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Sounds good but what isn’t important? Or, a better question might be, what is important? The simple answer is, only the information necessary to achieve an efficacious recovery. As cavalier as that answer may seem, it really is that simple. And, backing up only important data can have enormous benefits in terms of reducing costs and resource consumption, improving recoverability, and achieving a greener data center. …

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Aggregation of CICS Transactions With the Service Flow Feature

Most applications that are fundamental to today’s businesses were developed many years ago. Usually, these applications run on large transaction processing systems. Today, changing business conditions require flexibility and agile response. Companies need to extend and transform their strategic applications because their value is their reliability and Quality of Service (QoS). In their current state, they can’t be transferred to a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) without rewriting. Most companies don’t want to redesign or re-create the business functions already present, albeit not reusable, in their IT infrastructure. Instead, companies want tools that integrate the existing functions in other applications while moving business services that are ready for integration into SOA. This article considers the example of the University of Leipzig, Germany, in accomplishing those objectives. (Note: This article reflects information from Fred Stefan’s November 2007 master’s thesis titled “Aggregation of CICS Transactions With the Service Flow Feature,” University of Leipzig.)

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In a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Software AG titled “The Total Economic Impact (TEI) of Maintaining Adabas and Natural,” Forrester interviewed four Software AG customers. As a result of their financial analysis, Forrester calculated that the risk-adjusted ROI for maintaining and possibly upgrading Adabas and Natural, vs. replacement alternatives, was 331 percent over five years. The study also drew this conclusion: “By maintaining and perhaps upgrading Adabas systems and applications created with Natural, existing customers possess options for creating additional business value from modernization initiatives and service-oriented architecture (SOA) projects.”…

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Virtually every new technology that has significantly enhanced enterprise IT has been adopted in phases. Early IT adopters are quick to capitalize, with some reaping the advantages of a first mover position. Further into this phased approach is the mainstream, and those in this category take their time and wait for bugs to be worked out, prices to drop, and risks to be all but eliminated. IT managers at the back-end of this curve are inevitably playing catch-up…

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Virtually every new technology that has significantly enhanced enterprise IT has been adopted in phases. Early IT adopters are quick to capitalize, with some reaping the advantages of a first mover position. Further into this phased approach is the mainstream, and those in this category take their time and wait for bugs to be worked out, prices to drop, and risks to be all but eliminated. IT managers at the back-end of this curve are inevitably playing catch-up…

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Today, more than ever, IT must tightly align with the business. IT performance is tied to business performance: Every person-hour and every dollar must be allocated to deliver maximum business value. IT now provides much of the value the business offers its customers—as well as the effectiveness with which it works with its supply chain and business partners…

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