IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - (Page 22)

Insider Insights from the industry Transitioning Workforce Agnostic development tools support mainframe-centric businesses By Rose Rowe “ O ne semi-retired guy is the only person I have who can pull us from a failure of one of our most important applications.” differentiating value to the world’s largest businesses. Even if it were possible to relocate these applications to another platform, it would take a brave (some would say crazy) IT leader to move away from the security and reliability of the mainframe to perform the massive number of transactions a single system accommodates on a daily basis—often well above the 20 millionper-day mark. The reality is, it isn’t that easy. Most legacy applications can’t just be relocated and magically run in a new environment. They often must be rewritten, modernized or even scrapped altogether. This takes resources away from developing new revenue-generating capabilities, which This statement, from an application support leader at a North American bank, drives home the realities many mainframe-centric businesses face, whether business leaders realize it or not. While the media, hardware vendors and modernization service providers theorize about a shortage of mainframe workers, IT leaders responsible for meeting the world’s most stringent service level agreements (SLAs) face real situations everyday with only a limited number stop-gap fixes left, and no ground-level plan for implementing long-term fixes. The Established Barriers Mainframes, and the time-tested applications they run, provide 22 M A RCH /A PR I L 2 011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011
Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Predicting a Good Read
Dashboard: Charging Ahead
Data Display: Smarter Cities Large and Small
Think Smarter: Capture Insight From Real-Time Operational Data With Smart Analytics Systems
Insider: Agnostic Development Tools Support Mainframe-Centric Businesses
Trends: DataPower Support for zEnterprise Extends its Multiplatform Capabilities
Case Study: Citigroup tames its backup environment with dedicated mainframes.
Driving Outcomes: Successful companies fuel business with predictive analytics.
Hurdling Barriers to Success: IBM demonstrates Cognos BI on Systems z is less expensive than x86 deployments.
Tips and Techniques: Overcome Eight Key Service-Delivery Challenges and Reduce Costs
Advertisers’ Index
Stop Run: Bijan Davari Changed the Computer Chip®
Reference Point

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011