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DevOps Approach

A DevOps Approach to Building Batch Workflow Automation

Treating Artifacts as Code in DevOps “...there are still manual processes that take time and are error prone.” The DevOps process relies heavily on automation of the software development lifecycle stages to achieve maximum agility while drastically shortening the time to market[...]
Death to the Mainframe

A Quick Look Back – The (NOT) Demise of the IBM Mainframe

Just a few months ago, we passed a mainframe anniversary, of sorts. Sometime in March 1996, the IBM mainframe was supposed to be finished in the world of computing. Its end was pronounced– or rather predicted – and a precise[...]
IMS Usage

More On IMS Usage

Understanding how an Input Message sent by an IMS Connect Client to IMS Connect works when OTMA NAKs the Input Message  IMS Connect (ICON) is the TCP/IP gateway for IMS. So, besides running the traditional IMS transactions on z/OS, an IMS[...]

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Optimization Opportunities

There could be major optimization opportunities under your nose

Have you tried any in-memory optimization techniques since transitioning to Tailored Fit Pricing? With the adoption of Tailored Fit Pricing comes new opportunity. Under the traditional Rolling 4 Hour Average (R4HA) model, the focus for optimization was solely on the peak 4 hours of the[...]

The Mainframe Lives and Thrives – Part 3

The first two parts of this article: The Mainframe Lives and Thrives – Part 1 The Mainframe Lives and Thrives – Part 2 The conclusion of many papers, often quoting CIOs, is that lack of mainframe talent is threatening to damage their business[...]
Capacity Analytics

Latest updates for IBM Z Performance and Capacity Analytics

In our previous update for IBM Z Performance and Capacity Analytics in February, we detailed some important updates to aid capacity planning activities and expanding the scope of our performance insight capabilities for z/OS Communication Server users.  I'm pleased to share[...]
Incident Identification

Driving your AIOps journey by extending your APM solution to IBM Z

Organizations are drawn to the promise of AIOps to leverage AI-driven Intelligence and automation to make quick and accurate decisions to maintain resiliency. AIOps uses artificial intelligence to simplify IT operations management and accelerate and automate problem resolution in complex[...]

Db2 for z/OS: Clearing Up Some Matters Pertaining to PGSTEAL(NONE) Buffer Pools

I have written a few entries for this blog in which I provided information about Db2 for z/OS buffer pools defined with PGSTEAL(NONE), including one from a few years ago in which I differentiated the PGSTEAL and PGFIX buffer pool specifications, and[...]

About Planet Mainframe

Within the Planet Mainframe collaborative environment, members work to provide the mainframe community with access to articles, workshops, online events and the Planet Mainframe blog to share best practices and innovative approaches to the continually evolving world of mainframe technology.

The founding members of Planet Mainframe represent the world’s leading and highly specialized independent software vendors (ISVs) within the highly complex Mainframe and z Systems ecosystems.

As Planet Mainframe continues to flourish, new members are reminded of the few simple ideals upon which the mainframe alliance has been founded:

  • Mediocrity and Status Quo are not acceptable
  • Innovation does NOT equal risk
  • Users don’t have to be limited by any one vendor.
  • You can deliver on all Run, Grow, and Transform initiatives
  • Creativity is encouraged


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