Disconnect

The Great Disconnect

Do CICS programmers / JavaScript programmers know what it is they’re working on?  Sure they know how their programs work and how they interface with other modules, and so on, but do they know exactly where in the business they are used, and do they know how important they are to the business?  And do business managers properly relay the critical nature of what they ask for to everyone down the line?

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Mainframe Batch

Mainframe batch challenges – and solutions

The ancient datacenter game of tug-of-war between the need for more computing power, and the need to more closely control ongoing IT costs is never-ending, and continues, as intensely as ever, in today’s large business datacenters.

And with the mainframe enclosed firmly within its no-holds-barred silo, the game is more dramatic than it has ever been.  With IT folks outside the silo reminding everyone that ongoing mainframe costs are a drag on the new agile development efforts, those IT folks within the silo remind others that the mainframe is responsible for 75% or more of business revenue, and that access from outside the silo is driving up their operational costs.  We’ve all heard these arguments, and to be fair, they’re all true.

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Capping is Good.

Capping is Good.

Or, Capping is no longer a bad word

Okay, yes it is – nobody in their right mind is going to cap their business-critical workloads.  Yes you want to save on operational spend – in fact you need to – but not at the expense of completing business-critical workloads on time.  I mean, just forget about it!  Not happening.  Move on.

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GDPR and what it means to you

(What will be the impact in the mainframe datacenter?)

GDPR changes the rules

The EU will be introducing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May of this year – it is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years.  GDPR replaces the European Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe. It is meant to protect the privacy of all EU citizens, and to reshape the way organizations across the EU manage the data of private citizens. The new regulations improve on the inconsistent data protection laws currently existing in the EU and ensure the secure, free-flow of data.

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Mainframe News Out There

Mainframe news out there – November 2017

Once a month we like to pick articles from other blogs that we feel are interesting enough to talk about on the Planet Mainframe blog. Here are this week’s picks:

The Engine of Digital Disruption in the API Economy

Very interesting article by Dr. Richard Gamblin in a recent edition of the Enterprise Executive online publication: “IBM Z Systems: The Engine of Digital Disruption in the API Economy”.  A common misperception is that mainframes are somehow irrelevant in the API economy; however, the reality is that they are surprisingly well placed to service the needs of the contemporary developer. Consider that organizations exploit IBM z Systems for its proven track record in high volume transaction processing….

See more here: Enterprise Executive article.

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Mainframe News Out There

Mainframe news out there – October 2017

Once a month we like to pick articles from other blogs that we feel are interesting enough to talk about on the Planet Mainframe blog. Here are this week’s picks:

Linux is Linux but Even More on IBM LinuxONE

Very interesting article by Stephen D. Bartlett in a recent edition of the Clipper Group’s online publication: “Linux is Linux but Even More on IBM LinuxONE”.  He gives as a very thorough look at IBM’s new LinuxONE Emperor II mainframe system – a Linux-only version of IBM’s new z14 hardware platform.  LinuxONE Emperor II offers capabilities that no other platform can match— like being able to give good response times at up to 100% utilization, etc. It is the world’s premier Linux system for highly secured data serving and analytics, engineered from top to bottom for security, availability, performance, and scale.

See more here: Clipper Group article.

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Mainframe News Out There

Mainframe News Out There – September

How to Survive on a Frozen Mainframe Budget and Grow It

Interesting article by Steven A. Menges on the enterprisesystemsmedia online publication: How to Survive on a Frozen Mainframe Budget and Grow It.  “Many organizations are freezing mainframe budgets, not considering the spike in transactions and increasingly demanding service level agreements. Additional mainframe transactions aren’t driving more revenue; the same end users are just using different—and more—available resources and service channels. For example, globally there is a higher number of banking transactions, but people aren’t necessarily keeping more money in banks. With brick and mortar locations, ATMs and mobile apps, consumers are just doing more frequent transactions, using more computing power…”

See more here: EnterpriseSystemsMedia article.

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Mainframe News Out There

Mainframe News Out There

APIs in mainframe environments

Interesting article by Joseph Gulla as part of his series on new technology in the IBM Systems Magazine online publication – APIs: The Chicken or the Egg. He talks about how APIs are the intersection between the need for modernization and the need for generating new business in mainframe environments.  Old APIs, access methods like QSAM and VSAM, are vital and still in use, but the new APIs have found their use in the data-sharing setting to save costs and improve efficiency.

See more here: IBM Sysmag article

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Mainframe News Out There

News in the Mainframe Space

Update on the z14

Clipper Group article on the z14 – Craig Mullins provided some insight for us last week in his z14 article, and now the folks at the Clipper Group add some more information- expanding somewhat on machine learning and some comparisons to z13 and z12. Check out their interesting article: IBM z14 — The New Standard for Modern Digital Enterprises.

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Settling for less

I was reading the news on CNN recently about a power outage in California, which reminded me of some serious black outs in Costa Rica a while back. A friend was there on business, and it ruined an important business meeting that he had spent months setting up. It also reminded me of the northeast blackout that happened here in 2003, which caused some problems for us at home.

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