3rd platform and the mainframe

The Third Platform and the Mainframe

The Third Platform is defined as the interdependencies between mobile computing, social media, cloud computing, and information/analytics (big data), and possibly the Internet of Things (IoT). Here is a nice rendering of the Third Platform model from Forbes.com. It shows our new concerns: Mobility, Analytics, and Cloud (SMAC-IT) at the top level on the “Third Platform,” our LAN/Internet and our Client/Server apps on the “Second Platform,” and the clunky old Mainframe on the “First Platform.” When talking about the First Platform, people say that we know how these systems worked and how they were used, as if it’s all in the distant past. And that’s a mistake.

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user experience

Is user experience one of the mainframe’s biggest challenges?

IBM has done a great job of continually re-inventing the mainframe over the years to help it stay abreast of the evolving technology landscape. The z13 mainframe, for example, is the product of over $1m in R&D spend, including a host of enhancements to elevate its support for mobile, Big Data, and real-time analytics workloads. And, despite rumours to the contrary, the platform has also done an excellent job of embracing modern computing languages such as Java, and open systems technologies such as Linux.

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Thanksgiving, Mom and IT Leadership

Next Thursday, we will sit around a table with people whose political opinions we find heartless or naïve, who don’t binge the same shows as we do (or who don’t even have Netflix), and who think Docker is a brand of pants.  And we’ll enjoy ourselves—or at least make a reasonable effort to do so.

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Healthcare IT Organizations

Healthcare IT Organizations face Critical Challenges

Healthcare IT organizations face enormous challenges: Providers such as hospitals, HMOs, and PPOs must deal with spiraling costs, increasingly strict regulatory requirements, rising patient expectations, constrained reimbursements, and more. Payers such as healthcare insurers must deal with equally spiraling costs, constrained premiums, even more regulatory requirements, customer defection, and more.

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Don’t get fooled by the Mainframe FUD

I’ve been seeing FUD (Fear! Uncertainty! Doubt!) articles like this one for years now and while it’s pretty easy to see through them, this time I decided that I just have to say something. The gist of the article, as the title suggests, is that legacy systems are old and clunky, and are holding the banks back and preventing them from benefiting from the modern features that they want: personalization, predicting customer needs, delivering on improved customer satisfaction, etc. (Legacy systems stand in the way of customisation for banks)

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Why the Mainframe is more relevant than ever in the “Hybrid” World

If you’ve earned your living in the IT field for any length of time, you know that words and phrases come and go with regularity.  “Hybrid” is one of the words de jour. And, it’s a good word. My only quibble is that those of us who have built integration technology over the last few decades have been using this term for quite some time.

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Four ways Mainframe shops can embrace Mobile

Part 5: Create New Interfaces for Existing Assets

This is the final installment of a five-part series about how mainframe shops can embrace the needs of new mobile workloads.

Last time, we looked at a solution that would replace the existing online processing and add new storage for the new application, but leverage all other parts of the legacy infrastructure. In this post, we’ll take a close look at perhaps the best: one that leverages what you have, and gets you where you want to be with a minimum of time and expense.

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Four ways Mainframe shops can Embrace Mobile

Part 4: New Online Processing and Data Storage

This is Part 4 of a 5-part series about how mainframe shops can embrace the needs of new mobile workloads.

Last time, we looked at a new online processing solution that would replace the existing online processing, but leverage all other parts of the legacy infrastructure. In this post, we’ll take a close look at a similar solution that also leverages some of what exists, but creates all new online processing as well as new database components.

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New Online Processing

Four ways Mainframe shops can Embrace Mobile

Part 3: New Online Processing

This is Part 3 in this five-part series about how mainframe shops can embrace the needs of new mobile workloads.

Last time, we looked at the forklift option: burning the legacy infrastructure to the ground and building it back up again using different technology.  In this post, we’ll take a close look at an alternative solution that leverages some of what exists, but creates all new online processing components.

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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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