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Jun 15

Syncsort, a global leader in data liberation, integrity and integration solutions for next-generation analytics, and Collibra, a leader in data governance software solutions for business users, today announced a partnership focused on integrating their industry-renowned solutions and expertise in data quality and data governance, affording organizations the highest levels of data availability, usability and integrity.

The announcement, made at the Data Governance and Information Quality Conference, is another key development following Syncsort’s recent Read Full Article →

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Jun 12

You’ve just graduated and are looking for that important first job.  With some experience developing apps with friends and a comfort level with PCs and maybe UNIX, you enter a job market filled with others who have exactly the same qualifications as you do.  At the same time, you’re competing with generations of people who are more experienced in modern tech and they aren’t going anywhere.  It’s a crowded field.  But there is a way to compete successfully for tech job and build a solid career for…

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Jun 8

Warren Buffet’s recent sell-off of IBM stock started another round of discussions about the credentials of "Big Blue." The press clippings about IBM’s fiscal performance, combined with the musings of trade journalists, mean you could be forgiven for thinking this might end badly for the mainframe world. After all, 20 quarters of IBM missing revenue targets coupled with unprecedented choice in the server market is making life very hard for the most venerable of machines.   

It’s Not How Big It Is, It’s How You Use It 

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Jun 7

Compuware Corporation has released a survey of large company CIOs showing that while most (78 percent) say their mainframe is more secure than other systems, the majority (84 percent) say they are still exposed to a significant risk of insider threats due to blind-spots in internal data access and controls.

The survey was conducted by independent research company Vanson Bourne, and administered in April to 400 CIOs at large companies covering a cross-section of vertical markets in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the U.S. Key findings include:

64 percent of organizations use the mainframe…

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Jun 5

The world runs on mainframes. Sure, pure-play digitals may live on the cloud—but, their partners, the world’s biggest banks and insurance companies, as well as, government agencies trust their systems-of-record exclusively to COBOL on IBM z Systems. So even when you flag a ride on Uber, you trigger a mainframe transaction.

The status quo for so-called “legacy” code, however, is no longer acceptable. Existing mainframe applications simply can’t be modified quickly enough to keep pace with the relentless demands of the digital marketplace.

So should you pull…

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Jun 1

Software AG has announced its GDPR Framework for addressing the challenge facing enterprises to meet the impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In one year, starting on May 25, 2018, this European Union (EU) GDPR regulation mandates that all companies and institutions are legally bound to rules aimed at protecting personal data and for upholding the data privacy rights of individuals residing in the EU.

By using Software AG’s GDPR framework, organizations are equipped with the capabilities needed to fulfill the obligations imposed on them as processors of personal data. This includes the means to…

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Jun 1

Syncsort, a global leader in data liberation, integrity and integration solutions for next-generation analytics, today announced new solutions that bring together its industry-leading Big Data integration and Trillium data quality software to address enterprise requirements to support data governance and Customer 360 initiatives in the data lake.

An important development following Syncsort’s acquisition of Trillium Software, the largest in company history, is the new solutions leverage provided by Trillium’s market-leading, independent data quality…

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May 30

Innovation Data Processing announces the release of FDR/UPSTREAM Web Portal v2.0.00, a new way to manage administration and operation of UPSTREAM clients. The UPSTREAM Web Portal provides data protection storage administrators and more technical end-users a web-hosted environment managing elements of the data protection, the storage management process and data recovery.

The continued dominance of large amounts of storage being retained has created a tremendous challenge for corporate data centers to manage and protect their most important corporate asset; their data. The z/OS mainframe with its unmatched RAS, (reliability, availability and serviceability) and, outstanding I…

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May 23

Software Diversified Services (SDS), a global leader in mainframe software, announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the SMA_RT software product from Type80 Security Software, Inc. SMA_RT is a real-time mainframe intrusion detection, SIEM agent, and log event processing product for z/OS. The acquisition was completed on May 15, 2017. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

SMA_RT (Security Monitor Alerts – Real Time) is a renowned, patented z/OS security offering that was the first SIEM agent for IBM z/OS. SMA_RT is a revolutionary product that provides the ability…

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May 19

This is not an article on multidimensional databases, 3D rendering, or spatial databases; but rather how CIOs in IT think, based on their education, experience and professional motivations.

A good friend of mine, Pete, recently asked me how many servers does it take to equal a mainframe? He’s actually quite a smart guy, a salesman and former software engineer, but he has never worked in the mainframe business, and knows nothing about it. But it was a fair question, and I had to answer “x”—a variable. This did not satisfy him…

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May 17

Using the mainframe environment will mean businesses won't lose out on the money invested in legacy apps LzLabs' Software Defined Mainframe is now being offered as part of Fujitsu's application modernisation suite, meaning Fujitsu customers will be able to run legacy mainframe apps in the cloud.

As more businesses seek the infrastructure to run their legacy applications without having to stick to legacy hardware, Fujitsu is ensuring businesses can embrace the future and keep their business ticking over without the burden of managing legacy application architectures.

"When speaking to international organisations, we often…

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May 10

Brocade has announced that its GEN 6 FIBRE CHANNEL technologies provide the network foundation that enables customers of Dell EMC® all-flash array solutions to optimize the performance, availability and reliability of their storage deployments.

At Dell EMC World, Dell EMC announced significant updates to its all-flash storage portfolio. Dell EMC introduced the VMAX 950F, representing significant updates to its flagship VMAX enterprise storage platform. It also announced XtremIO X2, the second generation of its market-leading, purpose-built all-flash array. Finally, the company unveiled new midrange products, including four new all-flash array models to the Dell…

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May 10

According to a new study by BMC Software, 73 percent of IT decision makers believe businesses that do not embrace IT automation to achieve the larger digital business strategy within the next five years will cease to exist in 10 years. Ninety-two percent of respondents agree that the demands for new sources of revenue, unique competitive advantage, and operational excellence have created enormous pressure to compete digitally in order to earn the trust of customers, trading partners, and employees.

BMC believes these results are a catalyst for the new adaptive approach to IT automation – Digital Business…

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May 10

Dell Technologies announces new Internet of Things (IoT) products and partnerships to help customers take the complexity out of their IoT deployments and more quickly realize Digital Transformation.

According to a recent Gartner report, there will be 20.4 billion connected things in use globally by 2020. Companies are looking for faster, real-time analysis of the massive amount of data produced by all of these "things" on their networks. For some, it's too expensive to move all the data from the edge of the network near the devices to the data center. Computing at the…

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May 8

VMAX 950F is the newest member of Dell EMC’s VMAX All Flash family, the flagship high-end storage offering that has set the industry benchmark for enterprise storage arrays for decades. With performance that is 68% faster and offering 30% better response times (6.7M IOPS for RRH, 350 microseconds response times for OLTP) than the previous generation, VMAX 950F resets the bar for All-Flash storage performance. In fact, the VMAX 950F is up to 4x faster than its nearest competitor in testing of real-world workloads.

The VMAX 950F array leverages the latest Intel CPUs with software enhancements designed to…

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May 8

One of the challenges of working in the modern world is adjusting to a faster and faster speed of computing. Globalization and mobile technology mean instant communications and near-instantaneous reactions are the minimum benchmark a firm must meet to keep up. Luckily, the business world has the mainframe, the fastest and arguably one of the most powerful computer platforms available. Mainframes are more than capable of processing all the instantaneous interactions our digital-age business world requires, from communication across systems, to logging transactions, to performing analytics in real time.

Unfortunately, the extract, transform, load (ETL) software used…

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May 3

H&W Computer Systems, Inc. (H&W) announced that it has released its leading SYSB-II software in the 6.7 version, which is focused on making recovery faster and easier. Among the new features is a way to automate the setup and execution of journaling and recovery. “Automation shortens the time customers need to set up journaling and then makes subsequent recovery faster by backing out changes to designated VSAM files after an abend,” said Matt Link, president and CEO of H&W.

“Automating these tasks really simplifies key functionality and saves customers…

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May 2

Syncsort, a global leader in data liberation, integrity and integration solutions for next-generation analytics, today announced new integration between its Big Iron to Big Data powerhouse Ironstream®, and Compuware Corporation’s Application Audit software that delivers real-time machine data to Splunk® Enterprise Security (ES) for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM). The new integration dramatically improves an organization’s ability to detect threats against critical mainframe data, correlate them with related information and events and satisfy compliance requirements.

Syncsort’s recent “State of the Mainframe Survey,” ranked security and…

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Apr 26

Software AG has announced a partnership with leading application software company OSIsoft. This partnership enables businesses to combine enterprise-wide IT and operations data and tools together with the Software AG Digital Business Platform for enhanced analytics, machine learning, integration and rapid IoT solution development. It also helps organizations access and analyze massive volumes of time-series data within enterprise information architectures supporting data warehouse, Big Data, and advanced analytics projects.

Martin Otterson, Senior Vice President of customer success, OSIsoft, said: “By integrating operational data from the OSIsoft PI System with business intelligence data from ERP systems such…

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Apr 26

Brocade announced a new GLOBAL DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION SKILLS STUDY, which aims to uncover how well-placed global IT leaders consider themselves and their teams to be in terms of meeting current and future business demands. Of the six markets surveyed, Germany was found to be the best prepared to meet its digital transformation goals, closely followed by the U.S., while the UK lagged well behind its counterparts.

The research, which surveyed 630 IT leaders in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Australia, and Singapore, indicates that many organizations are at a tipping point, as new technology demands…

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