Interviews

Compuware recently named Chris O’Malley as its new president of Mainframe Operations and has charged him with guiding the separation of that unit as a fully independent business. Enterprise Executive met with O’Malley—who led the transformation of CA’s mainframe business and most recently was CEO of VelociData, a start-up delivering data transformation solutions for connecting mainframes to Hadoop environments—to discuss his vision for the mainframe’s future and his plan for growing Compuware’s mainframe business as an independent company…

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The 50th anniversary of the IBM mainframe’s introduction was celebrated on April 8, 2014 in an event that was viewed either in person or via live streaming by more than 4,000 attendees worldwide. While there was certainly some reminiscing of the vast accomplishments of the mainframe over the past 50 years, significant time was also spent looking into the future. Enterprise Executive visited with Deon Newman, vice president of IBM System z marketing, shortly after the event to gain his perspective on the first 50 years and the extraordinary future of the mainframe…

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When IBM’s Power Systems sales started to dip this past year, IBM’s Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems & Technology Group, took immediate and decisive action. Rosamilia, Ginni Rometty (IBM’s president and CEO) and Steve Mills (IBM’s senior vice president and group executive, Software & Systems) needed to make a change at the helm of Power Systems—and they tapped Doug Balog to be the new general manager of Power Systems…

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Alan Radding, a 20-year IT industry analyst and journalist, recently collaborated with Compuware Corp. to create a new Enterprise IT Performance Maturity Model. The model helps IT organizations gain maturity in the current IT landscape. Enterprise Executive sat down with Radding and Dennis O’Flynn, director of Product Management for the Compuware Mainframe Business Unit, to discuss industry trends and the new maturity model…

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Enterprise Executive recently visited with David Keirsted, director and product manager Information Technology (IT) Americas Group for Kelly Services, Inc., to learn what factors are causing a shortage of talent in the IT space and how CIOs can become good stewards of talent. David is responsible for creating and implementing IT workforce strategies, including contingent labor, direct hire, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Contingent Workforce Outsourcing (CWO)…

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An Interview With Rich Guski
 

Enterprise Executive sat down with Rich Guski, who recently retired from IBM, to get his insight into current and future security trends he sees. Rich was a key participant in RACF security development and also the architect of several CICS security functions that shipped with RACF for z/OS 1.10 during his 27-year tenure with IBM. He’s also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), as defined by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2. 
 
Enterprise Executive:
Rich, what are you currently doing now that you’ve retired from IBM?…

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Tape continues to be the lowest- cost option for data storage and is an essential component of data backup and disaster recovery. Recent advances in tape technology provide even more compelling value—significantly decreasing costs and lowering access speeds. Virtual tape systems ensure the use of the full tape media, DASD caches provide access to tape data at DASD speeds, and robotic drives decrease mount speed when real mounts are required…

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Due to poor architectural design practices, data centers all around the world have become highly inefficient and fragmented. Distributed systems architectures proliferate network access points, creating tens, hundreds, or even thousands of ports that need to be protected from security intrusions. Distributed servers are notoriously inefficient from a resource utilization perspective, often being used at less than 20 percent of capacity. Underutilized distributed servers waste power and energy due to inefficient power supplies, a proliferation of network interface cards, and an overabundance of supporting network switches, hubs, and routers. Further, distributed systems architectures are rife with program-to-program interoperability issues—such as communicating between Microsoft .NET, Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), and legacy programming models—and these interoperability issues also hamper the efficiency of business processes…

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The State of Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) delivered an application that might sound too good to be true—but isn’t. It’s a difference-maker for the business that achieved green initiative goals, lowered Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), eased management of system assets and their retirement cycles, and was delivered seamlessly and transparently to users…

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