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Jun 19

Syncsort has announced major enhancements to its Athene™ capacity management software, including the addition of Athene™ Cloud. The new cloud capabilities, and enhanced reporting and integration, support the growing need to optimize workloads to meet service performance objectives and control costs, both on-premise and in the cloud.

The new release, part of the Syncsort Optimize family of products, extends the ability to manage enterprise-wide workloads to the cloud. For organizations without internal capacity management teams, Syncsort now delivers Capacity Management-as-a-Service for on-premise and cloud environments. The new cloud capabilities enable organizations to easily scope on-premise…

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Jun 18

There is no question that the IBM mainframe is once more on a roll, thanks primarily to IBM's introduction of the z14 in 2017 and its capability to handle today's more modern, robust requirements. This is made crystal clear in an excellent article I recently read by Derek Britton, Micro Focus' director of AMC strategy. You can read the original article here.

The IBM z14 was unveiled in 2017 to much fanfare, and the recent market results suggest a resurgence in the popularity of big iron.…

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Jun 14

Software AG has announced its acquisition of TrendMiner NV. Founded in 2008 and based in Hasselt, Belgium. TrendMiner specializes in visual data analytics for the manufacturing and process industry and will complement Software AG’s Cumulocity Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 product portfolio. It enables manufacturing companies and the process industries to quickly and easily recognize patterns and trends in their process data, identify production irregularities, and adapt necessary process adjustments early - without the need for support from IT specialists or data scientists. TrendMiner’s plug-and-play software adds value immediately after deployment. 

Following…

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Jun 14

ASG Technologies, the trusted provider of proven solutions for information access, management and control for the world’s top enterprises, along with Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, and Financial Information Management (FIMA), unveiled a new report based on a survey of senior data management and government executives. The report, titled, “Uncovering the Progress of the CDO 2.0,” surveyed 100 executive members of FIMA event community, including an exclusive Chief Data Officer (CDO)-only segment of 30 respondents from the BFSI industry, predominantly based in North America.

The…

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Jun 11

Software AG announced its Cumulocity IoT is rated a leading vendor amongst 17 global IoT vendors by IoT industry specialists and independent research firm, MachNation, in their 2018 IoT Device Management ScoreCard (June 2018).

Bernd Gross, Senior Vice President, IoT and Cloud, Software AG noted: “IoT Device Management is one of the most complex parts of an IoT architecture and equally a critically important component in IoT deployments. Cumulocity IoT is unique in that it provides enterprises with the ability to very quickly start limited scale, cloud-based IoT projects and, as their sophistication grows, be confident to…

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Jun 6

Syncsort announced it has been named to Microsoft’s One Commercial Partner program to support customers’ Microsoft Azure Cloud initiatives. Syncsort’s data integration and data quality solutions efficiently move data of any kind to Azure, transforming it so it’s analytics-ready and improving and maintaining the quality of the data as it’s stored and analyzed in the cloud.

The cloud is an overwhelmingly popular option for deploying applications and storing data due to its flexible architecture, low cost and elasticity, but it presents challenges when the data originating from…

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Jun 5

CA Technologies has announced at its second annual Built to Change Summit new leading-edge solutions that unleash the power of the mainframe for the future and new possibilities for the Modern Software Factory. CA Brightside and a new partnership with IBM seek to help clients modernize their IT infrastructure to innovate faster. CA Mainframe Resource Intelligence is a SaaS-based offering that helps clients realizes ROI opportunities for the mainframe through an assessment and recommendations to optimize performance.

The Next Phase of DevOps (For the Mainframe)

CA and long-term partner IBM are announcing a strategic…

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Jun 4

Most knowledgeable mainframers always knew the mainframe was not only not dead; it would only get better, and would soon become indespensible, especially when paired with DevOps. I recently came across a blog that discussed this very topic. It was written by Marcel Hartog, an old friend and frequent contributor to our two mainfame magazines, Enterprise Executive and Enterprise Tech Journal. You can read his blog in its original form here.

About five years ago, I found myself standing in a hotel lobby at the end of a…

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May 22

Syncsort has announced two new additions to its Syncsort Integrate family of products that help solve top-of-mind challenges highlighted by IT Practitioners in its annual Big Data survey. A new product, Ironstream® for IBM i, and greatly extended enterprise-wide CDC capabilities, help solve key data lake use cases and support some of the most daunting challenges in leveraging next-generation analytics.

Syncsort recently surveyed IT professionals working with Big Data across a wide range of industries about the top challenges their organizations faced in 2018 as they progress their modern data architecture and data lake…

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May 15

Syncsort has announced delivery of new innovations in MIMIX, a flagship product line in the company’s market-leading portfolio of high availability (HA) and disaster recovery software for IBM i. MIMIX addresses key IT challenges for assuring data and application availability.

According to a recent report based on surveys of 5,632 IT professionals about their data protection strategies and associated IT priorities, data availability is a top measure of IT performance. IT is not only being measured on functional IT disciplines, but also on impact to customers, partners and employees. Data availability and uptime led at 67%, and…

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May 14

We often hear snide comments that basically say the mainframe was great in its day, but its not ready  for prime time. Or, in other words, the mainframe just can't handle today's workloads or attract today's hot-shot young IT professionals. I just came across an excellent blog (written by Rocket Software's George Smyth) that totally debunks all of that tired old rubbish. I have taken the liberty of re-posting it here (to read it in its original form go here).

 

Mainframes…

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May 7

The next time you launch your mobile bank app to perform a financial transaction, remember Jean Sammet, who just passed away just last year at 89. COBOL, the programming language Sammet helped design, is likely driving the entire financial process beyond the interface of your phone and ensuring it occurs within seconds to help your bank meet customer expectations.

It’s unlikely most people outside the field of computer programming know who Jean Sammet was, let alone what COBOL is. Many more are familiar with her contemporary Grace Hopper, who is often called the “mother of…

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May 7

Micro Focus has announced the IT Operations Management (ITOM) Platform, the industry’s first containerized microservices platform for IT Operations. The ITOM Platform is built on a foundation of shared microservices—including analytics, orchestration and ChatOps collaboration. Built on the Micro Focus Container Deployment Foundation and featuring fast installation, limited upgrades downtime, pre-integrated use cases and built in scalability, the platform’s microservices are re-useable and include RESTful APIs to enable customers and partners to easily extend their IT management and DevOps processes.

Micro Focus also announced the availability of two…

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May 3

With the average organization losing 23 percent of its mainframe staff over the past five years, according to a 2018 Compuware-commissioned Forrester study, many are now recruiting millennials to build a new workforce of next-gen mainframe developers.

The time has come for young programmers to take the mainframe under their wings, carry forth the message of how important and powerful it is and drive innovation on the platform. There are large opportunities for next-gen mainframe developers, and many actually enjoy working with it.

For perspective on what it’s like to be a next-gen mainframe developer,…

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May 1

Dell Technologies is launching several new breakthrough Dell EMC storage and server products backed by a comprehensive services portfolio. Raising the bar yet again to power up the Modern Data Center, these new products are designed to address a wide range of traditional and emerging data center workloads to help customers drive better business outcomes.

As organizations race to capitalize on the benefits of emerging technologies ahead of their competitors, they are faced with new demands that require IT modernization to achieve higher levels of performance and automation in the data center. According to a recent…

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Apr 30

With all the discussion around digital transformation, cloud and AI, it’s easy to forget the number of legacy systems still around. And within the legacy systems category, mainframe work — managing the hardware and resident software — is something that gets short shrift at some organizations.

The Tax Day systems snafu at the IRS has nudged mainframes out from the shadows, however. It isn’t clear what role, if any, mainframes played in the outage of the IRS’ Direct Pay electronic payment website. Nevertheless, the shutdown brought attention to the tax agency&rsquo…

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Apr 30

Another day, another data breach. And even as IT experts, how many of us feel confident that we know who has our data? And which data? The revelation that your Facebook information was a factor in a number of elections has to make you wonder and perhaps, worry. Even if we aren’t guilty of “over-sharing,” you can discover that many sites change their privacy settings frequently, thus putting the onus on you to constantly monitoring the settings on all the sites you go to. Who has time?

The…

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Apr 30

Syncsort and Collibra have announced delivery of automated connectivity between Syncsort’s industry-renowned Trillium Discovery product and the Collibra Data Governance Center. This integration can help companies address data quality under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other key regulatory initiatives.

The new solution, unveiled today at the Collibra Data Citizens ’18 conference, is the result of a technology partnership announced last June. 

GDPR is a data protection and privacy law aimed, in part, at giving European Union (EU) citizens back control of their personal data. It…

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Apr 23

Just recently IBM unveiled two miniaturized mainframe models, dubbed skinny mainframes,that are easier to deploy in a public or private cloud facility than their more traditional, much bulkier predecessors. Relying on all their design tricks, IBM engineers managed to pack each machine into a standard 19-inch rack with space to spare, which can be used for additional components.

The first new mainframe introduced last week, also in a 19-inch rack, is the Z14 model ZR1. You can expect subsequent models to increment the model numbering. The second new machine is the LinuxONE Rockhopper II, also in…

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Apr 23

Software AG has announced how STW (Sensor-Technik Wiedemann) is implementing a solution, powered by Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT platform, for remote condition monitoring of exhaust gas treatment systems retrofitted to London buses as part of the Greater London Authority’s plans to create an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). HJS Emission Technology is the company that will provide the high-efficiency emissions systems to the Transport for London (TfL) buses, coupled with its UK partner, Emission Engineering Ltd (EEL).

By 2021, more than 5,000 buses in London’s public transport network are to be…

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