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Topaz: How Millennials Will Save the World Economy

By |February 2nd, 2015|

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 […]

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What’s Keeping You from COBOL 5.1?

By |September 22nd, 2014|

With the release of COBOL 5.1, IBM has finally delivered a compiler that fully exploits the advantages of System z architecture.  As a result, IT organizations recompiling their code in COBOL 5.1 can run their existing mainframe applications with 10-20% less CPU utilization.  That can save companies millions.

These aren’t just […]

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Mainframe and Cloud – Oil and Water?

By |April 3rd, 2013|

I came across an interesting article last week entitled “Tassie retailer rejects cloud for mainframe.” It described how an Australian supermarket chain was bucking the “cloud computing” trend by upgrading to the latest Unisys mainframe technology to run its core business, including a 20+ year-old application suite.

The article highlights the […]

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Shamed out of my Blackberry, but what about COBOL?

By |January 28th, 2013|

My co-workers have been lovingly teasing me for months (or has it been a year?) about my continued use of a Blackberry. But this phone does what I need to do: make/receive phone calls and read/send emails. I tell them I don’t care; at least I didn’t until the other […]

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Growing Mainframe Talent Locally

By |August 15th, 2012|

As we’ve blogged about many times before, the IT industry is facing a mainframe skills shortage in the not-too-distant future. And for some companies, the future is now. According to a recent survey by Computerworld, 22 percent of COBOL programmers are aged 55 and older. And, some 50 percent are […]

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What Makes an Effective Mainframe Programmer? (Hint – It’s Not Just Cobol Skills)

By |June 5th, 2012|

Computerworld recently ran an in-depth article titled “Brain Drain: Where Cobol systems go from here”

This tends to be a particularly charged discussion since these days there is simultaneously a Cobol skills shortage and Cobol programmers out of work. I was happy the author extended the discussion into two other areas: […]

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What’s Your Limit in the Mainframe Universe? – Part 2

By |November 28th, 2011|

There are many well known limits for mainframe software. In this post, we’ll start by taking a look at the z/OS system and related software, and discuss some of these limits and how they have affected the workplace throughout the years.

For IBM S/360, the most common and popular limit is […]

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