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At a time when IBM promised that automatic pervasive encryption on the new IBM Z would spell an end to worries about security, an Israeli company recently stepped forward to insist that the z14, or just Z, can’t do the entire job. Pervasive encryption can be undermined by Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), which co-op legit users as they access protected data. Illusive Networks introduced its security tool, Mainframe Guard, at Sibos in Toronto…

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Thinking about the mainframe, but not sure if you want a purely technical role? The great news in the mainframe world is that there are jobs that play in that space without requiring you to be a technical guru. For too long, the storied reputation of the mainframe had everyone assuming that you needed to “apprentice” for at least 20 years to be of value. While it’s no longer true for most of the available jobs, it’s certainly not the case if you’re interested in the role of business analyst. This position is perfect for those who love to be creative, work with others and ensure a competitive edge with your technology…

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Transactions on the mainframe have increased exponentially with developments like digital payment platforms and mobile apps, adding upward of 30 percent more transactions per customer to the queue in just the past few years. But many organizations are freezing mainframe budgets, not considering the spike in transactions and increasingly demanding service level agreements (SLAs). Why?…

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Making a Modern Mainframer

It’s no secret that the dreaded “skills gap” is affecting the mainframe market. It’s getting harder and harder to find people who know COBOL or Assembler, and organizations that rely on these systems often have open job postings because there’s no perfect match for the positions they’re trying to fill. So what can companies and government agencies that rely on Big Iron do to foster the next generation of mainframers?…

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In January, CA acquired Automic for $640 million and, in April, acquired Veracode for $614 million.

At first glance, CA customers might view these acquisitions positively. Automic had some interesting cloud automation capabilities. Veracode had excellent technology for application security testing. Together, the two acquisitions seemingly support CA’s desperate longing to be relevant in the non-mainframe DevOps toolchain market…

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