What Digital Change Means for the Mainframe

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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 words to that effect.  In reality, most people would just as soon have a regular routine that only has minor variations.  Excitement and new challenges sure sound good in theory. But those are often code words for “Change is on its way.  Say good-bye to how things are done in your patch of the mainframe and your regular routine.”

The Digital Economy has arrived, unpacked its bags, and is here to stay. It has brought challenges, excitement, and changes to the mainframe. The mainframe is the backbone of digital business, with over 90% of new applications touching a mainframe.  This is positive in so many ways.  But (there always is one ☺)  the  world of the mainframe is now being accessed by a vast audience at all hours of the day and night. Even if they have no idea that paying for dinner on their phone, receiving package delivery notifications, or checking on hotel prices all involve accessing the mainframe.  Applications and transactions must deliver the availability and performance necessary to support consumers who have an insatiable need for 24 x7, faster-than-light-speed access to their apps.    This is driving unprecedented complexity and increasing transaction loads on the mainframe, often with unpredictable and volatile execution patterns.

The digital economy’s impact on the mainframe means that the status quo – manual processes and procedures; silo-specific monitors; elongated MTTR; problem diagnosis that requires specialist knowledge and tools that are resource intensive; etc. –  cannot keep up with the pace. Also, the experts who delivered top notch performance and availability are retiring and taking 20-30+ years of experience and knowledge with them. The new generation of mainframe staffers are coming on board and they need tools that look and operate like those on their mobile devices (not 3270 green screens) and those tools must handle the faster, more complex and diverse mainframe world.

You can ensure that your mainframe not only survives but thrives in this storm of digital change with the right systems management tools.  BMC MainView delivers the most cost-effective systems management solution, including exploitation of lower cost zIIP engines and the ability to lower MLC costs by up to 20%. And, you don’t need to trade off functionality.  MainView tames complexity.  It is simple to use, manage, and configure, which is essential as mainframe IT welcomes and embraces millennials to the team. They, along with the more experienced staff members, will be better able to quickly respond to business changes. Rapid guided navigation takes you to the source of the problem – lowering MTTR.  Intelligent proactive automation that requires no coding will help ensure that application availability and performance deliver to the exacting demands of the consumer.

Take a few minutes now and get a free blueprint on how to transform mainframe systems management for digital business.  Go for it and embrace change!

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Bronna Shapiro

Bronna Shapiro

Bronna Shapiro has been involved in a variety of roles in the software industry ranging from systems programming to product and solutions marketing. At Candle Corporation (now a part of IBM) Bronna was in charge of product management for the operating system and subsystems solutions. At PROS, in Houston, TX, Bronna was the industry solution manager for high tech and led a team to determine the top pricing solutions that would benefit high tech manufacturing. Bronna graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Today, Bronna is the Lead Solutions Marketing Manager for MainView Systems Management at BMC Software.