Gartner has released a tremendously helpful report on the mainframe and cost management, “How to Reduce the Cost of IBM Mainframe Computing.” The analyst firm cites three key issues that plague customers: mismanaged licenses, payments for license fees that don’t equate to value received, and budgeting and reporting processes that do not provide cost transparency.
This report is very useful for mainframe IT staff to use as a guide in their approach to the mainframe. Mainframe customers have become very aware that it is critical to derive more value from your investment by actively managing monthly license charge (MLC) costs while ensuring 24×7 availability.
In the report, BMC is noted as a representative vendor. We are heavily involved in helping customers address the cost optimization challenge. From improving the way you track and manage your mainframe budget, to drilling down into the details to identify drivers of peak 4-hour rolling average, to identifying low-priority workloads that can be capped, and optimizing subsystem placement to lower costs, BMC is at the forefront of mainframe innovation. Why? Because this platform is the basis of everything we do today. Digital business cannot evolve without it. Entire banking systems rely on it. Transportation across the globe is riding on it. Global commerce cannot exist without it. Need I say more?
Managing down peak MIPS/MSUs is at the heart of cost reduction projects today. Customers have many options they never had before. It’s an exciting time to run a mainframe.
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