5 Mainframe Myths Busted

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Mainframes and millennials—is that an oxymoron? It doesn’t seem like they are suited for each other but that’s just one of the myths we’ve uncovered in our latest research. I’m sure by now you’ve heard it all – the mainframe is from another era, and won’t be around for long; the mainframe is managed by a bunch of dinosaurs (that’s just unfair); or there is nothing new on the mainframe. Keep reading!

Today, more than ever, organizations are challenged to grow their business and better serve the growing demands of their customers. BMC’s 12th Annual Mainframe Research shows more positive attitudes toward the mainframe and demonstrates that executives from all industries see the mainframe as a strategic asset. As a matter of fact, 70% of the respondents predict workloads will remain steady or grow. The number of workloads migrating off the platform has actually dropped. That doesn’t sound like an extinction, does it?

Another surprising result is that over half of the mainframe workforce is younger professionals (ages 30-49). The survey also shows that a significant share of women have risen to top leadership jobs in organizations with mainframes. These professionals all show a more positive outlook for the mainframe and clearly believe in the power and value of the platform.

How would your organization function in the digital world without a mainframe? The new reality for the digital era is that a high proportion of transactions hit a mainframe – credit card transactions, inventory systems, flight reservations and much more. The mainframe has evolved, and according to our survey results, it’s strong, healthy and will continue to exist for a long time.

Download BMC’s 12th Annual Mainframe Research Results now to learn more about the biggest challenges organizations with mainframes face and what other mainframe myths we’ve busted.

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12th Annual Mainframe Survey Results


The BMC annual mainframe survey is a key indicator of the future health and viability of the mainframe—and this year’s report busts 5 common myths about the platform.

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John McKenny

John McKenny

As Vice President of Marketing and Customer Support of ZSolutions Optimization for BMC Software, John leads the go-to-market strategy and customer success teams for mainframe solutions. Prior to joining BMC in 1995, he spent 15 years in various IT technical, management, and consulting roles in the transportation and insurance industries.