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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…

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Mainframe data, historically accessed via built-from-scratch COBOL applications, is now more likely to be accessed by newer Web and mobile applications. Developers therefore must constantly modify mainframe code to accommodate these non-mainframe end-user applications. This has resulted in faster, more frequent mainframe development cycles, but admittedly, the mainframe’s culture, tools and processes have not always been the most intuitive and agile, creating obstacles for modern DevOps teams…

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I’ve seen a number of great technologies come and go. Some are fun for a while, as they are the first to market, such as game systems, entertainment devices and lifestyle products. But without staying ahead of the competition, they soon become irrelevant. Others simply don’t solve a big enough problem to warrant spending money to become an early adopter, such as Google Glass, Amazon’s Fire mobile phone or HD DVD…

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Cynics have been foretelling the imminent demise of the mainframe since the early 1990s, but all the evidence continues to point to the contrary. Today, 96% of the world’s banks and 71% of Fortune 500 companies continue to run mainframes, generating 30 billion transactions every single day. If these figures weren’t convincing enough, the latest earnings from IBM clearly show the mainframe is still booming, with sales from its zSeries growing by 21% over the year…

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In case you hadn’t noticed, 2016 has started with big momentum for mainframes—including IBM introducing the new z13s. It is always gratifying when something you believe in, against herd mentality, comes to pass. It is far too soon to say that skepticism about mainframes has passed, but the media and analysts are certainly telling a different story than they did a year ago. A major reason is a development I have been excited about for some time: the hybrid cloud…

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As someone who has worked in the mainframe world for more than 25 years, there’s one phrase that I could be happy never hearing again: skills gap. It’s no secret that many mainframe engineers are nearing retirement age, but contrary to popular perception, the world isn’t about to end. Far from it. The reality is that organizations that foster the new crop of engineers who can work on IBM z13 servers and other mainframe environments, rather than just bemoan the lack of resumes that cross their desks, are already ahead of the curve. And internships may be the key to filling the positions that will open in the next three to five years…

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