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Dec 18

Every year, the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), in conjunction with Oxford Economics, surveys IT executives around the world about how the technology landscape is changing. This year’s survey, which canvassed 750 senior IT leaders in 18 countries, opens the conversation about IT infrastructure – and in particular, the content, participants and tone in which this discussion topic is changing.

The survey found that seven out of 10 organizations believe IT infrastructure plays an important role in enabling competitive advantage or optimizing revenue and profit. Yet less than 10 percent of all organizations are fully prepared to address…

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Dec 16

Riverbed Technology, the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by leading private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo, LLC and Teachers’ Private Capital, the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Under the terms of the agreement, Riverbed stockholders will receive $21.00 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $3.6 billion. The agreement was unanimously approved by Riverbed’s Board of Directors following a comprehensive review of strategic and financial alternatives that the Company announced in October, 2014.

“We are extremely pleased…

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Dec 16

Syncsort, a global leader in Big Data software, today announced that Lonne Jaffe – who was previously named to their prestigious “Forty Under 40” list of distinguished business people under 40 years old – was selected by NJBiz as a finalist for Executive of the Year.

Jaffe was honored for his success in transforming Syncsort into a leader in next-generation Big Data software, including powerful cloud-based offerings and advanced technology built on Apache Hadoop, while growing the company’s mainframe software business both organically and through acquisition. Under Jaffe’s leadership, Syncsort, which started out…

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Dec 16

Thoma Bravo, LLC has formally completed its acquisition of Compuware Corporation and implemented its previously announced plan to separate the company's mainframe and application performance management (APM) businesses—with the mainframe business carrying the Compuware name. Concurrently, former president of mainframe operations Chris O'Malley has been named Compuware's CEO.

Compuware is now the largest software company in the world exclusively devoted to optimizing customers' IBM mainframe environments.

This move substantially benefits the many companies around the world that continue to depend on the IBM System z platform. With the tremendous talent…

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IT Management

Dec 15

Despite no new hardware or software announcements from IBM, the August 2014 SHARE conference in Pittsburgh was considered a big success. The good news is that SHARE is getting younger. More than 25 percent of conference attendees were first timers; a welcome addition to an aging mainframe workforce.

There are several reasons for this:

• First, the anticipated looming retirements of experienced mainframers have started. However, in many places, new blood is backfilling the jobs of those who are leaving.

• Second, initiatives such as IT-oLogy and Marist College Enterprise Computing Community (ECC) programs are…

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Dec 13

IntelliMagic, the leader of Availability IntelligenceTM solutions for large IT infrastructures, announced support for mainframe tape workloads running on Oracle StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) in version 8.0 of IntelliMagic Vision.

Oracle StorageTek VSM support in IntelliMagic Vision is in addition to the existing support for native tape and for IBM TS7700 virtual tape.

Availability Intelligence, produced by IntelliMagic Vision, uncovers hidden dangers in IT infrastructure through automated and intelligent analysis of performance and configuration data, along with built-in hardware capacity knowledge.

IntelliMagic Vision automatically assesses…

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IT Management

Dec 11

Most business and IT professionals would agree that poor data quality results in negative business outcomes. It makes logical sense. Other than by accident, the only way a positive business outcome results from poor data quality is when the poor quality data belongs to a competitor.

To gain insight into the ramifications of poor data quality, an in-depth study was conducted by a small group of organizations working together to delve into the issue. Since August 2013, the Robert Frances Group, Chaordix Inc., Principal Consulting LLC and the IBM Information Governance Community have surveyed, interviewed and analyzed data…

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Dec 10

Apple and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM…

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Dec 10

EMC Corporation, Pivotal, and the Earthwatch Institute, in association with the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, today announced Big Data vs. Climate Change: EMC & Citizen Scientists Team Up. This new program, announced in conjunction with the White House Climate Data Initiative, will enable the study of interactions between nature and climate and promote the engagement of citizen scientists using big data lakes, analytic tools and visualizations.

Around the world, researchers and citizen scientists are collecting data on the impact of climate change on our environment. The data is rich and full of insight, but also…

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Dec 10

Compuware Corporation announced that at the special meeting of Compuware shareholders held earlier today, shareholders voted to approve the proposed definitive merger agreement with Thoma Bravo, LLC.

The transaction follows a thorough review by the Compuware Board of Directors of strategic options for Compuware. More than 99% of the shares voting at the special meeting voted in favor of the adoption of the merger agreement. The CEO of Compuware, Bob Paul, stated, "The acquisition by Thoma Bravo provides a great value proposition for Compuware's shareholders and we are very pleased with the level of support this transaction…

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Dec 10

CA Technologies and BrightResults Inc. announced a distribution agreement naming BrightResults a Premier Partner in the CA Global Partner Program. As the newly-formed sister company of FedResults, BrightResults will focus on growing CA’s channel business within the private sector.

Under the agreement, BrightResults will provide lead generation, training, marketing and order management for CA’s IT management-as-a-service, mobile security, project portfolio management, and application release automation solutions.

BrightResults will also distribute the CA Management Cloud – CA’s comprehensive portfolio of easy-to-own, SaaS-based IT management solutions. The CA Management Cloud simplifies…

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Dec 10

IBM inventors have patented an invention that enhances the use of analytics for assessing and directing data in a cloud computing environment, enabling more timely and efficient application processing and management.

The IBM invention, U.S Patent #8,639,809, “Predictive Removal Of Runtime Data Using Attribute Characterizing,” can provide specific benefits for a cloud environment – as well as any IT system -- by more effectively analyzing data from a variety of sources to avoid performance inefficiencies and processing delays. Since not all data is equal and resources for processing, storing and managing information are finite, real-time…

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IT Management

Dec 10

It has been said that history repeats itself. George Santayana said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” If you live long enough and pay any attention to your surroundings, you notice that over time patterns emerge. Things start to look familiar. What’s passé can suddenly be en vogue again. We see it in the cyclical nature of the financial markets and on the world’s political stage. Even some of today’s fashions echo what was worn in the 1980s.

This also applies to IT,…

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Dec 8

IBM announced that Musimundo, a leading sales provider of entertainment appliances in Argentina with over 200 stores in the country, deployed its e-commerce platform on the IBM Cloud to meet increased customer demand on Cyber Monday in Argentina.

As it prepared for Cyber Monday 2014, Musimundo’s greatest challenge was to address the number of entries of people to its website per second, and it needed to manage load balance and security levels in accordance with regulatory requirements. At the same time, the company had to streamline its check-out response.

The company decided to migrate its…

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Blog

Dec 4

Is your organization ready for DevOps?  It should be coming to System z data centers almost any day now, riding in on newly announced IBM cloud-based DevOps services, software, and infrastructure designed to help large organizations develop and deliver quality software faster.

DevOps streamlines enterprise workflow by truncating the development, testing, and deployment process. It entails collaborative communications around the end-to-end enterprise workflow flow and incorporates a continuous feedback to expedite the process. DevOps evolved out of Agile methodologies over a decade ago.

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Dec 4

Brocade announced it is a certified Mirantis Technology Partner. This partnership will provide cloud service providers with a new turnkey, OpenStack-based, on-demand data center solution. As a result, Mirantis and Brocade customers can now install and scale cloud service provider networks with OpenStack in days, not months. This partnership, and the resulting validated solution, offers enterprises and cloud service providers a new level of flexibility to deploy software-driven, automated, and scalable networks -- all features that will prepare service providers for the New IP.

Brocade also announced that the company's OpenStack plugin for Brocade® VDX…

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Dec 4

In today’s digital world, it is imperative for IT to deliver services that are guaranteed to provide the right level of quality and performance and to support business agility. To ensure IT hits the mark, BMC Software is introducing the TrueSight Capacity Optimization 10 solution to extend its current cloud capabilities to the OpenStack platform and to help align IT infrastructure needs with business priorities.

"Businesses are struggling to understand the dynamics of performance within the cloud and need cost-effective and agile solutions to better manage IT infrastructure,” said Tim Grieser, program vice president, enterprise…

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Dec 4

IBM and Docker, Inc. announced a strategic partnership that enables enterprises to more efficiently, quickly and cost effectively build and run the next generation of applications on the IBM Cloud and on prem via the Docker open platform for distributed applications. Enterprises can use the combination of IBM and Docker to create and manage a new generation of portable distributed applications that are rapidly composed of discrete interoperable Docker containers, have a dynamic lifecycle, and can scale to run in concert anywhere from the developer’s laptop to hundreds of hosts in the cloud.

As the…

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Applications & Databases

Dec 3

Continuous Delivery strategy (see Glossary) takes its origin in start-up companies. The benefits of adopting Continuous Delivery principles are clear and plentiful. Continuous Delivery improvements in productivity are achieved through increased software deployment frequency and delivering new features to production in small increments, thus reducing the risks of production failures. The way Continuous Delivery is adopted in start-ups is organic and straightforward due to the greenfield nature of the development processes and the focus on a specific product or service. Enterprises, however, are a different story (see Figure 1). Enterprises, which often emerge as a result of numerous mergers and…

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News

Dec 2

Luminex Software, Inc., a proven innovator and technology leader, introduced a new category of mainframe virtual tape products, called virtual tape vaults. The new MVT Vault™ offers unprecedented price points and a compact product footprint for storing a second or third copy of virtual tape data out-of-region for data protection.

Now mainframe data centers that have production and remote disaster recovery (DR) sites in place, can also secure a third copy of tape data at any location with IP connectivity, using MVT Vault. This is particularly…

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