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There's been a lot of talk (and articles written) lately about replacing mainframes. The usual reasons have more to do with the perceived lack of qualified people to work on mainframes due to retirements or lack of interest, than with problems with the mainframes themselves. So, it's good to see examples of companies who aren't trying to find reasons to get rid of their mainframes. I found this terrific article, written by Jennifer Nelson, that takes a more positive look at the value of mainframes. To read this article as it originally appeared in NetworkWorld go here

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The Open Mainframe Project has announced Zowe, a new open source software framework that bridges the divide between modern applications and the mainframe, providing easier interoperability and scalability among products and solutions from multiple vendors. Zowe is the first open source project based on z/OS. In addition to this technical milestone, Rocket Software is now part of the Open Mainframe Project as a Platinum Member, joining Platinum members IBM and CA Technologies as key contributors to the Zowe framework…

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We've created a numbrer of cool and funny (in my opinion) mainframe-centric t-shirts with a tagline similar to the title of this Blog; but I think the title really nails it—Don't Panic: It's On the Mainframe! I recently came across this short article in the Global Banking & Finance Review. It's written by Richard Whomes and you can read it in its original form here

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In my previous column, we discussed six best practices that leverage the tremendous capabilities of the mainframe to help build the digital enterprise. It’s fair to ask the follow-up question, “How do you know where to start when looking to implement these best practices?” The simple response is, “Get an MRI for your mainframe!”…

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There is no question that the IBM mainframe is once more on a roll, thanks primarily to IBM's introduction of the z14 in 2017 and its capability to handle today's more modern, robust requirements. This is made crystal clear in an excellent article I recently read by Derek Britton, Micro Focus' director of AMC strategy. You can read the original article here

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Most knowledgeable mainframers always knew the mainframe was not only not dead; it would only get better, and would soon become indespensible, especially when paired with DevOps. I recently came across a blog that discussed this very topic. It was written by Marcel Hartog, an old friend and frequent contributor to our two mainfame magazines, Enterprise Executive and Enterprise Tech Journal. You can read his blog in its original form here

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We often hear snide comments that basically say the mainframe was great in its day, but its not ready  for prime time. Or, in other words, the mainframe just can't handle today's workloads or attract today's hot-shot young IT professionals. I just came across an excellent blog (written by Rocket Software's George Smyth) that totally debunks all of that tired old rubbish. I have taken the liberty of re-posting it here (to read it in its original form go here)…

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