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Mainframe Automation Leads to Availability

Bronna Shapiro
by Bronna Shapiro

Everyone talks about automation these days. In a 2017 survey of 1200 mainframe professionals, executives say improving availability and addressing skills issues are top priorities.

We all know systems management is becoming much more complicated. In this survey, 69% of the respondents say they are experiencing increasing transaction and data volumes as well as volatility and unpredictability.

Automation to the rescue, right? Yup, sounds great, but it is not quite so easy to do. You must first recognize there is a problem, which is often hampered by alarms that are static, old, or worse yet – no alarms. Then it’s time to isolate the problem which can be bogged down by the time it takes to get to the root cause. And, of course – attendance at one or more war rooms is mandatory. The discussion sounds something like this “It’s not CICS, so it must be Db2”. Tick tock. Eventually, someone rolls up their sleeves and fixes it. Given the pace of digital business and consumers’ insatiable demand for 24 x 7 availability with lightning fast response time, the status quo can’t work. If you miss a beat, you lose a customer.

How about a different approach? One that is easy to use and maintain. Updates are simple and fast. Rules-based actions are a snap to create. An integrated solution that proactively identifies problems, allows you to isolate causes and rapidly resolve problems while you maintain the service levels your customers expect.

Take some time to learn how you can automate problem resolution using a cost-effective, intelligent, intuitive, proactive strategy. Learn how the “automation maturity model” can help you achieve this. Join us on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 10 PT Noon CT 1 ET when Paul Spicer, Lead Product Manager ZSolutions Optimization at BMC Software presents “Send Your Mainframe Outages into Early Retirement with Automation.”

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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.