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Jan 3

As 2017 begins, let's talk about how using mainframes to process and protect data can keep hackers from having another banner year. 2016 was a strange year marked by everything from election surprises to a seemingly endless spate of celebrity deaths. But when historians look back at this mirum anno—weird year—it may end up being known as the year of the data breach.

Of course, this sort of thing isn’t restricted to 2016, but its impact on the world was hard to ignore. Among government organizations, the IRS and FBI suffered data breaches,…

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Dec 28 ’16

Syncsort Incorporated (“Syncsort”), the global leader in Big Iron to Big Data solutions backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (“Clearlake”), today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Trillium Software (“Trillium”), a leading global provider of data quality solutions, from Harte Hanks, Inc. (NYSE: HHS). The combination will enable customers to seamlessly harness all their valuable data assets for greater business insights by applying high-performance and scalable data movement, transformation, profiling and quality across the most demanding enterprise environments.

The Trillium acquisition represents a significant milestone in Syncsort&rsquo…

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Dec 22 ’16

Software AG today released it’s top six predictions for the capital markets industry for 2017. According to Charlie Platt, Sales Director for Financial Services, UK & Ireland, “2017 will be a springboard for another 10 years of further radical change – more than we have seen in a generation, due to advances in technology coupled with unprecedented political risk in the US and Europe.”

Embrace Volatility

With elections in France, Germany, the Netherlands and possibly Italy, Europe will be braced for more political change. From the perspective of capital markets, this is likely…

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Dec 22 ’16

Rocket Software announced that the Rocket® UniVerse application platform now includes support for the popular Python programming language. Other user-requested features include enhanced replication for high availability and disaster recovery, as well as streamlined audit logging to automate compliance documentation for regulations and standards such as HIPAA and PCI.

UniVerse is a fast, flexible database and application platform that mimics the way users think, accelerating the creation of data-driven applications in manufacturing, retail, and financial sectors, among others. Long known for its small administrative and IT footprint, UniVerse offers users lightning fast data access…

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Dec 22 ’16

BMC has announced the general availability of BMC’s database management solutions for IBM’s DB2® 12 for z/OS® database, improving availability and productivity, while reducing risk and data management costs by up to 65 percent.

DB2 z/OS is the database of choice for enterprises requiring the scalability, reliability, and availability that only it can provide. DB2 12 offers the capability of 11.7 million inserts per second, allowing up to 256 trillion rows in a table, and even faster analytical insights, enabling greater support of the digital enterprise. These new capabilities create challenges for database administrators…

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Dec 22 ’16

Enterprises relying on the mainframe struggle to deliver application improvements at the speed of today’s digital business and run the risk of not meeting customer experience and product expectations, according to a new commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Compuware Corporation. Fortunately, enterprises can successfully address these challenges by applying proven DevOps best practices to their mainframe environments.

The survey of global IT, I&O, and Application Development professionals showed 90 percent reporting challenges with mainframe application development and delivery resulting in long release cycles for customer-facing apps, downscaling of product features…

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Dec 15 ’16

Based on a recent report by Forrester and Compuware, 90 percent of enterprises with mainframes have trouble delivering applications on time. In fact, 48 percent of respondents to their survey reported they have moved some applications off the mainframe only to encounter security problems as well as slower performance and project delays.

In addition, the report also found that 41 percent of respondents try to work around the mainframe. This leads to greater complexity, higher costs, duplicate tooling and increased security risks. And 40 percent attempt to modernize on the mainframe platform, but struggle with long transition times, Java performance issues…

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Dec 13 ’16

Syncsort, a global leader in Big Iron to Big Data solutions, today announced the results from its third annual Hadoop survey, showing that as users gain more experience with Hadoop, they are building on their early success and expanding the size and scope of Hadoop projects.   Download the Hadoop survey results for 2017.

The number one role of Hadoop continues to be increasing data warehouse capacity and reducing costs (cited…

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Dec 12 ’16

BMC Software has announced Peter Leav has joined BMC as President and Chief Executive Officer. Leav succeeds Bob Beauchamp, who continues to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors and will play a key role going forward.

Leav joins BMC from Polycom, a $1.2 billion global collaboration business serving the enterprise market, where he served as President and CEO for the last three years. He brings to BMC 20-plus years of strong leadership in operations, general management and sales across technology and services. Leav has a proven track record of building customer relationships and driving growth and…

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Dec 12 ’16

Compuware Corporation has announced it has been named to Database Trends and Applications’ “Trend-Setting Products for 2017” list. These products, platforms, and services range from widely accepted offerings that continue to evolve to meet the needs of their loyal following, to breakthrough technologies that have just released and are in the early stages of adoption. However, they all seek to arm organizations with tools to address rapidly changing market requirements and represent a commitment to innovation.

“Competitive advantage in engaging customers in the digital age is achieved by turning ideas that…

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Dec 12 ’16

Dell EMC announced that ScaleIO—the company's hyper-converged software-defined storage offering—has been awarded StorageReview's first-ever Editor's Choice award. Intended for the most leading-edge products, the Editor's Choice award is a rare honor, and one that ScaleIO earned over several months of intensive testing in the StorageReview lab.

“We were blown away with the Dell EMC ScaleIO solution throughout the review process,” said Brian Beeler, editor-in-chief of StorageReview . “Dell EMC ScaleIO is far and away the most impressive storage solution…

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Dec 7 ’16

IntelliMagic, the developers of intelligent IT Operations Analytics solutions like IntelliMagic Vision for z/OS, is pleased to announce a formal alliance with Watson & Walker, publisher of the widely-read 'Cheryl Watson's Tuning Newsletter', and one of the best-known and respected z/OS performance and measurement advisory groups in the world.

"We are delighted to be working together with Cheryl Watson, Frank Kyne and the rest of the Watson & Walker team," said Dr. Gilbert Houtekamer, Founder and Managing Director of IntelliMagic, "Their reputation, integrity, performance and tuning insight are all first-class, and we have already…

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Dec 7 ’16

Brocade has announced an expanded BROCADE® SLX® FAMILY with new innovative switches that feature unparalleled network visibility and the addition of BROCADE WORKFLOW COMPOSER™ AUTOMATION SUITES for turnkey automation. This is the industry's first data center networking portfolio to deliver agility at all layers of the data center stack, while being open to provide customers with choice. With Brocade, organizations can build networks that allow them to quickly adapt to technology transitions, deliver new services at cloud speed and accelerate digital transformation.

Building on the Brocade …

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Dec 7 ’16

BMC has announced the general availability of the new BMC Innovation Suite solution for developers. Initially available on Amazon Web Services, the cloud-based development environment is designed to empower developers as well as business analysts to co-create powerful enterprise apps with stunning user experiences.

With new revenue streams, operational efficiencies, and outcome-based business models, enterprises are looking for ways to accelerate digital service offerings on the cloud. Enterprises are evaluating digital platforms that are capable of delivering transformational innovations in multi-source cloud, multi-workloads, and IoT environments at a rapid pace. IDC predicts that by 2018, over 60…

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Dec 6 ’16

Compuware Corporation today announced it has acquired the assets of Standardware, the leading provider of IMS virtualization technology. Compuware’s third acquisition this year, Standardware’s COPE technology dramatically reduces the time, cost and technical difficulty associated with the development and testing of IMS systems—enabling enterprises to significantly increase their digital business agility, while also better enabling less mainframe-experienced staff to perform IMS-related DevOps tasks.

IMS remains a deeply foundational database and transaction management technology for systems of record at large global enterprises, especially in industries such as banking, insurance, airlines and more.…

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Dec 4 ’16

The #IBMz mainframe is the most powerful, scalable and secure platform on the planet. It’s also the most TCO-efficient. If you have any doubts about that, just take a look at these blogs: "Turn Out The Lights...The Party's Over! Mainframes Rout Commodity Servers!"and "VMware’s Success = Distributed Computing’s Failure in Masquerading as a Mainframe."

But if the IBMz mainframe is so awesome, why isn’t Amazon…

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Dec 4 ’16

GT Software has announced the latest release of Ivory VisualConnect.  This new release removes the dependence on Java Applets enabling modernized 3270 applications to be accessed by any Internet browser.

Ivory VisualConnect enables companies to modernize mainframe-based 3270 applications by creating new modern application user interfaces.  Using this solution, programmers can convert complex 3270 application screens into graphically intuitive interfaces that can be accessed via a web browser.  With Ivory VisualConnect, creating modernized 3270 screens is possible without any additional programming.  Modern user interfaces for 3270 applications improves usability and satisfaction, boosts productivity and extends ROI of…

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Dec 2 ’16

Software AG has announced that it has acquired Zementis, Inc. with headquarters in San Diego, California. Zementis Inc. provides software for “Deep Learning”, a key capability in machine learning and data science, and a fundamental technology driving “artificial intelligence” (AI) development. Software AG sees the current machine learning and AI advances as the basis for the next generation of Internet of Things applications such as self-driving cars, personal digital assistants, medical diagnosis, predictive maintenance and robotics.

Software AG has already embedded Zementis’ ADAPA (Adaptive Decision and Predictive Analytics) into its Digital Business…

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Nov 30 ’16

Syncsort Incorporated, the global leader in Big Iron to Big Data solutions backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Harte Hanks, Inc. to acquire Trillium Software, a leading global provider of data quality solutions. The acquisition of Trillium will be the largest in Syncsort’s history, and brings together market-leading data quality and data integration technology to deliver value at scale in the most demanding enterprise environments. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

The combination of Syncsort and Trillium&rsquo…

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Nov 28 ’16

Software AG has announced that it was named a leader amongst the “the vendors that matter most” that Forrester Research, Inc., a leading independent research firm, invited to participate in its report, “The Forrester Wave™: Hybrid Integration for Enterprises, Q4 2016.” According to the report, Hybrid Integration encompasses “federated on-premises and cloud-based integration platforms with the improved interoperability of existing and new middleware silos of application, B2B, business process management, business events, business rules, and data integration.”

Henry Peyret, Forrester Analyst and author of the Forrester report, wrote the following…

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