2024 Influential Mainframers

This month, Planet Mainframe celebrates influential mainframers nominated by the community. The field benefits from their efforts in making the mainframe what it is today and working towards the mainframe of tomorrow.

Today we are featuring a “game changer” leading the engineers responsible for mainframe innovation at Broadcom and beyond.

George DeCandio

CTO, Broadcom Mainframe Software Division, Broadcom

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

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George DeCandio stands at the forefront of mainframe technology as the Chief Technology Officer of the Mainframe division at Broadcom, where he leads the team of architects who drive product development across the entire mainframe portfolio.  

Renowned among colleagues as a “game changer,” DeCandio brings a rare blend of technical prowess, deep product insight, and an unwavering commitment to innovation. His expertise spans agile processes, software solution architecture, technical leadership, team management, and customer support, making him a pivotal figure in the evolution of mainframe technologies.

Reflecting personally on the significance of the mainframe, DeCandio views his role at Broadcom as a privilege. Broadcom enables the mainframe as the cornerstone of enterprise operations, ensuring unrivaled reliability and scalability for the most critical business sectors. 

“Over five years, I’ve witnessed firsthand its indispensable role in driving efficiency and maintaining high levels of security for businesses,” said DeCandio. “I’m invigorated by the ongoing innovation pace on the mainframe platform and the challenges posed by integrating modern technologies like AI, DevOps, cutting-edge user interfaces, and contemporary security measures while upholding the core value that renders the mainframe indispensable. I’m deeply committed to customer engagement, harnessing insights to guide our engineering teams in tackling the next wave of mainframe challenges.”

As an advocate for the mainframe community and its users, DeCandio dedicates hours engaging with industry leaders and addressing their most pressing challenges. His expertise in mainframe DevOps and modernization frequently places him on the podium at industry conferences, where he fosters discussions on potential future directions for mainframe technologies.

DeCandio is an unparalleled supporter of the Open Mainframe Project, having served as one of the initial proposers of the Zowe Chat project. His team’s significant contributions to Zowe, including the donation of tens of thousands of lines of code, highlight Broadcom’s investment in the future of open-source mainframe solutions.

His visibility in the mainframe community is further amplified through presentations at conferences such as GSE Heidelberg and the Mainframe Technical Exchanges, alongside keynotes at the OMP Summit. DeCandio also facilitates networking opportunities, such as the Distinguished Engineer Breakfast at SHARE conferences, which offers a platform for direct dialogue with the mainframe community on pertinent topics.

George DeCandio’s unparalleled commitment to driving mainframe innovation and his hands-on approach to customer engagement and community support solidify his status as a visionary and mainframe leader. His ongoing efforts to integrate cutting-edge technologies while nurturing the mainframe’s foundational strengths continue to shape the enterprise computing landscape.