Machine Learning

Bringing Machine Learning to Big Iron

In today’s data driven economies there is evermore pressure to drive financial returns and payback for IT investments, increasing the need for IT organizations to deliver both analytics and digital transformation with practical and meaningful business outcomes.

The need for instant services has increased exponentially due to ’consumer driven’ services such as Application Stores, Digital Music, Social Media, E-commerce, FinTech and even IoT. This consumerization of technology drives innovation within the enterprise to reach user expectations but the challenge, as always, is doing this in a highly available and secure manner.

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Myth-Information

Don’t Believe the Myth-information about the Mainframe: Part 3

In this series, Janet Sun explores and dispels numerous myths around the mainframe. Continued from Part 1 and Part 2.

What Do You Lose by Moving Off the Mainframe?

Efficiency

Typically, distributed servers support a single application workload.  How many business applications does a typical company run?  Inventory control, order entry, accounts payable, accounts receivable, HR, shipping, business intelligence, research and development (multiple projects).  How many servers would be necessary to support these applications?

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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 Outsourcing Transparency

Outsourced mainframe customers often lack a clear understanding of how well their outsourcer is managing the mainframe capacity and performance relative to what is optimal for the customer. The customer seldom has access to the data needed to really understand their capacity usage and often lack the skills to communicate clearly with the outsourcer on capacity and performance questions. The outsourcer may have limited motivation to help the customer optimize capacity costs. In many cases, the customer doesn’t even have the ability to validate whether the outsourcer is invoicing in a correct manner relative to the contract or in a fair manner relative to industry ‘best practice’. Simple questions like ‘how is the basis for invoicing (e.g. MIPS) calculated?’ can lead to a 10% difference in the invoice.

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mainframer

Confessions of a 25 year old Mainframer (pt. 1)

Hello, My name is Colton Quillicy. I’m 25, and I’m a mainframer.

Yes… I know. A rare breed. I don’t know how I got here… a love of technology I guess? I personally blame my upbringing.

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big data analytics

Big Data at true scale!

Big Data is not an overly sized star trek character or endless storage, but is rather the new currency for IT organizations, that can be analyzed, queried and manipulated to provide a meaningful outcome to almost any analytical question.

And that currency has been paying off big dividends for those organizations with the need and the willingness to dive in. Here are some examples of how the Big Data and Analytics currency is being used today in business environments.

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IBM 3270 Green Screen

What’s next for green screens?

The great thing about green screens is that they are so easy and so quick to use. Basically, a screen appears, you enter some information, press tab, enter some more information, and press enter. It’s quick, it’s simple to use, what’s not to like? And that’s how so many mainframers feel. They’ve been using green screens since they were really green to get their work done accurately and efficiently. ISPF, SDSF, and SMP/E are just so straightforward to use with a 3270 display.

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Open Source

Open Source on Steroids

The words “digital transformation” are on the lips of every person in technology and tech media, as well as many business leaders – from company CIOs and CTOs to technology to business line managers to writers in news publications and tech blogs.

At its core, a digital transformation is the enablement of technologies and workplaces tuned to today’s digital economy. The beating heart of this digital economy is the API, and is being followed now by emerging technologies like IoT (Internet of Things) and FinTech technologies like Blockchain.

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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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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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