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Dec 4 ’14

IBM and Docker, Inc. announced a strategic partnership that enables enterprises to more efficiently, quickly and cost effectively build and run the next generation of applications on the IBM Cloud and on prem via the Docker open platform for distributed applications. Enterprises can use the combination of IBM and Docker to create and manage a new generation of portable distributed applications that are rapidly composed of discrete interoperable Docker containers, have a dynamic lifecycle, and can scale to run in concert anywhere from the developer’s laptop to hundreds of hosts in the cloud.

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Applications & Databases

Dec 3 ’14

Continuous Delivery strategy (see Glossary) takes its origin in start-up companies. The benefits of adopting Continuous Delivery principles are clear and plentiful. Continuous Delivery improvements in productivity are achieved through increased software deployment frequency and delivering new features to production in small increments, thus reducing the risks of production failures. The way Continuous Delivery is adopted in start-ups is organic and straightforward due to the greenfield nature of the development processes and the focus on a specific product or service. Enterprises, however, are a different story (see Figure 1). Enterprises, which often emerge as a result of numerous mergers and…

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Dec 2 ’14

Luminex Software, Inc., a proven innovator and technology leader, introduced a new category of mainframe virtual tape products, called virtual tape vaults. The new MVT Vault™ offers unprecedented price points and a compact product footprint for storing a second or third copy of virtual tape data out-of-region for data protection.

Now mainframe data centers that have production and remote disaster recovery (DR) sites in place, can also secure a third copy of tape data at any location with IP connectivity, using MVT Vault. This is particularly…

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Dec 2 ’14

EMC Corporation announced the findings of a new global data protection study that reveals that data loss and downtime cost enterprises $1.7 trillion in the last twelve months, or the equivalent of nearly 50% of Germany’s GDP. Data loss is up by 400% since 2012 while, surprisingly, 71% of organizations are still not fully confident in their ability to recover after a disruption.

EMC® Global Data Protection Index, conducted by Vanson Bourne, surveyed 3,300 IT decision makers from mid-size to enterprise-class businesses across 24 countries.

Impact of Data Loss and Downtime

The good news is that the…

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Dec 1 ’14

IBM and ABN AMRO have signed a 10-year, multibillion-dollar services agreement to manage the IT infrastructure that supports the bank’s operations globally. The agreement includes the implementation of a private IBM cloud together with further standardization and simplification of the existing IT landscape, from mobile computing to mainframe infrastructure.

Through continued optimization and transformation to cloud infrastructure, the bank targets to improve service quality, drive greater operational efficiencies and provide new and innovative products that meet the changing digital needs of its customers globally. This agreement is expected to create financial savings over the life…

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Dec 1 ’14

CA Technologies' partnership with two top Swiss universities is helping to nurture and encourage the next generation of IT talent. The Company invests CHF 200,000 annually in innovations under development by students at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Haute Ecole d'Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud (HEIG-VD), as part of a five year relationship announced last year.

To support the Company’s global commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, empowering women in IT and developing more software engineering computer science talent, Senior…

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Storage

Dec 1 ’14

Maximizing performance throughput is just as important today for organizations using the z/VSE operating system as it was in the past. A well-tuned z/VSE system permits maximum workloads to be processed in the shortest time possible, thereby permitting organizations to reap the full benefit of their mainframe hardware and software investment. One area that is always important to monitor and tune is storage I/O performance.

It is not unusual for storage devices to be a bottleneck for overall throughput of a z/VSE system. Since most data being accessed on a day-to-day basis is…

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Applications & Databases

Nov 25 ’14

Users installing mainframe systems have long been familiar with ISPF and REXX systems. These systems are used to install applications written in traditional mainframe programming languages. Not only were load libraries and application-specific files created, these systems also performed configuration of the application. This could mean creating files and updating them with input provided by the user at install time. Efforts at mainframe modernization have added a new language to the mix, Java. Applications written in Java quite often have a properties file that contains configuration information. Users are accustomed to editing this file after the application has been…

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Nov 21 ’14

IBM the University of South Carolina (USC) and Fluor Corporation announced the formation of the Center for Applied Innovation. The Center will provide application services to both public and private sector organizations across North America with specialties in the areas of analytics and higher education industry solutions. As part of the initiative, the organizations will collaborate on tailored IT curricula and advanced analytic techniques for personalized learning.

“The Center for Applied Innovation is the realization of the University of South Carolina’s vision to advance higher education through strong, public-private partnerships,” USC President Harris…

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Nov 21 ’14

IBM announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM’s platform-as-a-service. The  new platform enables developers to build applications around their most sensitive data and deploy them in a dedicated cloud environment to help them capture the benefits of cloud while avoiding the compliance, regulatory and performance issues that are presented with public clouds.

IBM is also introducing a new, private API catalog on its public instance of Bluemix. which will help developers to more easily access…

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Nov 21 ’14

CA Technologies announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.  CA joins the ranks of 364 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“We are honored to once again be named as a Best Place to Work for LGBT employees by the HRC,” said Guy Di Lella, CA Chief Human Resources Officer. “We know that diversity of perspective, experience,…

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Nov 20 ’14

Syncsort, a global leader in Big Data software, today announced new software innovations designed to help customers meet the challenges of processing more and more data on the IBM mainframe, while also reducing MIPS usage and costs.

First, Syncsort is announcing the latest release of its flagship mainframe software product—Syncsort MFX for z/OS—further extending the performance and functionality lead that Syncsort has held for decades. Second, Syncsort is releasing a new solution suite built on Syncsort MFX, called Syncsort ZPSaver, which includes utilities that enable IT organizations to achieve tremendous cost savings…

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Nov 20 ’14

Serena Software, the largest independent provider of Orchestrated Application Development and Release Management solutions, today announced the availability of a major new version of ChangeMan ZMF, the industry-leading software change, configuration and release management solution for mainframes running z/OS. Version 8 of ChangeMan ZMF includes significant new capabilities to enable fast, modern development on the mainframe, the business platform used by over 90% of the Fortune 500.

These leading enterprises are under pressure to deliver software innovation rapidly to satisfy the expectations of their customers, while maintaining high quality and reducing cost. This innovation crosses platforms, involving development teams…

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Nov 20 ’14

Micro Focus International announced the completion of its merger with the Attachmate Group under the terms of the definitive agreement disclosed on 15 September, 2014.

Micro Focus International is a global leader in infrastructure software that understands the technology needs and challenges of the world’s most demanding businesses. The enlarged company has significantly increased scale, with combined revenues of $1.4B, more than 4,500 employees, more than 5,000 partners operating across more than 30 countries and a customer base well in excess of 20,000. For customers, an expanded presence in all significant international markets and a broader product portfolio helps organisations to…

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Nov 20 ’14

IBM announced new, cloud-based DevOps services, software and infrastructure designed to help large organizations develop and deliver quality software faster. By tapping into the collaborative power of IBM’s Cloud portfolio and deep business transformation experience, enterprises can speed the delivery of software that drives new models of engagement and business.

Software-driven innovation is becoming a primary approach to how businesses create and deliver new value to customers. A survey of 400 business and IT executives by the IBM Institute for Business Value showed businesses that are more effective at software delivery are also more profitable than…

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Nov 20 ’14

CA Technologies announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.  CA joins the ranks of 364 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“We are honored to once again be named as a Best Place to Work for LGBT employees by the HRC,” said Guy Di Lella, CA Chief Human Resources Officer. “We know that diversity of perspective, experience,…

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Nov 20 ’14

BMC Software announced that it hired globally renowned marketing executive Nick Utton as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, effective immediately.

Utton previously served as CMO for E*Trade, MasterCard and the consumer business of JPMorgan Chase. He is best known for launching MasterCard’s iconic “Priceless” campaign and E*Trade’s “talking baby” campaign while driving sales and profit growth across digital, mobile and offline marketing channels. In 2012, he was ranked as the #2 marketer in ExecRank’s annual “Top CMO” rankings.

Utton has served…

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Nov 18 ’14

Partners HealthCare and EMC Corporation today announced collaborative efforts to improve the delivery of Healthcare and the lives of patients by developing an agile data and analytics platform, The Partners Data Lake. The objective of The Partners Data Lake is to speed clinically relevant research developed across the Partners HealthCare system into the clinical setting.

Insights derived from The Partners Data Lake will also be used to inform medical science to help make research more efficient, improving the diagnosis and treatment of disease and ultimately making health care more cost effective. Leveraging the advanced medical diagnostics capabilities…

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CICS / WebSphere

Nov 18 ’14

CICS has been continually developed and enhanced during its lifetime, and its problem determination data has also been extended and improved during that time. Facilities such as z/OS system dumps, internal and external tracing, exception trace data and built-in diagnostic trap mechanisms, together with a rich set of first failure data capture messages, journaling and SMF data, are all available to assist in problem determination, both at an application and at a system level.

This article, the first of two, focuses on the message and dump problem determination facilities provided with CICS, and gives details on…

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Nov 15 ’14

IBM announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded IBM contracts valued at $325 million to develop and deliver the world’s most advanced “data centric” supercomputing systems at Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to advance innovation and discovery in science, engineering and national security. IBM’s new systems using a “data centric” approach puts computing power everywhere data resides, minimizing data in motion and energy consumption.

The rapid growth and emerging importance of managing Big Data accelerates the opportunity for new discovery while at the same time…

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