Jay Lipovich – BMC Blogs https://www.bmc.com/blogs BMC Software Wed, 12 Dec 2018 10:09:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://blogs.bmc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bmc_favicon-300x300-150x150.png Jay Lipovich – BMC Blogs https://www.bmc.com/blogs 32 32 For Mainframes, a Monitor is a Monitor is a Monitor – Or is it? – Part 4 https://www.bmc.com/blogs/for-mainframes-a-monitor-is-a-monitor-is-a-monitor-or-is-it-part-4/ Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:25 +0000 https://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=13164 In long-ago days (decades) real-time monitors for IBM® mainframes were chosen by technicians based on what they liked. Over time, technicians became comfortable with their chosen monitor and resisted any arguments for changing monitors. But as mainframes became prime targets for IT cost-cutting, management developed a held belief that “a monitor is a monitor” and […]]]> For Mainframes, a Monitor is a Monitor is a Monitor – Or is it? – Part 3 https://www.bmc.com/blogs/for-mainframes-a-monitor-is-a-monitor-is-a-monitor-or-is-it-part-3/ Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:46 +0000 https://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=13131 Five tests to qualify value versus commodity – #4 Alarms and Automation In long-ago days (decades) real-time monitors for IBM® mainframes were chosen by technicians based on what they liked. Over time, technicians became comfortable with their chosen monitor and resisted any arguments for changing monitors. But as mainframes became prime targets for IT cost-cutting, […]]]> For Mainframes, a Monitor is a Monitor is a Monitor – Or is it? – Part 2 https://www.bmc.com/blogs/for-mainframes-a-monitor-is-a-monitor-is-a-monitor-or-is-it-part-2/ Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:05 +0000 https://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=13045 Five tests to qualify value versus commodity – #3 Heterogeneity In long-ago days (decades), real-time monitors for IBM® mainframes were chosen by technicians based on what they liked. Over time, technicians became comfortable with their chosen monitor and resisted any arguments for changing. But as mainframes became prime targets for IT cost-cutting, management developed a […]]]> For Mainframes, a Monitor is a Monitor is a Monitor – Or is it? – Part 1 https://www.bmc.com/blogs/for-mainframes-a-monitor-is-a-monitor-is-a-monitor-or-is-it-part-1/ Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:28 +0000 https://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=13019 In long-ago days (decades) real-time monitors for IBM® mainframes were chosen by technicians based on what they liked. Over time, technicians became comfortable with their chosen monitor and resisted any arguments for changing monitors. But as mainframes became prime targets for IT cost-cutting, management developed a belief that “a monitor is a monitor” and essentially […]]]> Capacity Planning Steps to Ride the Mainframe Storm https://www.bmc.com/blogs/capacity-planning-steps-to-ride-the-mainframe-storm/ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:19 +0000 https://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=12889 In my previous blog, I discussed three events creating a perfect storm for mainframe capacity planning: Digital disruption Increasingly complex hardware and software choices Mainframe skills “brain drain” As promised in that post, here are steps you can take to address each event and ensure accurate and timely capacity planning for mainframes. Digital Disruption Tightly […]]]> How Ready Are Mainframers for the Coming Perfect Storm? https://www.bmc.com/blogs/how-ready-are-mainframers-for-the-coming-perfect-storm/ Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:44 +0000 https://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=12814 In an August 15, 2018 IBM Systems Webinar, attendees learned about the “perfect storm” looming for mainframe capacity planning. After hearing about the looming threats, they were asked how ready they felt their organizations were to weather the coming storm. Here are the responses: (66 of the attendees participated in the poll): 80% of respondents […]]]> How You Might Mitigate Undesirable Container Pricing Consequences https://www.bmc.com/blogs/how-you-might-mitigate-undesirable-container-pricing-consequences/ Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:55 +0000 http://www.bmc.com:80/blogs/?p=12547 In my previous blog, “Is Container Pricing the Answer to Mainframe Cost Containment?” I listed four potential consequences of adopting IBM® container pricing models for the mainframe. As a reminder, they are: You may have a higher cost commitment upon entering a container model than you need to. You may be postponing costs to a […]]]> Is Container Pricing the Answer to Mainframe Cost Containment? https://www.bmc.com/blogs/is-container-pricing-the-answer-to-mainframe-cost-containment/ Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:45 +0000 http://www.bmc.com:80/blogs/?p=12573 It was confidently predicted that the last IBM® mainframe would be unplugged – twenty years ago! Hasn’t happened. Not likely to happen. Mainframes are powerhouses of highly responsive transaction processing and massive data handling – two foundational capabilities for companies who are relying on digital engagement to grow their businesses. But..there is always a “but”. […]]]> Capping challenged on your mainframe? Why BMC MainView customers have it easy https://www.bmc.com/blogs/capping-challenged-mainframe-bmc-mainview-customers-easy/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 04:46:45 +0000 http://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=9927 What do hundreds of mainframe sites who use BMC MainView systems management have that makes capping effective and efficient?  The answer is – MainView itself. While the old adage goes “familiarity breeds contempt,” familiarity more often breeds comfort.  Familiarity – whether in IT systems management or in personal relationships – delivers striking benefits, including the […]]]> Five Myths of Mainframe Capping https://www.bmc.com/blogs/five-myths-mainframe-capping/ Fri, 04 Nov 2016 05:29:27 +0000 http://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=9895 The mainframe operating system provides a mechanism that IT can use to limit the amount of resources that workloads use, and limit exposure to excessive IBM Monthly License Charge (MLC) costs. Defined Capacity, or capping, can be set at specific levels by IT, but the consequence is that when work reaches the cap, the operating […]]]>