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Apr 17

The mainframe has proven to be remarkably secure over the years, racking up the highest security certifications available. But there is still room for improvement. Earlier this month, Compuware announced Application Audit, a software tool that aims to transform mainframe cybersecurity and compliance through real-time capture of user behavior.

Capturing user behavior, especially in real-time, is seemingly impossible if you have to rely on the data your collect from the various logs and SMF data. Compuware’s solution, Application Audit, in conjunction with Syncsort and Splunk,…

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Apr 17

New IBM mainframe increases capacity by 35 percent for Met Office, which claims faster analysis could save lives. The Met Office is upgrading its mainframe, with the help of IBM and Computacenter, allowing the national weather service to process greater volumes of weather data more rapidly.

The organization has operated since 1854 and accounts for as much as a fifth of all government web traffic on a peak day.

It is also undergoing a significant IT transformation that has seen it adopt some cloud services and an API-led development strategy.

New mainframes

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Apr 6

Rocket Software has introduced a new way for businesses to unleash the value of mainframe data in the API economy, giving them an efficient, scalable way to get new digital services to market faster and compete more effectively. Working in combination with IBM® z/OS® Connect Enterprise Edition (EE), Rocket Data Virtualization (RDV) gives mobile and cloud application developers the ability to integrate z/OS data into their applications without the need for any mainframe expertise or changes to mainframe code.

“Since we introduced z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition in 2016,…

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Apr 3

Do you think the mainframe is dead? A dinosaur, an ancient piece of technology that has outlived its usefulness like cathode ray tubes, rotary dial telephones and dial-up modems?

I have some news for you. The mainframe has adapted: it is alive and well with major banks and financial institutions continually growing their use of mainframes. In fact, mainframes are at the core of their technology strategies. The reason why? Mainframes deliver functionality and reliability unmatched by any other platform.

Why Major Banks and Financial Institutions Grow Mainframe Use

Here are five reasons…

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Apr 3

Compuware Corporation has announced the availability of Application Audit™, an innovative cybersecurity and compliance solution that dramatically enhances the ability of enterprises to stop insider threats by fully capturing and analyzing start-to-finish mainframe application user behavior.

This enriched mainframe user behavior intelligence is especially important to large enterprises given the fact that their most sensitive data and most business-critical systems of record typically reside on the mainframe.

Most enterprises still rely on disparate logs and SMF data from security products such as RACF, CA-ACF2 and CA-Top Secret to piece together user behavior.…

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Mar 29

Help influence the pathway for the next generation of mainframers by taking the LEAD-IT job competency survey to share your knowledge and insights. LEAD-IT is a collaboration between a Community of Leaders in the enterprise IT industry working to develop a registered mainframe apprenticeship program to increase participation in the field by underrepresented minorities and women.   Click here to take the short survey.   Thank you for your help,

Bob

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Mar 27

Software AG has announced the acquisition of Cumulocity GmbH (“Cumulocity”), based in Dusseldorf, Germany. Cumulocity develops innovative solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) offering connectivity for networked digital devices and sensors through a cloud-hosted IoT device management and application enablement platform. Embedding Cumulocity’s IoT solutions into Software AG’s portfolio allows enterprises to integrate their IT applications with operational IoT devices – providing maximum ease of use, flexibility and ultimately business value. For Software AG, the acquisition of Cumulocity is a further step in the expansion of its technology leadership in the IoT…

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Mar 22

The Linux Foundation’s Open Mainframe Project has announced the focus areas for its 2017 internship program. The focus areas include OpenStack, Blockchain, Linux Monitoring Tools and Anomaly Detection Engine for Linux Logs. The release said that mainframe has become an important platform for supporting emerging cloud technologies, such as Blockchain and OpenStack, because of its security capabilities and role as the system of record processing some of the most important transactions and data for major institutions.

In addition, Open Mainframe Project announced an expansion of its university partnerships with eight new academic members,…

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Mar 22

Software AG has announced the evolution and integration of its Zementis Predictive Analytics product with mainframe computing platforms—namely, IBM z Systems and Adabas & Natural applications and databases.

As a core capability of Software AG’s Digital Business Platform, Zementis Predictive Analytics dramatically reduces the complexity, expense and time required for enterprises to execute artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning models in batch or real-time transactions, which in turn delivers operational AI for fast-moving, big data applications. Software AG’s Zementis product line integrates enterprise-grade predictive analytics into the IBM z Systems…

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Mar 20

Nothing has been more discussed in the IT world over the last few years than "the cloud." And, as you have read many times on this Website, IBM has been a big advocate of the cloud, as have most all major IT vendors. But, for many large enterprises, the idea of moving large chunks of their IT business to the cloud seemed a little scary. Most were were following its progress and have been happy to let other companies try it first so they could gauge its success. Well, one company jumped in with both feet after some arm…

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Mar 15

BMC has announced results of a survey revealing that the vast majority of IT executives believe investment in IT Service Management (ITSM) is important to gain the agility needed to compete in an era of global, cross-industry disruption and digital transformation.

The survey of more than 250 IT executives, conducted in association with Forbes Insights, the strategic research and thought leadership practice of Forbes Media, examines the current state of ITSM and how organizations around the world are using and investing in modern service management solutions. The results reveal a conflict: while 86 percent surveyed understand that…

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Mar 13

Dino-Software is pleased to announce Version 2 Release 3 of UDM is generally available for distribution. UDM is the only tool needed to manage the challenges and complexities of the forever increasing amount of storage connected to z/OS systems. Before UDM, this growth had resulted in essential tasks, such as Audits, being deferred, and fundamental tasks, such as initializing volumes, being performed with compromised control and thereby an increased risk due to the likelihood of errors.

UDM provides a consolidated global view of the enterprise Storage environment extending Automation, Auditing, Monitoring, Reporting and the Control Functions of data…

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Mar 10

Syncsort has announced that its industry-leading Big Data integration solution, DMX-h, is now integrated with Cloudera Director, enabling organizations to easily deploy DMX-h along with Cloudera Enterprise on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud. By deploying DMX-h with CDH, organizations can quickly pull data into new, ready-to-work clusters in the cloud – vastly accelerating how quickly they can take advantage of cloud benefits, including cost savings and Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) delivery.

“As organizations liberate data from across the enterprise and deliver it into the cloud,…

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Mar 9

CA MAX/REXX™ customers facing “End of Life” and “End of Support” can migrate to a fully-supported replacement with RLX from Relational Architects International (RAI). “RAI is working directly with CA MAX/REXX™ customers to provide a quick and easy conversion,” said Carl Feinberg, CEO of RAI.

RLX EXECs can be developed rapidly with far less coding than applications written in compiled and assembled languages. They can also be tested directly within ISPF Edit with immediate feedback, extensive diagnostics and context sensitive help. RLX extensions make REXX the ideal…

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Mar 7

DataKinetics, a global leader in data performance and optimization solutions, officially announced today that it is once again expanding its offerings and alignment with the IBM z Systems Marketplace by delivering even greater value to global Fortune 500 IBM z Systems users. The company’s latest endeavor brings about a newly developed partnership agreement with SMT Data, a world leading Danish products and services company.

The partnership between the two companies will further enable global Fortune 500 firms to receive increased value from their IBM z Systems investments—value that far transcends simple mainframe…

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Mar 6

Rocket Software has announced that key members of its technical team will be at SHARE March 5-10 in San Jose to discuss innovation and modernization in the mainframe environment. Rocket engineers will lead nine sessions on topics including data virtualization and integration of the Python and R programming language into mainframe environments, and will also be available on the expo floor to demonstrate Rocket’s mainframe tools and solutions.

“Mainframes are the perfect power tool for organizations that need fast processing and instant analytics,” says Rocket software CTO Bryan Smith. &ldquo…

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Mar 6

Watson & Walker, publisher of Cheryl Watson's Tuning Letter, and one of the best-known and respected z/OS performance and measurement advisory groups in the world, is pleased to announce a new Service Offering to help mainframe customers manage their software costs and contracts.

Software typically accounts for 30 percent or more of an IT department's mainframe costs. To facilitate the deployment of new applications and workloads on z/OS, IBM offers an array of over 20 software pricing options that can offer sizeable discounts for selected workloads. While these enable z/OS to compete on a…

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Mar 2

Bryan Smith, CTO and VP of Rocket Software, is a frequent guest blogger here at EnterpriseSystemsMedia.com. Recently, he had the opportunity to strut his mainframe stuff before an audience of data scientists who, believe it or not, knew next to nothing about the mainframe. In the article below, it sounds like Bryan had a blast.

 

Rocket Software Talks Mainframes With Data Scientists Who’ve Never Seen One

By R. Danes

A chief technology officer walks into a tech conference and approaches some data scientists. He asks them…

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Mar 2

Trillium Software, a Syncsort company and a leading global provider of data quality solutions, today announced the availability of Trillium Precise, a new Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution that allows organizations to get a single view, with unmatched accuracy for validating, verifying and enriching customer and prospect contact information used in key business interactions, on-premise and in the cloud.

Trillium Precise combines Trillium’s market leading, world-wide postal and geocoding data cleansing and enrichment of customer contact information with validation, verification and enrichment of email, phone, address and IP services. It provides unparalleled accuracy through the industry&rsquo…

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Mar 2

GT Software will introduce its new enterprise data access solution, DABEL at SHARE San Jose, March 5-10 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Providing mainframe data access has been a staple of GT Software for more than 20 years.  GT Software’s DABEL is the next generation in data access by providing an SMPE install and a container-like runtime server engine for z/OS.  All of the file definitions are done using a web based interface, with data access via JDBC or REST.  DABEL also integrates directly with GT Software’s Ivory® Service…

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