IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - (Page 10)

Editor’s Desk Inside this month’s issue Cool Again I CONTRIBUTORS Ulrich Thiemann Eye on the Ball Ulrich Thiemann, featured in the Focus on Storage article on page 20, plays competitive volleyball in addition to serving as an advisory software engineer for IBM. For him, one benefit of working at IBM’s Rochester, Minn., location is that the National Volleyball Center calls the city home. Barry Downard Wild Life Illustrator Barry Downard, who designed the art for the “Launching Pad” feature on page 34, considers himself “the luckiest person on the planet.” He and his wife live on a small farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands of South Africa. They have two border collies, an indigenous Africanis dog, cats and a transient population of wild and not-so-wild animals. n my home, an ongoing, generational battle is occurring over music. My kids are fans of the latest rap and hip-hop tunes, while I pine for the bygone days of early punk rock. So when a Clash song came on the car radio recently, I was floored to hear my teenage son say, “That’s a cool song.” Similarly, I’m sure longtime mainframe fans feel it’s often overlooked by the younger generation, who might erroneously view it as stodgy or out-of-date. But when they see what the System z* platform can do, they realize it’s actually very cool. This issue examines that rediscovered cool factor as emerging companies and markets take notice of the zEnterprise* lineup. Sales are up and new implementations are taking advantage of the mainframe in exciting and innovative ways. The coverage of this topic begins with Trends on page 24, where IBMer Karen E. Lewis highlights examples from emerging enterprises to explain how to “Run Your Business Like a Formula One Team.” In this month’s cover story, Senior Writer Jim Utsler takes us on a journey around the world to explore how the zEnterprise System is impacting new markets and smaller organizations. Clearly, this isn’t your father’s mainframe, as “An Eye Opener,” page 28, illustrates. Additionally, this issue kicks off a series of articles authored by IBM Fellows and Distinguished Engineers about the latest System z mainframe developments and trends. In the first feature, Jose Castano and Jeff Frey provide an overview of the System z strategy in “Launching Pad,” page 34. Delving deeper, Gary King dives into the zEnterprise 196 in his companion piece, “The z196 Secret Sauce,” on page 38. Clearly, the mainframe is in the midst of a renaissance of sorts. Emerging markets and new enterprises are finding it can still rock the casbah! Mike Westholder, Managing Editor Contact Mike at 10 N OV E M B E R / D ECE M B E R 2 011 PHOTOGRAPH BY TRAVIS ANDERSON

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011
On the Web
Editor’s Desk: Cool Again
Insider: With the Right Strategy and Tools, Businesses Can Capitalize on Big Data
IT Today: New IMS 12 Offers Flexibility and Support for Business Growth
Focus on Storage: IBM Health Checker Adds Features to Maintain Best Practices
Trends: Emerging Enterprises Know System z Can Help Them Compete Globally
Cover Story:The Mainframe is Entering New Markets and Encouraging New Uses
Feature: System z Delivers a Solid Platform for Mission-Critical Business Applications
Feature: Speed and Scalability Give the z196 the Extra Kick to Excel at Any Workload
Developer: While Critical to Success, Project Scoping Is Often Overlooked
Tech Corner: Systems Director SDK Leverages Language-Independent REST
Resources: Advertisers’ Index
Stop Run: Miguel Gallego’s Love of Building Things Led Him to a Career as an IMS Enterprise Architect
Reference Point

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011