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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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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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Applications & Databases

Nov 5

We often hear the term “dead code,” but what does it mean and more importantly why should we care? Before we answer that, let’s examine various kinds of dead code and then we can look at their impact.

There are three main types of dead code: unexecutable statements, unexecutable paragraphs or procedures and unexecutable programs.

Unexecutable statements: You probably have many statements scattered throughout your programs that just cannot be executed. It could be that there is a GO TO statement right above it. Those can be somewhat easy to spot…

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Applications & Databases

Nov 5

WebSphere MQ, formerly known as MQSeries and referred to simply as “MQ” in this article, is a message queuing software from IBM. Introduced in the mid-1990s, MQ has become the de facto standard for asynchronous application communication. MQ usually doesn’t cause excessive performance problems, but it can cause headaches if it’s not tuned.

This is the first part in a two part series on tips for improving MQ performance. The tips are written from a mainframe perspective, but the majority apply to distributed platforms as well. They are not presented…

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Storage

Nov 4

Latency is a very important topic in the world of storage and storage area networking (SAN). The increasing rate of adoption of solid state drives (SSDs) by System z installations makes the subject of FICON SAN latency and its minimization paramount.

My colleague, David Lytle, wrote an outstanding article titled “Building I/O Fabric Super Highways in the Data Center” in the June/July 2014 issue of Enterprise Tech Journal. In this column, I will take the baton from David, and go into the subject of latency in more detail. I will discuss latency/delay and…

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Nov 4

EMC Corporation announced the acquisition of three cloud technology companies: The Cloudscaling Group, Inc., Maginatics, Inc. and Spanning Cloud Apps, Inc. Each company brings to EMC deep expertise and powerful capabilities that enable EMC to extend the reach of its hybrid cloud vision across cloud infrastructure, storage and data protection. The acquisitions, together with today’s announcement of the EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution, underscore EMC’s commitment to customers to deliver choice and agility in hybrid cloud deployments.

Businesses are demanding more than ever from IT. They want choice in devices, rapid creation and…

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Nov 4

Compuware announced that it has completed its previously announced distribution of all of its 31,384,920 shares of Covisint Corporation ("Covisint") (Nasdaq: COVS) common stock as a pro rata dividend on shares of Compuware common stock, and on shares of Compuware common stock deliverable under restricted stock units relating to Compuware common stock ("RSUs"), outstanding on October 20, 2014, the record date.

Based on the number of Compuware shares outstanding and shares deliverable under RSUs as of October 20, 2014, the record date for the distribution, holders of Compuware common stock received 0.14025466 shares of Covisint common stock in the distribution with respect to…

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Nov 4

CA Technologies announced an extended alliance with Microsoft Corp. that will help broaden enterprise cloud utility across a multi-platform IT environment to improve business services and manage costs. A demonstration of the first CA solution, CA Cloud Storage for System z, featuring Microsoft Azure, will be previewed at CA World ’14.

“Hybrid enterprise environments are the norm today and CIOs need to bridge and connect those systems to provide improved value and cost efficiencies to the business. Our extended alliance with Microsoft will help our shared customers optimize their hybrid IT environment and combine mainframe capabilities…

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IT Management

Nov 3

In the February 2008 issue of zJournal, I wrote an article titled “FICON and Quality of Service (QoS): Making the Case for True, End-to-End, Host-Managed QoS.” That article laid the groundwork for a great deal of discussion in the industry, and with IBM. Given some of the things that we will see in the near future (much sooner than six years), I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the original article, and provide some updates on things that have happened since that article was published six years ago. A subsequent article in Enterprise Tech Journal…

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Nov 1

GT Software announced that it will showcase the Mainframe to Mobile in Minutes Challenge at IBM Insight 2014 (booth #533). The event will take place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV, October 26–30.

GT Software’s Data Unification Solution unifies and virtualizes data from all sources and technologies, while its Mobile Enablement Solution allows the visualization of the data on mobile devices. GT Software will preview its newest solution that combines the best of both, to give end-users the ability to create mobile applications from enterprise data in just minutes, with no coding.

Participants in…

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News

Oct 31

IBM and Tencent Cloud signed a business cooperation memorandum to collaborate on providing public cloud with Software-as-a-Service solutions for industries. Both parties agreed to focus on emerging small and medium enterprises in the smarter cities and smarter healthcare industries as well as other fields. This will enable these industries to utilize mobile, cloud computing and big data tools to transform internal processes and operations, thus achieving cloud transformation in the era of mobility. As part of this milestone collaboration, Tencent Cloud and IBM will jointly promote industry innovation and gain from each company's resources and global capacity to…

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IT Management

Oct 31

If you regularly read tech news you’ve likely seen a host of complimentary articles, blog posts and retrospectives surrounding the 50th anniversary of the IBM mainframe. The positive recognition is well deserved—and long overdue. As the primary computing platform for financial institutions, insurance companies, government agencies and telecoms, mainframes help power our global economy. This fact alone should hush any lingering predictions about the mainframe’s demise once and for all—if it weren’t for one troublesome trend: the retiring mainframe workforce.

Behind every mainframe are talented and experienced…

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Oct 30

Twitter and IBM have announced a landmark partnership that will help transform how businesses and institutions understand their customers, markets and trends—and inform every business decision. The alliance brings together Twitter data that distinctively represents the public pulse of the planet with IBM’s industry-leading cloud-based analytics, customer engagement platforms, and consulting services.

The collaboration will focus on three areas: 

Integration of Twitter data with IBM analytics services on the cloud: IBM plans to offer Twitter data as part of select cloud-based services, including IBM Watson Analytics, a new cognitive service…

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News

Oct 29

"Mainframe Excellence 2025" Proposes Long-Term Strategy for System z as Millennials Take Leadership Positions

Compuware Corporation today published a white paper entitled, "Mainframe Excellence 2025: A Generational Call for Strategic Platform Stewardship." The white paper proposes a winning long-term strategy for IT organizations that rely on System z, as Millennials increasingly dominate their technical workforces and begin to take C-level positions.

Studies confirm that most companies using mainframes have a long-term strategy for continuing to do so. Often, their most valuable applications reside on the mainframe. The mainframe application portfolio is thus a singularly important repository of…

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IT Management

Oct 29

We’ve heard it so many times before, but there’s a reason the shortage of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workers in the U .S. is a constant topic of conversation in the IT industry. The shortage is persisting— but it’s not like the work is lifting. Corporations have a drive to innovate like never before, to bring products and services to market more quickly and to gather vast amounts of customer data to understand their customers’ buying behavior. This means the demand for talent, and especially for highly specialized skills,…

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Operating Systems

Oct 28

I started working on the mainframe less than two years ago and immediately recognized that System z offered a technically superior platform for deploying Linux when compared with many distributed systems. Nearly two years later the deployment level of Linux on the mainframe has remained largely static; certainly we have not seen the growth that you’d expect of a technology that underpins a high-growth space such as the cloud.

As we struggled to reconcile the anecdotal evidence from our customers with the information posited by vendors in the space, CA recently embarked on a concentrated…

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News

Oct 27

Rocket Software is pleased to announce the general availability of Rocket Data Virtualization version 2.1, the industry’s only mainframe data virtualization solution for universal access to data, regardless of location, interface or format.

Rocket Data Virtualization Features

Any-to-Any Integration: The solution enables data from multiple, disconnected sources - mainframe, distributed, Big Data, mobile – to be virtually integrated into a single, logical, data source and shared with any application, providing the right data, in the right format, at the right time.

Breadth of Support for Data Providers

  • Big Data…
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Oct 27

IBM announced new high-speed analysis and criminal investigation software that is designed to uncover hidden criminal threats buried deep inside massive volumes of disparate corporate data. IBM i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis (EIA) can find non-obvious relationships masked within hundreds of terabytes of data and trillions of objects in just seconds. By fusing together these multiple data sources, organizations can gain complete visibility into threats across the enterprise, giving companies the ability to transform how they protect themselves from increasingly sophisticated attacks.

Organizations across industries face endless threats from cybercrime and other criminals in pursuit of private customer…

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