Optimize Your System z ROI with z Operational Insights (zOI)

Hopefully all System z users are aware of the Monthly Licence Charge (MLC) pricing mechanisms, where a recurring charge applies each month.  This charge includes product usage rights and IBM product support.  If only it was that simple!  We then encounter the “Alphabet Soup” of acronyms, related to the various and arguably too numerous MLC pricing mechanism options.  Some might say that 13 is an unlucky number and in this case, a System z pricing specialist would need to know and understand each of the 13 pricing mechanisms in depth, safeguarding the lowest software pricing for their organization!  Perhaps we could apply the unlucky word to such a resource.  In alphabetical order, the 13 MLC pricing options are AWLC, AEWLC, CMLC, EWLC, MWLC, MzNALC, PSLC, SALC, S/390 Usage Pricing, ULC, WLC, zELC and zNALC!  These mechanisms are commercial considerations, but what about the technical perspective?

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Mobile Computing, the Mainframe and z/OS Connect

Mobile computing has had a seismic impact on IT and the modern computing architecture—and it will continue into the foreseeable future.

Mobile devices—smartphones and tablets—have overtaken traditional computing devices such as desktop and laptop computers in terms of how we interact with service providers and retailers. And this transition is even more pronounced among the young. It is not uncommon for a smartphone to be used non-stop during the course of the day, not just for making calls, sending and receiving texts and keeping up with email, but also to shop for the best price, make purchases, check bank balances, make travel arrangements, and more.

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software urbanization

Software Urbanism: A challenging but highly rewarding strategy

Information Technology (IT) is rather young in human history. If you compare this sector with industry, IT is just at the beginning of its development. To illustrate this infancy, let’s consider the evolution of IT jobs. With the multiplication of tasks and jobs left to IT, teams grew in number but also in complexity. New fields of expertise emerged to cover these growing needs. Nowadays, a Fortune 500 company has hundreds of software products running on its infrastructure. More and more data are collected, processed, stored, combined, analyzed, distributed… The amount has grown by a factor of 10 in only 6 years.

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Does working on a mainframe make you happy?

We’re all familiar with the ups and downs of daily life working on a mainframe, but does it make you happy? Perhaps the best branch of psychology to use to see whether mainframers are happy at work is positive psychology. Positive psychology uses scientific understanding and effective intervention to aid in the achievement of a satisfactory life. Its focus is on personal growth.

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