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4 Reasons You Should Care About Your Mainframe

Tom Vogel
2 minute read
Tom Vogel

4 Reasons to Care About Your MainframeIf you work in a moderately-sized company, you typically don’t spend much time thinking about your mainframe. You want to focus on the future and growth, not on the thing running decades-old applications in the background. Right?

Actually, here are four critical reasons why you should care a whole lot about your mainframe if you’re in a mid-market business.

  1. Service decay

A neglected mainframe gets getting bogged down by today’s explosion of unstructured data, increasingly complex applications, and unsupported tools. As the load on your mainframe increases, your service delivery times erode, and customers in this digital economy aren’t going to sit and wait for your mainframe to finish chugging along—they’ll go find someone faster.

  1. Rising licensing charges

Every month, you’re paying mainframe monthly license charges (MLC) to IBM based on your peak rolling four-hour average usage. With their prices continuously rising, you can expect your licensing costs to increase four to seven percent next year and into the future. Even if you plan to move away from the mainframe (although the digital economy is making the mainframe more important than ever before), that’s money you’re going to be throwing away every month until you complete the transition.

  1. Capacity upgrade costs

Upgrading your capacity for mainframe processing is an expensive undertaking, but it’s something you must do as the amount of data you’re dealing with grows over time. The less often you need to do it, the better. If you can reduce your peak mainframe usage and delay the need for capacity upgrades, that’s a massive expense off your plate—at least for a while.

  1. Innovation in the mainframe

Paying attention to innovations in software on the market today can save your company a ton of money. Whether it’s a cost analyzer tool to control MLC or automatic capping to control resource usage, having a keen understanding of what’s happening within your mainframe and monitoring those details can make a big impact on your bottom line—and the future of your digital business.

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About the author

Tom Vogel

Tom Vogel

Tom Vogel has enjoyed 25 years in the software industry, in various technical, marketing, and business development roles.
At IBM Corporation, Tom managed product launches for various database products on all platforms. Previously, Tom managed the marketing and communications for a host of middleware software packages, such as OpenTV interactive TV software. At Automation Anywhere in San Jose, Tom was the Director of the ERP Business, managing Business Development and Marketing for the company's rapidly growing ERP process automation and testing automation solutions. Tom is experienced in building customer and partner relationships, and has an MBA from Santa Clara University. Today, Tom is the Lead Solutions Marketing Manager for innovative mainframe cost optimization and data management offerings at BMC Software.