Alert: Apathy Virus Threatens World’s Mainframes

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"Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice." - Arnold Toynbee While social feeds buzz with hype about wearables and WhateverChat, the global economy continues to run on IBM z System mainframes—the only platform secure, stable, scalable and efficient enough for the … [Read more...]

Buffett, Mustard & Mainframes

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Warren Buffett has out-performed the S&P 500 over the last 50 years by an astonishing 782:1. He has done this through disciplined value investment which, as he puts it, is about buying great companies at a reasonable price—rather than chasing uncertain trends or short-term bargains. Buffett’s rationale is fairly simple. Great companies have mastered a business “platform” for generating value. So you can reap much higher … [Read more...]

The New Compuware: We Deliver

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Today, as promised in February, Compuware delivered integrations between Compuware Strobe and two BMC solutions: BMC Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise and BMC MainView. These integrations enable Compuware-BMC customers to reduce their mainframe software licensing costs by 10% or more—even as the demands of the digital economy drive continued growth of their IBM z Systems workloads. These integrations highlight three important truths about the … [Read more...]

Java-on-zAAP: 5 Pros, One Con

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It’s been a decade since IBM first announced the zAAP processor for accelerating Java on the mainframe. Yet Java-on-zAAP remains under-exploited by enterprise IT. Curious as to why this is so, I’ve had many discussions with adopters and avoiders alike. As a result of these discussions, I’ve come up with a list of the five “pros” and one “con” regarding Java on the mainframe. Pro #1: Leveraging existing skills. Java skills abound within IT … [Read more...]

Too Many CIOs Still Without Plan To Address Mainframe Skills Shortage

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In April 2012 Compuware sponsored a study that showed 71% of CIOs were worried about the looming mainframe skills shortage. This wasn’t surprising given that the first set of Boomers reached age 65 in 2011 and were expected to continue to retire in droves for the next 15-20 years. And, according to a census report, the majority of those workers will in fact retire by the time they turn 65. What was surprising was that the study revealed that … [Read more...]

Mainframe Disruption: Visualization

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In the book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, author Clay Christensen puts forth the idea of disruptive innovation. This theory holds that established companies, acting on their best self-preservation instincts, will often leave the door open for less established companies to step in and find a better way to accomplish the same goals. In some ways mainframe sites are experiencing internal disruptive innovation now. A common viewpoint of the changing … [Read more...]

Sustaining Efficiency Through Analytics in a Changing World – Three Questions That Expose the Human Capital Threat

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The world wakes up every morning oblivious to the fact that the mainframe will never fail them. Whether getting cash from an ATM, shopping online or trading stocks, the mainframe plays a critical, but often under appreciated role in the customer experience. This has been made true, in great part, by your dedicated employees who have served the mainframe platform for decades. The only thing that will stop these dedicated workers is … [Read more...]

Keeping Our Promises So You Can Keep Yours

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Compuware released a new version of Topaz, which enables companies to more aggressively leverage their mainframe applications even as z Systems stewardship shifts from retiring mainframe veterans to a new generation of Millennial IT pros. The new version of Topaz adds Program Analysis—rich visualization of COBOL and PL/I application code—to the data visualization we delivered when we first debuted Topaz in January. This combination of data and … [Read more...]

Compuware and BMC: A Customer-Driven Collaboration

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IT organizations are getting aggressive about driving down their IBM z Systems mainframe costs. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do cost reduction. Compuware and BMC are collaborating to make certain our mutual customers can do their cost-cutting the right way. The wrong way The wrong way to cut costs is to cut corners and struggle with inferior tools. This is especially true when it comes to the mainframe, which runs the enterprise’s … [Read more...]

Topaz: How Millennials Will Save the World Economy

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Millennials have to save the world. They are, after all, inheriting a world in crisis. Climate change, economic disparity, global political upheaval—these are all problems left to them by preceding generations to solve. One of the biggest crises facing Millennials, however, gets very little media attention. That crisis is the future of the mainframe. But make no mistake. The generational transfer of mainframe stewardship is a crisis. And it … [Read more...]