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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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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Augmented Everything: How a CIO can make workers smarter, stronger, more aware

Much has been written recently about the emergence of Artificial Intelligence and robotics technology, and about how these technologies will destroy jobs and wreck society.

Someday, maybe. But today and for the next few years—the planning horizon of CIOs rather than academics—the reality is far different and far brighter: jobs will be enriched and the workers doing them will do them in new ways, at least for firms whose CIOs understand what’s happening.

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Mainframe Development Must be the Focus, Not the Brunt, of a Digital Transformation

In a world of extreme and unpredictable change, agility is imperative. That’s why large enterprises have rightfully invested in all kinds of agility-enhancing capabilities—from hybrid cloud to DevOps.

Unfortunately, any improvement not made at the constraint is an illusion. So, at this point, many IT leaders are wasting their precious time and resources on making already-pretty-agile cloud/VMware/Java environments incrementally more agile—instead of focusing on their primary agility constraint: the mainframe.

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