Three Reasons Why Analytics Help Eliminate False Alarms

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Having to respond to false alarms can be very frustrating for mainframe IT. Your staff may not have the time or the expertise to set new thresholds when they’re needed. The thresholds that have previously been set up – perhaps many years ago — may be outdated and inaccurate. This can cause IT to waste time and effort in tracking down alerts only to … [Read more...]

Top 12 Digital Transformation Books for 2018 and Beyond

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In a multi-generational workforce, CIOs face a number of challenges when it comes to the concept of digital transformation or DX. And there is often immense pressure to launch big digital changes to gain a competitive advantage, for example, creating a roadmap to keep critical processes and technology current. All this must be done while laying the … [Read more...]

Top 6 Traits Employers are Looking for in IT Staff

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As a leader in technology I am constantly asked "how do you make the right hires?" While every organization is different, and leaders have their own preferences, I find that the following traits have are more common than not in top performers. Effective problem solving and troubleshooting skills Believe it or not, this has been one of the most … [Read more...]

Shedding Light on the Mainframe Skills Gap

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Mainframe managers are worried – they are staring at a significant skills shortfall that will hit them in the next few years if it isn’t already presenting problems. The experienced technical personnel who manage and maintain the Mainframe and keep our critical business functions running 24 x 7 are getting older and retiring. While this happens in … [Read more...]

DevOps Takes Center Stage at Velocity New York 2017

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Three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join over 1,000 web ops and system engineering pros at O’Reilly’s 2017 Velocity conference and expo in New York City to spend four days hearing from visionaries in DevOps and Distributed Systems Engineering. The conference – themed Build & Maintain Complex Distributed Systems – was packed with … [Read more...]

The Mainframe Survey Tells Us About Who We Are

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The results from this year’s BMC annual mainframe survey are available, and they reveal some very interesting insights about our community and attitudes toward the platform. First, it’s obvious that the mainframe continues to grow - hosting more data, transactions, and databases again this year. And 91% of the respondents said that the mainframe … [Read more...]

Introduction to TensorFlow and Logistic Regression

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Here we introduce TensorFlow, an opensource machine learning library developed by Google. We explain what it does and show how to use it to do logistic regression. Background TensorFlow has many applications to machine learning, including neural networks. One application of neural networks is handwriting analysis. Another is facial recognition. … [Read more...]

HIPAA’s Security Rule: The Beginner’s Guide

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Before HIPAA, there were no general requirements or security standards for protecting patient health information in the healthcare industry. Without regulations set in place, healthcare providers could not confidently state that their patients’ sensitive data was properly protected. Once the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was … [Read more...]