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Platform wars will continue to be waged, and the voice of reason from seasoned mainframe professionals sometimes still goes unheeded when those who propose dumping the mainframe portray them as “big iron” bigots. One mainframer whose input was falling on his management’s deaf ears lamented, “It’s like I’ve been tainted because of my 20 years working with mainframes.”…

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The story of Miami-Dade County, FL, IT is about customer service in the form of reliable, easy to use applications that address every phase of county business—and careful planning that accounts for all options to deliver premium computing at a cost that optimizes taxpayer dollars. This means continuous assessment of what the strategic applications are, who and what is supporting those applications, how they’re helping customers and employees, and how physical facilities can be acquired and employed to house the technology assets that run the applications…

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We continue our discussion of what information you need to do your job well and how to obtain that information. Here we’ll examine a free source of information on basic management tools that also helps you prepare for an audit. This source also describes what information you should be asking your auditors to provide. This will help you turn security audits from checklist-based exercises into demonstrations of the quality of your Information Security (IS)…

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Managers of mainframe data centers can be forgiven if they don’t pay much attention to all the hype surrounding cloud computing. Amazon.com, Google, and a host of others are rushing to build highly virtualized, massively scalable, and, hopefully, bulletproof IT infrastructures accessible over the Internet or, to use the latest buzz phrase, ”in the cloud.”…

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Parents strive for the best for their children, and in most households, that extends to a litany of manners imposed early on that make no sense to the kid who just wants to be a kid. Sit up straight; don’t talk with your mouth full; say please and thank you. As evolved adults, we realize these “constraints on our creativity” were our parents’ attempts at helping us learn how to play nice with others, employing respect and civility in what would otherwise be a chaotic world. And for that, we thank them…

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New Mainframe Customers

Most of us are familiar with the traditional applications that have been running on IBM mainframes for years because of the mainframe’s inherent qualities of reliability, availability, security, performance, etc. With the introduction of the System z/10, Linux on System z, specialty processors, and a vastly improved TCO/ROI story: It sure seems that IBM should be racking up a boatload of new mainframe customers in a variety of industries. I haven’t noticed that happening yet. Topping my list of targeted businesses would be companies that depend on a system with five-nines uptime, that is virtually hack-proof and DoS attack-proof…

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Did you or your company set resolutions this year? If your goals seem insurmountable in light of our troubled economy, consider a book that can help guide your journey. Jim Collins’ classic work on business management and leadership, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don’t (HarperCollins, New York 2001), answers the question, “Can a good organization become a great one and, if so, how?”…

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Distress calls echo throughout the industry about high-cost implementations involving Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs). In many organizations, across-the-board spending cuts threaten SOA’s potential, and that trend might endure awhile. Most published IT budgetary surveys anticipate growth in corporate IT spending for 2009 to be anemic or flat. According to Gartner, budget growth of 2.3 to 0 percent is most likely, with a worst-case projection of cuts in the range of 2.5 percent…

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Originally beginning as a nursing home in 1961, Louisville, KY-based Humana Inc. is a Fortune 100 corporation that now employs 29,000 associates to market and service its health benefit consumer services in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Humana’s medical membership, comprised of employers, government agencies and individuals, has rapidly grown over the past few years to more than 10.4 million participants. The company is now the second largest Medicare prescription drug carrier in the U.S. in addition to being the most rapidly growing U.S. Medicare Advantage carrier…

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