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Think You’re Saving on Mainframe Licensing Costs? Think Again.


Are you under the impression that your company has maximized efforts to reduce mainframe monthly license charges (MLC)? The truth is that nearly every mainframe shop has the potential to save up to 30 percent on MLC. In fact, we’ve identified five specific MLC savings strategies that can benefit any mainframe-dependent business: Cost driver … [Read more...]

Mainframe Workload Capping: The Importance of “Importance”


Your company depends on a mainframe to drive the business, but costs are rising and budgets are being cut. You have an initiative to lower monthly license charge (MLC) costs, and your boss has asked you to implement a workload capping strategy as part of this. You are worried that capping will impact your critical business applications; … [Read more...]

3 Wicked MLC Moves to Reduce Your Mainframe Costs

Wicked MLC Moves to Reduce Your Mainframe Costs

According to our annual survey, for the last five years mainframe executives have reported that their number one need is to reduce the cost of mainframe—the business-critical ruler of their world. And, for most of them, this means that they need to find ways to specifically reduce the cost of the unique mainframe software products that only IBM … [Read more...]

The Evolution of American Football and Mainframe IT


I like sports of all types…baseball, basketball, ice hockey—and American football. I was thinking about the evolution of football strategies and realized there are a lot of parallels between the way football teams have had to change and adapt, and the impact of digital engagement on mainframe IT management. You might think about football’s offense … [Read more...]

DB2 LOBs: Unstructured Data Management


We all know that IBM DB2 has been around for a long time and was originally designed to house structured data, data that fits neatly in individual fields (e.g. name, address, phone number). In DB2 V6, in response to object-oriented databases, IBM then introduced LOBs (Large OBjects) as containers to hold unstructured data. For more than a … [Read more...]

What Will the Apple Watch Mean for Your IBM Mainframe?


Are you working for a digital enterprise?  Before answering, you might ask, “What is a digital service?” Here is a definition developed through conversations with businesses, government organizations, thought leaders and industry analysts: “Digital services are mobile-first applications that are intuitive and intelligent, bringing contextual … [Read more...]

Digital Data Management: Seize the Opportunity


Whether DBA’s know it or not, their companies are going digital. Take a look at your website and see if your business is promising customers “anytime access” or “mobile access” to the data you manage. If it is, whether you like it or not, you’re now part of the digital economy! The new digital economy revolves around the speed and availability … [Read more...]

Mainframe Optimization: Your Performance Monitor Counts


One of your company’s most critical assets is its performance monitoring solution. Today’s consumers never sleep; they’re always connected and require rapid, unprecedented response times. As a result, digital workloads are extremely disruptive and highly complex. Outages are no longer measured in hours because every second that your company’s … [Read more...]

Mind the Gap: You Are the Solution to the Mainframe Skills Shortage

Mainframe Skills Shortage

As technology continues to change the way we live day-to-day and as more companies drive to provide superior customer service, how is this going to impact your job and your company’s role in our new digital world? According to a Compuware survey of CIOs on the impact of new technologies and trends on the mainframe application environment, 91 … [Read more...]