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Jan 14

CA Technologies announced five key trends for security and identity and access management (IAM) that will impact organizations and security professionals in 2015 as they compete in the application economy.

“The impact of data breaches in 2014, coupled with the demands of the application economy, will greatly influence the way security professionals view and approach identity and access management in 2015. CA Technologies is prepared to help customers meet the shift in IAM this year and beyond,” said Steve Firestone, senior vice president and general manager, Security business, CA Technologies.

Identity and Access Management in 2015 –…

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Jan 14

IBM z13 delivers a data and transaction system reinvented as a system of insight for digital business. Today's announcement extends IBM z Systems leadership with:

Enhancements for creating an exceptional client experience

  • Improved ability to meet service level agreements with new processor chip technology that includes simultaneous multithreading, analytical vector processing, redesigned and larger cache, and enhanced accelerators for hardware compression and cryptography
  • Better availability and more efficient use of critical data with up to 10 TB available RAIM memory
  • Validation of transactions, network management, and assignment of business priority…
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Jan 14

IBM today announced the z13. One of the most sophisticated computer systems ever built, it delivers scale and economics together with real-time encryption and analytics to help meet the expectations of consumers for speed and safety for trillions of transactions in the mobile economy. The z13 system culminates a $1 billion investment, five years of development, exploits the innovation of more than 500 new patents and represents a collaboration with more than 60 clients—underscoring IBM’s singular commitment to providing higher-value, innovative technologies to clients.

IBM's…

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Jan 12

BMC appointed top technology visionary and cloud authority Phil Harris as the company's new CTO. Harris joined BMC on January 5 and reports directly to Bob Beauchamp, BMC chairman and CEO.

Harris was most recently vice president and CTO for Cisco's Cloud Systems Management Technology group, where he was responsible for leading technology strategy, business strategy and an early-stage rapid development engineering team. Previously, Harris held various positions at VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company, including chief strategy officer and chief technology officer, and vice president for platform engineering and strategy.

Harris has also…

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IT Management

Jan 12

Companies using analytics to gain additional business insight often outperform their peers, as is often seen in their financial results. The ability to analyze information at the speed of thought is being viewed as a core competency and a source of competitive differentiation because the organization with better and faster insight is in the best position for success. This is especially true in the financial and retail industries: Enter the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS. The IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS allows you to bring analytics closer to your operational data sources. Organizations can obtain…

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Jan 11

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are preparing to resume research early in 2015 following a major program of maintenance and upgrading to prepare the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to run at almost double the energy. This will enable researchers to open a new chapter in probing the underpinning structure of the universe in search of the basic constituents of matter and to gain insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Software AG has revealed how its in-memory data management software BigMemory, has helped provide maximum support system availability since the launch of Control and…

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IT Management

Jan 8

What are your best IT employees doing every day; aside from making sure the network is up and running or completing User Acceptance Testing (UAT) on a new business application that’s scheduled for deployment in two weeks?

It might surprise most employers that at any given time during the week, their employees are likely to be spending time networking with peers, establishing references or looking at resources in order to help them get their next job.

Yikes! In an environment such as IT where good workers are still at a premium, this isn…

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Jan 8

As part of its $1.2 billion investment to expand its global cloud footprint, IBM announced the opening of its first cloud data center with SoftLayer in Germany.

Located in Frankfurt, the new facility provides customers with a local cloud center to help them meet Germany and Europe’s strict security and data privacy regulations, improving application performance by lowering latency for local customers.

“Data privacy regulations in the European Union (EU) are among the most stringent in the world, and Germany has one of the strongest policies,” said Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer,…

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Jan 5

Intuitive Cross-Platform Data Discovery, Visualization and Editing Enables Customers to Leverage System z Resources without Intensive Re-skilling

• Mainframe data is and will remain extremely valuable to enterprises—and must therefore be re-purposed for mobile apps, Big Data analytics and other new deliverables. • As experienced mainframers retire, the responsibility of leveraging high-value mainframe data falls to a new generation of developers and data architects who are unfamiliar with the platform. • Compuware uniquely addresses this urgent issue by empowering mainframe-inexperienced IT pros to discover, understand and work with both mainframe and non-mainframe data in a…

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Jan 4

According to findings released today by IBM, despite an 50 percent decline in the number of cyber attacks against U.S. retailers, the number of records stolen from them remains at near record highs. IBM Security researchers report that in 2014, cyber attackers still managed to steal more than 61 million records from retailers despite the decline in attacks, demonstrating cyber criminal’s increasing sophistication and efficiency.

Contrary to what most would expect, the majority of cyber attackers scaled back their hacking efforts around Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2014 rather than capitalize from the massive spike in retail…

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IT Management

Jan 2

In the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence, the most recent, Gartner is drilling a familiar software term into the BI market space: “enterprise.” This new focus on enterprise derives from customer demand. Those customers, who in years past expressed preferences for data discovery, analytics and other business intelligence features, are now requesting more enterprise features in their business intelligence applications. This is a sign of widespread adoption and larger deployments, which is driving the need for better tools to manage the growing number of users and data sources—precisely what enterprise solutions are designed to do.<…

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Jan 1

Mobile Workload Pricing for z/OS (MWP) is one of the latest tools in the arsenal of software cost containment offerings for the z/OS platform.

Mobile Workload Pricing

MWP can be a very positive cost savings option for customers that have a significant portion of their workload originating from mobile devices.

Much has been written about Mobile Workload Pricing already. For those new to the subject, we suggest reading IBM’s MWP announcement letter and various other documents.

MWP Adds Another Layer of Complexity

The intentions behind…

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Dec 22 ’14

BMC Software hired proven business and employee leader Monika Fahlbusch as the company’s chief people and administrative officer, effective immediately. The new role consolidates BMC’s administrative functions, including human resources (HR), facilities, employee communications and community relations. Fahlbusch reports directly to Bob Beauchamp, BMC chairman and CEO.

Fahlbusch was most recently senior VP of global employee success at Salesforce, where she helped the company achieve #7 ranking in Fortune’s Great Place to Work list – up from #52 at the start of her tenure. She led the HR team that deployed innovative employee…

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IT Management

Dec 18 ’14

Every year, the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), in conjunction with Oxford Economics, surveys IT executives around the world about how the technology landscape is changing. This year’s survey, which canvassed 750 senior IT leaders in 18 countries, opens the conversation about IT infrastructure – and in particular, the content, participants and tone in which this discussion topic is changing.

The survey found that seven out of 10 organizations believe IT infrastructure plays an important role in enabling competitive advantage or optimizing revenue and profit. Yet less than 10 percent of all organizations are fully prepared to address…

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Dec 16 ’14

Riverbed Technology, the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by leading private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo, LLC and Teachers’ Private Capital, the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Under the terms of the agreement, Riverbed stockholders will receive $21.00 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $3.6 billion. The agreement was unanimously approved by Riverbed’s Board of Directors following a comprehensive review of strategic and financial alternatives that the Company announced in October, 2014.

“We are extremely pleased…

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Dec 16 ’14

Syncsort, a global leader in Big Data software, today announced that Lonne Jaffe – who was previously named to their prestigious “Forty Under 40” list of distinguished business people under 40 years old – was selected by NJBiz as a finalist for Executive of the Year.

Jaffe was honored for his success in transforming Syncsort into a leader in next-generation Big Data software, including powerful cloud-based offerings and advanced technology built on Apache Hadoop, while growing the company’s mainframe software business both organically and through acquisition. Under Jaffe’s leadership, Syncsort, which started out…

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Dec 16 ’14

Thoma Bravo, LLC has formally completed its acquisition of Compuware Corporation and implemented its previously announced plan to separate the company's mainframe and application performance management (APM) businesses—with the mainframe business carrying the Compuware name. Concurrently, former president of mainframe operations Chris O'Malley has been named Compuware's CEO.

Compuware is now the largest software company in the world exclusively devoted to optimizing customers' IBM mainframe environments.

This move substantially benefits the many companies around the world that continue to depend on the IBM System z platform. With the tremendous talent…

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IT Management

Dec 15 ’14

Despite no new hardware or software announcements from IBM, the August 2014 SHARE conference in Pittsburgh was considered a big success. The good news is that SHARE is getting younger. More than 25 percent of conference attendees were first timers; a welcome addition to an aging mainframe workforce.

There are several reasons for this:

• First, the anticipated looming retirements of experienced mainframers have started. However, in many places, new blood is backfilling the jobs of those who are leaving.

• Second, initiatives such as IT-oLogy and Marist College Enterprise Computing Community (ECC) programs are…

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Dec 13 ’14

IntelliMagic, the leader of Availability IntelligenceTM solutions for large IT infrastructures, announced support for mainframe tape workloads running on Oracle StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) in version 8.0 of IntelliMagic Vision.

Oracle StorageTek VSM support in IntelliMagic Vision is in addition to the existing support for native tape and for IBM TS7700 virtual tape.

Availability Intelligence, produced by IntelliMagic Vision, uncovers hidden dangers in IT infrastructure through automated and intelligent analysis of performance and configuration data, along with built-in hardware capacity knowledge.

IntelliMagic Vision automatically assesses…

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IT Management

Dec 11 ’14

Most business and IT professionals would agree that poor data quality results in negative business outcomes. It makes logical sense. Other than by accident, the only way a positive business outcome results from poor data quality is when the poor quality data belongs to a competitor.

To gain insight into the ramifications of poor data quality, an in-depth study was conducted by a small group of organizations working together to delve into the issue. Since August 2013, the Robert Frances Group, Chaordix Inc., Principal Consulting LLC and the IBM Information Governance Community have surveyed, interviewed and analyzed data…

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