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Sep 18

Ensuring clear and comprehensive communication between IT and the business has long been a largely unachieved goal. Yet, as the need to achieve a competitive edge becomes ever more critical and also more difficult, ensuring a strong IT/business alliance can spell the difference between a company’s success or failure.

This offers two great career opportunities for those who aspire to work in IT. The first is the business analyst role. These analysts define business processes and systems, helping IT and the business to share a common language around the way systems support business services.…

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Sep 15

IBM unveiled the IBM LinuxONE Emperor II, the next generation of its family of Linux-only enterprise systems, which delivers new capabilities aimed at helping organizations achieve very high levels of security and data privacy assurance while rapidly addressing unpredictable data and transaction growth.

A key feature of the new LinuxONE Emperor II, IBM Secure Service Container is an exclusive LinuxONE technology that represents a significant leap forward in data privacy and security capabilities. Last year, more than four billion data records were lost or stolen, a 556 percent increase over 2015. Of the more than nine billion records breached…

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Sep 15

CA Technologies has announced “Day One” support for IBM’s z14 for key CA mainframe solutions. CA’s solutions leverage the new z14 platform to greatly decrease the threat surface associated with data breaches where there is degradation of performance associated with increased encryption needs.

“IBM’s customers are leveraging their mainframe investments to support new workloads for areas such as Big Data, IoT, blockchain, machine learning and cloud services,” said Ross Mauri, general manager, IBM Z. “Our partnership with CA affords customers the opportunity to advance their businesses…

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Sep 13

Syncsort, a global leader in data liberation, integrity and integration solutions for next-generation analytics, and ASG Technologies, a leading provider of proven solutions for information access, management and control, today announced a partnership focused on combining their leading solutions and expertise in data quality and data governance. The partnership focuses on the highest levels of confidence in data to meet regulatory requirements and support data-driven business decisions

“Most organizations, especially in industries such as financial services and health care, need to have confidence in the quality of their data assets for regulatory compliance and making important…

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Sep 7

What IBM has done, to and for hardware environments, is a watershed moment in the industry, with implications that reach far beyond mainframe security alone.

With IBM’s announcement of new pervasive encryption capabilities, the Z world has finally woken up to security, with its myriad of threats and opportunities. This was a very hot topic at the SHARE user group meeting in Rhode Island a few weeks ago. Its potential was clear to all, and financial institutions in particular will race to deploy it. Facing PCI-DSS or GDPR requirements, or HIPAA in the U.S.?…

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Sep 5

Fujitsu has introduced new services designed to ensure that organizations can keep their mainframes running long into the future. Fujitsu Mainframe Managed Services deliver significant choice and flexibility via a modular portfolio of services, methodologies, expertise and solutions to support mainframes including Fujitsu BS2000 and VME, plus IBM z Systems.

Fujitsu has also established an Enterprise Platform Services (EPS) Academy, helping to ensure future expertise and career opportunities for mainframe and data center technologies. This aims to maintain and develop essential skills, passing on expertise to a new generation of experts who will be able to keep…

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Sep 5

Everyone knows banks love mainframes, but these powerful computers are also used to power our homes, build our cars, facilitate our healthcare and keep us entertained. If finance is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other fields where skills in Big Iron can pay off big time.

When people think about uses for mainframes, they often think of the financial and public sectors. And while it’s true that many banks and government agencies would have a hard time getting through their countless interactions swiftly and efficiently without the processing power of Big…

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Aug 31

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has partnered with major local businesses to create a new program focused on tackling a skills gap when it comes to mainframe technologies.

The Enterprise Systems Certificate, a program done in collaboration with the Information Systems and Quantitative Methods Department in the Collat School of Business, is designed to help students and working professionals help better understand the use and operation of mainframe technologies.

Many people who started IT careers in the 1970’s and 1980’s, when the mainframes were extremely prominent, are now approaching retirement, and the…

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Aug 31

Rocket Software is updating its UniData MultiValue Database, part of the MultiValue Application Platform, with the addition of Python programming support and audit logging capabilities.

These enhancements expand the potential user base for UniData and improve the ability to recruit new development talent, allowing users to easily establish configurable histories of interactions, events, and activities.

The inclusion of Python support opens up MultiValue databases to architects and programmers who use one of the world’s most popular languages, helping organizations that rely on MultiValue to expand their hiring base.

In addition, the…

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Aug 29

Syncsort, a global leader in data liberation, integrity and integration solutions for next-generation analytics, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Metron Technology, Ltd., provider of best in class capacity management software, services and education. Metron’s signature athene® solution delivers trend-based forecasting, capacity modeling and planning capabilities that enable enterprises to optimize their data infrastructure to improve performance and control costs, from mainframe to cloud.

With the continually growing scale and complexity of cross-platform business services, capacity management has become a…

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Aug 24

Transactions on the mainframe have increased exponentially with developments like digital payment platforms and mobile apps, adding upward of 30 percent more transactions per customer to the queue in just the past few years. But many organizations are freezing mainframe budgets, not considering the spike in transactions and increasingly demanding service level agreements (SLAs). Why?

For the most part, additional mainframe transactions aren’t driving more revenue; the same end users are just using different—and more—available resources and service channels. For example, globally there is a higher number of banking transactions, but people…

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Aug 23

We need a fresh, modern approach to content management. It may seem like only yesterday that enterprise content management (ECM) systems arrived on the scene, but one-size-fits-all solutions are no longer adequate for today’s complex and hybrid infrastructures. However, the need for a quick fix has driven many enterprises to act tactically rather than strategically, resulting in complicated mixed infrastructures and the need to maintain many dissimilar, but overlapping platforms.

This is the conclusion of a recent ASG-commissioned technology adoption profile study, “Today’s Enterprise Content Demands a Modern Approach” conducted…

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Aug 21

When you first graduate from college, you probably think the mainframe is where you write batch programs in COBOL. Not too exciting, right? Who would sign up for that? Much more interesting to work on modern platforms and do cool things, like write web and mobile apps.

But where do you think mobile apps are written by the major employers? You’re not writing them on your tablet or phone. They’re written on production platforms, often even mainframes. And while there might be 1,000 people vying for a job writing apps on Linux, how many…

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Aug 18

It’s no secret that the dreaded “skills gap” is affecting the mainframe market. It’s getting harder and harder to find people who know COBOL or Assembler, and organizations that rely on these systems often have open job postings because there’s no perfect match for the positions they’re trying to fill. So what can companies and government agencies that rely on Big Iron do to foster the next generation of mainframers?

They should do absolutely nothing.

I’m not saying younger people shouldn’t…

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Aug 17

Centerbridge Partners, L.P. (“Centerbridge”) has announced that it has completed the $1.26 billion acquisition of enterprise software providers Syncsort Incorporated (“Syncsort”) and Vision Solutions, Inc. (“Vision”) from affiliates of Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (“Clearlake”). As previously announced, Clearlake, which acquired Syncsort in 2015 and Vision in 2016, is retaining a minority ownership stake in the combined company.

Headquartered in Pearl River, NY, the new company benefits from a dramatic increase in global presence, as well as significantly expanded product offerings, afforded by the combination. It now serves more than 6,000 enterprise…

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Aug 11

AES is pleased to announce its entry into the emerging world of Blockchain. Technologies have come and gone, but blockchain appears to be the next technology revolution, providing trusted secure ledger transactions in the trustless world of the Internet.

The Blockchain is a secure transaction ledger database that is shared by all parties participating in an established, distributed network of peer-peer computers. It records and stores every transaction that occurs in the network, essentially eliminating the need for "trusted" third parties such as payment processors. Entities participating in a transaction are not necessarily known to each other…

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Aug 11

AES is pleased to announce its entry into the growing Microservices and DevOps Arenas with new support for Docker Containers. DevOps is based on implementing a microservices architecture using highly automated containers to build, deploy, provision, manage, and operate enterprise services. Docker is a forerunner in the container technology arena and fueling the most significant change in how businesses deploy applications.

Based on a loosely coupled service oriented architecture with bounded contexts there are plenty of great reasons to embrace the Docker Container trend. 

If you are going to adopt Docker Containers, you have…

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Aug 8

In January, CA acquired Automic for $640 million and, in April, acquired Veracode for $614 million. At first glance, CA customers might view these acquisitions positively. Automic had some interesting cloud automation capabilities. Veracode had excellent technology for application security testing. Together, the two acquisitions seemingly support CA’s desperate longing to be relevant in the non-mainframe DevOps toolchain market.

But, if you’re still depending on CA for mainframe software, this $1.25+ billion spending spree is yet another sign that CA ain't your friend. If you don’t wean yourself off their mainframe development tools…

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Aug 3

One of the often overlooked benefits of the introduction of a new mainframe like the Z is cost savings. Even though the machine may cost more, the cost of the performance and capabilities it delivers typically cost less on a per-unit basis. In the case of the new Z, it’s not just a modest drop in price/performance. With the new Z, IBM announced three new Container Pricing models for IBM Z, providing greatly simplified software pricing that promises flexible deployment with competitive economics vs.…

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Jul 31

 Business-software company H&W Computer Systems (H&W) has introduced the SYSB-AJR software, which automates recovery for companies running batch applications to reduce downtime and potential errors associated with manual file-restore processes.

“Manual file restores of VSAM files after an abend can be difficult and time-consuming,” said Matt Link, CEO and president of H&W. “In addition, more complex file restore scenarios can be prone to human error when not automated. SYSB-AJR is a big improvement over manual file-restore processes that most shops use today.”

After an…

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