Mainframe Upgrades – They Happen

System upgrades are a fact of life. If you’re running a mainframe system, you’re doing it for a good reason—and that’s almost certainly because you need the performance, capacity, throughput and security. Not only that, you’re more than likely experiencing growing...

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Does it take a super-hero CIO to stay on the mainframe?

Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent Can’t Get The Job Done Because They Don’t Go To Work Wearing Their Cape I am really starting to get sick of the conventional wisdom that exists out there that maintains that companies should abandon the mainframe and do all their computing...

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The Mainframe’s Place In DevOps

Read an interesting article a while back on how to pull off a DevOps implementation successfully: 10 ways to win at devops that identified some important ideas requiring attention in any new DevOps implementation. Some are pretty obvious: get buy-in from the C-Suite,...

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My Great Uncle Was a Farmer so I am a Mainframer

Why am I a Mainframer? It all started when my great uncle bought a Combine…. When I was growing up, my family and I made frequent trips to a farm on Manitoulin Island in Canada—about 250 miles north of Detroit—a remote place where farming was difficult and few made it...

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6 Ways Mainframe In-memory Technology Can Save You

When people hear talk about in-memory technology, they immediately assume the discussion revolves around Big Data and analytics being run on distributed systems, and that the database part of the discussion focuses on things like SAP HANA, TIBCO, VoltDB, or even IBM...

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New Year, Old Stuff; And New…

What can I say? I’m an old guy and I like old stuff. The best example of this is my 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible. I bought it about 10 years ago, a little bit before my 50th birthday. I’ve had older cars before – in my 30’s I had a beautiful 1968 Camaro – that...

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Mainframe Pricing: Endgame

IBM Simplifying Mainframe Software Pricing When you hear the words mainframe software pricing, what do you think of? A common reaction is to ignore it unless you are actively negotiating a new contract with IBM. And even then, the general consensus is that it is...

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