John McKenny – BMC Blogs BMC Software Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:53:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 John McKenny – BMC Blogs 32 32 7 Wonders of the World—7 Colors of the Rainbow—7 IBM Z Champions Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:15 +0000 Huge congratulations are in order to the IBM Champions Class of 2018. The IBM Champion Program is an external advocacy group of over 500 exceptional contributors from all over the world, and seven of the 2018 IBM Champions are from BMC Software. The IBM Champions represent the best of the best and use their expertise […]]]> 5 Mainframe Myths Busted Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:07 +0000 Mainframes and millennials—is that an oxymoron? It doesn’t seem like they are suited for each other but that’s just one of the myths we’ve uncovered in our latest research. I’m sure by now you’ve heard it all – the mainframe is from another era, and won’t be around for long; the mainframe is managed by […]]]> IBM just issued another MLC price increase. We have a mitigation plan. Do you? Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:53:42 +0000 At BMC, we were not surprised to see another 4% MLC price increase from IBM, which takes effect in January. Granted, BMC is an IBM Business Partner, but IBM MLC costs are a significant portion of our mainframe budget, just like every other mainframe customer. We’re not happy about it, so we have a plan […]]]> Mainframe Cost Control: Why It’s Time to Take a Fresh Look Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:35:15 +0000 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 feat – but very possible with the right strategy. In the rush to do more with less, many IT […]]]> Why It’s Time to Re-think Mainframe Performance Management Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:52:24 +0000 The mainframe is arguably the most cost-effective platform for the bigger, faster, always available demands of digital business. Yet despite its central role at large enterprises, many IT leaders are disinvesting in mainframe performance management. This is in part because the extraordinary performance and efficiency of the platform has lulled them into believing they don’t […]]]> Accelerating Code Delivery on the Mainframe Tue, 23 May 2017 11:11:12 +0000 In today’s dynamic markets, businesses must move quickly to keep up with the competition—and to fulfill customers’ relentlessly rising expectations. And because so much business today is done digitally, “moving fast” is often simply another way of saying “accelerating the delivery of fresh code into production.” After all, most new business capabilities today have something […]]]> To Transform Your Mainframe, Transform Your Mainframe Sourcing Tue, 16 May 2017 11:57:20 +0000 If your business runs its core systems of record on a mainframe, you must transform your mainframe environment. After all, your businesses can’t truly be agile unless you can update your mainframe systems of record with the same speed and frequency as you update your web and mobile systems of engagement. And you must make […]]]> BMC Mainframe Survey Insights #2: Perception is Reality Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:25:44 +0000 This is the second in a five-blog series that covers key insights from BMC’s 11th Annual Mainframe Survey of over 1,200 executives and IT professionals. In this edition of my mainframe survey results blog series, we’ll dive into the topic of perception versus reality in regards to the mainframe and its future. Briefly put, when […]]]> BMC Mainframe Survey Insights #1: Mainframe Growth is Good News, and Here’s Why Mon, 12 Dec 2016 01:09:52 +0000 This is the first in a five-blog series that covers key insights from BMC’s 11th Annual Mainframe Survey of over 1,200 executives and IT professionals. In this first edition of my mainframe survey results series, I’ll describe how the findings indicate that the z Systems mainframe platform is strong and garnering lots of attention lately. […]]]> Two Paths to a Better Mainframe Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:29:15 +0000 We live in a fascinating time. New mobile transactions are increasing at an exponential pace. Our beloved mainframes are making this all possible – without them, the transactions would not process at the pace we expect, would not be as secure as we need them to be, and costs would be prohibitive. But many of […]]]>