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BMC Mainframe Survey Insights #2: Perception is Reality

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 it comes to today’s … [Read more...]

Ode to the Mainframe – How do I love thee?

Today I am feeling romantic. In an odd sort of way…perhaps it’s more appreciative or idealistic about life, its blessings, our meandering paths, the path that brought me to Silicon Valley in the early 2000s, and the industry and technology that I have learned which has allowed me to thrive. I wanted to honor that feeling with a post of some random … [Read more...]

How to Bridge the Gap from Green Screen to Today – Ready, Set, GUI

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” the powers that be decided that the standard user interface (UI) for our beloved mainframe would be a rectangular screen 80 characters wide by 24 lines high. Thanks to the abundance of monochrome cathode ray tubes (CRTs) using P1 phosphor, the term “green screen” was born.1 Admittedly, it was nice … [Read more...]

What’s in your Digital Toolbox?

The other day I heard the sounds of an unhappy frustrated husband stomping around his workshop searching for the right tools to work on a pretty complicated and time consuming ‘honey-do’ project – with a short timeline. Tool boxes were open and slammed shut, a variety of power tools were shuffled around. A half an hour passed and then I heard ‘I am … [Read more...]

Your Mainframe Usage Should Not be kept a “SCRT”

When I got my electricity bill in the mail yesterday, I was shocked to see the total. $500?? How is this possible? I had made a conscious effort to run my house efficiently all month. I turn off the lights when I leave a room, I have energy efficient appliances, I installed UV deflecting windows and my AC is brand new. Where did I go … [Read more...]