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By now you have certainly heard of IBM’s latest mainframe, the long-awaited z14, which the company refers to as Z. An announcement of a new mainframe usually doesn’t attract much notice, but maybe this announcement should. Even if you are not a mainframe fan this machine offers a solution that helps everybody—pervasive encryption of all data with no impact on operations or performance and with no need to take much action on your part, except to plug the machine in…

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A bill has recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives (Modernizing Government Technology or MGT) that calls for updating out of date IT systems and technologies. Should the bill pass through the Senate, it is certain that many installed mainframe systems could be targeted for replacement because of the perceived notion that "old" systems should be replaced with new systems. But that is not necessarily true, according to a recent article that appeared in GCN (Government Computer News) titled, "As the MGT Act Rolls Forward, It's Time to Debunk Mainframe Myths." Written by Compuware's Director of Federal, State and Local Government Solutions, Claire Bailey, the article lists five common myths about the mainframe and systematically shoots huge holes through all of them. The five myths are:…

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You’ve just graduated and are looking for that important first job.  With some experience developing apps with friends and a comfort level with PCs and maybe UNIX, you enter a job market filled with others who have exactly the same qualifications as you do.  At the same time, you’re competing with generations of people who are more experienced in modern tech and they aren’t going anywhere.  It’s a crowded field.  But there is a way to compete successfully for tech job and build a solid career for yourself…

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Warren Buffet’s recent sell-off of IBM stock started another round of discussions about the credentials of "Big Blue." The press clippings about IBM’s fiscal performance, combined with the musings of trade journalists, mean you could be forgiven for thinking this might end badly for the mainframe world. After all, 20 quarters of IBM missing revenue targets coupled with unprecedented choice in the server market is making life very hard for the most venerable of machines.   …

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One of the challenges of working in the modern world is adjusting to a faster and faster speed of computing. Globalization and mobile technology mean instant communications and near-instantaneous reactions are the minimum benchmark a firm must meet to keep up. Luckily, the business world has the mainframe, the fastest and arguably one of the most powerful computer platforms available. Mainframes are more than capable of processing all the instantaneous interactions our digital-age business world requires, from communication across systems, to logging transactions, to performing analytics in real time…

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