Musings & Observations from SHARE Orlando 2015 Blog Series – August 13 (Final Day)


Some final observations about SHARE Orlando: SHARE isn’t just our name. It’s what we do. I love the User Experiences sessions. The best presentation is a story and these sessions are the best stories, often describing a journey that isn’t complete yet. I remember looking around during session 17619 Modernization Real Life Scenarios and thinking “they’re needs to be more people here!” Complementary sessions. Another way to tell a story is … [Read more...]

Musings & Observations from SHARE Orlando 2015 Blog Series – August 12


It’s interesting to read the tea leaves at SHARE. Sessions are broken down by categories, some generic and some specific. For instance in the general “hot topic” categories – there are 25 Big Data /Big Analytics sessions, 36 Cloud sessions, 25 Mobile sessions, 44 sessions on Security and 39 sessions on z13 and new Systems. There are some duplicates in the categorization and remember the mainframe has a firm footing in those last two hot … [Read more...]

Musings & Observations from SHARE Orlando 2015 Blog Series – August 11


Bumbershoot is the big music festival in Seattle. For one fixed price you can roam the grounds and take in music from any of half a dozen stages. There are hard choices to be made. Every time you choose to listen at one stage you are also choosing to skip the music available on the other stages. That same principle is true at SHARE as well. Every session you choose to attend means you’re also choosing not to attend the other ten or so sessions … [Read more...]

Musings & Observations from SHARE Orlando 2015 Blog Series – August 10


The first day at SHARE always starts with the keynote address. This year it was by Tom Rosamilia, a SVP from IBM. He identified five main topics: mobile, analytics, cloud, application development/skills and security. What really struck me were some of the numbers: in mobile 68% of app developers are unaware of back-end processing implications as they make requests; in analytics 90% of data is never looked at and 60% of data is not useful one day … [Read more...]

Musings & Observations from SHARE Orlando 2015 Blog Series – August 9


One look at the agenda for SHARE Orlando 2015 reveals that the very essence of the mainframe is changing.  After years, decades possibly, focused on glass room advancements the mainframe is now a full-fledged member of the overarching digital community.  Sure there are still the classic bits and bytes sessions on z/OS, CICS, DB2 and IMS but there are an almost equal number of sessions on Linux, Java and mobile.  What is your mainframe?  Your … [Read more...]

Alert: Apathy Virus Threatens World’s Mainframes


"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

Source: Mike Mozart

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


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


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...]