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the power of the mainframe for hosting the database tier. Doing so provided a highly available, secure, scalable and manageable ERP data repository. Higgin adds the zEnterprise System opens up a new set of application-deployment possibilities. ERP applications (and others) can now be deployed within a heterogeneous hardware/ software environment where a non z/Architecture* technologybased application can run while leveraging many of the traditional mainframe qualities of service and management disciplines. “This new application-deployment flexibility opens up the mainframe as a cost-effective platform for a total end-toend ERP solution,” he says.

Mainframe Staffing: Under Control

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ew respondents are worried about dealing with fewer people or the ability to find qualified workers. A higher

percentage said overcoming prejudice against mainframes was a business challenge. Art Louise, director of information systems with New Yorkbased EmblemHealth, speculates many factors are influencing the availability of mainframe employees. “As systems become more and more automated, the support requirements are leveling off. The recent Watson supercomputer appearance on ‘Jeopardy!’ is proving that systems are also becoming much

“Linux on System z can deliver a virtual Linux server for less than $1 a day.”
–Doris Conti, director, System z marketing
Conti says many of the world’s leading companies have embraced ERP solutions, like SAP, on the mainframe, including companies in manufacturing, retail, oil and gas, distribution, finance, government, education and other industries. More than 1,000 SAP on IBM System z installations exist today. “Clients chose SAP on the mainframe to decrease IT costs while improving performance and increasing scalability, while achieving the highest availability,” she adds. Also pointing out the benefits of deploying ERP applications on the zEnterprise System, Conti says it provides “the flexibility to choose Linux* on System z servers or Power* or System x blades for the application server, while simplifying operation management and improving data integration.” More than one quarter of readers surveyed already have an ERP solution in house. Additionally, ERP was in the top-five applications on the acquisition list for 2011. Other popular applications include software-change management, systems management, programming and networking communications.

more educated,” he says. “In addition, the IBM Academic Initiative is beginning to provide more and more young people who are prepared to support or replace the existing mainframe support staff.” Systems Programming Manager Fred Lupher, who works for the State of Nebraska Office of the CIO, adds that software vendors are developing ways to simplify installing and maintaining mainframe software, which shortens the learning curve and enables systems programmers to become productive much earlier in their careers than is currently possible. Catch up with a few students who are new to the mainframe community. The May/June Stop Run, in 0)4Ã:`Z[LTZÃ4HNHaPULÃ 4HPUMYHTLÃLKP[PVU (page 40), profiles the winners of the most recent Master the Mainframe contest.

Cloud computing: Only 12 percent of readers have implemented some form of cloud computing, but an additional 15 percent plan to do so in 2011. While Louise says cloud computing could benefit EmblemHealth, other issues are more immediate, such as integrating software after a merger and keeping up with regulatory changes in the healthcare industry. “I suspect that when, or if, the pace slows down we will take a more detailed look into cloud computing,” he says. Another mainframe customer, Fred Lupher, says privacy and security concerns are the major inhibitors in cloud computing adoption at the State of Nebraska Office of the CIO, where he is a systems programming manager. The State of Nebraska isn’t alone. Companies without plans to implement cloud technology cited the same concerns in an IT Governance Institute 2011 status report. In the same study,
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Technology Adoption
Beyond the traditional in-house applications, readers are also using or considering technologies like cloud computing, Linux and blades as part of their mainframe-based IT shop.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011
Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Before Smartphone Applications
Data Display: Who Are You?
Insider: Minimize the Impact of Failures With Restartable Batch Applications
Focus on Storage: ProtecTIER Deduplication Saves More Data on Less Disk
Case Study: P&V Assurances Reduces Technology Costs Via VPN-Free Access
Build a Solid Foundation: The zEnterprise Delivers Value as the Cornerstone for Business Applications
Leveling the Playing Field: IBM Rational Software Advances Mainframe Development
Developer: EGL is the Ultimate for Multiplatform Programming
Solutions
Advertisers’ Index
Stop Run: Meet the 2010 Mainframe Contest Winners
Reference Point
Special Supplement: Innovate 2011
Special Supplement: Services Blueprint: IBM Systems Lab Services and Training
Special Supplement: Mainframe Special Report
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - CA1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - CA2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Editor's Desk: Before Smartphone Applications
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Data Display: Who Are You?
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Insider: Minimize the Impact of Failures With Restartable Batch Applications
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Focus on Storage: ProtecTIER Deduplication Saves More Data on Less Disk
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Case Study: P&V Assurances Reduces Technology Costs Via VPN-Free Access
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Build a Solid Foundation: The zEnterprise Delivers Value as the Cornerstone for Business Applications
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Leveling the Playing Field: IBM Rational Software Advances Mainframe Development
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Developer: EGL is the Ultimate for Multiplatform Programming
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Advertisers’ Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Stop Run: Meet the 2010 Mainframe Contest Winners
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Reference Point
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - RF2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Special Supplement: Innovate 2011
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - I2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - I3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - I4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - I5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - I6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - I7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - I8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Special Supplement: Services Blueprint: IBM Systems Lab Services and Training
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SBCover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB7
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SBCover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SBCover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Special Supplement: Mainframe Special Report
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - MFSR2
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