Graphing Spark Data with HighCharts
BY Walker RoweWalker Rowe

Here we look at how to use HighCharts with Spark. HighCharts is a charting framework written in JavaScript. It works with both static and streaming data. So you can make live charts with it. And their collection of charts is a beautiful set of designs, made … [Read More...]

SHARE, the Mainframe and Providence, RI – Embracing the Digital World
BY Bronna ShapiroBronna Shapiro

SHARE will be held in historic Providence, RI August 6 – 11 2017. The world has changed significantly since Providence was founded in 1636 and its economy revolved around industry. Today, this vibrant city's lifeblood is based on educational resources and the … [Read More...]

Basics of Graphing Streaming Big Data
BY Walker RoweWalker Rowe

Imagine creating a live chart that updates as data flows in. With this you could watch currency value fluctuations, streaming IOT data, application performance, cybersecurity events, or other data in real time. It is not so hard to create Spark Streaming … [Read More...]

The Future of Ransomware
BY Scott N. SchoberScott N. Schober

A few years ago, if the average person heard the term ‘ransomware’ they might have imagined the fashion ensemble of a kidnapper. Fast forward to today and most everyone one is now familiar with ransomware one way or another. Most ransomware infects target … [Read More...]

IT Infrastructure Capacity: Optimizing for Digital Maturity
BY Patrick CampbellPatrick Campbell

Digital transformation has changed how we do almost everything. Our consumer expectations have evolved so that established services like banking now have mobile apps that work in the palm of our hands to win or keep our business. Hailing a ride or purchasing … [Read More...]

K-means Clustering with Apache Spark
BY Walker RoweWalker Rowe

Here we show a simple example of how to use k-means clustering. We will look at crime statistics from different states in the USA to show which are the most and least dangerous. We get our data from here. The data looks like this. The columns are state, … [Read More...]

Mainframe Cost Control: Why It’s Time to Take a Fresh Look
BY Paul VallelyPaul Vallely and John McKennyJohn McKenny

Enterprise IT departments are being challenged with the seemingly impossible – meet the bigger, faster, always available demands of digital business; innovate faster; AND cut costs—all without risking performance and availability. This is certainly no easy … [Read More...]

Mainframe Best Practice: Increase Availability with Conditional IMS Utility Processing
BY Dave SchipperDave Schipper

A little mainframe humor for you: “What are the fastest IMS reorganizations you’ve done?” Answer: “The ones you don’t do at all because they’re not needed.” Old joke, but still applicable. Today’s digital businesses need applications to be available 24x7 so … [Read More...]

Multi-Cloud Best Practices: How IT Ops Can Champion
BY Patrick CampbellPatrick Campbell

Clouds—A playing field for innovation For years, we’ve been innovating with cloud technologies. Within minutes we spin up infrastructure that is publicly accessible to users across the globe for just about any web-based application or service. The promise … [Read More...]

What You Need to Know about the ROI of Value-Driven DevOps Organizations
BY Tina SturgisTina Sturgis

The expression “You get what you pay for” really sums up the difference between being value-driven versus cost-driven. For example, I bought a printer and decided to “save” by purchasing the least expensive model. After using it, I discovered that the ink … [Read More...]