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The results of BMC’s 16th Annual Mainframe Survey, the industry’s largest research study, finds enterprises incredibly optimistic on the mainframe and excited about the platform’s potential to become a fully integrated hub of digital innovation.

Future-forward enterprises are investing, innovating, and integrating in 2021

More than 1,300 mainframe executives and technicians responded to the BMC 16th Annual Mainframe Survey, sharing their views, strategies, and plans to drive digital success. Download the full results to learn about:

  • 2021’s top mainframe strengths and priorities—plus one strength that’s risen 11% since 2019
  • How unprecedented business disruption and significant growth are impacting mainframe practices and driving digital transformation
  • Surging investment in tools, training, and AIOps practices to empower new staff
  • Mainframe Champions vs Mainframe Laggards: perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors
  • How Mainframe Champions are investing, innovating, and integrating the mainframe

Key Findings

Findings further reveal the mainframe is a hotbed of activity with growing workloads and MIPS. Deeper analysis captures the striking differences between enterprises seeking to increase the strategic value of the mainframe (Mainframe Champions) and more conservative organizations focusing instead on maintenance and cost control (Mainframe Laggards).

92% of respondents believe
92% of all survey respondents see the mainframe as a platform for long-term growth and new workloads
86% of companies
86% of extra-large mainframe shops expect MIPS to grow in the coming year
64% of Champions believe the mainframe will grow and attract new workloads
80% of Champions receive value from their DevOps adoption within one year
Download the 2021 Mainframe Report