Death of the Traditional IT Department

I’m very lucky in my job. I love it actually. It literally gets me all over the world talking to CIOs and, more frequently now than ever, I find I’m meeting CFOs and CDOs who are asking questions about IT.

What is it that I’m seeing? There is definitely a shift happening not only in corporate America, but also worldwide. Traditional IT departments are disappearing. That, I believe, is a good thing.

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Blockchain Technology

Blockchain technology – the hype versus the reality

(Forget about the Drugs and Rock & Roll… it’s all about the SECS.)

Blockchain technology could change the world as we know it, or so the hype would have us believe.  Is blockchain technology really all that it’s hyped up to be?  Let’s compare the traditional centralized technology approach with the new kid on the block(chain), FinTech Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) aka Decentralized database technology.  To put things into a more balanced perspective, let’s focus on some basics – specifically, the SECS:  S (Security), E (Efficiency), C (Costs/Compliance), and S (Speed).

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Mainframing in the 2020’s

There are a countless number of articles on the subject of mainframe computing, and whether or not you should stay with it or replace it with a “more modern” technology.  As you can probably well imagine, most vendors that are mainframe-specific will recommend that you stay on the platform because it is cheaper and more reliable than any other platform out there.  This is actually true, most particularly for the large-scale revenue-generating applications that are in use by the Fortune 500 today.  In fact BMC recently released its annual mainframe survey study which indicated that mainframe use is likely to continue in this year and beyond, and even increase somewhat.  I get opportunities to talk with many CFOs and CIOs of the largest companies in the world and I believe that point.  I am actually not hearing a lot of anti-mainframe sentiment; instead I hear more of the common issues facing business today — my business is hard, competition is tough, I need to cut costs and increase market share.

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Blockchain Challenges

Blockchain: Challenges, opportunities, and a car in every driveway

When the automobile replaced the horse and carriage, it was just considered to be a faster horse.

What you might ask, does this have to do with blockchain and its challenges and opportunities? Let’s begin by considering the challenges and opportunities presented by the automobile when the first person stepped into the first car.

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blockchain and the mainframe

Blockchain technology and the Mainframe

How to deal with Blockchain in a mainframe environment.

Blockchain technology – if you were to believe in some of the hype – could change the world as we know it…

Realistically however – and in the right circumstances – Blockchain oriented approaches to effectively dis-intermediating existing business processes from the likes of centralized repositories, ESCROW account providers and similar – could provide immense opportunities for firms to become more efficient and cost effective.

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Immutable Table Function

Should DB2 have an Immutable Table Function?

I love hearing about Blockchain; if you are involved in Fintech, then surely by now you have heard a lot about it, and that it holds a tremendous amount of promise for Internet business. Fundamentally, it guarantees the validity of a transaction.  Blockchain is a ledger of all transactions; a ledger cannot be changed, making the requirement for a third party to process transaction payments unnecessary.

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A Clear Picture

A Clear Picture

IT and business management are increasingly concerned with the rising costs associated with their highly complex and ever-growing mainframe and distributed systems data centers. They are also concerned about controlling outages and mitigating the lack of transparency that they have into cost drivers—including in their outsourced environments.

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Blockchain

Blockchain – The Good, The Bad and the…Better.

People keep asking me why I am so excited about the Blockchain, and why I see it as an enabler for the mainframe. I am obviously a fan of the mainframe, and I see a lot of activity in a number of verticals that are creating a really neat rebirth where the mainframe is concerned (beyond where it has existed for many years). Retail is wrestling with Omnichannel, Healthcare is wrestling with personalized health records and of course Finance is wrestling with Blockchain.

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3 dimensional thinking

The Mainframe: Three Dimensional Thinking In IT

This is not an article on multidimensional databases, 3D rendering, or spatial databases, but rather how CIOs in IT think, based on their education, experience and professional motivations.

A good friend of mine, Pete, recently asked me how many servers does it take to equal a mainframe? He’s actually quite a smart guy, a Salesman and former software Engineer, but has never worked in the mainframe business, and knows nothing about it. But it was a fair question, and I had to answer “x”—a variable. This did not satisfy him at all, as you might imagine, but that’s the truth—it depends upon many variables.

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3rd platform and the mainframe

The Third Platform and the Mainframe

The Third Platform is defined as the interdependencies between mobile computing, social media, cloud computing, and information/analytics (big data), and possibly the Internet of Things (IoT). Here is a nice rendering of the Third Platform model from Forbes.com. It shows our new concerns: Mobility, Analytics, and Cloud (SMAC-IT) at the top level on the “Third Platform,” our LAN/Internet and our Client/Server apps on the “Second Platform,” and the clunky old Mainframe on the “First Platform.” When talking about the First Platform, people say that we know how these systems worked and how they were used, as if it’s all in the distant past. And that’s a mistake.

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