Five Tips for Your Modern Mainframe

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A variety of challenges impact mainframe systems management and are driving companies to look for ways to meet the ever-increasing demands, speed, and complexity of digital business. IT budgets are tight. Skilled mainframe experts are retiring at a rapid rate and the solutions you use must meet the needs of a new generation of mainframe professionals.

A modern mainframe needs a systems management solution that can meet business requirements (for example, 24×7 availability, lightning fast response time and mitigated risk) to do more while reducing/optimizing costs. Here are some ideas that you may find useful in this regard:

  1. Have a single view and centralized control to simplify operations and deliver faster, more responsive service with existing IT staff.
  2. Take advantage of alarms that alert you to real problems and proactive automation to find and fix issues before they impact customers – mitigating risk to your business.
  3. Utilize a solution that is easy to use, manage, and configure so it is useful for both experienced and newer staff.
  4. Reduce mainframe costs by lowering resource usage while being able to fully utilize all features and benefits.
  5. Lower your mean time to resolution for problems that cannot be anticipated with navigation that directs you to the cause of the issue.

How to tell if a solution can meet today’s business requirements

Here are some questions to get the process started:

  • Are alarms and alerts being ignored because they are almost always for things that aren’t important?
  • Are problems detected, found and fixed after the customer is impacted?
  • Are thresholds static in nature, lacking the ability to dynamically reflect changes to the business?
  • Do key applications fail to consistently meet their service targets?
  • Is it necessary to log in or out of multiple products to try to follow the trail to the source of a problem manually?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then your business could be at risk of not delivering to customers’ expectations. Fortunately, these and other issues can be addressed with a system management solution that can improve operational efficiency, proactively find and fix problems before they impact your business, mitigate risk to application availability, and ensure that the next generation of mainframe professionals can hit the ground running.

Read the eBook, See How MainView has Transformed Mainframe System Management. Discover how BMC customers are savings millions of dollars a year, improving productivity, and meeting the speed, scale, and complexity of digital business with MainView.

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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.