For some reason, I cannot get the tune out of my head. Written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and sung beautifully by Dionne Warwick. Are you going to be at SHARE San Jose 2017 on March 5-10? We would enjoy talking with you while you are at the conference. I promise there will no singing or humming! The world has changed significantly since … [Read more...]
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I had never been as excited for an IDUG conference as I was last year. For the first time, IDUG EMEA was held in my home country and I was so proud and excited to host my esteemed colleagues there. And of course, as any host experiences, there was also a bit of anxiety. However, the event went off without a hitch and the spirit and enthusiasm of … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]
Don’t be fooled. If you think that you’re surviving the data deluge of this digital economy it could just be an illusion. The relentless pace of digital business is putting intense pressure on DBAs just to stay afloat, and these demands will only increase. This year, for example, each mobile customer will make about 50 transactions per day and each … [Read more...]
Every DB2 DBA knows that there are regular “housekeeping” tasks that you need to do to keep your DB2 databases running well – and one of those tasks is to run the Reorg utility. Today, there are three major goals relating to DB2 housekeeping which are addressed by running a reorganisation: Tidying up data that’s out of place - rebuilding … [Read more...]
Flash forward to 2021. Nearly all your experienced mainframe experts have retired. Yet the mainframe is still going strong (89% of the respondents in BMC’s 2016 annual mainframe survey1 of executives and technical professionals consider it to be a long-term, strategic platform for growth). Businesses are continuing to innovate on the mainframe to … [Read more...]
“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...]
Want to develop state of the art, mission critical apps that help move your business forward? You'll need to access data on the mainframe. Want to make sure your apps run efficiently? You'll need to understand data performance on the mainframe. But do thoughts of greens screens and ISPF panels scare you off? Do you think DB2 is too hard to work … [Read more...]
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...]