Evangelizing Mainframe

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IMS marked its 44th birthday on Aug. 14, which might make you think it’s  out-of-date and of no interest to current mainframers, however, you couldn’t be more wrong.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the skills gap and the difficulties of attracting new talent to the mainframe because of misguided notions that it’s an outdated system.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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IBM Master the Mainframe 2012: Students Strike Back

For the latest news and announcements on the contest, visit the Master the Mainframe Facebook page. Students can register on the contest homepage. The contest runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 28.

Posted: 9/4/2012 4:06:45 AM by Mike Todd

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BYOD and Network Security

As more and more individuals connect to enterprise computing infrastructures with their personal mobile devices, ensuring security becomes a growing concern. IBM is seeking to mitigate the risk of BYOD with new solutions.

Posted: 8/14/2012 4:03:57 AM by Trevor Eddolls

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Lotko Clarifies Roles of zEnterprise and PureSystems in Hybrid Computing

Greg Lotko, vice president and business line executive for IBM System z, sought to bring greater clarity to IBM’s vision of hybrid computing for a smarter planet Tuesday during his session, “zEnterprise Update and Positioning with PureSystems,” at the SHARE User Group Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Posted: 8/7/2012 4:34:46 PM by Mike Westholder

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The Destination z Scholarship Returns for 2012

The 2012 IBM Destination z Scholarship Enterprise Computing Scholarship Fund, which enables students to pursue their educational and career goals, seeks donations from the greater mainframe community.

Posted: 7/31/2012 4:07:28 AM by Mike Westholder

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Web and Mobile Technologies Put Pressure on Mainframe Efficiency

The huge explosion in customer-facing Web and mobile applications is putting the spotlight on mainframe performance. However, effective application tuning can prevent performance problems, reduce response times and result in savings.

Posted: 7/24/2012 4:09:50 AM by Philip Mann

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IBM and Augmented Reality

IBM’s research lab in Haifa, Israel, has announced a shopping AR app that enables people to use their smartphone cameras to identify products that meet specific criteria they may have specified—for example, dietary requirements, as well as budget items, items on sale, and in-store promotions, etc.

Posted: 7/17/2012 4:07:30 AM by Trevor Eddolls

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