SPOTLIGHT: Legacy Modernization

Although friends and family appreciate my enthusiasm for technology, there's nothing like trading ideas with others who share your passion. I recently attended the SHARE conference in Orlando and was, as always, happy to reconnect with the mainframe and enterprise community. I also came away excited by how the event reflects the present moment in mainframes. Here are a few of my major takeaways…

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Software AG has announced that Forrester Research Inc., a leading industry analyst firm, has named Software AG a ‘Leader’ in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Architecture Management Suites, Q3 2015 (published on September 01, 2015) for its Alfabet solution. Part of Software AG’s Digital Business Platform, Alfabet Enterprise Architecture (EA) Management combines core capabilities of Software AG’ Alfabet and ARIS product lines providing a collaborative platform used by business and IT leaders to ensure the IT landscape supports business strategy. It couples business priorities and IT strategy with current and future initiatives and maps those to an IT design and development path that enables the achievement of essential business goals…

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IBM has announced an expansion of its Internet of Things (IoT) platform – called IBM IoT Foundation - through an integration with ARM, providing out of the box connectivity with ARM® mbedTM-enabled devices to analytics services. This fusion will allow huge quantities of data from devices such as industrial appliances, weather sensors and wearable monitoring devices to be gathered, analyzed and acted upon…

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I am excited by several aspects of this announcement: IBM is establishing, in conjunction with the Linux Foundation, an Open Mainframe Project; the company is breaking with its traditional mainframe pricing model; it also is putting KVM and Ubuntu on the machine; and it is offering a smorgasbord of app-dev options, including some of the sexiest in the industry today. I never believed I would refer to a mainframe as sexy (must be time to retire)…

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Rocket Software is pleased to announce the launch of Rocket Discover, a self-service, intuitive data preparation and discovery solution to give business managers and executives the speed and confidence to make key decisions. Rocket Discover allows users to easily access, manipulate, prepare and visualize data to expose insights and help them make critical business decisions that will drive growth and outpace the competition…

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The EMC2 Federation, today previewed updates to the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution at VMworld® and announced a new Federation End-User Computing solution. With integrated hardware, software and services from EMC Information Infrastructure (EMC II), VMware and VCE, the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution unites the strengths of private and public cloud and drives business agility by self-service provisioning of applications and resources to policy-driven service levels. Customers of the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud are gaining efficiencies in traditional IT functions and workflows, with some projecting more than $50 million in IT savings over five years…

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Software AG has announced that Americold, the global leader in temperature-controlled warehousing and supply chain solutions to the food industry, has significantly enhanced its already robust supply chain capabilities. It has given its customers unprecedented visibility and access to their orders at every stage of the order lifecycle, from time of customer creation to final delivery, through its proprietary i-3PL supply chain control system in conjunction with Software AG’s webMethods portfolio.webMethods is used to capture and integrate data from Americold’s B2B, warehouse, transportation and ERP systems to produce advanced intelligence for its customers…

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Micro Focus, the leading provider of enterprise application modernization solutions, today announced its Micro Focus Visual COBOL solution now supports Microsoft Visual Studio 2015. Organizations around the globe remain committed to COBOL applications as they continue to drive competitive advantage in light of continuously changing business requirements and market conditions, and Visual COBOL for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 enables organizations to more quickly realize those business benefits…

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Brocade has announced continued innovation in its Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions with the introduction of the Brocade® Analytics Monitoring Platform. Representing a new product line for the company, the Brocade Analytics Monitoring Platform allows organizations to achieve greater ROI and reduced OpEx for their mission-critical applications by providing IT staff with the highest levels of monitoring and analytics between servers and storage. As a result, organizations can better ensure predictable performance and operational stability for their IT infrastructures…

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