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Perhaps the best kept secret in the Hudson Valley is that most of the mainframe computers operating the world’s most critical financial, government, defense and industrial information infrastructures are manufactured right here in Poughkeepsie. Johnnieanne Hansen talks with John and Warren, two of the leaders at the Poughkeepsie site about the “Z” System mainframe, workforce, leadership and more.
In this episode Council of Industry Vice President Johnnieanne Hansen speaks with John Waldron, Plant Manager at IBM Poughkeepsie and Warren Boldrin, Senior Manager. The Poughkeepsie site manufactures IBM’s “Z” System Mainframes. The “Z” System is one of the world’s most advanced mainframe computers running critical information infrastructure.
Both John and Warren are longtime IBMers. John came to the company in 1984 via R.E.T.S. Electronic Technical school in Philadelphia. His first job in 1984 was Electronics Technician. Warren is a graduate of Dutchess Community College and has a B.S degree in Production Management, and M.S. degree in Computer Science; both from Marist College. His roles at IBM have included Quality Engineering and Business Transformation. His current responsibilities include Advanced Manufacturing Sciences, High-end Order Fulfillment, Materials Management, Remanufacturing/Return Logistics, and Customer Solutions.
Johnnieanne, John and Warren talk about the mainframe computing, the past, present and future of IBM Poughkeepsie and workforce development strategies including the company’s role with P-TECH.