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the STATE OF CONSOLIDATION By Jim Utsler Photography by David McNeese A h, the wonderful, easychair life of hardware consolidation. Fewer servers to maintain, lower software-licensing costs, and one-button backup and recovery. That's the dream anyway. Many organizations may be missing out on another opportunity when it comes to consolidation: services. Take, for example, a financial institution that ties all of its offerings together, including bank accounts, credit cards and mortgages. By collecting and connecting this data across business units, it can get a better handle on what's needed to ensure customer satisfaction. When the state of Oklahoma decided to consolidate its many disparate mainframes, which were often disconnected from one another, it also began looking into ways to tie services together. After consolidating onto a zEnterprise* EC12 (zEC12), not only has the state saved money, but it also has Oklahoma improves service levels by consolidating its IT on zEC12 improved and simplified many aspects of how Oklahoma citizens do business with the state. Core Functions With nearly 4 million people, its population is relatively small compared to California, Texas and New York standards, but the state has the same or similar obligations to live up to, according to Alex Pettit, Oklahoma CIO and secretary of IT and telecommunications. Among those, Pettit says, are seven categories or clusters of services, incorporating public safety, education, revenue collection, construction-road, 18 // NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 dam, water conservation-and back-office services like entitlements, insurance and licensing. "Regarding the latter, we have almost 1,500 different types of licenses we issue, whether for barbers or accountants," Pettit says. In many states, these services are run independently as separate business units, each with its own IT infrastructure. Although licenses are required, for example, for construction projects, the licensing to become a contractor may be part of another department, creating an often-confusing labyrinth of bureaucratic roadblocks. Similarly, public safety often has the same data but it might be siloed. For instance, if someone is apprehended by a statewide public-safety department, associated information-such as name, date of birth, and address-might not be shared with corrections and parole. Each of these may have its own case-management systems and its own case-management processes. "This is a very inefficient way of organizing and integrating

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: On the road with analytics
IBM Perspective: Extending IBM's commitment to big data and analytics
Trends: IBM Capacity Management Analytics for zEnterprise cost-effectively ensures optimal performance
IT Today: IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator V4.1 expands the value of high-performance analytics
Case Study: The State of Consolidation: Oklahoma improves service levels by consolidating its IT on zEC12
Cover Story: Big Data's Big Impact: zEnterprise hybrid technology helps redefine business analytics
Feature: The System z Crystal Ball?: Teach the mainframe to predict the future using analytics and automation
Tech Corner: Alternative metrics deliver a more complete view of hardware for server RFPs
Administrator: QMF extends its analytics capabilities to help meet the demands of big data and mobile
Solutions: TestBase; Vanguard Offline
Stop Run: Historic property has much to teach retired IBMer
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2014 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013