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 feature a recognized voice across numerous arenas, including mainframe modernization, open solutions, Linux, zVM, zVSE, security, and Cloud technology. It’s a mouthful of talent!

Michael Daubman

Director of Product Management, Foundational and Open Solutions, Broadcom

Durham, North Carolina USA

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Michael Daubman is the Director of Product Management within Broadcom’s Mainframe Software Division, overseeing the Foundational and Open Solution value stream. His career is marked by leadership in transformation and growth. He specializes in System Z software engineering, product management, enterprise storage, hybrid cloud solutions, and open-source innovation. He champions integrating and operationalizing design thinking and continuous delivery, working closely with clients to develop and execute agile and precise software strategies.

Daubman dedicated nearly two decades to IBM, ascending to senior leadership positions. He led the charge on enterprise infrastructure as a service offering – including IBM Power Systems virtual server on IBM Cloud. He also oversaw various components of the z/VM, Linux on Z, and enterprise storage sectors.

Daubman is driven by the challenge of leading teams that consistently deliver solutions. He embraces an open mainframe and enables clients to harness its unique value throughout their enterprise and into a hybrid cloud environment.

Reflecting on his career, Daubman notes that his foray into IT began with a college co-op position in mainframe security software. “I was extremely fortunate that my first job in IT involved working on mainframe security software as a college co-op,” he shares. “Although my role has shifted, I’ve always been compelled to return to my mainframe origins. The legacy of technology and continual innovation have made mainframe technology unparalleled. I am fortunate to lead teams that build innovative solutions daily, laying the foundation for our clients’ most critical business processes.”

Daubman’s recognition in the industry underscores his extensive experience and active participation in the mainframe community. His involvement in industry events demonstrates his commitment to engaging with peers, establishing strong client relationships, and forming effective partnerships. As a regular speaker at conferences such as SHARE, MTE, and OMP, he offers insights, promotes a cooperative ethos, and champions the platform’s future.