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Apr 17

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced first-quarter 2014 diluted earnings of $2.29 per share, a year-to-year decrease of 15 percent. Operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings were $2.54 per share, compared with operating diluted earnings of $3.00 per share in the first quarter of 2013, a decrease of 15 percent.

First-quarter net income was $2.4 billion, down 21 percent year-to-year.  Operating (non-GAAP) net income was $2.6 billion compared with $3.4 billion in the first quarter of 2013, a decrease of 22 percent. The results include the impact of a charge of approximately $870 million for workforce rebalancing and a gain of nearly $100 million for the divestiture of the customer care outsourcing business, consistent…

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Apr 17

The answer is simple: Management is playing Russian roulette if they haven’t mandated that a meticulously designed disaster recovery plan be in place and regularly tested. The risks of not having such a plan are so great you would think that every business would be eager to be protected. Think again.

Recently, I posed the following question to the Enterprise Systems LinkedIn Group and its 5,600 members. “What are the top five reasons management gives for not needing better disaster recovery planning?” Unsurprisingly, that question elicited very few responses primarily because the group members…

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Apr 14

BMC Software has announced that three prominent technology industry leaders have joined the company’s executive team.  These important new additions coincide with other major moves by BMC to drive new growth, innovation and value across the company’s core product lines.

    * Paul Appleby joins BMC as executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. Appleby is a senior software sales leader with 20-plus years      experience, most recently serving as executive vice president of global enterprise sales for Salesforce.com. Appleby previously led domestic and international…

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Apr 14

Five updated products in the IBM CICS Tools V5.2 family combine together to increase the value of CICS TS V5.2. They improve the operational efficiency and service agility of the systems of record that power much of modern business. CICS Tools enable development, systems, and operational teams to adopt a collaborative, DevOps approach, by working together to plan, design, build, test, deploy, manage, and optimize CICS applications and infrastructure. CICS Tools V5.2 support the new features, resources, options, and metrics in CICS TS V5.2. With CICS V5.2, it is now quicker and easier than ever to build mobile-enabled applications…

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Apr 14

IBM PureFlex Consolidation System enables you to run your business in a single footprint

Multiple enhancements for POWER7 and POWER7+ servers include new activations, a PureFlex solution, SR-IOV, Easy Tier function, an additional Ethernet adapter, expanded SAS adapter support, and more.

IBM is announcing new mobile-enabled processor activation feature codes that are orderable with the initial shipment of Power 770 (9117-MMD) and Power 780 (9119-FHB) servers. These new feature codes allow you to purchase static processor activations, which can then be converted to mobile processor activations at no charge when you are ready to implement Power Enterprise…

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Apr 14

z/VSE V5.2 is the newest release of z/VSE and is intended to be the base for future z/VSE enhancements

This ongoing evolution of z/VSE, together with z/VSE's support of the newest IBM zEnterprise servers and IBM System Storage technology, is designed to help clients protect their investments in z/VSE, grow their workloads, or consolidate their systems. It demonstrates again IBM's commitment to z/VSE clients.

With the exploitation of z/VSE's 64-bit virtual support, z/VSE V5.2 builds upon the capabilities that were introduced with z…

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Apr 14

The SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Starter System for System z is now available to mainframe customers to simplify SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for System z installation and startup. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z is optimized for the IBM System z architecture and is the No. 1 Linux installed on those mainframes. Even with little or no Linux or z/VM experience, customers can install SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Starter System for System z and take advantage of…

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Applications & Databases

Apr 14

With more than 55 percent of complex enterprise applications calling upon the mainframe to complete transactions, companies must maintain outstanding application performance to meet end-user demands, or risk extinction. The rise in use of sophisticated application performance management and fault management solutions that proactively identify problems reflects this reality. However, correctly pinpointing the cause and source of a problem is only the first step. Once Operations or QA identifies and characterizes the problem, they typically hand it over to Development to resolve.

Herein lies the challenge. A major global CIO survey showed that only 31 percent of CIOs see…

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Apr 14

SoftLayer serves as the platform to support Novitex’s growing business as part of a nearly $10-million agreement

IBM and Novitex Enterprise Solutions today announced that they have signed an estimated $10-million agreement for IBM to provide cloud-based Infrastructure and Security services leveraging Softlayer’s open, scalable and secure infrastructure to support Novitex’s industry leading document outsourcing solutions.

Novitex, the industry-leading provider of the Integrated Document Life Cycle™ (IDLC™) end-to-end service solutions, required a flexible, scalable solution to support its rapid growth and expanding offerings, while simultaneously consolidating a…

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Apr 14

The legendary IBM mainframe celebrated its 50th birthday just this past Monday, April 7, 2014; having outlived many predictions of its imminent demise. I started working with the mainframe in the mid-80s, soon after graduating from college. Like most others, I started programming mostly in COBOL and PL/1 and sometimes in Assembler.

Frankly speaking, I found Job Control Language (JCL) to be cryptic and primitive compared to Work Flow Language (WFL) on a Burroughs (later acquired by Sperry Univac) mainframe. JCL also lacked the power of UNIX commands and shell scripts. In some respects, many thought IBM meant …

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Apr 10

Advanced B2B and B2C Capabilities Bolster IBM’s Global Leadership Position In Cloud-Based Marketing Automation and Customer Engagement Solutions

IBM today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Silverpop, a privately held software company based in Atlanta, GA. Silverpop empowers marketers with cloud-based capabilities that deliver personalized customer engagements in highly scalable environments and will accelerate IBM’s leadership in marketing automation. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Apr 10

IBM has announced new offerings for System z that will provide clients with a platform for the rapid development and deployment of mobile applications and the complete integration of these with their core business processes, applications and data. As part of the announcement, IBM is also unveiling a new flexible pricing model for mobile mainframe clients that will allow them to pay only for the computing capacity they need and use.

With three times the number of mobile…

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Apr 10

London-based University Deploys Brocade Core Routing Technology to Protect it From Network Outages and Boost Connectivity and Resilience for 200,000 Students Across Six Sites

University of Westminster, one of London’s largest and best respected higher education institutions, has selected Brocade to help the organisation keep pace with growing demand for high-speed connectivity and deliver increased resilience across the network infrastructure. The deployment will be based on Brocade’s MLX Series core routers,…

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Apr 10

A recent Gartner Research Note (G00172909) had an interesting comment regarding this:

“The IBM z/OS mainframe continues to be an important platform for many enterprises, hosting about 90% of their mission critical applications. Enterprises may not take the same steps to address configuration errors and poor identity and entitlements administration on the mainframe as they do on other OS’s. Thus, the incidence of high-risk vulnerabilities is astonishingly high, and enterprises often lack formal programs to identify and remediate these.”

It was Alan Harrison of the Royal Bank of Scotland who coined…

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Apr 10

New integrated system provides rapid foundation for trusted cloud deployments

IBM has announced a series of new enterprise cloud offerings for the mainframe which will help clients and service providers reduce the cost of operations and rapidly deploy trusted cloud services with mainframe technology. Today’s announcement includes the first System z-based integrated system offering, the IBM Enterprise Cloud System.

The new IBM Enterprise Cloud System provides an integrated platform, built upon open standards, for clients and…

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Apr 10

7th Annual Study Reveals that Digital Universe to Grow 10x by 2020; Data Generated by Sensor-Enabled “Things” to Represent 10%

EMC Corporation has announced results of the seventh EMC Digital Universe study, the only study to quantify and forecast the amount of data produced annually. This year’s study titled “The Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and the Increasing Value of the Internet of Things,” with research and analysis by IDC, reveals how the emergence of wireless technologies, smart products and software-defined businesses are playing a central role in catapulting the volume of…

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Apr 10

TIBCO Software Inc. has announced that TXOdds, the global leader in real-time betting data, has selected TIBCO StreamBase® to power its new, innovative generation of zero-latency odds analytics.

TXOdds is the leading provider of zero-latency odds data for a global network of betting markets. The new TXOdds data service provides real-time betting analytics discovered using the StreamBase® Event Processing platform. With TXOdds analyzing fluctuations in lines that represent opportunities or trouble in over 50 betting markets in real time, subscribers can quickly identify, understand, and act accordingly on that…

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Apr 8

IBM Security zSecure 2.1 Service Stream Enhancement: Support for CICS V5.2 and enhanced Compliance Framework for security intelligence, governance, risk, and compliance

IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.2 has been announced with a planned availability date of June 13, 2014. This release includes support for stronger cryptographic ciphers per Special Publication 800-131A from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). A service stream enhancement (SSE) to Read Full Article →

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Apr 7

Company Commemorates 50th Anniversary of the Mainframe With Investment in the Future Tech Generation

Today CA Technologies announced a $200,000 contribution, which will be distributed to four global Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) organizations – Apps for Good, Girls Who Code, GVI Charitable Trust and Iracambi. This initiative is in partnership with the online donation marketplace, GlobalGiving. The donation marks a year-long celebration of the Read Full Article →

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Apr 7

Expands Services Portfolio to Help Clients Rapidly Develop and Launch Mobile Solutions

To help organizations accelerate and drive more business value from their mobile initiatives, IBM today announced the expansion of its IBM MobileFirst portfolio with new and enhanced services focused on mobile strategy and security, application development and device procurement and management.

“The expansion of our mobility services portfolio demonstrates our continued investments in…

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