IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - (Page 24)

HOW TO LEVERAGE EXISTING TECHNOLOGY TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE 3j;Z^Fed]Vc•AY`e`XcRaYjSj>Ree8cVV_d]RUV ission-critical applications are the lifeblood for most large enterprises, which often rely on mainframes for data and transaction processing. While these systems are crucial for business operations, many organizations perceive them as a costly burden keeping enterprises from innovating and remaining competitive. Nothing could be further from the truth. Legacy applications contain a wealth of knowledge and logic that can be leveraged to push businesses into surprising new directions. The problem many IT departments face, though, is learning how to do this without breaking the bank. As Kristof Kloeckner, general manager of IBM Rational* Software, explains, this shouldn’t be an issue. Using the proper tools, techniques and collaborative teamwork, IT can combine existing code and knowledge with newer techniques and technology to speed delivery of new services. The results? Enterprises remain competitive and—somewhat counterintuitively—save money. Q. Are enterprises able to react quickly to emerging business opportunities while also dealing with internal complexities such as older, existing investments in applications? A. When you look at phenomena like mobile computing or the consumerization of IT interfaces, there’s a user expectation that IT-based services will be delivered faster, in a very consumable manner and with high quality. But if an enterprise develops applications in a traditional fashion, typically with 18-month cycles, I don’t think what they’re delivering can keep up with customer expectations. The bottom line is, they will lose that competitive edge. 24 MARCH/APRIL 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012
Table of Contents
Editor’s Desk: Rethinking System z
IBM Perspective: Smarter Computing, Enterprise Modernization and the Mainframe
Insider: Proper Tools Can Bring Flexibility to Application Development
IT Today: Six Things You Didn't Know About the Modern Mainframe
Trends: Seven Reasons IT Projects Fail
Cover Story: Agile Thinking: How to leverage existing technology to gain a competitive advantage
Features: All Together Now: A centralized business analytics environment delivers great value
Improving Upon the Gold Standard: System z pushes the limits of high availability
Tech Corner: Processor Design Innovations Empower the z196
Developer: Accurate Project Scoping Helps Map Out a Faster Route to Success
Solutions/Advertiser's Index: PASSPORT Host Integration Objects - LegaSuite 6
Stop Run: Mainframer Clarence Golson Reflects on a Diverse Career Built on a Single Platform

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012