over a dozen IBM mainframes running state government agencies. We occasionally delivered training and support, but often struggled with the procurement processes, as we weren’t an approved vendor.
As I learned, the master vendor list for IT vendors to the State of Maryland adds new vendors only once every 8 to 10 years, as the qualification process (we are talking government here!) is onerous and terribly time consuming for all involved. So I waited and finally this past year it was time again for open enrollment. The qualification process WAS onerous and time consuming and required the assistance of Maryland Governor Hogan’s office to make the insurance requirements attainable for small businesses like The Fillmore Group.
Many thanks Governor Hogan! Today The Fillmore Group received the fully executed contract to deliver IT services to the State of Maryland. There aren’t as many mainframes as there were ten years ago and efforts have been underway to consolidate their workloads, but we can help. I think a private cloud running System z with a couple shared IDAA’s would be cost effective, efficient, and modern. Can’t wait to get started!