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A Survival Guide for the Outsourcing Age

The loss of domestic IT jobs to offshore outsourcing is real, large, and will only get worse with time. According to several industry sources, last year, Indian outsourcers alone delivered more than $8 billion worth of IT services. When compared to U.S.- based salaries, which are two to three times as much, the math becomes clear—$16 to $24 billion worth of IT payrolls suddenly disappeared from U.S. and Western European domestic job markets. This situation is further aggravated by the growing number of offshore outsourcing providers in Russia, China, and a dozen more aspiring contenders in the world’s outsourcing game…

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Computing At The High End of The High End

Paul Mercurio, Mobil Travel Guide, Park Ridge, IL, will probably be the first CIO on his block to move to the IBM z990, the new high end of IBM’s biggest mainframe line. And, if everything works as expected, Mercurio and his customers, the travelers who pound away on the company’s Website, won’t notice a thing. “I guess it gives us more headroom than we could ever anticipate,” he notes…

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Making changes to database structures can be one of the biggest causes of database downtime. Many of the most common changes require DBAs to create convoluted scripts that capture DDL from the system catalog, unload data, DROP objects, and then re-CREATE the objects with the desired changes. Such changes can be tedious and error-prone, unless you are using a software tool to manage the process…

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With a 40 MIPS minimum entry-point, the 64-bit world provided by IBM’s zSeries processors is beyond the reach of most small VM and VSE enterprises, as well as z/OS developers. Pentium-based z/Architecture emulation addresses this gap and provides a lowcost, 64-bit solution for small environments. This article provides an overview of the FLEX-ES emulator architecture from Fundamental Software and discusses my company’s systems programming, performance, and compatibility experiences with FLEX-ES on a zDev server as part of IBM’s PartnerWorld for Developers (PWD) program.

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