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Join the Computer Artifacts Contest

Join the Computer Artifacts Contest

We want to see what artifacts the Destination z community has. We are looking for the most unique and the oldest artifacts, and will award a $50 prepaid Visa card to the first place winner in each category.

July 21, 2014 |
Cherished Computer Memories

Cherished Computer Memories

Holding on to keepsakes can teach us about a certain time in computing and help us relive our experiences.

June 11, 2014 |
Holding on to History

Holding on to History

We've all seen technologies come and go. Some vanished too soon, good riddance to others. It's always interesting learning computing/career artifacts people have.

June 04, 2014 |
Growth Accelerates in Africa

Growth Accelerates in Africa

IBM sees potential in the African market, and is investing time and resources in the continent.

May 28, 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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
‘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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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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