The Five-Point Mainframe Transformation Leadership Checklist

Despite utterly foolish predictions to the contrary, the mainframe persists as the core computing engine for global commerce. That’s because 1) investments in mainframe code are irreplaceable and not practically re-platformable, 2) the performance economics of the mainframe are unmatched, and 3) IBM’s rollout of the z13 demonstrates that the mainframe platform is actually out-evolving x86 hardware.

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DB2 for z/OS – Taking the Best Data Server on a Transformational Journey

Business transformation and agility are critical in today’s fast moving world. Clients demand insights faster, more often, and with greater accuracy based on up-to-the-second transactional data that is frequently housed in mainframe systems. The dependency on technology and the rate at which information is created and consumed continues growing exponentially. Applications have to rapidly adapt to take account of the dynamic digital business models and environments. All this drives the need for flexible IT infrastructures that are built on a rock solid foundation to deliver consistent dependability, performance, and security in the face of rapid change.

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Tanka Mainframe Poem

Chronic Mainframe Migration Strategy

Some fun started with an interesting article from Chris O’Malley on LinkedIn a few months back about chronic mainframe migration strategy.

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zUniversity Munich Insights

The European version of the IBM zUniversity took place in Munich on June 13-17 this year and it was a first time for me and the rest of Insoft-Infotel team to attend such event. In all there were two Planet Mainframe members to attend this event, both having our exhibitor booth right next to each other. Let’s have a look at what went on during those five days.

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New Hope for Mainframes

For a long time now, the still young at heart mainframers have been making plans. Unfortunately, it’s not plans for how to improve mainframe performance or reduce costs, it’s what to do once they retire. And the bad news is that more and more mainframers are retiring. What can those organizations that are still running their main business applications on mainframes do?

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Agile COBOL and the x86-less Datacenter

For years, pundits have predicted that a generational shift in IT would spell doom for the mainframe. But just the opposite is true. The current generational shift in IT is driving a major mainframe renaissance—along with, ironically, abandonment of x86 datacenter infrastructure.

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The Mainframe is a Witch!

The Mainframe Witch-Hunt

The Salem witch trials were an ugly moment in US history. A combination of groupthink, bad religion and confirmation bias led an entire community to act irrationally. And the results were not pretty. Twenty people—most of them women—were executed for being something we know they could not have been.

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Raising the ante on Virtualization in the Data Center

In 2016, the least expensive city in the U.S. for annual data center operating costs is Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at $9,684,282 in annual operating costs[1]. In Canada, where the lowest risk associated with data centers is second only to the U.S., the costs of energy and other data center elements can be even less[2]. Nevertheless, millions of dollars annually to operate a data center is still a lot of money.

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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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Mainframes Are Hidden Engine of Next Wave of Innovation

The Wright Flyer looks light and insubstantial in images, but on September 17, 1908, the world-changing machine nearly killed its inventor. A propeller snapped as Orville was demonstrating an improved version of the Flyer, causing a crash that broke four of his ribs. In that moment the physical, technical and historical weight of the invention is made starkly clear.

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