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The Perfect Diet for Your Mainframe in the Digital Economy and Beyond

Tom Vogel
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Tom Vogel

The Perfect Diet for your mainframe2

Have you noticed that your mainframe is hungry? That’s right. It’s hungry for more work. This appetite is being fed by the growth of digital business and new demands that are causing an explosion that’s generating massive amounts of new and different data. These digital demands are being driven by consumers’ expectation for fast, personalized service from anywhere at any time, using applications to make purchases, order services, obtain information, receive alerts, and much more.

Go ahead and feed the mainframe and fully leverage all that it has to offer. But make sure to follow a cost reduction “diet” that allows your organization to maximize the power of the mainframe now and in the future — without overconsuming expensive resources.

Let the Mainframe Have Its Steak, and Eat It, Too
Think about it. If mainframes actually needed to “eat” to do their jobs, you’d feed them well with a diet of all-you-can-eat digital data (including unstructured data, too). Mainframes can consume huge portions and deliver the performance and availability to keep your business running smoothly. But you need to ensure that while consuming all of this digital “food,” the mainframe is powering the enterprise efficiently and cost effectively. In fact, the mainframe needs just the right diet – one that is focused on minimizing mainframe Monthly License Charge (MLC) costs.

MLC Cost Reduction Recipe for Success
This “diet” plan is based on a well-validated and tested approach that has helped many companies to achieve significant savings on MLC costs. Why focus on MLC? Because when it comes to reducing costs on the mainframe, IBM® MLC software (like IMS, DB2, CICS, and MQ) typically represent 30 percent or more of the mainframe’s budget. To put this percentage into perspective, it’s like having a big piece of chocolate cake, two scoops of ice cream, and large slice of bread with lots of butter as part of your total daily calorie intake. With the right plan, you can reduce MLC by up to 20 percent, while still providing your business with the power to analyze, resolve, optimize, and predict the impact of the complex demands of your enterprise.

Here’s how the MLC diet works. It uses simple, intelligent, and powerful tools to reduce costs while ensuring the availability and improving performance of your infrastructure. This includes leveraging cost analysis to gain insight into what’s driving MLC costs, intelligent workload capping, and subsystem optimization strategies for success.

With BMC MLC Cost Management solutions, you can let the mainframe eat what it wants while unleashing the power you need to meet business needs. Learn more in this live webinar hosted by IBM Systems Magazine with former Gartner analyst Frank DeSalvo and BMC mainframe expert Jay Lipovich:
Leveraging Your Mainframe in 2016 Using the Right Cost Management Strategy.

Register today to attend the webinar on Wednesday, April 6, at 10 PT, Noon CT, and 1 ET.

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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.