Mainframes and the Cloud: Made for Each Other

April 2018 marked the 54th anniversary of IBM’s mainframes. It is uncertain if anyone could have ever predicted such a long and successful life for them. A quick historical sketch: IBM launched the first modern mainframe, IBM 360, on April 7, 1964. With 229,000 calculations per second, it was the mainframe that played a key role in taking mankind to the moon. Fast forward to the current era: multiple banks, the healthcare industry, along with the insurance and government sector, still continue to use mainframes. Mainframes might not be trending as the hottest technology of the decade, but they act as the backbone for these and various other industries due to their reliability, availability, security, and transaction processing speed.

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Improving Bottom Line

Improving the Bank’s Bottom Line: Reducing Cost per Transaction

A few years ago, I invited a group of CIOs to become an Advisory Board for my company. Their role was to advise us on the direction the company should go, and how we should position our products and services most effectively from the perspective of the Fortune 500 CIO. To this day, we still engage our Advisory Board on many subjects.

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A Brief History of (Mainframe) Time

Timing, timekeeping, time synchronization, more specifically accurate synchronization, is a key requirement for modern information technology systems.  This is especially true for industries involved in transaction processing such as the financial industry.  As such, the IBM Z sysplex needs highly accurate timing/timekeeping and synchronization technology to ensure data integrity, and to also provide the ability to reconstruct a database based upon logs. There have been 3 phases in the evolution of time synchronization on IBM Z.

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Legacy Enterprise Software

You Do Not Need to Replace Your Legacy Enterprise Software

I recently read an interesting article on a vendor website – I got there after one of their spam emails caught my eye – “8 Signs You Need to Replace Your Legacy Enterprise Software” – I had to read that! I know a little bit about legacy software, and I was really curious about what they had to say. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed.

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solo

Solo: A Mainframe Story (Special Edition)

In today’s world, it’s almost impossible for any mainframe operations to work solo: going it alone in terms of the expertise, skills and resources required to succeed, writes Mark Wilson, RSM Partners.

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Digital Denial: Why You Can’t Trust the Application Economy

The NYSE and a major airline shut down and, in the case of the airline, shuts down twice is just over a month. Major retailers and a Federal employee databases get hacked. This seems like IT service levels from 1965 not 2015.

Does anyone still believe the application economy can actually work the way it should?

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IBM z14 ZR1

IBM z14 Model ZR1: A Smaller Mainframe for a Larger World

On April 10, 2018, IBM announced their latest mainframe offering, the IBM z14 Model ZR1. This announcement came hot on the heels of the original z14, which was delivered less than a year earlier in July 2017. So why the new model? And what does it mean to mainframe users out there?

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GDPR

Is your business affected by GDPR?

What GDPR Means for Mainframe Storage, Archive and Backup

On April 27, 2016, the European Union passed regulation 2016/679, more popularly known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). On May 25, 2018, GDPR implementation began, and enforcement activities started. So which organizations are affected by GDPR regulation, and what are the most difficult IT hurdles to overcome?

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Mainframe apps

While a large chunk of the world seems to think that mainframes are out of date and barely hanging on by the skin of their teeth in organizations that haven’t woken up to modern computing techniques, the rest of us know that mainframes, particularly the z14, are the most secure platforms for computing on the planet, and provide the backbone for 70 percent of the top 500 companies.

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Lost on Z

Help! Lost on Z!

Is it a misconception that mainframe professionals find it hard to get help?  When we talk about non-mainframe technology, there seems to be a myriad of platforms with impressive worldwide community support, actively helping each other on a daily basis.  In other words, what you find there is, if you are struggling to find an answer to a problem, or simply trying to find some better ways do something, then you generally post a question online and seek feedback from the community. Do we mainframe professionals lack such an ecosystem? Is it because of a lack of enthusiasm from experts to chime in on discussions to help out? Is it because of a lack of a solid single social media platform to discuss our challenges? Or is because there are too many platforms, and that we all are stretched too thin on each one, and thereby lack strength in numbers to have meaningful discussion?

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