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It’s no secret that the dreaded “skills gap” is affecting the mainframe market. It’s getting harder and harder to find people who know COBOL or Assembler, and organizations that rely on these systems often have open job postings because there’s no perfect match for the positions they’re trying to fill. So what can companies and government agencies that rely on Big Iron do to foster the next generation of mainframers?…

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Centerbridge Partners, L.P. (“Centerbridge”) has announced that it has completed the $1.26 billion acquisition of enterprise software providers Syncsort Incorporated (“Syncsort”) and Vision Solutions, Inc. (“Vision”) from affiliates of Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (“Clearlake”). As previously announced, Clearlake, which acquired Syncsort in 2015 and Vision in 2016, is retaining a minority ownership stake in the combined company…

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AES is pleased to announce its entry into the growing Microservices and DevOps Arenas with new support for Docker Containers. DevOps is based on implementing a microservices architecture using highly automated containers to build, deploy, provision, manage, and operate enterprise services. Docker is a forerunner in the container technology arena and fueling the most significant change in how businesses deploy applications…

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In January, CA acquired Automic for $640 million and, in April, acquired Veracode for $614 million.

At first glance, CA customers might view these acquisitions positively. Automic had some interesting cloud automation capabilities. Veracode had excellent technology for application security testing. Together, the two acquisitions seemingly support CA’s desperate longing to be relevant in the non-mainframe DevOps toolchain market…

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One of the often overlooked benefits of the introduction of a new mainframe like the Z is cost savings. Even though the machine may cost more, the cost of the performance and capabilities it delivers typically cost less on a per-unit basis. In the case of the new Z, it’s not just a modest drop in price/performance. With the new Z, IBM announced three new Container Pricing models for IBM Z, providing greatly simplified software pricing that promises flexible deployment with competitive economics vs. public clouds and on-premises x86 environments…

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Compuware Corporation has announced the launch of a Mainframe Center of Excellence (CoE) in partnership with Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. The Mainframe CoE will be dedicated to helping large global enterprises better leverage their systems of record for competitive advantage in fast-moving digital markets…

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By now you have certainly heard of IBM’s latest mainframe, the long-awaited z14, which the company refers to as Z. An announcement of a new mainframe usually doesn’t attract much notice, but maybe this announcement should. Even if you are not a mainframe fan this machine offers a solution that helps everybody—pervasive encryption of all data with no impact on operations or performance and with no need to take much action on your part, except to plug the machine in…

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