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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In-memory technology: It’s new, and it’s not…

We read a lot about in-memory technology these days, especially as it applies to Big Data and analytics. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing areas in all of computing, and has been since before Gartner identified it as such back in 2012. That should be no surprise to anyone since these new technologies promise to allow businesses to obtain actionable insight into their own data. This type of insight will play a big role in how much success these businesses will experience in the future, and in-memory technology will play an important role. It may interest you to know, however, that in-memory technology has been around for a long time, runs on all platforms, and that Big Data and analytics may not even be where in-memory technology makes its biggest impact on businesses.

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blockchain

Blockchain A Great Candidate For The Mainframe

Most of you are undoubtedly familiar with one of the biggest buzz terms in the industry by now: blockchain. If not, have a quick read of a great article from a few months ago in The Wall Street Journal, CIO Explainer: What Is Blockchain?

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Black Friday – Black Balance Sheet

As Black Friday begins to emerge on the horizon it makes me think about how we are about to read about some pretty wild stats. Nearly 40 percent of the shopping that is done for Christmas gifts is done around Black Friday by some 100M shoppers. The NRF always produces these statistics because they are vital indicators of the economy and also vital to the growth of the retail sector.

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Stop Blaming the Mainframe for Healthcare IT Shortfalls

At TEDMED, Eric Dishman makes a bold argument: The US healthcare system is like computing circa 1959, tethered to big, unwieldy central systems: hospitals, doctors, nursing homes. As our aging population booms, it is imperative, he says, to create personal, networked, home-based healthcare for all.

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Don’t get fooled by the Mainframe FUD

I’ve been seeing FUD (Fear! Uncertainty! Doubt!) articles like this one for years now and while it’s pretty easy to see through them, this time I decided that I just have to say something. The gist of the article, as the title suggests, is that legacy systems are old and clunky, and are holding the banks back and preventing them from benefiting from the modern features that they want: personalization, predicting customer needs, delivering on improved customer satisfaction, etc. (Legacy systems stand in the way of customisation for banks)

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