The Global Economy Runs Fast – and IMS Continues To Manage It

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Here we are in 2018. The digital economy has grown into quite a phenomenon. Do you ever step back and ask yourself “How did we get here so fast?” The rate of change is incredible. As cited in the most recent BMC mainframe research, 45% are experiencing higher rates of application changes year-over-year. We can see where this activity is coming … [Read more...]

Overcoming your Db2 Utility Challenges with Next Generation Technology from BMC – An IBM Systems Magazine Webinar

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The unprecedented explosion of data is impacting the mainframe in a huge way. Downtime and maintenance windows are luxuries of the past; today's customer expects 24x7 availability and lightning fast performance. Today's application developers expect agility, speed, and access to data as well. How can you keep your Db2 data optimized at all times … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why You Need Intelligent Capping

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January 2018 will be here before you know it and that means two things: Monthly License Charge (MLC) costs from IBM for products such as IBM DB2, IMS, CICS and MQ will be going up again and these costs represent a major part of your mainframe budget. It’s a good time to think about how to save money with a Monthly License Charge (MLC) Cost … [Read more...]

Is the IBM Mainframe Really a Slow-Growth Market?

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In a recent item on the TechTarget website1, CA’s head of Corporate Strategy and Development inferred that the mainframe is a “slow growth market” and that CA was struggling to see how innovation could drive further growth for them - acknowledging that this was despite the fact that “.... it (the mainframe) was strategic to our largest … [Read more...]

Three Reasons Why Analytics Help Eliminate False Alarms

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Having to respond to false alarms can be very frustrating for mainframe IT. Your staff may not have the time or the expertise to set new thresholds when they’re needed. The thresholds that have previously been set up – perhaps many years ago — may be outdated and inaccurate. This can cause IT to waste time and effort in tracking down alerts only to … [Read more...]

Shedding Light on the Mainframe Skills Gap

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Mainframe managers are worried – they are staring at a significant skills shortfall that will hit them in the next few years if it isn’t already presenting problems. The experienced technical personnel who manage and maintain the Mainframe and keep our critical business functions running 24 x 7 are getting older and retiring. While this happens in … [Read more...]

The Mainframe Survey Tells Us About Who We Are

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The results from this year’s BMC annual mainframe survey are available, and they reveal some very interesting insights about our community and attitudes toward the platform. First, it’s obvious that the mainframe continues to grow - hosting more data, transactions, and databases again this year. And 91% of the respondents said that the mainframe … [Read more...]