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Mainframe Executive recently visited with David Luft, senior vice president of Software Engineering for CA Technologies’ Technology and Development Group. A 24-year veteran of the information technology industry, he’s responsible for delivering innovative products and technology that facilitate the management of CA Technologies’ mainframe product lines and help solve customers’ most pressing business needs. We asked David about CA Technologies’ recent big announcements and how the company is addressing release synchronization, market acceptance of CA Mainframe Software Manager, and the trends he sees taking place…

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Data center modernization depends, first and foremost, on addressing existing legacy applications and systems. Asset management has become a financial problem, and many initiatives aimed at gaining control of growing information technology costs are ineffective because application and system assets haven’t been properly tracked. This is readily addressed through better management approaches…

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Xbridge Systems redefines data discovery by releasing an industry first data discovery tool supporting mainframe systems. With the release of DataSniff, Xbridge provides QSA’s and internal auditors with a powerful, yet simple, tool to access mainframe data and scan the data for sensitive information. DataSniff has the power to uncover data in mainframe data storage environments that were previously considered “untouchable” or wrongly categorized as “exempt” from audit…

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While I’m hopeful some resolution will have been found by the time this column goes to press for the broken well head that’s currently spewing tens of millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico each day, I can’t help but see some compelling parallels between the evolution of this disaster and the state of today’s data center. Perhaps we can learn from this tragedy and improve our own thinking about disaster prevention in the digital world…

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After the events of 9/11, governments everywhere began to reconsider their Disaster Recovery (DR) requirements for “critical” organizations. Prior to 9/11, most companies employed dual-site DR planning, where IT operations could continue when a single data center went down by transferring activity to another site located nearby. After 9/11, critical organizations were asked to guard against “region-” or 350-mile-wide disasters. …

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Los Angeles, Calif. – September 1, 2010 – SOA Software, a leading SOA and Cloud Services Governance vendor, today announced SOLA for IMS, a legacy modernization solution that transforms IMS applications into high-quality, high-performance enterprise services, allowing the mainframe to be a full participant in an Service Oriented Architecture enabled environment.

SOLA is a comprehensive mainframe Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) solution that cost effectively turns the mainframe into a seamless part of an SOA enabled environment.  SOLA provides customers with a fast and easy way to expose mainframe applications as secure, high-performance enterprise services and allows mainframe applications to consume Web Services.  Using SOLA, customers can leverage millions of dollars of existing mainframe investments as part of their enterprise SOA environment.  The SOLA runtime environment resides entirely on the mainframe, eliminating the need for expensive, unreliable and unnecessary middleware. Coupled with SOLA’s Development Studio, this vastly increases developer productivity, providing faster time to market and lower application development cost.

 “Many Fortune 1000 companies use IMS,” said Jim Crew, Vice President of SOA Software. “This product extends existing investments and provides growth opportunities for IMS applications that can be reused in new business initiatives.”

SOLA for IMS runs independently of any transaction management software, making it ideal for IMS-only environments.  SOLA for IMS handles IMS transactions written in COBOL, PL/I or Natural, with multiple input and output segments.  SOLA for IMS also allows any mainframe program to easily consume services.  SOLA’s orchestration capabilities allow multiple IMS transactions to be executed on a single trip to the mainframe, vastly reducing latency.  SOLA for IMS can also service-enable DB2 stored procedures and SQL statements.

SOLA is highly optimized, making it the most efficient option for service-enabling mainframe transactions.  Much of SOLA is written in assembler language, so the SOLA runtime offers lower MSU consumption and higher throughput than alternatives that use Java and rely on zAAP specialty engines.

Unlike alternative solutions that only offer one or two components of mainframe SOA, SOLA offers a comprehensive SOA solution, further reducing TCO. SOLA eliminates the need to integrate multiple mainframe and distributed products/platforms to create enterprise-class services.  SOLA is a Governed Service Platform, making it fully governable by SOA Software products like Policy Manager and Service Manager.

Innovative SOLA features such as One-Click service creation and an easy to use drag-and-drop interface deliver the only secure, standards-based and governable SOA product in the mainframe industry.  SOLA provides end-to-end SOA governance for the mainframe with WS-Security, WS-Policy, optimized registry, integrated monitoring, logging, auditing and near limitless scalability, all implemented on the mainframe.  This makes SOLA the only solution for companies seeking secure, high-volume, mission-critical mainframe SOA. SOLA is the only product proven in enterprise implementations to handle high volume (10 million+) transactions per day in mission-critical mainframe SOA environments.

About SOA Software
SOA Software is a leading provider of unified SOA and Cloud Services Governance products that enable organizations to plan, build, and run Cloud and enterprise services.  Our SOA Software Atmosphere Products are built using our Portfolio Manager™, Repository Manager™, Policy Manager™, and Service Manager™. They form a unified SOA Governance Automation solution, with SOLA™ providing a governable Mainframe SOA platform. The world’s largest companies including Bank of America, Pfizer, and Verizon use SOA Software solutions to transform their business.  For more information, please visit

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An Implementation Fast Path for CICSPlex SM

When CICSPlex SM was released in the early ’90s, it was widely regarded by the CICS community as a complex beast to install and operate. At its inception, it was released as a chargeable product separate from CICS. To encourage users to try it, IBM (in the U.K., at least) provided a couple of days of free consulting support with the system. This was to assist users in getting it up and running and to provide some guidance on its use! To get the whole system to run well, some significant tuning and configuration were required. That necessitated a degree of expertise that wasn’t widely available in those early days. 

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ZUG, Switzerland, August 31, 2010 – Wasserwerke Zug (WWZ), a major utility provider in central Switzerland, dramatically improved customer support by leveraging BMC Software’s (NASDAQ: BMC) BMC Remedy Service Desk solution in its telecommunications division.
The Swiss telecom market is fiercely competitive, making strong customer service critical to success. WWZ’s legacy IT infrastructure had reached its performance limit and was impacting customer service. Its aging ticketing system could not meet growing requirements.
The implementation of BMC Remedy Service Desk, led by BMC partner IT Concepts, improved support for WWZ’s customers and its employees running the company’s central customer service center. The WWZ telecom division identified BMC as the direct cause of its improved service quality, which has enhanced the company’s competitive advantage.
“Our support organization continued to expand as a result of ever-growing demand,” said René Bühler, head of IT services at WWZ. “We came to a point where we had to have suitable processes to ensure that relevant information reached our customers consistently and quickly. Knowledge is only current for a very short time, so we also needed a technical tool to provide us with effective support in our daily operations.”
In addition to the BMC Remedy support function, WWZ began to evaluate its customer relationship management (CRM) application and drew up clearly defined requirements for a new solution. BMC’s Business Service Management (BSM) approach and support from BMC’s partner, IT Concepts, met these specifications, which incorporated ITIL® best practices. The CRM solution can now forward all telecom queries to the BMC Remedy Service Desk platform, automating queries and offering quick and efficient solutions to customers.
“The cooperation with IT Concepts has worked really well, and BMC Remedy Service Desk has met our production expectations so far,” said Bühler. “It has helped us achieve our main goal, which is to be able to provide even better service to our customers.”   
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