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May 25 ’11

Guest Author: Jon William Toigo  (This is a sneak preview of Jon's "Enterprise Manager" column that will appear in the July/August 2011 issue of Mainframe Executive magazine.)

My 12 year old autistic son, Guy, is running around the house these days chanting the words, “You know, like mainframes…”  He has been looking over our shoulders at a short video we have been making in preparation for a conference where I will be keynoting on the subject of “What is Killing Server Virtualization and What You Can Do…

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Apr 26 ’10

I am involved in an upcoming virtual trade show event that I am very excited about. It’s called May Mainframe Madness 2010 and it is undoubtedly the largest virtual event yet for mainframers.

Whether you’re an experienced mainframer, new to the field, or just curious about the technology there’s something for you in this first of its kind virtual trade show event.

Register FREE at: www.ca.com/mmm

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Apr 17 ’14

The answer is simple: Management is playing Russian roulette if they haven’t mandated that a meticulously designed disaster recovery plan be in place and regularly tested. The risks of not having such a plan are so great you would think that every business would be eager to be protected. Think again.

Recently, I posed the following question to the Enterprise Systems LinkedIn Group and its 5,600 members. “What are the top five reasons management gives for not needing better disaster recovery planning?” Unsurprisingly, that question elicited very few responses primarily because the group members…

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IT Management

Aug 5 ’11

By Jon William Toigo

It occurred to me a couple of years ago, when IBM began touting strong quarterly growth numbers both in numbers of MIPS and in revenues derived from mainframe hardware and software sales, that the burgeoning narrative about a “mainframe renaissance” might be short-lived. If I had written what I was thinking at the time, I would probably sound a lot smarter today. Heck, maybe I could be introduced at my next talk as a respected industry analyst.

Instead, I took the occasion to indulge in a bit of guilty…

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IT Management

Nov 9 ’10

This is a sidebar to the article titled, "Information and Knowledge Gathering in 2010 and Beyond." To read the entire article, please click here.

Here’s a list of some of the available resources:

  • MainframeZone.com
  • SearchDataCenter.com
  • Blogs (from Jon Toigo, Bob Thomas, Troy Coleman, and many others)
  • e-newsletters and newsletters
  • Electronic bulletin boards
  • Mainframe Executive
  • z/Journal <…
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IT Management

May 17 ’10

 “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”  -- Henry Ford

Whether the ink on your diploma is still fresh or you have long ago forgotten where you put the thing, real learning begins when you graduate and ends only when you give up. In the IT profession, continuing education must be a part of your career plan; the industry just changes too fast. But how do you find the time? Many struggling to work while attending school imagined how much easier life would…

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Spotlights

Apr 20 ’10

Endless Education

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. “ - Henry Ford

Whether the ink on your diploma is still fresh or you have long ago forgotten where you put the thing, the real learning of life begins when you graduate and ends only when you give up.  In the IT profession, continuing education has to be a part of your career plan; the industry just changes too fast.   But how do you find the time?  Many struggling to work while attending school imagined how…

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IT Management

Jul 1 ’07

Mainframes have been reinvigorated by companies such as oracle partnering with IBM to run multiple databases on IBM System z mainframes using Linux virtual machines. But this is creating a staffing crisis in enterprise IT. Cross-platform DBAs and systems administrators who can manage distributed and mainframe database environments are becoming scarcer, and not enough new professionals are being trained to fill the gap. However, there are some ways IT organizations can plan for this challenge and minimize its impact. 

IBM unveiled its System 360 more than 40 years ago and it has since been witness to several IT…

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Operating Systems

Oct 1 ’05

Several articles in the last issue of z/Journal (August/ September) really peaked my interest. So let’s add to the discussion, specifically from the z/VSE perspective.

Support Staff Graying?

“Who’s Minding the Shop?” by Mary Shacklett (page 66) and “A New Generation of Mainframe Professionals” by Micky Reichenberg (page 71) are excellent treatises on the graying of zSeries support staff and current initiatives to deal with it. If you didn’t read these articles, you should (they are available on the Website at Read Full Article →

IT Management

Jun 8 ’11

Recently, I gave a talk on “hybrid mainframing,” which raised a few eyebrows. A few folks were confused regarding my use of the term hybrid. 

Was I borrowing the term from trendy automobile commercials? You know the ones, where electric car owners smugly explain how they’re reducing their carbon footprint by abandoning gasoline in favor of dirty electrical power (40 percent of electricity is generated by dirty coal, after all). Was I talking about some sort of new application for chimeric gene splicing; taking strands of DNA from different plants or animals and…

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IT Management

May 6 ’11

By the time you read this, the 2011 hurricane season will be under way. Once again, the folks at Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science are predicting an active Atlantic hurricane season with 25 storms and at least one serious storm (category 3 or better), making landfall in Florida or Texas. “No big deal,” you’re probably saying, if you don’t live on the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean. However, for those of us in those regions, anxiety is on the rise.

So, you may be wondering…

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IT Management

Apr 6 ’11

Recently, I participated in a panel discussion on the role of mainframes in cloud computing that featured spokespersons from IBM and CA Technologies as well as technology consumers Al Vazquez from Morgan Stanley and Sam Knutson from GEICO. The event was broadcast to mainframers around the U.S. I won’t go into the details of the panel discussion here, since replays will be available via the Web shortly, but I do want to explain why Al Vazquez became my new best friend.

During breaks, I had a chance to hang out with Vazquez and understand…

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IT Management

Mar 1 ’11

Every year, professors at leading MBA mills deliver lectures to classes of future “captains of industry” in which they present business strategy development as a process or cycle with three parts: analysis, choice, and implementation. Understanding this bit of “programming” might help mainframers curb their ire toward front-office managers who, each year, ask for metrics to demonstrate the benefits of mainframe computing.

Part one of the cycle comprises an analysis task that closely examines the state of the business, the market in which it plays, and the important trends that may shape the…

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IT Management

Feb 15 ’11

By now, the news is out about IBM’s mainframe-blade server hybrid play, the latest part of its zEnterprise initiative. Big Blue announced it in January with all the ruffles and flourishes one might expect from a “unified computing strategy.” Based on the coverage I read, the trade press heard “a solution for consolidating the Wild West of the Microsoft Windows server-based computing environment into the stolid and dependable mainframe data center,” which I suppose it might be.  

Truth be told, IBM had been on point about consolidating distributed computing…

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IT Management

Jan 12 ’11

One of my final online events in 2010 consisted of being a panelist on a Webcast called “From Here to Eternity: The Mainframe as a Mainstay of the Enterprise.” The moderator was Michael Krieger of Ziff-Davis, and fellow panelists included Keith Winnard of JD Williams and Trevor Eddolls of iTech Ed. Dayton Semerjian, general manager for the Mainframe Business Unit at CA Technologies, rounded out the group. Between us, we had roughly 250 years of experience to condense into a 45-minute structured Q&A session, followed by 15 minutes of open questions. The mission was essentially to add insight…

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IT Management

Jan 4 ’11

By the time you read this, the 2010 U.S. mid-term election campaigns will be history. Most of us will be thankful that the vituperous TV and radio ads will have disappeared from the airwaves and we’re back to our normal diet of air-headed pitches for household cleaning products and breakfast cereals.

In the IT world, however, the battle for the hearts and minds of business decision-makers goes on. 

For some of the mainframers I talk to regularly, there’s a fear that, as the economy shows signs of improvement, old plans…

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IT Management

Nov 10 ’10

I recently celebrated my 28th year in IT—a journey that began as a night operator in a mainframe data center for a Florida mortgage banking house. Times have changed, and not all for the better, but certain core ideas about corporate computing remain as valid today as they were then.

For example, we’re returning to a business focus in IT today. Some would argue that we never deviated from this focus, but they would be wrong. When I took my first job babysitting batch processing during the night shift, the applications running…

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IT Management

Oct 20 ’10

There’s a tendency to think of disasters in seasonal terms. In Florida, where I’m based, June 1 is the date assigned as the beginning of hurricane season, despite the fact the really disastrous weather events seem to be coming later and later in the year—from September all the way through December. Elsewhere in the country, we hear worries of another active winter storm season, though this is also an imprecise bracketing of ice storms and blizzard events, which last year clung like ice to the roof gutters in much of the country until well…

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IT Management

Sep 22 ’10

Chatting last week with John McKenny, vice president of Worldwide Marketing for Mainframe Service Management at BMC, he talked about the company’s ongoing initiative to extend the centralized management practices of the mainframe into the distributed world, which he characterized as the next evolution of corporate computing. McKenny cited a small survey sample of BMC’s mainframe-using customers to suggest that IT’s role is shifting to one of managing overall corporate requirements for compute services; this is a reflection of ongoing consolidation in the distributed world via virtualization and, ultimately, cloud adoption. He was…

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IT Management

Sep 1 ’10

While I’m hopeful some resolution will have been found by the time this column goes to press for the broken well head that’s currently spewing tens of millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico each day, I can’t help but see some compelling parallels between the evolution of this disaster and the state of today’s data center. Perhaps we can learn from this tragedy and improve our own thinking about disaster prevention in the digital world.

First, there’s the decision-making that led to…

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