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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...]

Subsystem Placement and the Ultimate Workout for the Mainframe

In many ways, the things that motivate mainframe teams to optimize subsystem placement are analogous to many of the reasons why people exercise and focus on a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise can make you stronger, more flexible, improve balance and stability, and do much more to help you achieve better overall health, which can enhance your … [Read more...]

In the World of Mainframe, Customers Come First

The mainframe is one of the most critical components in support of mission critical operations at most of the Fortune 1000 enterprises.  For these companies, optimizing the throughput, stability and cost of the mainframe platform remain vitally important. These companies lead the global economy and anything less than optimal execution and … [Read more...]

Aurevoir Brussels – Until We Meet Again IDUG!

As I settled into my transatlantic flight on Friday, I couldn’t help reflect on all the wonderful, inspiring events that transpired this past week at IDUG EMEA in Brussels.  This was my first IDUG conference as part of the BMC team and I was very impressed. The completely volunteer, user-based organization put on such a professional and informative … [Read more...]