New Product Makes Cloud Accessible

New Product Makes Cloud Accessible

During the 50th anniversary celebration of the mainframe, IBM announced on April 8 new cloud and mobile offerings, increased security, and big data and analytics solutions.

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April 08, 2014 |

New Product Makes Cloud Accessible

New Product Makes Cloud Accessible

During the 50th anniversary celebration of the mainframe, IBM announced on April 8 new cloud and mobile offerings, increased security, and big data and analytics solutions.

April 08, 2014 |
Solutions Move Forward with System z

Solutions Move Forward with System z

IBM System z Solution Editions were introduced to demonstrate that running new workloads on System z is both technically viable and cost-effective. These bundles provide competitive bottom-line pricing satisfying diverse requirements.

March 19, 2014 |
The New Mainframe Normal

The New Mainframe Normal

Welcome to the new mainframe normal. It assumes a new style of computing that encompasses mainframe and distributed systems and mobile and social workloads running alongside traditional mainframe workloads.

March 05, 2014 |
50 Years of Improvement and Innovation

50 Years of Improvement and Innovation

In a few months the mainframe turns 50. And what this means to IT buyers is that when you buy a mainframe, you’re buying 50 years of continuous improvements in performance and in manageability. A great example of these types of improvements can be found in one of the mainframe’s operating systems, z/OS.

February 19, 2014 |
Advice on How to Thrive in Your Career

Advice on How to Thrive in Your Career

Author Denise Kalm shares advice and an excerpt from her new book, "Career Savvy: Keeping and Transforming Your Job."

February 05, 2014
IBM Business Process Manager Can Improve Business Agility

IBM Business Process Manager Can Improve Business Agility

An introduction to the concept of a process hub that uses IBM Business Process Manager and leverages IBM z/OS quality of service and collocation with systems of record to automate straight-through processing at the core of an enterprise for enhanced business agility.

January 27, 2014 |
Bringing New Workloads to System z

Bringing New Workloads to System z

This article is part one of a two-part series on IBM solution editions for System z.

January 06, 2014 |
The Mainframe Magna Carta

The Mainframe Magna Carta

While the Mainframe Charter promises ongoing system innovation, value and community, Statements of Integrity provide real-world assurance that critical z/OS and z/VM exposures are promptly remedied.

November 20, 2013 |
Rethinking Mainframe Security

Rethinking Mainframe Security

The new mainframe security maturity model shouldn’t be that different from what a competent System z shop should have been doing all along. The difference will be an expanded scope to include mobile, cloud, social and all the new ways users interact with the mainframe; expanded automation; and more analytics.

November 13, 2013 |
Cloud Covered With System z

Cloud Covered With System z

For IBM customers who want to learn how to address these challenges and gain a better understanding of cloud computing and the capabilities that System z, zEnterprise and the IBM Software brands offer them, an updated free online course is available for download at The Value of Cloud Computing on System z.

November 06, 2013 |
SPOC 2: Connecting the Dots

SPOC 2: Connecting the Dots

Want to try the different types of IMS SPOCs in your shop but aren't sure where to start? Let’s delve into what a SPOC environment looks like: its components, setup and usage.

October 02, 2013 |
Virtually Secure?

Virtually Secure?

Mainframe operations can certainly be affected by mobile security threats to a company's IT system. Enter service virtualization—an especially useful tool for developers that are building complicated mobile apps that integrate deep into an enterprise's IT system.

September 18, 2013 |
Migration Misconceptions

Migration Misconceptions

Moving off the mainframe is not an easy task and shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s frequently a multi-year, multi-million-dollar effort fraught with risk.

September 11, 2013 |
Strolling Down Memory (Core) Lane

Strolling Down Memory (Core) Lane

It’s instructive to tour real-world and virtual computing museums, lovingly created and maintained by generations of professionals—many of whom designed, built and used the equipment written about and displayed.

September 04, 2013 |
The Much-Maligned Mainframe

The Much-Maligned Mainframe

In moving away from the mainframe, many companies create a monster: a tangled mess of technologies and best-of-breed packages that don’t work together and threaten to overwhelm the organization with its cost and complexity.

August 21, 2013 |
IBM Extends zEnterprise Capabilities

IBM Extends zEnterprise Capabilities

The IBM zEnterprise BC12 is designed to be the entry point into enterprise computing for mid-sized organizations that are seeing growth in a variety of workloads. It provides availability, performance and security in data analytics, consolidation, virtualization, cloud solutions and mobile applications.

August 07, 2013 |
Good Question

Good Question

As part of IBM’s strategy for mainframe simplification and modernization, the User Experience team has studied the needs of our end users, both experienced and entry-level users. Resulting solutions have included: z/OS Management Facility, CICS Explorer, and IBM Explorer for z/OS V2.1.

July 24, 2013 |
Don’t Believe the Myths

Don’t Believe the Myths

Misconceptions and myths persist—like the idea that few mainframes remain in use today. The reality is SHARE represents more than 20,000 individuals from nearly 2,000 companies.

July 17, 2013 |
Social Business on System z

Social Business on System z

For most mainframe data center managers, social business is barely on the radar screen. Yet, it offers a rich collaboration and social environment—combined with security and the other strengths of System z.

July 10, 2013 |
Breaking Through CPU Roadblocks

Breaking Through CPU Roadblocks

The Warning Track implementation on the zEC12 and the Blocked Workload Support in z/OS provide mechanisms to clear lower-priority work out of the way without violating z/OS priority dispatching to any great extent.

June 19, 2013 |
Facing an APAR-rent Problem?

Facing an APAR-rent Problem?

The star—and start—of the show is the APAR, from which many other terms follow. An APAR (that is, IBM agreeing a problem exists and assigning a tracking number for it) can result from elaborate customer debugging, a simple “It’s broken” report, or customer/IBM collaboration to research, recreate and document problem details.

June 12, 2013 |
Never-Mind the Gap

Never-Mind the Gap

zNextGen is doing its part in bridging the gap and erasing the differences between younger mainframe professionals and the veterans. This way, both groups can learn from each other and, ultimately, keep up the level of interest in mainframe careers.

June 05, 2013 |
Mainframe Meets MobileFirst

Mainframe Meets MobileFirst

IBM isn’t the only vendor working the System z mobile market. MobileFirst, however, might be the most comprehensive.

May 22, 2013 |
Tip of the Iceberg

Tip of the Iceberg

IBM zAware is a program designed to automatically assist in mainframe troubleshooting by analyzing minute details in systems logs as well as other data relevant to systems and application performance to isolate problems and help discover the cause of anomalous behaviors.

May 15, 2013 |
Don't Reinvent Mainframe Wheels

Don't Reinvent Mainframe Wheels

No matter whether called conventional wisdom, best practices or wisdom of the ages—if not formalized, documented, preserved and passed on through generations of mainframers, lessons painfully learned are diluted and lost.

May 01, 2013 |
Big Data Demands Big Iron Skills

Big Data Demands Big Iron Skills

The effects of a mass exodus from the mainframe ranks could affect a number of computing trends, not the least of which is big data.

April 17, 2013 |
Warning Track

Warning Track

First implemented on the IBM zEnterprise EC12 processor, Warning Track helps maximize physical CPU utilization without causing the so-called “short engine” effect.

April 10, 2013 |
Making Mobile Manageable

Making Mobile Manageable

As every business is populated by consumers, the mobility wave washing over enterprise computing is a foregone conclusion. Sessions at SHARE in San Francisco reflected this sense of urgency for mainframers.

April 02, 2013 |
Don't Leave Your Successors Adrift

Don't Leave Your Successors Adrift

The mainframe community largely wants to protect its enterprise-computing legacy. So it's important to facilitate generational transition with documentation and staff overlaps.

March 20, 2013 |
What Is Flash Express?

What Is Flash Express?

Included in last year’s announcement of the zEnterprise EC12, IBM introduced the optional Flash Express. So, what is Flash Express? It’s all about using solid-state drives to improve the performance of certain mainframe tasks.

March 13, 2013 |
Class Act

Class Act

To help customers understand how the mainframe is an ideal platform for business analytics, IBM offers a free online course, “The Value of Business Analytics on System z.”

March 06, 2013 |
More MVS Jiu Jitsu

More MVS Jiu Jitsu

Formerly, adding more real memory increased the cost of UIC Update, but now it decreases as more memory is added—another real Jiu Jitsu solution, turning the enemy’s strength to your own advantage.

February 20, 2013 |
An ‘A’ Takes Effort

An ‘A’ Takes Effort

When facing an audit, learn what’s being audited. Review documents auditors will use before they arrive. That will avoid surprises and prepare you better.

January 16, 2013 |
The Jiu Jitsu of Reduced Preemption

The Jiu Jitsu of Reduced Preemption

The innovative dispatching approach called reduced preemption was extremely effective when it was introduced, and today’s systems of 10 or more processors couldn’t even run without it.

January 09, 2013 |
Career Advice

Career Advice

No matter where you are in your mainframe career—new arrival or seasoned veteran—here are career-preservation tips for 2013 and beyond.

December 18, 2012 |
Search for SPOC

Search for SPOC

In the world of IMS, SPOC stands for Single Point of Control, and it’s a function of the IMS Common Service Layer that simplifies IMSplex management.

December 11, 2012 |
‘Never Say No to a Challenge’

‘Never Say No to a Challenge’

With 53 percent of the vote, Philip Yeo’s mainframe advice dominated the field in the latest IBM Destination z Tips and Techniques Challenge. Hosted on the Destination z community forum, the contest asked mainframers to share their best mainframe advice for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card and an IBM Heritage T-shirt.

November 20, 2012 |
No Free Lunch

No Free Lunch

Chargeback can impose discipline on resource consumption, influence user behavior in desired directions, provide ROI data on initiatives and justify allocating costs to paying customers. And accumulating cost/billing figures aids user budgeting, which allows better data center workload and configuration planning.

November 07, 2012 |
Voting Deadline Extended!

Voting Deadline Extended!

The voting deadline has been extended to Nov. 11 in the second Destination z Tips and Techniques contest—which asked Dz members to share their best mainframe advice.

October 15, 2012 |
Speedier Solutions

Speedier Solutions

As overall and component reliability has improved, you may occasionally face issues in areas in which you’ve not previously needed to diagnose or report problems. A positive mindset and a few simple practices will usually resolve what’s wrong.

October 10, 2012 |
The Mobile Revolution

The Mobile Revolution

“Part of the challenge of mobile computing is describing the issues and opportunities,” says Ray Sun, SHARE marketing director. “And we believe SHARE as an organization has the experience and insight to lead the discussion of where mobility meets the mainframe and beyond to the whole of enterprise computing.”

October 03, 2012 |
Inside Information

Inside Information

Even though the mainframe is known for security, there's always a risk that an employee—maliciously or by mistake—will threaten an installation's interests. Therefore, comprehensive security requires detecting and defeating insider threats.

September 19, 2012 |
Big Opportunities in Big Data

Big Opportunities in Big Data

Big data was a big focus at the recent SHARE conference in Anaheim, Calif. Event organizers devoted two days of conference content to a Big Data Spotlight with a concentration of sessions designed to address the “most pressing big data questions and concerns” of its community.

September 12, 2012 |
The Changing Face of Mainframe Computing

The Changing Face of Mainframe Computing

“For the first time, there are four generations in the workforce,” said keynote speaker and best-selling author Jason Dorsey at the August SHARE conference in Anaheim, Calif.

September 05, 2012 |
Securing it All

Securing it All

As a first step, mainframe security administrators can put stringent controls and safeguards in place for mobile devices. They should then participate in discussions and dialogue to help build best practices.

August 22, 2012 |
Mainframe Goes Mobile

Mainframe Goes Mobile

The proliferation of mobile devices and the number of transactions that consumers are ringing up through them will have subtly and profound impacts on the mainframe.

August 13, 2012 |
Ready, Set, Mobile!

Ready, Set, Mobile!

A growing expectation among employees is the ability to use their own mobile devices for basic productivity tasks. Increasingly, they expect to be able to access sensitive corporate data via their smartphones.

August 08, 2012 |
Take 2—The Destination z Challenge!

Take 2—The Destination z Challenge!

What’s the best mainframe career advice you’ve ever received? Share it on the Destination z forum page for a chance to win an IBM Heritage T-shirt and a gift card.

August 01, 2012 |
Safe Travels

Safe Travels

Proof-of-concept (POC) demonstration projects can blaze a trail, doing something on a small scale, for the first time, but perhaps changing basic assumptions and potentially influencing an industry or the world.

July 25, 2012 |
Learn, Collaborate and Share

Learn, Collaborate and Share

Welcome to the Destination z community site, which offers a one-stop shop for everything related to IBM System z.

July 16, 2012 |
The Truth Will Set You Free

The Truth Will Set You Free

Anyone who's worked with mainframes has heard cringe-worthy comments about them: misconceptions, misinformation, misunderstandings, etc. While it's tempting to ignore such nonsense, doing so doesn't serve your career, employer or the mainframe community.

June 11, 2012 |
And the Winner Is …

And the Winner Is …

June 04, 2012 |
BYOD Joins the Mainframe Party

BYOD Joins the Mainframe Party

BYOD is an irresistible trend. So it's worth exploring to learn what it can provide—not necessarily to economize but to make it secure, integrate it into mainstream IT and avoid costly technology dead ends.

May 23, 2012 |
Get out the Vote

Get out the Vote

Voting is now underway for the first Destination z Tips and Techniques contest. Out of nearly 40 entries, our expert panel selected three finalists. Now Destination z members have until May 18 to vote for their favorite.

May 09, 2012 |
Staying Connected While Working Remotely

Staying Connected While Working Remotely

While telecommuting has been discussed widely for years, rarely has it been practiced successfully. Consider these tips to address cultural and technical stumbling blocks.

April 23, 2012 |
3V: Velocity, Variety and Volume

3V: Velocity, Variety and Volume

To put big data into perspective, organizations look to analytics tools to address three factors: velocity, variety and volume.

April 16, 2012 |
IBM Doubles Down on Big Data Analytics

IBM Doubles Down on Big Data Analytics

IBM has invested heavily in big data analytics, spending more than $14 billion on more than two-dozen analytics-related acquisitions over the past five years. It expects to generate $16 billion in revenue by 2015, according to published reports.

March 21, 2012 |
Destination z Tips and Techniques Challenge

Destination z Tips and Techniques Challenge

IBM Destination z wants your expertise! Submit a mainframe-related tip or technique in our community forum for a chance to win the first Destination z Challenge.

March 12, 2012 |
Tell IBM What You Think

Tell IBM What You Think

IBM is actively soliciting System z user reviews. Customers who bought System z products are invited to write reviews and leave ratings on the product and their experience.

February 28, 2012 |
Building a Better Backup Strategy

Building a Better Backup Strategy

Because operating without reliable backup risks corporate health and can be a profoundly career-limiting move, the most fundamental resolution for mainframe professionals is ”backup, backup, backup.” But beyond that, some may ask where to start and what to do?

February 14, 2012 |
Mobility’s Impact on the Mainframe

Mobility’s Impact on the Mainframe

Mention the word “mainframe,” and you’re apt to conjure up images of monolithic systems humming along reliably and dependably in the background of modern data centers.

February 03, 2012 |
Resolve to Keep Your Mainframe Secure in 2012

Resolve to Keep Your Mainframe Secure in 2012

Whether Santa just brought you a zEnterprise System or your workload is happily humming along on a previous technology generation, the arrival of a new year is always a good time for mainframers to review and renew essential security resolutions.

January 10, 2012 |
The Big Deal About Big Data

The Big Deal About Big Data

Realizing big data’s vast potential requires organizations to understand the value of the large volumes of data they generate and process, and act upon it.

December 12, 2011 |
Enhancing Server and Storage Synergy

Enhancing Server and Storage Synergy

In October, IBM announced additional zHPF enhancements intended to make it applicable to a larger percentage of client workloads, improving System z scale and resilience.

December 05, 2011 |
Performance Management Isn't Rocket Science

Performance Management Isn't Rocket Science

I continue to be amazed by the mystique and astounding complexity attributed to the job of assuring business workload performance requirements are met.

November 08, 2011 |
Addressing the IT Skills Shortage

Addressing the IT Skills Shortage

Despite predictions of doom and gloom, collaborative efforts among businesses, universities, vendors and independent industry organizations will forestall any IT skills shortfall.

November 01, 2011 |
Smart Optimization Assessments

Smart Optimization Assessments

The IT Systems Rationalization or Scorpion study produces a set of prioritized recommendations to assist a client in defining a new server-optimization strategy, identifies a more highly optimized alternative enterprise and/or distributed-server architecture, and evaluates the cost and benefits of those alternatives.

October 17, 2011 |
Out of the Spotlight

Out of the Spotlight

High Performance Fiber Connectivity (FICON) for System z (zHPF), an enhancement to the z/Architecture, FICON interface architecture and device architectures has been continually improved upon, albeit without much fanfare.

October 03, 2011 |
A Mainframe at Your Fingertips

A Mainframe at Your Fingertips

Whether you’re a mainframe customer looking to create a sandbox environment or an independent software vendor (ISV) seeking to delve deeper — IBM System z Personal Development Tool (zPDT) can meet your needs.

September 28, 2011 |
 BPM Customized for the Mainframe

BPM Customized for the Mainframe

New z/OS-specific software release, Business Process Manager Advanced, reaffirms IBM's commitment to the mainframe platform.

September 15, 2011 |
A Mainframe for the Masses

A Mainframe for the Masses

Even though the entry price is lower, the zEnterprise 114 is nevertheless a mainframe-caliber system that’s just as capable as its bigger counterparts when it comes to workload processing, security and reliability.

August 29, 2011 |
Old Iron, New Markets

Old Iron, New Markets

The mainframe entices customers in emerging economies.

August 16, 2011 |
A New Dawn

A New Dawn

IBM Rational Software takes mainframe applications and development to a new level

August 04, 2011 |
Your Final Destination z

Your Final Destination z

IBM Vice President Ray Jones—a founding force behind Destination z—talks about how the community was conceptualized and initially delivered, its evolution, and his vision for its future.

July 27, 2011 |
Growing the Mainframe

Growing the Mainframe

The majority of students are unaware of what an IBM System z mainframe is, much less how important the computing platform is to industry and to their daily life. They don’t realize the future employment opportunities for those who pursue an education that includes mainframe topics.

July 20, 2011 |
Academic Initiative Helps Students Embrace IBM System z

Academic Initiative Helps Students Embrace IBM System z

For IBM clients, ISVs and Business Partners with an interest in the future of the System z platform, the IBM Academic Initiative System z program offers a wealth of resources

July 01, 2011
Cloudy, With a Chance of Mainframe

Cloudy, With a Chance of Mainframe

"Cloud computing" is one of the hottest terms being bandied about today.

July 01, 2011 |
Reports of Its Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Reports of Its Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

The world was supposed to end on May 21, according to a crazy fringe radio personality and his followers.

July 01, 2011 |
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