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 recognize a senior technology executive and lifelong learner who is known to create an environment that is strong in thought leadership and is “biased for action”.

Vikas Sinha

Vice President, Mainframe Software Division, Broadcom

Plano, Texas, USA

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Vikas Sinha is a seasoned Senior Vice President at Broadcom, with a 25-year tenure across giants like CA Technologies, IBM, and SPSS. At Broadcom, he steers Global Customer Experience and Strategic Alliances within the mainframe software business, focusing on field-facing teams such as technical support and professional services. His academic credentials are notable, with degrees in engineering and predictive analytics from prestigious institutions, and a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of North Texas.

Renowned for his thought leadership in the IBM Mainframe arena, Vikas champions the relevance of mainframes in today’s digital ecosystem, emphasizing their role in enterprise hybrid cloud infrastructures. His advocacy extends to the mainframe’s innovation, security, and reliability, underlining its indispensable use by top-tier organizations, governments, and financial institutions.

Vikas is a proponent of lifelong learning, demonstrated through his recent academic achievements and continuous engagement in executive education. His contributions to the field are substantial, with numerous publications and keynotes at international forums on topics like IBM z Systems, Generative AI, and mainframe skills. His peers refer to him as “A True Mainframer” and admire his dedication to the mainframe and helping his customers succeed. 

Reflecting on the perception of mainframes, Vikas shares, “Mainframes are tried and true technology that is still being innovated…If you need the most secure, powerful, and reliable platform, mainframe remains the ideal tool.” His narrative underscores the ongoing innovation within mainframe technology, advocating for its critical role across various sectors and its contribution to the backbone of global infrastructure. Through his efforts, Vikas aims to foster a broader understanding and appreciation of the mainframe’s enduring value in our daily lives.