Operations

As critical business data flows across the digital universe, it carries with it an ongoing threat to an enterprise’s security. Even static data originating or residing on servers or mainframe platforms is susceptible to compromises due to new or emerging security threats. Plus, backup files transferred to off-site storage facilities can be lost, misplaced, or stolen. …

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The moment a business process is initiated, the underlying IT process takes over. From Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to data warehousing to reporting tools, the demands of global business have added layers of complexity to business and IT processes. The accuracy and speed of IT are critical to bottom-line profitability. To compete effectively, an organization will commonly spend millions of dollars on software applications to handle its business processes, and hundreds of thousands more to deploy the applications into the corporate IT environment. However, this initial planned investment is often followed by a long line of unforeseen expenses. Once a process is initiated, organizations lose visibility of its execution as it enters the “black box” of the IT environment. The results are errant data, missed service levels, latency, and unplanned downtime…

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When was the last time you thought about your job scheduling software? More than likely, it was when you had a problem with your scheduler or had to sign the check for the annual maintenance bill. Most people don’t view job scheduling software as cutting-edge technology. It’s been around for more than 20 years; a dependable workhorse that continues to automatically submit jobs based on calendar requirements such as time and date. It really hasn’t changed much, right?  
If you believe that, then you should ask yourself the following questions: …

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This article explains how to improve your company’s production JCL by creating and implementing a “production checklist.” The process, which can work miracles, consists of assessing your production JCL environment and taking corrective action using the checklist created during the assessment. JCL Production Checklist Defined A JCL production checklist simply lists items in your IT environment that need to be improved. The checklist will:  …

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