Mainframe Blog – BMC Blogs BMC Software Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:49:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mainframe Blog – BMC Blogs 32 32 Customer Experience: The Incredible Shrinking Outage Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:45 +0000 Take a small outage and make it smaller. IMS is used to manage high volume, high availability transaction environments that involve everything from package tracking, to online banking, to airline reservation systems, and even health care management. Common to these systems: if the data is not available, critical processing stops. Something you never want to […]]]> 3 Secrets to Driving Mainframe Success in 2018 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:20 +0000 Avoid the big tax payment due. It’s tax season, and we’re all trying to optimize to ensure we don’t get hit with a big bill at the end of another year. If you’re like me, I try to aim for the big zero—meaning I don’t owe a large sum in April, but I also don’t […]]]> Trusting Automation in Db2 – You Already do Everywhere Else Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:49:03 +0000 Whether we realize it or not, automation is starting to drive our world as we know it. While you are reading this, think about all the areas of your life that you already use automation. Do you have a Roomba that cleans your house? Does your car have adaptive cruise control or maybe even Pilot […]]]> SHARE Sacramento Will Strengthen Mainframe Community Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:59 +0000 Congratulations and a warm welcome to all of the mainframe professionals coming to Sacramento, California during the week of March 12th. The always insightful SHARE winter conference will be showcasing strong innovation and partnerships that help mainframe organizations maximize the value of their mainframe. This year, BMC will be providing educational sessions and proudly displaying […]]]> Optimize your application performance with Partial Rebalances for Db2 data Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:24 +0000 I’m writing about partial rebalances in Db2 today because they are an effective tool to optimize your applications. Partitioned tablespaces are important because they allow parallel processing of different parts of the data, facilitating many users retrieving data at once. I like to think of it like a bank with many ATMs. Instead of standing […]]]> GDPR, A Price Worth Paying? Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:50:37 +0000 With all the focus on data privacy and the increased cost and efforts organizations are putting into it, do we really need ANOTHER piece of legislation to have to comply with? I’ve spent the last twelve months following the GDPR story. At first it was part of a simple presentation I was to give to […]]]> The Network Troika – Security Availability and Performance Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:37 +0000 2017 was a banner year when it came to security breaches, but not in a good way. It has been reputed that ransomware netted $2 billion, which is 50% higher than in 2016. Thus, security is top of mind for both businesses as well as consumers – and it applies to mainframes as well as […]]]> GDPR – Some data recovery implications (part 3) Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:30 +0000 Why Do I Need to Repeat Recovery Testing for GDPR? As we saw in my last blog on recovery and GDPR, the relevant part of the regulation says a company must have: “…. a process for regularly testing, assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of technical and organisational measures for ensuring the security of the processing.” […]]]> AIOps – Improving IT Operations Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:20 +0000 When you get down to it, Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations (AIOps) is about embracing emerging technology to improve IT Operations. The technology is new, powerful, and can do VERY impressive work. In its most basic form, AIOps represents technologies targeted at making IT Operations run as smoothly as possible. It is a new twist […]]]> 7 Wonders of the World—7 Colors of the Rainbow—7 IBM Z Champions Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:15 +0000 Huge congratulations are in order to the IBM Champions Class of 2018. The IBM Champion Program is an external advocacy group of over 500 exceptional contributors from all over the world, and seven of the 2018 IBM Champions are from BMC Software. The IBM Champions represent the best of the best and use their expertise […]]]>