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The Digital Business Transformation is Here – Ready or Not!

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Today’s businesses are grappling with the continual onslaught of ever-growing data. The Internet of Things, proliferation of apps and data sources, the sheer speed of commerce, and the starburst effect that each digital transaction creates multiplied by each client worldwide, each device, on and on, second by second on a 24 hour cycle. It’s enough … [Read more...]

Jiving with Java 2: BFF Java and the Mainframe

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The BMC 2016 Annual Mainframe Research of over 1200 mainframe professionals revealed that fifty percent of respondents are running Java on the mainframe in production, and two-thirds of those running Java indicated its use has grown over the past two years (read my previous blog). So what is driving organizations to turn to a “modern” technology on … [Read more...]

Jiving with Java 1: IT Says Java on z is on the Rise

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The perennial refrain of “the mainframe is dead” couldn’t be further from the truth, as confirmed by the BMC 2016 Annual Mainframe Research of over 1200 mainframe professionals.  Approximately 90% of respondents said the mainframe is a viable platform for the future (have said so for the last 11 years).  In fact, Java on z has helped put the … [Read more...]

How Innovative is your Mainframe Vendor?

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Mainframe IT should be asking themselves some very important questions: Do my vendors understand the challenges I am facing? Is my vendor as dedicated to z Systems the way my company is? Is my vendor keeping up with my business? Is my vendor innovating for me or just milking my contract? The answers to these questions unfortunately … [Read more...]

Understanding Mainframe MLC Software Pricing is No Easy Task

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As a mainframe professional who is responsible for optimizing the systems, data, and costs of your company’s mainframe, you know how complex things can be. Sorting out how to reduce costs can be cumbersome, exceptionally so, if your team is unfamiliar with the inner workings of how the cost of monthly license charge (MLC) software is calculated. … [Read more...]

DB2 10 end of support and what it means to you

DB2 10 end of support and what it means to you

While most of us are looking forward to the impending announcement from IBM as to when DB2 12 will be generally available, it’s worth taking a moment to look back over our shoulder. Not everyone sees DB2 12 on their immediate horizon and not everyone is yet safely migrated to DB2 11. If you have not migrated to DB2 11, read on. IBM have … [Read more...]

Value of the Mainframe – A Soccer Enthusiast’s Perspective

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Nine weeks ago “mainframe” was a foreign word to me. My first day here as an intern was a beginner’s crash course on everything mainframe. I have learned the mainframe is essential to all kinds of data transactions worldwide – about 80% of the world’s corporate data to be more specific. In fact, the CICs application server that runs on the IBM … [Read more...]

Can Your Mainframe Keep Up With Digital Business?

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Mainframe IT should be asking themselves some very important questions: Do my vendors understand the challenges I am facing? Is my vendor as dedicated to z Systems as my company? Is my vendor keeping up with my business? Is my vendor innovating for me or just milking my contract? The answers to these questions unfortunately are not … [Read more...]