SPOTLIGHT: Legacy Modernization

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to go to a number of enterprise computing conferences every year, which means that I get to talk to a lot of people who live and breathe big iron every day. This obviously includes hardware and software engineers (my people!), but also a lot of professionals who use mainframe computers every day. And one thing that I've noticed is that the healthcare industry is well represented in the mainframe community, which got me thinking about why the medical field relies on these machines so much. Here are what I see as the top reasons why just about every major healthcare organization in the United States continues to rely on mainframes every day…

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BMC announced that GoPro, CITIC Securities and Produban, a Grupo Santander company, are utilizing BMC’s Control-M Workload Automation to connect Big Data applications to enterprise systems, helping them quickly secure new business insights that provide a competitive advantage. Control-M Workload Automation enables these customers to speed the deployment and operation of their Big Data solutions. Control-M currently features:…

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Zementis, Inc. and IBM Corporation have announced a joint strategic initiative and corresponding technology solution, “Zementis for IBM z Systems”, designed for companies seeking to optimize business decisions and formulate those decisions faster. The solution seeks to unlock the full potential of an organization’s data assets by integrating predictive analytics capabilities directly into transactional data flows that drive business processes…

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IntelliMagic, the worldwide leader in Availability Intelligence for z/OS environments, today announced IntelliMagic Vision for z/OS version 8.2. Availability Intelligence offers a new way to protect continuous availability at the primary site with new visibility into the risk in the z/OS infrastructure to handle the peak workloads. This visibility is created through automatic interpretation of the SMF, RMF, and configuration data using specialized, built-in domain expertise…

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IBM has announced the acquisition of San Mateo, CA-based Compose, Inc., a privately held company that provides MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL and other database as a service (DBaaS) offerings targeted at web and mobile app developers. The acquisition furthers IBM’s commitment to accelerating developer productivity and innovation around open source and cloud data services. Financial terms were not disclosed…

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RSA, The Security Division of EMC, has announced the newest version of RSA Via ® Lifecycle and Governance, and the completion of the RSA Via family of Smart Identity solutions. Improved lifecycle management and governance are critical capabilities for managing identities in today's environments where cloud and mobility have dramatically transformed business processes and requirements and advanced threat actors increasingly target and exploit identities as a primary attack vector. RSA Via Lifecycle and Governance ( formerly known as Identity Management and Governance, and Aveksa), helps organizations efficiently and reliably deliver users the right access to the right resources from the endpoint to the network to the cloud, without sacrificing security, compliance, or agility. With new automated detection capabilities enforcing access policies and processes, RSA Via Lifecycle and Governance now is designed to improve security through enhanced visibility into authorized and unauthorized changes across the network. This offers enterprises the ability to quickly detect malicious privilege escalation, reverse it, and break a key link in the cyber-attack chain of advanced threats…

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Last February, Compuware and BMC announced a joint initiative to coordinate the use of their respective tools, BMC Cost Analyzer, BMC MainView, and Compuware Strobe, to reduce mainframe software licensing cost. The announcement made last week confirms that the necessary integration between the various tools has been completed and is working as promised. Compuware this month also introduced the latest rev of its Topaz graphical management toolset for z Systems…

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