Mainframe MLC pricing can be complex. The reason lies in the fact that the pricing models have evolved over many years. Different customers have various needs, and with those needs come new ways of handling how software is charged. As you know, MLC pricing models are high in number, with new models being introduced quite often. One of the most … [Read more...]
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Almost every job interview I have had in my mainframe career included being asked “How do you embrace and handle change?”. The answer, if I wanted to be considered for the position, was typically something along the lines of “Change is a constant and I embrace it. I strive to be an agent of positive change in any organization I am part of,” or … [Read more...]
It’s midnight. The LOBs are attacking your DB2 environment and it’s time to be afraid. Yes, be very afraid. LOBs – large objects – are big and have unique “personalities”. If LOBs could speak their minds they would tell you - “We don’t have to follow the rules like structured data, so beware! We’re important because we store pictures, videos, … [Read more...]
Welcome to the future. This year, the always insightful SHARE winter event is landing in the home of innovation – Silicon Valley, California. All of the newest innovations from some of the leading mainframe ISVs will be on display to show how our beloved platform is still growing and advancing in its capabilities. This year, BMC is a proud GOLD … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]