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Nov 9 ’10

This is a sidebar to the article titled, "Information and Knowledge Gathering in 2010 and Beyond." To read the entire article, please click here.

To see how information gathering works, let’s say you wish to find data on the “real” costs of computing (by platform). A good starting point would be to use analyst reports and search engines; a search on “mainframe” and “TCO” will lead you to IBM data on numerous Total Cost…

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IT Management

Nov 9 ’10

This is a sidebar to the article titled, "Information and Knowledge Gathering in 2010 and Beyond." To read the entire article, please click here.

Here’s a list of some of the available resources:

  • MainframeZone.com
  • SearchDataCenter.com
  • Blogs (from Jon Toigo, Bob Thomas, Troy Coleman, and many others)
  • e-newsletters and newsletters
  • Electronic bulletin boards
  • Mainframe Executive
  • z/Journal <…
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IT Management

Nov 9 ’10

How can IT professionals obtain the information and knowledge they need to efficiently do their jobs? Do you really need to be “flipboarding” and attending virtual trade shows just to keep up?

More than 10 years ago, educational options were limited; workplace mentoring, university message boards, printed magazines, and industry events were the primary methods for transferring and gaining knowledge. If we needed timely, detailed information, we would first walk over to the desks of our colleagues. Sometimes that wasn’t sufficient, so we would call a vendor or industry analyst on a land-line phone.<…

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IT Management

Nov 9 ’10

Even the latest improvements in mainframe data management, such as IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer, are far from solving some of today’s enterprise data management problems; however, Master Data Management (MDM) solutions can help. MDM is the business process, the applications, and the technical integration architecture used to create and maintain accurate and consistent views of core enterprise business information across disparate applications.

MDM solutions ensure that multiple copies of key data, such as customer records, are correct, consistent, up-to-date, and available across the enterprise. Thus, the inclusion of IBM MDM Server v9 for z/OS …

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IT Management

Nov 9 ’10

It has been said that the job of the analyst is often to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. IBM’s recent series of announcements related to a new generation of mainframe should leave us comfortable about the mainframe’s future and IBM comfortable that it has put its best foot forward by providing a breathtakingly comprehensive and effective upgrade of the mainframe’s capabilities. Therefore, it’s time for a good analyst to step up and afflict the comfortable with niggling caveats about areas where IBM could have done even more.

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IT Management

Nov 9 ’10

We continue exploring ways to identify the information you need to do your job well. In this column, we examine three examples from different financial institutions. Each example raises questions of interest to a CIO regarding the scope of the information he or she controls.

First, a reader asked: “Why is it that on the distributed side, servers can be configured and the decision to failover is routinely made by the engineers, but on the mainframe side, only the CIO can decide this?”

We hazarded the guess that it was because the mainframe…

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IT Management

Nov 9 ’10

Much of the constant change seen in the information technology world is driven by evolving privacy mandates, compliance regulations, and perpetual audit cycles. The mainframe endures; even now, it houses a large percentage of the world’s mission-critical financial and medical information. Maintaining security and proving compliance on the mainframe is difficult because a continuously changing IT environment complicates compliance needs. Meeting this challenge requires going back to basics and drawing insights from a time when things were much simpler.

When IBM introduced the System/360 in 1964, the security architecture was simple; only those who needed to…

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IT Management

Nov 9 ’10

Gartner, the industry’s preeminent IT research and analysis firm, has published several reports and case studies that promote the idea that IT buyers should migrate their applications off of mainframe systems and move them to other, more “modern platforms.” Part of Gartner’s logic, it appears, is that there’s an impending-doom shortage of mainframe managers about to occur as elderly mainframe managers retire. Thus, Gartner concludes that moving applications to other, more modern platforms might help ensure the long-term viability of enterprise applications on those platforms.

OK, so where&rsquo…

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IT Management

Nov 9 ’10

In 1962, Thomas J. Watson, Jr., IBM’s president, founded the IBM Fellows program to recognize and promote creativity among the company’s most exceptional technologists. Generally, eight or nine fellows are added annually; there are presently 73 IBM Fellows active in IBM (IBM employs close to 400,000 people—so clearly, being recognized as an IBM Fellow is a high honor).

Jeff Frey, a 28-year IBM veteran, is one such IBM Fellow. A Rochester Institute of Technology graduate and music lover, Frey gave up his rock-and-roll lifestyle to become a programmer at IBM’s mainframe facility…

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IT Management

Nov 9 ’10

Attention CIOs: Whether or not you’re surrounded by detractors who still claim the mainframe is fading away, it’s imperative for you to focus on what zEnterprise could mean for your business not just today, but over the next few years.

Considering all the technology fanfare surrounding IBM’s announcements on July 22, it’s easy to lose sight of how zEnterprise lays the groundwork for eventual delivery of a sophisticated method of managing multi-platform computing environments as an integrated whole, capable of automating the running of each and every workload where it…

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IT Management

Nov 9 ’10

It’s the middle of the night and an automatic file transfer between the mainframes of two large financial institutions fails. Part of a nightly routine that completes the day’s exchanges between the banks, any anomaly must be corrected immediately, as subsequent jobs may be affected. To get somebody working on the problem and to get the process up again so it might complete before sunup, the software monitoring the nightly routine sends a text message to the IT staff member who’s on call. She has a look and realizes she can’t…

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IT Management

Nov 9 ’10

What’s your idea of an ideal data center? Is it one where all Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are met every day? Is it one where people and processes work together in harmony? Is it as simple as a data center that runs smoothly and doesn’t have problems that someone has to notify you about in the middle of the night? Whatever dream you have for your data center, you can make that dream a reality by following these simple rules:

  • Evolve your infrastructure
  • Speak a common language throughout…
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Operating Systems

Nov 9 ’10

Virtualization is not new.  Virtualized environments were first introduced in the 1960’s.  Most notably was the experimental IBM M44/44X system.  This system was based on an IBM 7044 (the ‘M44’), and simulated multiple 7044 virtual machines (the ‘44X’), using both hardware and software.  The term Total Enterprise Virtualization (TEV) describes a growing trend towards enterprise wide deployment of a variety of virtualization technologies that ultimately contribute to business flexibility, cost reduction, productivity gains, and green IT.  “TEV extends the advantages of virtualization – greater availability, scalability and capacity with…

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IT Management

Nov 9 ’10

Because running a data center is expensive, you need to get the most value for every dollar you spend for hardware, software and for the people who manage your infrastructure and applications. You could be spending $5,000 to $10,000 per MIPS, and software is generally a large expense. Using the following criteria, evaluate your software vendors and determine how committed they are to supporting you and responding to your data center’s needs and initiatives:  

Commitment to our infrastructure: Because you’re reading this publication, it’s safe to assume you have a mainframe. But…

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News

Nov 8 ’10

From the makers of BCV5™, the leading fast DB2 object level cloning/refresh tool, ESAi and UBS-Hainer is pleased to announce the General Availability of the UBS Log Tracker for DB2® Version 1 Release 4 . This enhanced log analyzer has improved speed and functionality that further enhances its position in the DB2 log analysis and  audit market. ULT4DB2 Version 1.4 recognizes the log records produced by the DB2 LOAD LOG(YES) utility and reconstructs corresponding INSERT and DELETE statements. The product provides a possibility to apply the changes using dynamic SQL with parameter marks. This significantly improves the…

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News

Nov 4 ’10

New Vanguard Configuration Manager Significantly Reduces Time and Reporting Costs Automating Mainframe DISA STIG Compliance

 

Automates Compliance Reporting, Saves Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Annually, Improves Accuracy of Compliance Reporting

LAS VEGAS – November 2, 2010 – Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the largest independent provider of enterprise security software for mainframes, today announced the general availability of Vanguard Configuration Manager. The new software significantly reduces the cost and time required to test…

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News

Nov 3 ’10

ISLANDIA, N.Y., Nov. 3, 2010

Core News Facts

  1. More than 300 customers have successfully implemented CA Mainframe Software Manager (CA MSM)
  2. Customers are reporting time savings of up to 99.4%, leveraging the simplified user interface and automated processes
  3. One customer installed 70 products in just 7 hours versus 50 days without MSM, another cut software maintenance time by 80%, a third reduced product install time by 400 percent, still another cut out 3/4 of a day to manually administrate tape and activity…
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News

Nov 3 ’10

via eWeek

 

IBM says the mainframe is back - if it ever left at all.

IBM announced third-quarter 2010 net income of $3.6 billion (£2.2bn), compared with $3.2 billion (£2bn) for the third quarter of 2009, an increase of 12 percent driven by significant increases in systems and technology sales and IBM services as well as a boost in growth markets.

Mark Loughridge, IBM’s senior vice president and chief financial officer for finance and transformation, said IBM’s…

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Spotlights

Nov 1 ’10

Modern, highly scaled CICS applications can make use of resources across many individual CICS regions running on multiple Logical Partitions (LPARs) even in different time zones. Real-time monitoring of such infrastructures has become suboptimal, given the way they’re now used. Service outages can have a devastating impact on business and must be minimized.

CICS systems programmers and other support personnel at large CICS sites become concerned when asked to investigate operational issues if they’re only given the name of the CICS application that needs attention. The problem is this doesn’t pinpoint…

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News

Nov 1 ’10

Today MATTER OF FACT SOFTWARE announce the launch of PlexSpyApplication Status Monitor Version 1 Release 1.

The enhancements to PlexSpy delivered with Version 1.1 will makeit even easier for people involved in supporting CICSapplications to quickly identify the source of issues affectingthe business systems for which they are responsible.

Worldwide, large businesses and organisations depend upon IBMmainframe technology running CICS to support their businesscritical systems and services. Maintaining and operating thesesystems optimally is essential as any downtime can becatastrophic for service.

Matter of Fact Software have, from long experience of supportingand managing such systems, noticed that…

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