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Dec 5 ’17

With more than half of its revenue tied to the declining mainframe market, CA Technologies may seem beholden to an ageing technology that is still being used by the world’s largest enterprises for processing huge volumes of transactions – at least from the outside.

But Martin Mackay, CA’s president and general manager in the Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) region, begs to differ. The Briton, who has been in his job for just over a year, believes the mainframe still offers unparalleled reliability even as more enterprises look to modern computing platforms…

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Dec 4 ’17

It’s a keyword world out there. Whether you are looking for your next job or building a case for a promotion or transfer, the keywords you define on your resume, LinkedIn profile and application really matter. To demonstrate your ability to keep up in the field, terms like Cloud, Big Data, mobile, SaaS, data science, etc., help you stand out. And given the recent hacking issues with Experian and Uber (and more), security is one of the most valuable abilities you can claim. 

Over the years, as IT silos have broken…

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Nov 27 ’17

Prompted by IBM’s rename of “System z” to “z Systems,” last year’s “zWhat (or z/What??)” by Phil Smith III discussed IBM branding. Remarkably, that story is already out of date: With its July 2017 z14 announcement, IBM renamed the mainframe line yet again, this time to “IBM Z”—and yes, that’s a capital “Z,” for the first time.

It’s hard not to conclude that something odd is going on at IBM. With the stock price generally trending downward,…

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Nov 27 ’17

CA Technologies has adjusted its menu to focus to cloud, agile and open source technologies on distributed platforms, but the company can't forget what still puts food on its table. At its annual CA World conference last week the company debuted a handful of modernized mainframe software tools with a healthy dose of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, intended to beef up security, analytics and automation, and better manage corporate IT shops’ data.

"We hear mainframe users say, 'We like this idea of driving more automation or speed and quality of product…

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Nov 27 ’17

BM has announced that it is furthering its commitment to provide mainframe customers with innovative software solutions that exploit the latest technologies, including the pervasive encryption provided with the ultra-secure IBM®z14™ mainframe. Through its close partnership with IBM, BMC is one of the first companies worldwide to deploy the IBM z14.

BMC provides the fastest and most efficient mainframe database backup and recovery solutions for protecting customers and ensuring critical business data is secure and recoverable on the z14 – the most secure server platform in the industry.

By implementing the z14,…

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Nov 17 ’17

We recently posted the following as a News Release, but I thought it important enough to now be posted as an Enterprise System Media Blog.

BMC recently announced the results of its 12th annual Mainframe Research Report, highlighting the power and value of the mainframe for digital business. The survey—the industry’s largest of its kind with more than 1,000 executives’ and technical professionals’ perspectives included – provides new and compelling data on demographics and priorities, and debunks mainframe myths.

Even as many organizations continue to adopt multi-cloud technologies as…

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Nov 13 ’17

Syncsort, the global leader in Big Iron to Big Data solutions, today announced its new Board of Directors following the recent $1.26 billion acquisition by Centerbridge Partners, L.P. (“Centerbridge”). The distinguished group of industry leaders provides Syncsort deep knowledge and significant industry relationships that will help inform the business strategy and drive the next phase of value creation for the company.

The new Syncsort Board of Directors includes:

Accomplished 30-year IBM executive and recent IBM Watson leader Mike Rhodin Former Syncsort CEO Lonne Jaffe Syncsort Chief Executive Officer Josh Rogers Centerbridge Partners Senior…

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Nov 6 ’17

It appears that the introduction of IBM's most powerful mainframe ever, the z14, had a significant effect in IBM's recently announced 3Q 2017 results. According to Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, "There was enthusiastic adoption of IBM's new z14 mainframe, which delivers breakthrough security capabilities to our clients."

When you think about it, IBM mainframes are incredibly pervasive in the entire world's global commerce today. It has been referred to as the most powerful transaction processing system of the cloud era, according to Nanalyze (Nanalyze provides objective information about companies involved in…

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Nov 6 ’17

Rocket Software introduced Rocket® BlueZone Web, a new terminal emulation product designed to allow users to access mainframe and other host-based systems and data using modern interfaces on mobile devices. BlueZone Web drives value for host system-driven organizations by empowering their team members to retrieve and use information from anywhere in their systems on any web browser or tablet at any time.

“Customers need real-time access to essential business information and functionality, whether they’re on their desktop, laptop, tablet, or other mobile device,” says Joe Devlin, Vice President of Software Development…

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Nov 6 ’17

BMC has announced the results of its 12th annual Mainframe Research Report, highlighting the power and value of the mainframe for digital business. The survey – the industry’s largest of its kind with more than 1,000 executives’ and technical professionals’ perspectives included – provides new and compelling data on demographics and priorities, and debunks mainframe myths.

Even as many organizations continue to adopt multi-cloud technologies as part of their dramatic transformation, the mainframe remains a relevant and growing data center hub for many. The survey highlights that organizations are committed to the mainframe,…

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Nov 6 ’17

Compuware Corporation is pleased to announce Day One support for IBM IMS V15.1 transactional database on IBM Z. Compuware’s support extends across its product line, including Abend-AID, File-AID, Strobe, Xpediter and COPE, the company’s IMS virtualization solution, as well as Topaz Workbench. Day One interoperability will help shared customers quickly realize the benefits of IBM’s latest IMS enhancements, while increasing efficiencies and reducing costs through virtualization. 

“IBM’s IMS solution is already the most trusted name in transactional databases for mainframes. IMS V15.1 builds upon that trust through…

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Oct 31 ’17

At a time when IBM promised that automatic pervasive encryption on the new IBM Z would spell an end to worries about security, an Israeli company recently stepped forward to insist that the z14, or just Z, can’t do the entire job. Pervasive encryption can be undermined by Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), which co-op legit users as they access protected data. Illusive Networks introduced its security tool, Mainframe Guard, at Sibos in Toronto.

Mainframe Guard enables admins to take action against advanced, targeted cyberattacks by detecting and disrupting movement toward critical business assets early…

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Oct 26 ’17

Syncsort, the global leader in Big Iron to Big Data solutions, today announced it has partnered with CA Technologies to empower large enterprises to use Syncsort’s DMX-h Big Data Integration software to access data from CA Datacom and CA IDMS for advanced analytics. This offering provides organizations with a simplified environment for accessing and integrating enterprise data sources.

CA Datacom and CA IDMS are high-performance mainframe database management systems used by hundreds of large, global enterprises and government agencies for their reliability and fast processing speeds in handling large amounts of business-critical data. Syncsort DMX-h…

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Oct 24 ’17

Software AG has released its financial results (IFRS, preliminary) for the first nine months and third quarter of 2017. The company successfully entered a number of new strategic partnerships in the fields of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0. These include the newly founded ADAMOS joint venture with global market leading manufacturing companies such as DMG MORI, Dürr, ZEISS and ASM PT as well as other scalable IoT projects with major global enterprises. These successes and this high market demand reflect the growing relevance of Software AG’s leading technology and are accelerating its transition to…

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Oct 24 ’17

During the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, the Safety and Emergency Services, Division of Radio and Technology in Pinellas County, Florida provided uninterrupted life-saving services to the most populous region of the state’s Gulf Coast thanks to its Rocket® MultiValue Application Platform. Despite the torrential rain and 90-mile-per-hour winds, the county maintained 100% uptime for emergency response systems to more than a million residents of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and surrounding communities.

The county runs a number of systems based on the Rocket MultiValue Application Platform, including a dispatching system for more than 70 fire…

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Oct 17 ’17

Vision Solutions, a leading provider of business resilience solutions for IBM Power Systems, which was recently combined with Syncsort, announced today the availability of its expanded managed resilience offering, designed to manage critical resilience operations, including high availability (HA), disaster recovery (DR) and now security. The latest offering builds upon the existing managed service offerings from Vision Solutions, including day-to-day management of MIMIX, iTERA, OMS/ODS and Enforcive environments to ensure systems remain protected and available.

“Business resilience requires a multi-layered strategy, combining HA/DR, security and managed services to envelop and protect critical systems and…

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Oct 16 ’17

Thinking about the mainframe, but not sure if you want a purely technical role? The great news in the mainframe world is that there are jobs that play in that space without requiring you to be a technical guru. For too long, the storied reputation of the mainframe had everyone assuming that you needed to “apprentice” for at least 20 years to be of value. While it’s no longer true for most of the available jobs, it’s certainly not the case if you’re interested in the role of business analyst. This position…

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Oct 12 ’17

Back in July 2017 IBM introduced the fastest and most powerful mainframe of all time, the z 14. According to IBM at the time, the z14 has 10 per cent more performance per core than the z13, and there are up to 170 configurable cores, meaning up to 35 per cent more total capacity in a single footprint compared to a z13.

In fact, on July 19, 2017 we ran a terrific Blog on this topic by Alan Radding titled, New IBM Z Redefines Mainframe and Security and Cloud. You can read it at http://bit.ly/…

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Oct 10 ’17

AES is pleased to announce the managed availability of CleverView® for TCP/IP on Linux v2.9 with DockerView Dashboard, enhanced LinuxView Dashboard user interface and features, and extended graphics intelligence.

DockerView Dashboard monitors Docker from host to container to application in a single dashboard.  An aggregated view of containers leads to container details like CPU utilization. Easy drilldown to view infrastructure metrics by container and compare performance of an individual host.  Correlate performance metrics down to specific containers resulting in the ability to evaluate whether the application is impacted at the service level.

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Oct 4 ’17

NewEra Software, Inc. announced that it has once again provided same-day support for IBM’s latest release of z/OS. The Integrity Controls Environment 15 (ICE 15) is available for download by all NewEra customers to support their migration to z/OS V2R3. This support follows a pattern of providing same-day support dating back to new releases of OS/390.

Because NewEra engages in extensive research to prepare for same-day support, it has compiled and published an eBook, What’s New in z/OS V2R3, as part of its commitment to members of The z Exchange,…

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