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Aug 3

One of the often overlooked benefits of the introduction of a new mainframe like the Z is cost savings. Even though the machine may cost more, the cost of the performance and capabilities it delivers typically cost less on a per-unit basis. In the case of the new Z, it’s not just a modest drop in price/performance. With the new Z, IBM announced three new Container Pricing models for IBM Z, providing greatly simplified software pricing that promises flexible deployment with competitive economics vs.…

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Jul 31

 Business-software company H&W Computer Systems (H&W) has introduced the SYSB-AJR software, which automates recovery for companies running batch applications to reduce downtime and potential errors associated with manual file-restore processes.

“Manual file restores of VSAM files after an abend can be difficult and time-consuming,” said Matt Link, CEO and president of H&W. “In addition, more complex file restore scenarios can be prone to human error when not automated. SYSB-AJR is a big improvement over manual file-restore processes that most shops use today.”

After an…

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Jul 31

Compuware Corporation has announced the launch of a Mainframe Center of Excellence (CoE) in partnership with Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. The Mainframe CoE will be dedicated to helping large global enterprises better leverage their systems of record for competitive advantage in fast-moving digital markets.

Enterprise IT leaders grapple with mainframe environments that are mired in traditional “waterfall” development, inadequately integrated into cross-platform DevOps workflows and foreign to the Millennials who will ultimately be responsible for the platform’s future. The innovative Mainframe CoE,…

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Jul 19

By now you have certainly heard of IBM’s latest mainframe, the long-awaited z14, which the company refers to as Z. An announcement of a new mainframe usually doesn’t attract much notice, but maybe this announcement should. Even if you are not a mainframe fan this machine offers a solution that helps everybody—pervasive encryption of all data with no impact on operations or performance and with no need to take much action on your part, except to plug the machine in.

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Jul 19

Compuware Corporation is pleased to announce Day One support of IBM’s new z14 mainframe. The z14’s new features, particularly greater security enabled through pervasive encryption, will help Compuware customers optimize “digital trust”—heightening user confidence that their sensitive data is being kept safe and secure. Additional hardware capacity and performance optimizations will also help customers more fully leverage their mainframes as a competitive asset.

“The digital economy has fundamentally re-shaped the competitive landscape. When it comes to time-to-market for innovative products and services, big doesn’t beat small;…

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Jul 19

IBM has announced solutions that connect mainframes to IBM’s DS8880 family of primary all-flash storage systems, provide data encryption to ensure transactional, business intelligence and machine learning workloads used for businesses running IBM Z environments are protected if data is lost or compromised. IBM’s DS8880 all flash helps clients deliver hybrid cloud environments by adding additional clouds supported.

“The resiliency of the mainframe is shaped by mature, transactional industries that have long relied on it to run their business and emerging ones like blockchain that depend on…

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Jul 18

Granted, 20 consecutive quarters of posting negative revenue numbers is enough to get even the most diehard mainframe bigot down. If you ran your life like that your house and your car would have been seized by the bank months ago.

Toward the end of June, however, both z and Power had some good news. First, IBM announced that corporate enterprise users ranked the IBM z Systems enterprise servers as the most reliable hardware platform available on the market today. In its enterprise server category, the survey also found that IBM Power Systems achieved the highest levels…

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Jul 17

IBM today unveiled IBM Z, the next generation of the world’s most powerful transaction system, capable of running more than 12 billion encrypted transactions per day. The new system also introduces a breakthrough encryption engine that, for the first time, makes it possible to pervasively encrypt data associated with any application, cloud service or database all the time.

IBM Z’s new data encryption capabilities are designed to address the global epidemic of data breaches, a major factor in the $8 trillion cybercrime impact on the global economy by 2022. Of the more than nine billion…

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Jul 16

H&W Computer Systems (H&W) announced that its SYSB-II® software is covered for Day One support with CICS 5.4, which IBM is releasing today. “With Day One support, H&W is ensuring that its SYSB-II software will work as expected with the new 5.4 release of CICS, even if customers upgrade right away,” said Matt Link, CEO and president of H&W. “This support gives customers peace of mind that they can trust SYSB-II to be there when they need it.” Companies worldwide – including some of the largest in America …

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Jul 10

I started my career writing macro-level Assembler code to run under CICS. We would carry our carefully edited coding sheets over to a small set of dumb terminals at our appointed hour. Efficient typing was a must, as we had to share these terminals. 

PCs replaced dumb terminals and coding sheets have gone the way of carbon paper. But today, many of the techniques developers opt for aren’t much more advanced than the ones we used in the 80’s. This limits how well the mainframe can play in the 21st century.

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Jul 10

GT Software and Information Balance, Inc., two market leading enterprise software solutions companies, today announced a strategic global partnership that will provide an enhanced capability to help organizations integrate existing legacy systems and data with powerful new technologies to improve operational efficiency and customer experience.

The partnership brings together two companies with years of experience in helping companies adapt and align their IT technologies to business strategy by integrating existing legacy systems and data to new technologies. Under the terms of the agreement, GT Software will resell Information Balance’s application portfolio analysis and management solution,…

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Jul 7

Centerbridge Partners, L.P. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire enterprise software providers Syncsort Incorporated and Vision Solutions, Inc. from Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. Upon completion of the $1.26 billion transaction, Syncsort and Vision will be combined, creating a leading “Big Iron to Big Data” platform investment controlled by Centerbridge. Clearlake, which acquired Syncsort in 2015 and Vision in 2016, is retaining a minority ownership stake.

The combined company, led by Syncsort CEO Josh Rogers and operating under the Syncsort name, will be headquartered in Pearl River, NY. Each business is expected to…

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Jul 5

Recently on the REDDIT DB2 forum someone raised a question (found here) about DB2’s future in application development. The question and answers talked about the database industry and the reason DB2 is positioned in the upper right quadrant in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrants found here.

To address some of those concerns, here are five ways I developed and used to help application developers use DB2 for all their the new projects. Since application…

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Jun 28

Compuware Corporation today announced the integration of Topaz for Total Test, the industry’s first fully automated unit testing tool for COBOL, with Jenkins, SonarQube and Compuware ISPW. Topaz for Total Test automates the capture and execution of COBOL unit tests, empowering even developers with relatively little hands-on mainframe experience to work on mainframe systems of record without exposing them to unacceptable risk.

These new integrations and enhancements to the product build upon previous Compuware solution integrations…

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Jun 26

RSM Partners, the U.K.-headquartered specialists in mainframe security, software and services, today announces the hiring of Chad Rikansrud as Director of North American Operations.

Chad will be responsible for leading RSM's continued expansion in the North American marketplace, focusing on RSM's world class security advisory services, audit, penetration testing and security software. Chad is a nationally recognized security industry speaker, with regular appearances at such events as: DEF CON, Derbycon, RSA2017, SHARE, Sp4rkcon and other local/regional conferences.

Commercial Director at RSM Partners, Andrew Downie, commented, “We're…

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Jun 26

RSM Partners is doing its part in helping to ease the mainframe skills shortage by hiring and educating trainees under its own scheme called the Mainframer in Training (MIT) Program.

As a provider of z Systems mainframe skills and services globally, RSM understands the difficulties the industry now faces finding mainframe people. RSM sees growing its own talent as a big part of its future strategy and a way of tackling the industry's growing lack of mainframe specialists and expertise.

The impending retirement of a large number of the mainframe workforce continues to be…

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Jun 23

Mainframe developers now have the ability to build APIs to connect legacy systems to modern technology faster and easier with GT Software’s latest Ivory Service Architect release. With Ivory Service Architect 6.0, developers can seamlessly integrate new technologies like mobile, web-based portals, business process management and packaged applications. Ivory easily extends access to the mainframe through industry standard SOAP or REST APIs — with no code written, generated or changed and with no additional MIPS usage. Mainframe integration is enabled, regardless of platform, programming language and data format. Ivory Service Architect also requires minimal training and can be…

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Jun 20

Syncsort, a global leader in data liberation, integrity and integration solutions for next-generation analytics, today announced new capabilities in its unrivaled mainframe data access and integration solution that continuously, quickly and efficiently populates Hadoop data lakes with changes in mainframe data.

The new DMX Change Data Capture (DMX CDC) functionality delivers real-time data replication that enables organizations to continually keep Hadoop data in sync with changes made on the mainframe, and consistently make the most current Big Data information available in the Hadoop data lake for analytics.

“Many organizations are using our industry-leading big…

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Jun 19

A bill has recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives (Modernizing Government Technology or MGT) that calls for updating out of date IT systems and technologies. Should the bill pass through the Senate, it is certain that many installed mainframe systems could be targeted for replacement because of the perceived notion that "old" systems should be replaced with new systems. But that is not necessarily true, according to a recent article that appeared in GCN (Government Computer News) titled, "As the MGT Act Rolls Forward, It's Time to Debunk Mainframe Myths." Written by Compuware's Director of…

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Jun 19

H&W Computer Systems (H&W) has announced that its SYSB-II® software is covered for Day One support with CICS 5.4, which IBM is releasing today.

“With Day One support, H&W is ensuring that its SYSB-II software will work as expected with the new 5.4 release of CICS, even if customers upgrade right away,” said Matt Link, CEO and president of H&W. “This support gives customers peace of mind that they can trust SYSB-II to be there when they need it.”

Companies worldwide – including some…

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