The New IBM z14: More Secure, Flexible, Powerful and Analytical Than Ever Before

Mainframe IT professionals always get excited when IBM announces a new version of its stalwart mainframe z Systems platform. And on July 17, 2017 IBM announced its latest and greatest mainframe hardware, dubbed the IBM z14. Coming more than two years after the IBM z13, the previous major upgrade z System upgrade, IBM is bolstering the platform with a slew of useful new and improved capabilities.

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Banking Trends

Banking Trends and IT Issues

Digital transformation is impacting businesses far and wide, but you could argue that none are being impacted more dramatically than banking. Over the course of the past few decades the manner in which banks interact with their customers has changed significantly, and more changes are on the horizon.

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Mobile Computing, the Mainframe and z/OS Connect

Mobile computing has had a seismic impact on IT and the modern computing architecture—and it will continue into the foreseeable future.

Mobile devices—smartphones and tablets—have overtaken traditional computing devices such as desktop and laptop computers in terms of how we interact with service providers and retailers. And this transition is even more pronounced among the young. It is not uncommon for a smartphone to be used non-stop during the course of the day, not just for making calls, sending and receiving texts and keeping up with email, but also to shop for the best price, make purchases, check bank balances, make travel arrangements, and more.

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DB2 Performance Advisor

The DB2 Performance Advisor – SQL Performance Tuning Basics

When asked what is the single most important or stressful aspect of their job, DBAs typically respond “assuring optimal performance.” Indeed, a Forrester Research survey of critical DBA concerns indicates that performance and troubleshooting tops the list of most challenging DBA tasks. With this in mind, let’s take a moment to outline the basic factors that influence the performance of DB2 applications.

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The Nexus of Forces Impacts the Mainframe, Too

In 2012, analysts at Gartner described the changing dynamics of digital business as being driven by what they call The Nexus of Forces. This important concept is crucial to understand and adapt to because it is impacting all of our businesses and the computing resources we use to conduct our business. And that, of course, means that the mainframe is being impacted.

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How to Tell Your Mom about the Mainframe

So what is a mainframe? The answer to that question might, at first glance, seem to be obvious to some of us who have worked with mainframe systems our entire career. But have you ever really tried to step back and think about the question? What if your Mother asked you what you do? Could you talk to her about mainframes in terms she would understand? After the discussion, would she know, at any level, how a mainframe is different than other types of computers when you were done? And would she have any idea what it is that you do all day?

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The Mainframe Dilemma: Coping With an Aging Workforce

A continuing, lingering perception that the mainframe is dead continues on in some parts of the IT industry. It seems that we constantly hear about IT shops that are planning to get rid of their mainframes. But rarely do we ever hear about it after the fact. No, it is usually reported right when someone thinks that it is a good idea.

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DB2 Performance Advisor

The DB2 Performance Advisor – What is Performance

Assuring optimal application and system performance is one of the most important goals of IT professionals. And for DB2 developers and DBAs, tuning and monitoring are often daily tasks. But there are many factors involved in DB2 optimization and performance monitoring and tuning … too many to do justice to in a single article. And that is why we are introducing this regular column: The DB2 Performance Advisor.  This column will appear regularly on the Planet Mainframe blog, and will cover all facets of performance management regarding DB2 for z/OS.

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Big Data and the Mainframe

Big Data and the Mainframe: A Perfect Partnership

 

“Big data” and the impact of analytics on large quantities of data is a persistent trend these days in just about every organization. The general idea is that large amounts of data, from multiple sources, and of multiple types, can be analyzed to produce heretofore unknown insights about your business.

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Every IT Professional Should Work in a Mainframe Environment (…at some point)

Talk to anyone who has ever worked on a mainframe and you will see that they are acutely aware of important factors that are sometimes overlooked on other platforms. Things like security, control, scalability, and reliability are second nature to mainframe computer systems and applications. Unfortunately, though, the bulk of new IT developer and programmers are not mainframe literate. This should change. But maybe not for the reasons you are thinking.

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