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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,

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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


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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 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Editor's Desk: On the road with analytics
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - IBM Perspective: Extending IBM's commitment to big data and analytics
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Trends: IBM Capacity Management Analytics for zEnterprise cost-effectively ensures optimal performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - IT Today: IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator V4.1 expands the value of high-performance analytics
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Case Study: The State of Consolidation: Oklahoma improves service levels by consolidating its IT on zEC12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Cover Story: Big Data's Big Impact: zEnterprise hybrid technology helps redefine business analytics
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Feature: The System z Crystal Ball?: Teach the mainframe to predict the future using analytics and automation
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Tech Corner: Alternative metrics deliver a more complete view of hardware for server RFPs
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Administrator: QMF extends its analytics capabilities to help meet the demands of big data and mobile
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Solutions: TestBase; Vanguard Offline
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Stop Run: Historic property has much to teach retired IBMer
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
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