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It’s Not Your Daddy’s DB2! – Part 4


Data Structures and Other DDL Welcome to part 4 in our on-going series addressing the changing nature of DB2 for z/OS. Part 1 covered database and DBA trends; part 2 looked at changes with Universal table spaces; and part 3 discussed the role of LOBs with unstructured data. But there are other changes happening to DB2 data structures that impact … [Read more...]

Analyst Study: Forrester Concludes that Mainframe MLC Cost Reduction is a Priority in the Digital Economy


You know that the digital economy is truly exploding when you read about the proliferation of digital detox activities to train people to put down their electronic devices – even if it’s just for a short time – and stay present. Still, the digital economy isn’t going to slow down. And because the mainframe is at the heart of digital business, … [Read more...]

Go Digital or Go Extinct


When you look at the stats on how fast digital transactions are increasing you can’t help but be amazed at their explosive rate of growth. The numbers tell the story. Did you know that in 2015, each mobile customer made about 37 transactions per day and that each transaction will create 4 – 100 system interactions? For example, the simple act of … [Read more...]

Is Your Mainframe Budget Getting Hounded by MLC?

Is Your Mainframe Budget getting hounded by MLC

How much of your mainframe budget is being chewed up by MLC? 30%? 40%? 50%? We have heard it all and have been asked by clients to help put the MLC beast on a leash. One way clients are saving on MLC is by replacing their mainframe performance monitors. When I think of a monitor, I think of a guard dog. Today, it is possible your organization … [Read more...]

Reducing Mainframe MLC Costs Doesn’t Have to be Taxing


It’s that time of the year again when many people are sorting through their expenses and income statements to help ensure they get all of the tax benefits they’re entitled to receive. These activities may include pulling together a lot of receipts and reports, examining spending trends, deadlines, and fees in order to gain greater visibility into … [Read more...]

The Perfect Diet for Your Mainframe in the Digital Economy and Beyond

The Perfect Diet for your mainframe2

Have you noticed that your mainframe is hungry? That’s right. It’s hungry for more work. This appetite is being fed by the growth of digital business and new demands that are causing an explosion that’s generating massive amounts of new and different data. These digital demands are being driven by consumers’ expectation for fast, personalized … [Read more...]

It’s Not Your Daddy’s DB2! – Part 3


Unstructured Data and LOBs In part 1 of this series we took a look at database and DBA trends; part 2 examined the changing world of DB2 table spaces. Today, in part 3, we take a look at the burgeoning role of unstructured data and the impact of using LOBs to store that data in our DB2 databases. The Growth of Unstructured Data Although … [Read more...]

Where You Put IMS, CICS, and DB2 Can Reduce Mainframe Costs


The old adage, “A place for everything, everything in its place,” can take on a new meaning when it applies subsystems. Why? Because mainframe subsystems that you rely on to support critical business and drive the digital enterprise —  like IMS, DB2, and CICS —  are charged based on where they are placed, rather than the amount of usage, or MIPs. … [Read more...]

Is your Mainframe Monitor the Right Fit?


Although all bikes serve the same basic function, are they all the same? Several years ago I was challenged to compete in my first triathlon, consisting of a swim, bike, and run. I accepted the challenge and began training. Months later, race day arrived. I completed the swim with ease, hopped on my bike and began the 16 mile trek. A couple of … [Read more...]