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 showcase a leading advocate for adopting DevOps and exploring the potential of generative AI for mainframe enterprise use.

Venkat Balabhadrapatruni

Solution Architect and Distinguished Engineer,
Broadcom Software

Frisco, Texas, USA

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Venkat Balabhadrapatruni is a Solution Architect and Distinguished Engineer at Broadcom. He specializes in Mainframe DevOps and Application Modernization. After earning a Master’s in Computer Science from Illinois University, he worked at IBM and CA Technologies before joining Broadcom.

With over 18 years of experience, Balabhadrapatruni focuses on flexible DevOps experiences for mainframe applications. His expertise includes opening up the mainframe platform to more developers through initiatives like Eclipse Che4z3, and expanding mainframe use cases for Gen AI.

He is passionate about delivering business-critical software that empowers customers to amplify the value of their mainframe investments. This often entails supporting Fortune 500 companies to embrace open and emerging technologies. He shares his passions as a speaker at national and international conferences, including GSE Europe in 2023.

In a world where COBOL still powers 70% of global business transactions, Balabhadrapatruni’s work is pivotal in ensuring that mainframe teams can efficiently handle urgent, unplanned changes by adopting purpose-built tools. His pragmatic approach, including leveraging generative AI (GenAI), tackles today’s mainframe challenges and builts a vision for the mainframe future.