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old. The programs were running on systems the manufacturer no longer supported. “During his first campaign, the mayor ran in part on the themes of fiscal accountability and transparency. There was no way to actually live up to those promises with a 35-year-old homegrown financial application,” Bruce says. “So one of the first major projects we undertook under Mayor Hannemann’s direction was a new ERP financial system. We went live on that system in 2007, in 18 months, on time and on budget, and in addition we deployed Phase 1 of Maximo Asset Management, an IBM Websphere* Portal, Tivoli* Storage Manager, and Tivoli Work Scheduler, as part of the ERP phase, which is hard for many to believe.” Notably, the older homegrown application ran on three aging IBM mainframes, which where replaced with two IBM System z9* Business Class servers (z9 BC), a modern, new ERP application from IBM business partner CGI that runs on two System p5* 570s and a newer POWER6* processorbased Power 570, five IBM System x ser vers and an IBM System Storage* DS8100 storage-area network (SAN). Just this IT infrastructure change had a dramatic impact, with the some-700 physical reports the DIT had been producing with the old system every day dropping to only 40. This is largely because much of the information the CGI ERP system generated is now available online. But that was only the beginning. Under Bruce’s guidance, the organization began quickly chipping away at its old, dusty infrastructure to create a more modern one that would make it easier for City and County employees to access information— as in the case of the aforementioned CGI ERP application. As with all things government, though, procedures and policies are in place to ensure the proper solutions are chosen and deployed. In the case of CGI, the winning vendor to replace the aging financial system, there were two different versions available, one that ran on a System x server running the Windows platform and another on the System p solution. Although essentially the same, the scale of the enterprise demanded that the application run on the IBM system. “Because of our size, we didn’t feel comfortable running it on a [System x server running Windows] platform,” Bruce notes. “We had to make sure we had a platform that was robust enough to handle the high-transaction volume we had anticipated. That was one of the driving forces behind us selecting the System p.” (It should be noted that even though Bruce heads the DIT, he has no say in the softwareprocurement process, per City and County law. He does have final approval in terms of the software and hardware on which the software runs. At his suggestion, all of the IBM hardware the organization recently acquired was financed through IBM Global Financing.) 30 M AY/J U N E 2 0 0 9 ibms ystemsmag .com/mai nframe T his System p h a r d wa r e c hoic e , which included two p5 570s, was made despite lack ing inter na l k nowledge about t he capabi l it y to r u n A I X* or Linu x* on t he Sy stem p plat for m . Br uc e’s IT employees were primarily focused on the mainframe and Sy s te m x s e r ve r s r unning Windows environments, and as he explains, “Technologies and capabilities such as virtualization and even LPARs and being able to dynamically reallocate resources was pretty foreign to them. It wasn’t the most popular decision, moving to the System p, but it was one that had to be made.” To streamline training, the City and County brought in several vendors to help bring Bruce’s IT personnel up to date. These included IBM, IBM business partner Sirius Computer Solutions (which, after a bidding process, also helped procure the hardware), CGI and various local contractors who were familiar with the platform. Now, Br uc e’s s t a f f i s mor e c om f or t a ble w i t h t h e System p environment and is taking advantage of advanced pa r t it ion ing and ot her tech nologies such as dy na m ic provisioning. As Bruce explains, “We don’t have to run out and buy another piece of hardware if we happen to have a lull in a development cycle on a particular application, or if resources are available at off peak times. We can repartition the box, or let the system itself determine resource allocation, to give us the resources we need for another project.” HZVbaZhhVcY>ck^h^WaZ Concurrent with the move to the new ERP system running on the System p servers, the City and County was also upgrading its aging IBM mainframe system to newer models, including two z9 BCs mentioned earlier, one for production and the other for testing, development, and backup and recovery. Maintaining a mainframe environment to run alongside the new System p environment was crucial, because, according to Bruce, the organization is running more than “100 applications, including voter registration, our older, homegrown financial system—which we have to keep around for historical records—and our new payroll and HR system.”
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009
Table of Contents
Editor's Desk:  High-Flying Security
Trends:  IBM Cognos 8 BI for Linux on System z Makes Reliable Data Available Anywhere
IT Today:  New System x and BladeCenter Servers Help Your Organization Reach Its Goals
Focus on Storage: Virtual Tape Facility for MainframeJoins IBM Arsenal
Q & A:  Hybrid Technology Takes Supercomputing Beyond Moore’s Law
Case Study:  The City and County of Honolulu Allows Its Applications to Dictate the Platforms on Which They Run
Cover Story:  IBM’s z/VM is a Proven Solution for Today’s IT Environments
Feature:  IBM’s Dynamic Infrastructure Helps Companies Reduce Costs, Manage Risks and Improve Services
Administrator:  DB2 9 Features Help Ensure Compliance
Product News
Advertiser Index
Stop Run:  Barry Merrill’s Accidental DiscoveriesEnhance the Mainframe
Reference Point
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Editor's Desk:  High-Flying Security
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Trends:  IBM Cognos 8 BI for Linux on System z Makes Reliable Data Available Anywhere
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - IT Today:  New System x and BladeCenter Servers Help Your Organization Reach Its Goals
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Focus on Storage: Virtual Tape Facility for MainframeJoins IBM Arsenal
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Q & A:  Hybrid Technology Takes Supercomputing Beyond Moore’s Law
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Case Study:  The City and County of Honolulu Allows Its Applications to Dictate the Platforms on Which They Run
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Cover Story:  IBM’s z/VM is a Proven Solution for Today’s IT Environments
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Feature:  IBM’s Dynamic Infrastructure Helps Companies Reduce Costs, Manage Risks and Improve Services
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Administrator:  DB2 9 Features Help Ensure Compliance
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - 50
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Product News
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - 54
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Advertiser Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Stop Run:  Barry Merrill’s Accidental DiscoveriesEnhance the Mainframe
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Reference Point
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