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Applications & Databases

Nov 25

Users installing mainframe systems have long been familiar with ISPF and REXX systems. These systems are used to install applications written in traditional mainframe programming languages. Not only were load libraries and application-specific files created, these systems also performed configuration of the application. This could mean creating files and updating them with input provided by the user at install time. Efforts at mainframe modernization have added a new language to the mix, Java. Applications written in Java quite often have a properties file that contains configuration information. Users are accustomed to editing this file after the application has been…

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News

Nov 21

IBM the University of South Carolina (USC) and Fluor Corporation announced the formation of the Center for Applied Innovation. The Center will provide application services to both public and private sector organizations across North America with specialties in the areas of analytics and higher education industry solutions. As part of the initiative, the organizations will collaborate on tailored IT curricula and advanced analytic techniques for personalized learning.

“The Center for Applied Innovation is the realization of the University of South Carolina’s vision to advance higher education through strong, public-private partnerships,” USC President Harris…

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Nov 21

IBM announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM’s platform-as-a-service. The  new platform enables developers to build applications around their most sensitive data and deploy them in a dedicated cloud environment to help them capture the benefits of cloud while avoiding the compliance, regulatory and performance issues that are presented with public clouds.

IBM is also introducing a new, private API catalog on its public instance of Bluemix. which will help developers to more easily access…

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Nov 21

CA Technologies announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.  CA joins the ranks of 364 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“We are honored to once again be named as a Best Place to Work for LGBT employees by the HRC,” said Guy Di Lella, CA Chief Human Resources Officer. “We know that diversity of perspective, experience,…

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News

Nov 20

Syncsort, a global leader in Big Data software, today announced new software innovations designed to help customers meet the challenges of processing more and more data on the IBM mainframe, while also reducing MIPS usage and costs.

First, Syncsort is announcing the latest release of its flagship mainframe software product—Syncsort MFX for z/OS—further extending the performance and functionality lead that Syncsort has held for decades. Second, Syncsort is releasing a new solution suite built on Syncsort MFX, called Syncsort ZPSaver, which includes utilities that enable IT organizations to achieve tremendous cost savings…

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Nov 20

Serena Software, the largest independent provider of Orchestrated Application Development and Release Management solutions, today 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 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 pressure to deliver software innovation rapidly to satisfy the expectations of their customers, while maintaining high quality and reducing cost. This innovation crosses platforms, involving development teams…

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Nov 20

Micro Focus International announced the completion of its merger with the Attachmate Group under the terms of the definitive agreement disclosed on 15 September, 2014.

Micro Focus International is a global leader in infrastructure software that understands the technology needs and challenges of the world’s most demanding businesses. The enlarged company has significantly increased scale, with combined revenues of $1.4B, more than 4,500 employees, more than 5,000 partners operating across more than 30 countries and a customer base well in excess of 20,000. For customers, an expanded presence in all significant international markets and a broader product portfolio helps organisations to…

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Nov 20

IBM announced new, cloud-based DevOps services, software and infrastructure designed to help large organizations develop and deliver quality software faster. By tapping into the collaborative power of IBM’s Cloud portfolio and deep business transformation experience, enterprises can speed the delivery of software that drives new models of engagement and business.

Software-driven innovation is becoming a primary approach to how businesses create and deliver new value to customers. A survey of 400 business and IT executives by the IBM Institute for Business Value showed businesses that are more effective at software delivery are also more profitable than…

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Nov 20

CA Technologies announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.  CA joins the ranks of 364 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“We are honored to once again be named as a Best Place to Work for LGBT employees by the HRC,” said Guy Di Lella, CA Chief Human Resources Officer. “We know that diversity of perspective, experience,…

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Nov 20

BMC Software announced that it hired globally renowned marketing executive Nick Utton as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, effective immediately.

Utton previously served as CMO for E*Trade, MasterCard and the consumer business of JPMorgan Chase. He is best known for launching MasterCard’s iconic “Priceless” campaign and E*Trade’s “talking baby” campaign while driving sales and profit growth across digital, mobile and offline marketing channels. In 2012, he was ranked as the #2 marketer in ExecRank’s annual “Top CMO” rankings.

Utton has served…

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News

Nov 18

Partners HealthCare and EMC Corporation today announced collaborative efforts to improve the delivery of Healthcare and the lives of patients by developing an agile data and analytics platform, The Partners Data Lake. The objective of The Partners Data Lake is to speed clinically relevant research developed across the Partners HealthCare system into the clinical setting.

Insights derived from The Partners Data Lake will also be used to inform medical science to help make research more efficient, improving the diagnosis and treatment of disease and ultimately making health care more cost effective. Leveraging the advanced medical diagnostics capabilities…

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CICS / WebSphere

Nov 18

CICS has been continually developed and enhanced during its lifetime, and its problem determination data has also been extended and improved during that time. Facilities such as z/OS system dumps, internal and external tracing, exception trace data and built-in diagnostic trap mechanisms, together with a rich set of first failure data capture messages, journaling and SMF data, are all available to assist in problem determination, both at an application and at a system level.

This article, the first of two, focuses on the message and dump problem determination facilities provided with CICS, and gives details on…

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News

Nov 15

IBM announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded IBM contracts valued at $325 million to develop and deliver the world’s most advanced “data centric” supercomputing systems at Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to advance innovation and discovery in science, engineering and national security. IBM’s new systems using a “data centric” approach puts computing power everywhere data resides, minimizing data in motion and energy consumption.

The rapid growth and emerging importance of managing Big Data accelerates the opportunity for new discovery while at the same time…

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Blog

Nov 14

John Marzluff is an ornithologist and a professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington. In his new book, Subirdia, he discusses his study of what happens to the suburban bird population as their landscape changes underneath them—for instance when a wooded area is cleared for new housing, shopping or golf courses.

One surprising finding is that bird diversity actually increases in the new environment. Another finding is that the bird population falls into three general categories:

  • Avoiders
  • Adapters
  • Exploiters.

Avoiders require a wild…

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News

Nov 13

CA Technologies has introduced the Management Cloud – a broad portfolio of easy-to-use CA applications, delivered from the cloud, that enable customers to make the right portfolio decisions, deliver exceptional service experience and empower the modern, mobile workforce.

The Management Cloud portfolio was developed in response to the growing size and complexity of enterprise IT investments. It delivers comprehensive management for IT services, assets and projects with rapid time-to-value, ease of implementation and a user experience that will drive enterprise-wide adoption.

Carey Blunt, global service desk chief architect at Fujitsu, said:

"Fujitsu leverages…

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Operating Systems

Nov 13

In the August/September 2014 issue of Enterprise Tech Journal, we provided an introduction to one of the most important components of z/OS—the System Management Facilities (SMF) component. Two of the key parts of MVS that write records to SMF are the job scheduling system and the master scheduler. SMF records are written as address spaces are created, executed and terminated. In this article, we’ll describe the life of an address space and when user exits are called and SMF records are written. Future articles will include more detail on SMF parameters, recommendations on SMF…

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News

Nov 13

East Africa's largest power distributor Kenya Power, has announced the selection of IBM for an automated system that will provide a real time status of all business processes. This will enable Kenya Power to implement its strategic expansion plans.

Kenya Power is counting on technology to expand its current 2.6 million-client base by another one million clients and to push its current electricity generation capacity from 2025 megawatts to 5000 plus megawatts by 2015. The company plans to roll out electricity distribution services across more areas of Kenya as its drives a comprehensive strategy to capture more demand from under-served…

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News

Nov 11

CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) today announced availability of CA Application Lifecycle Conductor, a new lifecycle management solution that automates and manages application development spanning mobile to mainframe environments - from the initial service desk ticket to deployment in production.

CA Application Lifecycle Conductor, recently acquired through an agreement with SCM Solutions Inc., provides customers with integration and orchestration capability across development technologies. CA Application Lifecycle Conductor enables customers to visualize, control and manage the complex flow of their development processes through a common user interface, with seamless lifecycle management across all environments.

Julie Craig, research…

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Blog

Nov 10

As a dyslexic trying to navigate my way through high school, I had no hope of completing the text books that we were expected to read. When it came to exam time, my only option was to ask my classmates what the book was about, and based upon their answers sit down for two hours and write an essay on a book I had never read.

I had no idea at the time that I was dyslexic. In fact, I only discovered this in my 30s when I watched a short news clip that showed how a…

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Applications & Databases

Nov 10

Over the past several years, autonomic statistics has been a much-discussed feature of DB2 10 and 11. The vast majority of customers we talk with are very excited about this feature because it solves the often-asked question: Why can’t DB2 be smart enough to automatically execute RUNSTATS when required? However, after revisiting with some of these customers, we were surprised to learn that once the excitement died down, none had implemented autonomic statistics. Most of the feedback pointed to the implementation being confusing and cumbersome.

So, unless you’re using a tool, such as the IBM…

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