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I must admit I was a little sad to hear about the takeover of Candle by IBM. I know there is a tendency in the Independent Software Vendor (ISV) sector for smaller players to be swallowed up by the big fish, and the result can be positive for customers—if the acquisition guarantees the future of a vulnerable product or assists with cross-vendor integration. (Of course, takeovers can also be disastrous for product support, but I don’t imagine IBM will struggle to fulfill existing commitments!)…

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Open Access to IMS With ODBA and OTMA

IMS, IBM strategic database software using hierarchical database technology to support high-transaction volumes, provides reliable and high throughput for more than 95 percent of Fortune 1000 companies. IMS is comprised of two major components: the Database Manager (IMS DB) and Transaction Manager (IMS TM). Together, they create a complete online database transaction- processing environment, providing continuous data availability and data integrity…

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Compressing data is nothing new for the data center. Making files smaller is one of the ways IT managers ease the transmission and storage of the vast amounts of data that reside in data centers worldwide. Storage Management Subsystem (SMS) data set compression, writing data to tape, and other hardware-based compression technologies have been around for some time on the S/390, but these methods often are insufficient. They leave the IT shop wanting the capability to easily move data off the host onto other computing platforms to serve the needs of various business units…

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Rules of Product Support for Vendors

1 Customers lie. They don’t mean to, but they do. They tell you they tried things they didn’t, they swear they didn’t change things they did, and they assure you they understand instructions that made as much sense to them as a foreign language would. When they start arguing with you, that often means you’re getting close to something they did that they know they shouldn’t have done . . . keep digging!…

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The VSE Redirector

The evolutionary process of software development can produce some amazing things. Whether it’s a Department of Defense communications protocol that becomes the standard for most communications in the world today, or a college student who has a dream of a free operating system that causes upheaval, the fruits of software engineering can revolutionize the way we work and play…

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