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The latest iteration of IBM’s z/OS workload pricing aims at to lower the cost of running cloud workloads. In a recent announcement, z Systems Workload Pricing for Cloud (zWPC) for z/OS seeks to minimize the impact of new public cloud workload transaction growth on Sub-Capacity license charges. IBM did the same thing with mobile workloads when they started driving up the four-hour workload averages on the z. As more z workloads interact with public clouds this should start to add up, if it hasn’t already…

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In my previous Blog, I spoke about the tremendous opportunities available for young mainframe programmers and developers who will bypass their preconceived notions about working on mainframes. But, it's not just misconceptions among these potential new mainframers: The organizations looking for mainframe employees need to overcome their own misconceptions about hiring them…

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Well, another SHARE is in the books and SHARE Atlanta 2016 offered some cool surprises.

In addition to the unexpected placement of a transparent z13 in the center of the hall, the SHARE “Hack-a-thon” drew heavy participation and even more attention and the vaunted Redbooks team opened their kimono and allowed attendees to help write a new IBM Redbook in real-time…

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You don't have to know COBOL to work in big iron. APIs open up mainframing to anyone with coding skills.

A few weeks ago I found myself in a meeting with the technical team at a major investment company that uses mainframes to support the massive amounts of data they work with every day. I spend just about all of my time talking with mainframers, but this conversation took a bit of an odd twist: they wanted to talk about application programming interfaces (APIs)…

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Remember when you got your driver’s license? That was a pretty big day. Now imagine that as the person at the DMV handed you your card, he or she also slipped you permits to operate a boat, drive a motorcycle and fly the Space Shuttle. Sounds crazy, right? Yet it’s happening in the world of mainframes every day thanks to new tools that make it possible to program and manage big iron in just about any language and on any platform…

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