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Jul 29

I didn’t have to cut short my vacation and race back last week to cover the IBM-Apple agreement. Yes, it’s a big deal, but as far as System z shops go it won’t have much impact on their data center operations until late this year or 2015 when new mobile enterprise applications apparently will begin to roll out.

The deal, announced last Tuesday, promises “a new class of made-for-business apps targeting specific industry issues or opportunities in retail, healthcare,…

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Operations

Jul 29

Like many of you, I belong to several LinkedIn professional groups. Recently, there was a lively discussion in one of the groups about subject-matter experts (SMEs) and their value. That thread served as the inspiration for this column.

Let’s start with a simple definition of SME from Wikipedia: A subject-matter expert (SME) is a person who is an authority in a particular area or topic. This is a simple enough definition and pretty hard to refute.

In my opinion, the mainframe community doesn’t have a current or pending skills shortage. IBM,…

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Applications & Databases

Jul 28

Enterprise Tech Journal recently had the pleasure of speaking with Kevin Goulet about overcoming the challenges inherent in managing Big Data on System z. As vice president of Product Management for the CA Technologies Database Management portfolio with a long history of product leadership roles, Kevin is in a prime position to observe the Big Data market and the issues companies face in establishing effective Big Data management solutions. Since a sizeable portion of the audience of Enterprise Tech Journal is DBAs who are often charged with the day-to-day handling of Big Data solutions, we focused our questions on…

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News

Jul 27

O’Malley to Focus on Enhancing Customer Value, Building on Market-Leading Position

Compuware Corporation, the technology performance company, announced that it has appointed Christopher O’Malley President of Mainframe Operations effective. In this role, O’Malley will oversee all facets of the business unit’s operations, including customer support, product development and management, marketing and sales.

Prior to joining Compuware, O’Malley was the CEO of VelociData, a provider of leading-edge Big Data solutions.  He was also the CEO…

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Jul 26

Coming up in October 6 - 10, 2014 is the second IBM Enterprise2014 conference. Enterprise2014 brings together the IBM System z Technical University, the IBM Power Systems Technical University and the Enterprise Executive Summit; all combined to provide the premier enterprise infrastructure event.

The highlights of this years event are:

  • 3,000 attendees
  • 50+ client case studies
  • 600+ expert technical sessions covering IBM systems and software topics
  • Insightful executive strategy sessions
  • In-depth coverage of recent product announcements
  • IT trends and directions
  • IBM and industry-renowned speakers
  • Hands-on labs,…
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Applications & Databases

Jul 25

“Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.” This quote has been attributed to different people over the years, from Albert Einstein to Pete Seeger. Whatever its origin, it can really be applied to code. When given a task to accomplish, developers should all be able to code something that will work. But how will it be understood and maintained in the future? How can you objectively measure something as complex as complexity?

You can try to count software lines of code, but that won’t tell…

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Jul 25

The retiring mainframe work force issue has proven to be a slow erosion over time rather than some type of drastic drop off. No matter where your company sits in that continuum, here are three simple steps you can take to help reduce the impact moving forward:

1. Get Current

“When is the best time to buy a Kirby vacuum cleaner? When the Kirby vacuum cleaner salesman is here!” That was the last ditch effort sales line of a door-to-door salesman to my Mom when I was eight, and it stuck with me to…

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Operating Systems

Jul 24

On April 28, 2014, IBM once again delivered on its Power roadmap with the announcement of the first of the new POWER8 servers. Altogether, five new models were announced: three that run AIX, Linux and iOS and two that are Linux-only. With POWER, IBM offers a technology that can run multiple operating systems on the same hardware simultaneously. This lets users choose operating systems depending on the application while still using the same server. Additionally, within the Linux-only line of servers, users can now choose between using the traditional PowerVM for virtualization on POWER or they can use POWERKVM, the POWER…

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Operating Systems

Jul 22

Far from being left behind in the mobile application market space, the IBM mainframe is in a prime position to exploit its existing suite of applications to become a major player in the tablet and smartphone world. Here we will show you how this can be accomplished. 

For years, command-line interactions with the mainframe have been derided and used as evidence of its growing irrelevance. However, now this so-called legacy system positions these applications to be exploited by Web services and made accessible to any mobile device.

To illustrate this capability, we created a…

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News

Jul 21

CA TSOPLUSTM customers facing “End of Life” and “End of Support” can migrate to a fully supported replacement environment with TASKLIB+ and Launch Express from Relational Architects International (RAI). “RAI is working directly with CA Technologies and CA TSOPLUSTM customers to ensure a seamless and transparent migration for users” said Carl Feinberg, CEO of Relational Architects International (RAI).

TASKLIB+ and Launch Express together offer a complete solution and methodology for managing ISPF applications and the dialog libraries they require (including load libraries). “z/OS shops can dramatically improve TSO logon…

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Operating Systems

Jul 21

IBM introduced significant enhancements in ISPF version 7.1 for z/OS 2.1, which was released in September 2013. Let’s take a look at these new options, commands and settings as well as some changes to MVS/JCL.   

UNIX Directory Lists

ISPF option 3.17 and the UDLIST command produce a z/OS UNIX directory list with an eight-character input field to the left, in front of the directory or file name (see Figure 1). The line command field on UNIX directory lists has characteristics similar to both data set lists and member lists, which were discussed…

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CICS / WebSphere

Jul 18

Storage violations in CICS are unpredictable, notoriously difficult to identify and resolve, and can cause data corruption and region failure. For this reason, it’s important to learn the common causes of storage violations and what enhancements IBM has made to CICS that reduce the potential for storage violations.

The term “storage violation” has a very precise definition in CICS and is related to control blocks that existed prior to the new architecture introduced in CICS/ESA. In early releases of CICS, the control blocks that tracked task-related storage lived within the storage area…

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IT Management

Jul 17

As an expert in IT staffing, I tend obviously to focus on the technology job market and the unique challenges we face finding talent for one of the most important and fast-changing industries in the world.

But like employees in any work environment, those who work in IT experience the same on-the-job problems as anyone else.

Consider the worker who accepts a job based on salary alone, but with little knowledge of the workplace culture or what his or her coworkers are like. The result can be pleasant or disastrous. If the worker likes her…

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Storage

Jul 16

If you follow the conversation around software-defined data centers, you’re eventually going to encounter the term “elastic” in conjunction with computing, networking or storage. No, elastic doesn’t refer to some sort of new media for storing data or to some sort of slingshot method for transporting data faster than the speed of light. Nothing so grand. 

Elastic has to do with provisioning resources and services to support workload, according to the experts, and it works somewhat similarly to the “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” story you heard when…

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News

Jul 15

Apple and IBM IBM today announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone® and iPad®.Apple® and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone® and iPad®.

The landmark partnership aims to redefine the…

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News

Jul 14

Company Boasts Thousands of New Clients Since Acquisition, including Enterprise Customers Macy’s, Whirlpool, Daimler subsidiary moovel, Sicoss Group

Today IBM announced SoftLayer is fueling hybrid cloud adoption by attracting thousands of new clients including leading enterprises. To support this ongoing growth, IBM is also launching a range of new cloud services designed for the enterprise that are based on SoftLayer infrastructure.

Just…

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IT Management

Jul 14

I will be the first to admit that at least in the realm of storage network management, management software has historically been far more reactive in nature. Recently, there have been some significant efforts made to change this, based in large part on feedback received from end users.

Proactive vs. reactive is a subject near and dear to my heart, and I’ve given presentations on the subject at Computer Measurement Group (CMG) conferences with more of a proactive performance management focus. The article “Proactive Management of Your Storage Network” (see page 16) expands on…

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Applications & Databases

Jul 14

As a database administrator (DBA), you’re probably very technically minded. This is essential, since you’re likely charged with evaluating the features and functions of new versions of database management system software as well as monitoring and tuning the myriad business applications you support. 

However, in addition to being technically savvy, it’s also imperative you have a strategic outlook. Tactics are extremely useful for reacting to issues; however, if you want to get ahead of potential problems, you need to know what strategies lead to success.

Here are two…

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News

Jul 10

IBM today announced it is investing $3 billion over the next 5 years in two broad research and early stage development programs to push the limits of chip technology needed to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing and Big Data systems. These investments will push IBM's semiconductor innovations from today’s breakthroughs into the advanced technology leadership required for the future. The first research program is aimed at so-called “7 nanometer and beyond” silicon technology that will address serious physical challenges that are threatening current semiconductor scaling techniques and will impede the ability to manufacture such chips.…

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Jul 9

A history of Innovation and Support for Open Source

The mainframe has been core to many advancements IBM has made, including the strategic move into the open source arena nearly 15 years ago. In 2000, IBM decided to commit $1 billion to Linux and also pledged to help improve the operating system by working within the Linux community. Linux on System z was the first Linux distribution within IBM and since that time IBM has made countless improvements…

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