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CVS, Legal & General, Fidelity Investments Selected as 2024 IMPACT Innovation Award Finalists

The 2024 CMG IMPACT conference will take place in Atlanta, GA in February, and – along with education and peer-to-peer exchange of all things digital transformation, enterprise IT, and infrastructure – the conference will feature the winners of the annual IMPACT Innovation awards.

The awards program, which began in 2021, was created to recognize individuals and teams who have dreamed, designed, and implemented IT improvements to drive significant change and extraordinary outcomes within their organizations. Past award recipients include Capital One and Broadcom. 

This week CMG, along with partner Mullen Foundation announced that CVS, Fidelity Investments, and Legal & General are the finalists for the 2024 IMPACT Innovation Awards. 

  • CVS was chosen for its $3 million, year-long project to redefine performance engineering and architecture. The initiative involved AI anomaly detection, predictive analytics, and serverless architectures. This multidisciplinary endeavor, involving experts across several fields, led to a 35% reduction in operational costs and notable improvements in system responsiveness and throughput. 
  • Fidelity Investment’s team created a cutting-edge, real-time event-driven platform that transformed legacy systems and integrated AWS services to significantly enhance event processing and data consistency. Overcoming budget and time constraints they introduced features like a self-service UI for client onboarding, leading to over 200 enterprise-wide use cases and substantial cost savings. 
  • Legal & General successfully restructured their mainframe operations through the iMpala Project.  This incorporated modern engineering and cloud and data technologies to improve the developer experience and increase delivery speed while maintaining quality. The transformation involved collaboration with third parties for environment, developer tools, and CI/CD improvements which lead to significant time and cost savings, as well as making mainframe development more accessible and efficient. 

According to Amanda Hendley, President and Managing Director of CMG, this year’s IMPACT award saw a significant increase in applicants:

“In our third year, the IMPACT Innovation Awards attracted three times the number of applicants as in 2023. These finalists represent the top change-agents in enterprise technology. It was a challenge for our judges to select these finalists and our 2024 winner. We look forward to announcing the winner at the CMG IMPACT Conference in Atlanta on February 7. “


Lumen Selects Atos for Multi-Year Mainframe Upgrade

Atos, a global leader in secure and decarbonized digital, has announced that it will provide 

Lumen, a global telecommunications company, with a new mainframe platform to support its most critical applications. 

The multi-year deal to modernize Lumen’s mainframe services will bring together three data centers currently operated by Lumen into a single Atos-operated US hub to provide best-in-class infrastructure. Lumen and Atos will migrate the mainframe workloads into Atos’ Hub through carefully phased migration to ensure service levels are maintained at all times.

Chad Naeger, Lumen CIO said “Our mainframe is a central computing backbone and is pivotal to our business operations. It demands the highest level of stability and security to power our operations. We have entrusted Atos to modernize our Mainframe environment, confident in their expertise, experience, and ability to propel our transformation goals.”

The resulting mainframe-as-a-service solution will offer Lumen a “cloud-like” mainframe scalability that provides everything from computing power to service management and innovation. Consumption-based charging allows Lumen to adjust the service as its capacity needs change. Atos will also provide 24/7 hardware, software and technical support alongside monitoring and operations.

According to Michael Grunberg, CEO North America, Tech Foundations, Atos, “By transforming Lumen’s mainframe, we will bring the company security, agility, and the opportunity for innovation while supporting their business transformation objectives. We look forward to deepening the relationship and creating opportunities to extend our collaboration in the future.”

Source: GlobeNewsWire

Triton Consulting Welcomes John Campbell to Team

Triton Consulting has announced that it proudly welcomes John Campbell to its team of experts. John has over 40 years of unparalleled experience in systems, database, and application design. His appointment marks a significant milestone for Triton and its commitment to delivering first-class services in the tech industry.

In August 2022, after over 40 years at IBM (during which he received multiple IBM Corporate Technical Recognition Awards and became an IDUG Hall of Fame Speaker), John retired from his role as an IBM Distinguished Engineer.

After a 15 month break, John joins the Triton team in January 2024 as a Senior Consultant. His deep understanding of Db2 for z/OS technology, combined with his expertise in customer relations, represents a rare skill set within the industry.

Commenting on John’s appointment, Gareth Copplestone-Jones, Head of Infrastructure Services says “Having worked with John from 2006 to 2019, the prospect of John joining the Triton team is very exciting on a personal as well as a professional basis. I’m delighted that John will be putting his unrivalled skills and experience to use in the development and delivery of Infrastructure Services offerings that will be launched in the near future.”

James Gill, Head of Modernisation Services at Triton Consulting, says: “John is a Db2 legend. His extensive experience and expertise will be invaluable as we continue to grow the business and expand our services. We are thrilled to welcome John aboard and look forward to the contributions he will make across all areas of our business.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining Triton Consulting, a company I trust and admire for its expertise. My focus will be on helping our clients make the best use of technology to deliver positive business outcomes”. John Campbell
Source: Triton Consulting

Sonja Soderlund is an Oregon-based B2B freelance writer. Whether writing about mainframe computers, educational technology, or sustainable retail, she strives to bring clarity to complex issues. Connect with her at or LinkedIn.

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