Retail Shopping Season Means Big Bang on Your Mainframe

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Do you hear that thunder? It’s the rolling tsunami of data requests coming to hit your mainframe this holiday shopping season. So, what will you do about it? More business activity is always a good thing. But is your mainframe environment prepared for the wave of transactions that come into IBM® DB2®, IMS®, CICS®, MQ®, and other software? After … [Read more...]

Gartner Report Discusses Need for Active Mainframe Cost Management

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Gartner has released a tremendously helpful report on the mainframe and cost management, “How to Reduce the Cost of IBM Mainframe Computing.” The analyst firm cites three key issues that plague customers: mismanaged licenses, payments for license fees that don’t equate to value received, and budgeting and reporting processes that do not provide … [Read more...]

6 Mainframe Management Strategies

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Houses that display jack-o-lanterns, giant spiders, and pictures of dancing skeletons remind us that Halloween is almost here and your enterprise better be ready. Really? Why? Well, Halloween, like other holiday and seasonal spikes, can be particularly scary if you’re not fully prepared for the explosive growth of transactions we’re seeing today, … [Read more...]

4 Reasons You Should Care About Your Mainframe

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If you work in a moderately-sized company, you typically don’t spend much time thinking about your mainframe. You want to focus on the future and growth, not on the thing running decades-old applications in the background. Right? Actually, here are four critical reasons why you should care a whole lot about your mainframe if you’re in a … [Read more...]

IDC Sheds Light on the Mainframe Cost Optimization Reality

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Shed Light on Reality of Mainframe Cost Optimization

Tim Grieser of IDC has been a mainframe expert for some time. Recently, he was kind enough to answer some questions from BMC regarding mainframe cost challenges and best practices. Tim points out that the mainframe plays a critical role in global commercial operations, and is increasingly instrumental to enterprises who are moving to digital … [Read more...]

Mainframe MLC Cost Management: Infographic

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Proven methods to take the pain out of your mainframe The mainframe is the center of your IT universe—reliable, high-performing, secure, and it’s the highest transaction platform available. The mainframe will likely live for another 50 years, mainly because the world’s largest financial, insurance, government, education, transportation, telecom, … [Read more...]

BMC and Compuware Solution Integration Changes the MLC Game

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As promised, BMC and Compuware have delivered exactly what they announced in February—a powerful combination of mainframe cost management solutions that enable mainframe shops to pinpoint the most costly drivers of their budget and take action—quicker than ever before. BMC Cost Analyzer is receiving rave reviews from customers for making it … [Read more...]

The $64,000 Question: Where Does Your Money Go in the Mainframe World?

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If you work in an IT shop that has a mainframe, you’re probably aware of the fact that the budget gets squeezed—justly or unjustly—because of the enormity of the bill. Actually, if you added up the other systems, they would probably dwarf the mainframe bill; it’s just that, often times, mainframe billing gets lumped together as one line item, … [Read more...]