IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - (Page 6)

Editor’s Desk Inside this month’s issue CONTRIBUTORS Rethinking System z eeping pace with the latest trends and technology is no easy task. It seems as soon as you upgrade your laptop, smartphone, etc., it’s obsolete by the time you leave the store. The challenge of enterprise modernization can seem just as daunting—and expensive. The key, however, is to avoid reinventing the wheel, which only slows development and drives up costs. Fortunately, when it comes to data and applications, the System z* platform has proven time and again to be the optimal example of reduce, reuse and recycle. According to IBM, 70 percent of corporate data and 75 percent of business logic reside on mainframes. So tapping into those resources is crucial to effective and efficient enterprisemodernization efforts. For the cover story of this issue, Senior Writer Jim Utsler interviewed Kristof Kloeckner, general manager of IBM Rational* Software, to delve into this mission-critical topic. In the Q&A on page 24, Kloeckner explains how organizations aspire to be agile and make smarter decisions. Often misunderstood, there’s more to the modern mainframe than many realize. In IT Today on page 14, Don Bagwell takes another look at System z capabilities, uncovering some of its best-kept secrets. Also in this issue, analysts Joe Clabby and Brad Day examine the benefits of centralizing data analytics PHOTOGRAPH BY TRAVIS ANDERSON K Greenslade with Bill Clinton Matt Greenslade If he can make it there ... In 2005, cover-story photographer Matt Greenslade, a native New Zealander, fulfilled his lifelong dream of moving to New York City. He had previously resided in London for 11 years. “I love what I do,” he says. “I get to make everyone look great, with the greatest city on Earth as the background.” Joseph Gulla Emotive musician Joseph Gulla, author of the Trends column on page 18, is a musician who plays violin and piano. He also does some composing. This year he plans to complete a song cycle of four seasonal songs for baritone and piano. He’s also working on short piano preludes that capture specific emotions or moods. on a System z platform, rather than keeping information in departmental silos. Read more on page 30. Our ongoing series by IBM Distinguished Engineers and Fellows continues with a look at how System z technology is pushing the envelope and refusing to rest on its laurels. On page 34, Dave Surman explains how the mainframe—the industry’s gold standard in high availability—keeps improving. In his Tech Corner column on page 40, IBM Fellow Charles Webb examines four processor design innovations that put the zEnterprise* 196 on the leading edge. In the end, enterprise modernization is about getting the most out of your technology investment. Otherwise, you’re just spinning your reinvented wheels. Mike Westholder, Managing Editor Contact Mike at 6 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