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Jul 26

You don't have to know COBOL to work in big iron. APIs open up mainframing to anyone with coding skills. A few weeks ago I found myself in a meeting with the technical team at a major investment company that uses mainframes to support the massive amounts of data they work with every day. I spend just about all of my time talking with mainframers, but this conversation took a bit of an odd twist: they wanted to talk about application programming interfaces (APIs).

It wasn’t what I expected, but after thinking about it…

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Jul 25

As part of an expanded collaboration between IBM and CSC, Big Blue will offer its mainframe capabilities andcloud  [Relevant Products/Services]  infrastructure  [Relevant Products/Services]  to CSC and its clients. IBM will offer its Cloud Managed Services for z Systems to CSC customers making the transition to the cloud. The agreement includes mainframe hardware, software, monitoring, andgovernance  [Relevant Products/Services]  support associated with the service, known as IBM Cloud for z.

For CSC, the agreement means reduced operational costs for clients transitioning to the cloud while at the same time improving…

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Jul 25

The ASG Cloudfactory Workspace offers Philippine enterprises with a centralized digital workspace that functions much like a desktop, but with the exception of having all the data and applications sent and accessed from a private data center, thus padding the company against a possible computer breakdown.

“We come in with a hybrid Web space solution which means we tell them, ‘Don’t use the desktop OS, the operating system. Use the browser as a desktop,” Praveen Kumar, general manager of ASG Software Solutions in Asia Pacific, said in an interview with BusinessWorld. …

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Jul 20

One of Europe’s biggest discount grocery chains, Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG, uses Software AG’s webMethods Integration Platform and Enterprise Service Bus to harmonize the exchange of data between its store and national systems and its central retail information system. As part of the corporation’s switch to the new electronic Lidl Retail Information System eLWIS (SAP) the integration platform has enabled fast and smooth integration of existing systems.

Lidl’s previous integration scenario had reached its limits with regard to meeting future requirements and further development. The project proved to…

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Jul 20

Micro Focus has announced the general availability of Access Review 2.0, a comprehensive solution that automates and simplifies certification, role management, and risk scoring to anchor today’s emerging identity governance programs. With Access Review 2.0, business managers are better equipped for decision-making that reduces data breach risks and brings employee access profiles into alignment to better meet governance and compliance requirements.

As reported by the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report released in April 2016, a staggering 63 percent of confirmed data breaches were derived from weak, default or stolen credentials. At a time when compromised privileged users are a…

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Jul 20

CSC and IBM have announced a collaboration in which IBM will provide its Cloud Managed Services for z Systems --IBM Cloud for z -- and associated mainframe hardware, software, monitoring and governance support to CSC clients who are moving to the cloud and want a more secure, scalable, flexible information technology infrastructure at significantly reduced operational costs.The expanded alliance further advances CSC's vision of the "Service-Enabled Enterprise" and IBM's "as-a-service" strategy, both designed to increase client choice and innovation in adopting emerging technologies. The as-a-service strategy provides consumption-based pricing for the IBM z Systems environment…

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Jul 13

Syncsort, a global leader in mainframe and Big Data software, today announced new industry accolades that build on its rich history of innovation and continued momentum in Big Iron to Big Data solutions. The company was recognized in the 11th Annual IT World Awards®, Network Product Guide’s premier industry awards program, honoring achievements in every facet of the technology industry, and named for the fourth consecutive year to DBTA’s list of the 100 Companies That Matter Most in Data.

Syncsort’s Big Iron to Big Data solutions address the complex set of…

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Jul 12

GT Software will present, “Sophisticated Mainframe Orchestration for Mobility Takes Flight,” on Tuesday, July 19th at 1 PM Eastern.  Co-sponsored by “IBM Systems Magazine: Mainframe Edition,” this hour-long webinar presentation features a customer case study from American Airlines and commentary from IBM.

During the webinar, American Airlines’ Manager of Application Development, Justin Kerchal will describe how easy it was for the airline to streamline the process of maintaining their aircraft fleet via a robust mobile application.  With this new application, maintenance technicians can now process work orders and access…

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Jul 6

A global study sponsored by IBM and conducted by the Ponemon Institute found that the average cost of a data breach for companies surveyed has grown to $4 million, representing a 29 percent increase since 2013. With cybersecurity incidents continuing to increase with 64 percent more security incidents in 2015 than in 2014, the costs are poised to grow.

The z13, at least, is one way to keep security costs down. It comes with a cryptographic processor unit available on every core, enabled as a no-charge feature. It also provides EAL5+…

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Jul 6

Compuware and XebiaLabs today announced integration of ISPW, Compuware’s DevOps solution for the mainframe, with XebiaLabs’ industry-leading continuous delivery technology for cross-platform application release orchestration.

This integration empowers large enterprises to include their core mainframe applications, data, and computing infrastructure into their broader cross-platform strategy for digital agility.

Enterprises using XebiaLabs' solution suite and Compuware ISPW, can now automate and monitor all phases of mainframe DevOps within the same continuous delivery management environment they use for their distributed, web, and cloud platforms. This automation and monitoring includes test/QA, pre-copy staging, and…

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Jun 29

BMC has announced an expanded Big Data strategy to automate, accelerate and secure enterprise-class Hadoop® environments, enabling operational excellence and a competitive edge in the digital age. Adding to its Big Data strategy, BMC also announced Control-M Automation API, designed to improve Hadoop application deployment agility.

The digital universe is doubling every two years, and by 2020 about 1.7 MB of new information will be created every second for every human on the planet, according to IDC. The challenge that businesses face is that the more volume, velocity, and variety of data that is introduced into the…

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Jun 29

EMC Corporation has announced the results of new research revealing that organizations are failing to appreciate the growing challenges of protecting their data and, as a result, are experiencing the economic impact of data loss. New findings from the EMC® Global Data Protection Index 2016, an independent study by Vanson Bourne of enterprise backup in 18 countries around the world, revealed that, while businesses have been successful in reducing the impact of the four biggest traditional data loss risks1, they are unprepared for new, emerging threats, which are taking their toll instead. When compared to the EMC Global Data Protection…

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Jun 29

Compuware and ConicIT are partnering to help a new generation of IT ops staff proactively resolve emerging mainframe issues before they impact application service levels. By integrating ConicIT’s predictive mainframe analytics and Compuware Strobe’s visually intuitive troubleshooting intelligence, the two companies are empowering even IT staff with relatively little hands-on mainframe experience to quickly identify and resolve a full range of application performance problems.

This guided, predicted mainframe problem resolution is critical for large enterprises because:

Mainframes continue to play a central role in large enterprises as high-performance back-end application…

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Jun 29

IBM has announced today that it has been named the market leader in Cloud Application Development and Transformation by leading independent technology market research firm, Technology Business Research, Inc. (TBR). The recent report,Cloud Customer Research Topical Report: New vs. Legacy Applications, ranked IBM a leader in several categories including most widely adopted cloud platform, highest in customer satisfaction and leads in enterprise adoption for application transformation services.

The report is part of a customer research program that evaluates responses of more than 2,100 enterprises globally and analyzes the preferences around cloud and legacy application migration of nearly 700…

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Jun 28

Business-software company, H&W Computer Systems (H&W), is announcing that it has formed a partnership with education, consulting and software company, Watson & Walker, headed by mainframe expert Cheryl Watson, to deliver new software products.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Watson & Walker and Cheryl, who is so well-known and respected in the mainframe community,” said H&W CEO and president, Matt Link. “It’s truly an honor to be their partner in…

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Jun 28

Compuware and XebiaLabs today announced integration of ISPW, Compuware’s DevOps solution for the mainframe, with XebiaLabs’ industry-leading continuous delivery technology for cross-platform application release orchestration.   This integration empowers large enterprises to include their core mainframe applications, data, and computing infrastructure into their broader cross-platform strategy for digital agility.   Enterprises using XebiaLabs’ solution suite and Compuware ISPW, can now automate and monitor all phases of mainframe DevOps within the same continuous delivery management environment they use for their distributed, web, and cloud platforms. This automation and monitoring includes test/QA, pre-copy staging, and code…

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Jun 28

Compuware and ConicIT are partnering to help a new generation of IT ops staff proactively resolve emerging mainframe issues before they impact application service levels.   By integrating ConicIT’s predictive mainframe analytics and Compuware Strobe’s visually intuitive troubleshooting intelligence, the two companies are empowering even IT staff with relatively little hands-on mainframe experience to quickly identify and resolve a full range of application performance problems.   This guided, predicted mainframe…

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Jun 28

Compuware today announced ISPW Deploy, an advanced mainframe release automation solution that enables large enterprises to bring continuous delivery best practices to their IBM z/OS environments.

ISPW Deploy, built on the ISPW technology Compuware acquired January of this year, facilitates faster and more reliable mainframe software deployment through three key sets of capabilities:

  • Automation that rapidly moves code through the deployment process, including test staging and approvals, while also providing greatly simplified full or partial rollbacks.
  • Visualization that enables DevOps managers to quickly pinpoint deployment issues in order to both solve…
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Jun 27

Software AG has announced the availability of Apama Community Edition, a free version of the Apama Streaming Analytics platform, that enables developers to download the Apama software, build streaming analytics applications and put those applications into production. Apama Community Edition contains most of the functionality and features of the premium version and enables developers to run small-scale projects and applications.

Coupled with the release of Apama Community Edition, Software AG has also started a new online community for customers, prospects and advocates to interact and engage. The Apama team will share a wealth of experience on best…

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Jun 27

 Serena Software has announced the introduction of the new release of Serena Release Control. Serena Release Control (RLC) helps enterprises implement Release Management, DevOps and Application Release Automation practices by providing enterprise class process support, a powerful integration framework and full audit and compliance capabilities.

Highly regulated large enterprises (HRLEs) face unique constraints that make adoption of pure DevOps practices difficult. HRLEs face challenges of scale, application dependencies, resource pressures, complex application architectures, security and compliance concerns that don’t exist in smaller organizations. These organizations are increasingly looking to implement a multi-modal approach to…

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