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Is Your House Smarter than Your Mainframe?

Bronna Shapiro
by Bronna Shapiro


Is Your House Smarter than Your Mainframe?

Smart homes, which use whole home automation, are decades ahead of their early predecessors — basic security alarms. That’s because they can manage the entire home, instead of just monitoring it. This capability is similar to how using highly intelligent systems management for digital business delivers so much more value than traditional monitors. In fact, traditional monitors simply can’t keep up with the demands of digital business. To illustrate this concept, let’s look more closely at the smart home analogy.

Smart homes use systems that not only manage security but also a wide range of household activity and devices such as lighting, energy use, entertainment, and other features that are convenient, cost-effective, and provide always-available personalized service. You can control your entire house from your smartphone or other device even if you’re thousands of miles away. So, if you are on a plane and realize that you forgot to turn down your thermostat – no problem. Click the app on your phone to save on your energy bill. This gives you one place to view and manage everything.

The Power of Smart Homes and Systems Management

Let’s explore how this same concept applies to the mainframe. New and modernized applications are being deployed to meet the needs of digital business for always-available personalized services. And on top of that, the proliferation of mobile users is driving enormous complexity and transaction volumes outside of historical patterns. Mainframe IT is being challenged to manage this complexity while lowering costs.

Monitoring is like a simple security system – it can’t effectively manage the complexity and speed of the digital mainframe. What is required is an intelligent automated systems management approach to managing the mainframe. One that delivers a single, integrated view and control point for all technologies, so problems are detected and resolved automatically and efficiently, which lowers mainframe management costs.

Analyst’s Take on Systems Management for Digital Applications

Get more details about the value of systems management in this IDC white paper sponsored by BMC, “Optimizing Mainframe Performance for Digital Business Workloads.” Tim Grieser, Program VP Software Industry Analyst at IDC, discusses the mainframe’s role in digital business. He describes how to optimize the management of digital applications on the mainframe. He talks about key capabilities that are needed and reviews best practices in the following areas to support the speed, scale, and complexity of digital business workloads and improve the user experience:

  • Setting dynamic thresholds
  • Providing intelligent alerting
  • Delivering automated responses
  • Simplifying operations
  • Minimizing operational costs

According to Grieser, “BMC’s MainView monitoring solution provides a rich variety of functions and capabilities that have made it successful in mainframe software markets and is well positioned to meet the ongoing challenges of digital business workloads.” In the white paper, he also describes how an insurance company used MainView to track more than 100 performance measures to monitor conditions, get metrics, send alerts to operators through cell phone calls, and automate responses. MainView Automation is used to stop runaway CICS transactions without operator intervention – ensuring around the clock availability for development.

Read the white paper and learn how a powerful yet simple systems management solution can help you meet the demands of the digital economy.

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About the author

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.