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While IBM focuses on its strategic imperatives, especially cognitive computing, Compuware is fueling a mainframe software renaissance on its own. It’s latest two announcements brings Java-like unit testing to COBOL code via its Topaz product set and automate and intelligently optimize the processing of batch jobs through its acquisition of MVS Solutions. Both modernize and simplify the processes around legacy mainframe coding thus the reference to mainframe software renaissance…

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For years the IT press has been chronicling the demise of the mainframe, only to observe its amazing staying power in the world's largest enterprises. One reason the mainframe still reigns supreme is its power, upward compatibility, security and availabilty,  Another reason is the fact that there are multiple millions of lines of proprietary code that would take decades to replicate on other platforms…

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As 2017 begins, let's talk about how using mainframes to process and protect data can keep hackers from having another banner year.

2016 was a strange year marked by everything from election surprises to a seemingly endless spate of celebrity deaths. But when historians look back at this mirum anno—weird year—it may end up being known as the year of the data breach…

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The #IBMz mainframe is the most powerful, scalable and secure platform on the planet. It’s also the most TCO-efficient. If you have any doubts about that, just take a look at these blogs: "Turn Out The Lights...The Party's Over! Mainframes Rout Commodity Servers!"and "VMware’s Success = Distributed Computing’s Failure in Masquerading as a Mainframe."

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As a staunch believer in the value of the IBM mainframe ( and have been for the past 30 years), I eagerly look forward to BMC's Annual Mainframe Research Study. And the 2016 version does nothing but affirm my strong belief in the platform. The bottom line for me is their statement that the mainframe is indeed here to stay, based on their survey results which found that 89 percent of mainframe users predict its long-term viability. That's very strong!…

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For decades we’ve all been hearing about the demise of the mainframe. And yes, a fair number of small to mid-sized companies have switched to distributed systems. But there were also enterprises that abandoned their goal to get rid of their mainframe after spending multiple millions of dollars in the effort. I wonder how many companies decided to soldier on with their mainframe after getting to year eight of their five-year plan to be mainframe free…

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