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The New Era of Mainframe and Mobility

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It’s no secret—the disparaging things we hear behind closed doors and in darkened IT lunch rooms, the rumors that the mainframe is dead or, at the very least, going the way of the Dodo. However, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, as it turns out, the mainframe may be the only resource we have to maintain the upward drive of mobile use and the associated data that accompanies it.

This epic tale of the aging superhero, the mainframe, not only proves it has a new lease on life, but also proves that it was never actually in peril. In fact, quite the contrary. The computing power of the mainframe leads many to the conclusion that without it sustaining growth and business process within the mobile space would be damn near impossible.

As we know, IBM triumphantly introduced its newest powerhouse in 2015: the z13. The first new mainframe in several years. What it proved, beyond performance, is that IBM not only still supports the mainframe environment, but it also placed its bets on it, and wholeheartedly invested in its long-term future and success.

Furthermore, with the focus of the IBM mainframe squarely on the usual suspects—banks, insurance companies, airlines and other large organizations—the investment makes sense as these types of organizations continue to invest billions of dollars each year into developing mobile connectivity for their respective clients. This immediately translates to more people using more apps on more phones with more data transactions, every day.

In fact, according to IBM its z13 will not only help detect fraudulent activities in real time—mobile devices being a common target for the ethically corrupt—but also IBM boasts that the system can handle literally billions of transactions generated each day by smartphones and other mobile devices such as tablets.

In the past 24 months we have seen mobile applications truly dominate enterprise space. According to an industry report from the Enterprise Mobility Exchange (EME), mobility spending increased by almost 63 percent in one year, and as we enter into 2016 that trend shows no sign of slowing down.

Now, in the latest edition of the report, EME found 35.7 percent of respondents were now beyond the early implementation stage of mobility solutions, with more than 60 percent of respondents having invested in applications over the last 12 to 18 months, substantially more than the 33.9 percent that invested in mobile device management (MDM) solutions.

The latest edition of the report found that 35.7 percent of respondents were now beyond the early implementation stage of mobility solutions, with more than 60 percent of respondents having invested in applications over the last 12 to 18 months, substantially more than the 33.9 percent that invested in mobile device management (MDM) solutions.

The Tipping Point Has Passed—the Need For Mobility Is Upon Us

With the mid-decade being the perceived tipping point, it’s now evident that companies need—and I can’t emphasize this enough—to be in the mobile space. In fact, no business can afford not to be.

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