Evangelizing Mainframe

Who’s Looking After Application Efficiency at Mainframe Sites?

Application performance tuning can help mainframe shops run their applications more efficiently so they use less processing power, but hardly anyone performs application tuning proactively in an organized and structured way. That’s often because nobody in the IT organization truly takes responsibility for giving the applications the care and attention they deserve.

Posted: 6/5/2012 4:01:13 AM by Philip Mann

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IBM Destination z Partners Gather at Impact 2012

The Destination z team worked tirelessly to create the zZone at the IBM Impact 2012 conference exhibit hall. The zZone is intended to bring System z community members together to meet each other, meet our Destination z business partner members, and to learn how they can work together to solve business problems using System z technology.

Posted: 5/22/2012 4:04:32 AM by Marc Smith

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The Mainframe’s Potential to Get Social

What I’m suggesting is that it isn’t too great a leap for mainframe applications to get social and build inputs that ordinary people could use when it’s convenient for them. Wouldn’t that make your company very popular with potential customers?

Posted: 5/15/2012 3:55:26 AM by Trevor Eddolls

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OpenStack Foundation Brings ‘Frenemies’ Together

Through the OpenStack Foundation, IBM and a multitude of other technology firms will collaborate to further develop and promote adoption of this open-source software and open standards for cloud computing.

Posted: 5/1/2012 4:04:47 AM by Mike Westholder

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The Future is Hybrid Computing

This is hybrid computing. It’s recentralizing the IT infrastructure. It’s reducing complexity. It’s allowing organizations to focus on new functionality vs. never-ending maintenance and troubleshooting. It’s saving money. And it’s here now!

Posted: 4/24/2012 3:51:04 AM by Chris Gombola

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The Sincerest Form of Flattery

Sometimes it’s hard to be a mainframer! There are times I find myself explaining for the millionth time the advantages you get from a mainframe to people who use and work with (usually) PCs and have a completely different view of what computing is meant to be like.

Posted: 4/17/2012 4:01:53 AM by Trevor Eddolls

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SHARE Presents Third Annual Academic Awards

The IBM mainframe user group, SHARE will present its third annual Academic Award for Excellence during its summer conference, Aug. 5-11, in Anaheim, Calif. Entries are due by May 25.

Posted: 4/10/2012 4:00:46 AM by Mike Westholder

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Contest Generates Variety of Mainframe Tips and Techniques

The response to the Destination z Tips and Techniques Challenge has been impressive. Community members can submit their mainframe tips through May 4 for a chance to win a zEnterprise 114 LEGO model.

Posted: 4/3/2012 4:05:56 AM by Evelyn Hoover

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Masters of the (Mainframe) Universe

The top five winners of the 2011 Masters of the Mainframe Contest were honored recently during an awards ceremony in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The top finishers, who were among 3,936 competitors from the U.S. and Canada, were Yeming Hu of Dalhousie University; Nathan Voth of Georgian College; Vance Morris, West Texas A&M University; Reno Alvarado, Marist College; and Tri Nguyen, University of Texas at Austin.

Posted: 3/27/2012 4:00:46 AM by Mike Westholder

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Saving Money With Mainframes

Many mainframe sites are being asked to do more with less. And some are being asked to justify the cost of their very existence. But at all mainframe sites, people are looking for ways to save money.

Posted: 3/20/2012 4:00:07 AM by Trevor Eddolls

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