Evangelizing Mainframe

New Poster Captures the Mainframer Mosiac

In what has got to be one of the greatest PR coups of all time—back in July, IBM invited people to send in a photo to go on a “Proud to be part of z” poster. Even if your picture wasn’t selected, you would receive a printed poster. And now, in November, the poster is ready.

Posted: 11/20/2012 2:36:06 PM by Trevor Eddolls

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RDz Advice Wins in a Landslide

With 53 percent of the vote, Philip Yeo’s mainframe advice dominated the competition in the latest Destination z Tips and Techniques Challenge.

Posted: 11/13/2012 9:49:52 AM by Mike Westholder

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zEC12: More Than Just a Refresh

This new zEC12, model number 2827, continues to bring industry-leading processor speeds (5.5 Ghz), a 25-percent performance improvement over a z196 uniprocessor, and brings up to a 50-percent total capacity improvement, allowing up to 78,000 MIPS and 101 user configurable cores.

Posted: 11/6/2012 1:34:03 AM by Dustin Shammo

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Is it Wrong to Rely on Legacy Systems?

Reusing perfectly good legacy code to support new requirements makes sound financial and business sense. And many organizations have adapted their existing mainframe systems to handle new workloads from online and mobile users.

Posted: 10/23/2012 12:57:27 AM by Philip Mann

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What’s New With CICS?

On Oct. 3, IBM announced CICS Transaction Server (TS) V5.1, updates to five CICS tools, and CICS Transaction Gateway (TG) V9. Let’s have a look at these announcements in more detail.

Posted: 10/15/2012 9:58:15 AM by Trevor Eddolls

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Some Friendly Advice: Take the Dz Challenge!

The second Destination z Tips and Techniques Challenge is only days away from its Oct. 12 deadline for contest entries. So far, we’ve received more than a dozen pieces of mainframe advice shared by members of the Destination z community.

Posted: 10/9/2012 8:20:19 AM by Mike Westholder

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z/OS Consumability, User-Centered Design and Usability—It’s All About You

As primary stakeholders, users play a key role in driving z/OS consumability, user-centered design and usability work. Modernizing z/OS to meet their needs is a balancing act between keeping experienced users productive and making new ones productive quicker. Therefore, IBM invites you to collaborate with the z/OS team to help find this balance.

Posted: 10/2/2012 12:22:55 AM by Iris Rivera

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Adapting to the ‘System z Expert’ Decline

By incorporating the best of both worlds, organizations will continue to leverage their mainframe investments and adapt to the decline in System z experts, while not overwhelming those who remain and still providing their customers with the best service possible regardless of the technology used.

Posted: 9/25/2012 12:08:49 AM by Richard Nikula

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IMS: There’s Still Life in the Old Dog!

IMS marked its 44th birthday on Aug. 14, which might make you think it’s  out-of-date and of no interest to current mainframers, however, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Posted: 9/18/2012 12:16:53 AM by Trevor Eddolls

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The Mainframe Skills Gap: Reasons to Be Positive

Mainframe shops are very aware of the skills gap and the difficulties of attracting new talent to the mainframe because of misguided notions that it’s an outdated system. While the issue is far from resolved, the industry is moving in the right direction in many ways.

Posted: 9/11/2012 4:05:47 AM by Philip Mann

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