GDPR, A Price Worth Paying?

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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 some our executive customers, an example of … [Read more...]

The Network Troika – Security Availability and Performance

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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 to mobile computing. But this is not the only thing that keeps IT … [Read more...]

GDPR – Some data recovery implications (part 3)

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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.” When I first … [Read more...]

AIOps – Improving IT Operations

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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 on a … [Read more...]

Three Ways to Slash the Cost of Managing Mainframe Networks from BMC – An IBM Systems Magazine Webinar

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MainView optimizes mainframe systems management so you can improve performance and availability—at a much lower cost. MainView is intelligent, easier to use, and detects and solves problems faster than competing solutions. Come learn how BMC’s MainView Solutions can help you overcome some of the Systems Management challenges that are holding you … [Read more...]

Good Enough Just Isn’t

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The oft said phrase, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” makes sense, at least on the surface. To be more specific, why would you replace your existing mainframe network monitor that you are familiar with and is “good enough”? The answer: given the importance of the network for the digital economy, good enough just won’t cut it. An efficient, … [Read more...]

GDPR – Some data recovery implications (part 2)

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Let’s look at ways that BMC Software’s Recovery Solutions for Db2 and IMS help you not only comply with GDPR, but also ensure that your business stays out of the news for all the wrong reasons. The regulations say that companies must be able to: …. restore the availability and access to personal data in a timely manner in the event of a … [Read more...]

A New Way to Shine a Light on IMS

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For decades, IMS has been running the global economy. The hierarchical database management system is labeled as archaic by some, but nothing could be further from the truth. As we approach August of this year, IMS will turn 50 years old and should be celebrated. IBM and BMC have been doing a spectacular job of ensuring that IMS customers are … [Read more...]