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Apr 28

At TEDMED, Eric Dishman makes a bold argument: "The US healthcare system is like computing circa 1959, tethered to big, unwieldy central systems: hospitals, doctors, nursing homes. As our aging population booms, it is imperative, he says, to create personal, networked, home-based healthcare for all."

Nobody who really cares about the health and welfare of the general population would ever disagree with the statement that “it's imperative … to create personal, networked, home-based health care for all.” I have a lot of respect for Eric Dishman and his passion for improvements in healthcare—have…

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Apr 28

Syncsort has announced Medical Mutual of Ohio is using Syncsort’s unique Ironstream® software to make mainframe security data available in real time to the Splunk® Enterprise platform to help protect customer information stored in DB2 from unauthorized access.

Now, Medical Mutual is able to see previously hard-to-access mainframe data, alongside other security information it was already analyzing in Splunk Enterprise. Splunk Enterprise enables a consolidated enterprise-wide view of machine data collected across the business, which makes it possible to correlate events that might not raise suspicion alone, but could be indicative of a…

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Apr 25

It’s no secret—the disparaging things we hear behind closed doors and in darkened IT lunch rooms, the rumors that the mainframe is dead or, at the very least, going the way of the Dodo. However, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, as it turns out, the mainframe may be the only resource we have to maintain the upward drive of mobile use and the associated data that accompanies it.

This epic tale of the aging superhero, the mainframe, not only proves it has a new lease on life, but also…

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Apr 25

Red Hat, Inc. has announced that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has built a private cloud based on Red Hat OpenStack Platform, saving significant time and resources spent on datacenters by retooling and consolidating their in-house hardware. JPL, NASA’s primary center for robotic exploration of the solar system, used Red Hat’s OpenStack and Linux technology to modernize its on-premise storage and server capacity, giving them the ability to support hundreds of JPL mission scientists and engineers.

NASA’s JPL has led many significant achievements in space exploration, from creating America…

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Apr 19

Mainframe data, historically accessed via built-from-scratch COBOL applications, is now more likely to be accessed by newer Web and mobile applications. Developers therefore must constantly modify mainframe code to accommodate these non-mainframe end-user applications. This has resulted in faster, more frequent mainframe development cycles, but admittedly, the mainframe’s culture, tools and processes have not always been the most intuitive and agile, creating obstacles for modern DevOps teams.

One approach is to migrate off the mainframe. However, most organizations have discovered this rarely makes business sense given the expense and time needed to convert their customized…

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Apr 19

Software AG has announced the company was cited as a leader in a recentindependent report — “The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Streaming Analytics, Q1 2016 ”— for its Apama Big Data Streaming Analytics Platform. The ranking was based on criteria in current offering, strategy and market presence.

The report, principally authored by Mike Gualtieri and Rowan Curran, noted that Software AG “…offers a comprehensive set of capabilities for companies that wish to undergo a fast digital transformation.”

The Forrester report also cited several Software AG features in…

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Apr 19

GT Software has announced the latest release of Ivory Service Architect v5.1.  This latest release features added support for UTF-16 Encoded Data, including UTF-16BE (Big Endian) Support in Copybooks.

Additional new features include:

Support for mixed case passwords. Ability to continue a service after a program abnormally ends during the execution of a Link3270 transaction. New ‘Override SOAP Action’ property added to the Web Service Client Point node.

Ivory Service Architect quickly extends access to mainframe applications, data and processes via Web services.  With Ivory, mainframe…

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Apr 18

I’ve seen a number of great technologies come and go. Some are fun for a while, as they are the first to market, such as game systems, entertainment devices and lifestyle products. But without staying ahead of the competition, they soon become irrelevant. Others simply don’t solve a big enough problem to warrant spending money to become an early adopter, such as Google Glass, Amazon’s Fire mobile phone or HD DVD.

How do you know when the time is right to invest in new technology? For personal technology, if you&rsquo…

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Apr 13

Brocade has announced the results of a FEDERAL IT SURVEY revealing the top three pain points when business-critical workloads are accessed through a shared rather than a dedicated IP STORAGE NETWORK. Survey respondents cited maintaining a secure environment (48 percent), data loss (34 percent) and poor application response time (30 percent) as primary concerns.

Commissioned by Brocade and conducted by Market Connections, the IP storage survey polled 200 IT decision-makers across 57 federal agencies. Other key findings include:

Forty-five percent of an agency's total storage capacity is IP-storage based with 78 percent of respondents expecting this capacity…

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Apr 13

BMC has announced itsBladeLogic Threat Director solution to enable IT operations and security teams to move from a fractured defensive security approach to a coordinated offensive attack.

No matter where an enterprise is on its digital journey, security remains of the utmost importance. Eighty percent of attackers exploit known vulnerabilities most of which have a published patch available whereas a BMC and Forbes Insights report found that 44 percent of executives said data breaches occur even when vulnerabilities and their remediation have been identified. These vulnerabilities remain unpatched because of a gap between…

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Apr 12

Hortonworks, Inc., a leading innovator of open and connected data platforms, today announced it has expanded its partnership with Syncsort, a global leader in Big Data and mainframe software, to deliver an integrated solution to help customers quickly and efficiently migrate data onto Hortonworks Data Platform (HDPTM). Hortonworks will resell Syncsort’s DMX-h for onboarding ETL processing in Hadoop. With this partnership, Hortonworks and Syncsort are providing a trusted solution for integrating legacy ETL flows in Connected Data Platforms.

Connected Data Platforms are at the…

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Apr 7

Cynics have been foretelling the imminent demise of the mainframe since the early 1990s, but all the evidence continues to point to the contrary. Today, 96% of the world’s banks and 71% of Fortune 500 companies continue to run mainframes, generating 30 billion transactions every single day. If these figures weren’t convincing enough, the latest earnings from IBM clearly show the mainframe is still booming, with sales from its zSeries growing by 21% over the year.

The resiliency of the mainframe might seem odd in the age of cloud computing, artificial intelligence and mobile. However, put simply, the…

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Apr 6

UDM is the only tool needed to manage the challenges and complexities of the forever increasing amount of storage connected to z/OS systems. Before UDM, this growth had resulted in essential tasks, such as Audits, being deferred, and fundamental tasks, such as initializing volumes, being performed with compromised control and thereby increased the risk and likelihood of errors. UDM provides a consolidated global view of the enterprise Storage environment extending Automation, Auditing, Monitoring, Reporting and Control Functions of data with a mouse click. It is the easiest tool to install and the most user friendly utility in the…

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Apr 4

Oracle’s VSM7 hybrid cloud solution for mainframe backup offers low-access storage with services and an interface designed specifically for the needs of mainframes running large transaction processing workloads. And for one-tenth of a cent per gigabyte, it’s an order of magnitude cheaper than onsite storage or Amazon’s S3 cloud service.

The cloud has long promised low-cost cold storage for data backup and archiving, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in “Oracle Announces Hybrid Cloud for Mainframe Backup”.  However, most cloud backup services still don’t meet the…

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Apr 4

Compuware has announced richer, broader visualization to ISPW®, its mainframe source code management (SCM) and release automation solution, and to Topaz, its solution suite for next-generation mainframe developers.

Continuing its unprecedented quarterly pace of mainframe innovation, key capabilities released by Compuware today include:

Intuitive SCM dependency visualization. Compuware has brought intuitive visualization capabilities to its recently acquired ISPW SCM solution, so developers can immediately see how any code change they are working on relates to the rest of the mainframe environment. This is an important capability given the extensive, unanticipated, and…

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Mar 31

IBM is making it easier and faster for organizations to access and analyze data in-place on the IBM z Systems mainframe with the new z/OS Platform for Apache Spark. This is creating new opportunities for data scientists and developers to apply advanced analytics to the system’s rich data sets for real-time insights.

IBM z/OS Platform for Apache Spark enables Spark, an open-source analytics framework, to run natively on the z/OS mainframe operating system. The new offering, available now, enables data scientists to analyze data in place on the system origin, without the…

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Mar 29

GT Software, the distributor of Fujitsu NetCOBOL®, today announced the latest release of NetCOBOL for .NET for the firm’s NetCOBOL user base.  This latest release marks the first version of NetCOBOL to be supported on Windows 10.

NetCOBOL is a COBOL compiler that eliminates expensive COBOL runtime fees permanently, resulting in large annual savings.  In addition, NetCOBOL removes cumbersome licensing restrictions and removes the constraints of the traditional locked down environment with proprietary dialect, features, and tools commonly associated with other COBOL compiler vendors.

A significant notable feature of this latest…

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Mar 28

Serena Software has announced the availability of a major new version of ChangeMan ZMF, the industry-leading software change, configuration, and release management solution for mainframes running z/OS. Version 8.1.1 of ChangeMan ZMF includes significant new capabilities to enable fast, modern development on the mainframe, the business platform used by over 90% of the Fortune 500.

These leading enterprises are under tremendous pressure to accelerate the velocity of software innovation because of competition and the opportunity to exploit disruptive technologies such as mobile. This pressure is driving mainframe application development organizations to apply a range of modern practices, developed in…

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Mar 28

BMC has announced that O2, the UK subsidiary of Telefónica, is leveraging the power of BMC's Remedy solution to deliver exceptional digital experiences to its 25 million customers and around 7,500 employees.

2015 was a watershed year, with more people on the planet accessing the Internet from their smartphone than any other device. Mobile data use on O2's network in the UK grew more than 100 percent, as smartphones became the "remote control" for life. With mobile becoming such an essential part of customer's lives their expectations of service are growing equally fast.

O2…

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Mar 22

Micro Focus has announced its intent to acquire Serena Software, Inc., a leading provider of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) software, in a transaction valued at $540 million. The acquisition is expected to close in early May 2016, subject to receipt of competition clearances in the US and Germany.

"Today's announcement marks another significant milestone for Micro Focus, bringing together two highly complementary solution sets that enable customers to build better applications, adapt to changing business conditions more rapidly and maximize the value of existing investments to drive further innovation within their business," said Stephen Murdoch, CEO, Micro…

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