Survey Says: Mainframe Still Viable, With an Expected Very Long Life
BMC’s 2018 Mainframe Survey just came out, and, according to the survey; the mainframe’s future continues to be extremely bright. Several outstanding quotes regarding the survey are especially encouraging:
- “Today’s mainframe is well-positioned to lead organizations in an ever-evolving digital environment.”
- “Organizations are shifting from reactive to proactive in their mainframe approaches, with the increasing demands of digital business as the main drivers.”
- “The mainframe is the most trusted platform to handle growth generated by digital business.”
- “Priorities and challenges are aligned and show commitment to keeping the mainframe as the backbone of their digital environments.”
- “Mainframe environments are handling significant increases in the number of databases and transaction volumes as well as an increasing trend in data volume.”
Top Findings of the Survey
- 93% of executives continue to believe in the long-term viability of the mainframe platform.
- 92% predict long-term viability (3rd straight year of increases, highest since 2013).
- 63% of respondents were under age 50, up to 10 percentage points from 2017.
- 82% use Java in their mainframe environment.
- 65% report using Agile/DevOps practices overall, and 48% are using Agile/DevOps practices in their mainframe environment.
- 33% use pervasive encryption in their mainframe environments.
- 51% of respondents state that over half of their data resides on the mainframe.
- 60% of respondents have a positive outlook for MIPS growth—the highest level in three years; and 70% of large shops have a positive outlook for MIPS growth.
- 42% say application modernization is a priority.
As you can see, even as the digital economy and its complex challenges force organizations to rethink their workloads and computing requirements, the IBM mainframe continues to be at the forefront.
To read more about the 2018 BMC Mainframe Survey Results and the Mainframe’s Bright Future go to here.