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information," Pettit explains. "It
requires multiple systems and
databases with very little oversight
as to how that information is
shared across these entities. And
when you're talking about 132
agencies, as in our case, that's a lot
of redundant labor and data."
To further complicate matters,
many of the state's agencies
had their own mainframes that
had to be powered, maintained
and backed up. This is no small
matter, given that some of these
systems were geographically
dispersed and had little on-site
administrative staffing.
Additionally, most of these
systems-of which there were
seven located across the state-
were woefully underutilized,
with the highest utilization rate
coming in at about 20 percent
and the lowest at around 5
percent. Although these were
older, smaller systems, they
represented a general waste of
valuable resources that could
have been more closely aligned
to each service or department's
core functions. Following
consolidation, overall utilization
is now running at 77 percent for
the production agency LPARs.
Pettit is a firm believer in over
provisioning-anticipating not
just current IT needs, but also
those four or five years out-but
he couldn't justify that in this
case. Simply replacing older
systems with newer ones wouldn't
have solved the state's issues and
could have exacerbated them.
He notes, for example, a case
where an agency was going to
purchase an additional disk array.
But other agencies had already
done that with over provisioning
in mind. Unfortunately, much of
that disk was never used, which
stood as proof to the other agency
that it would simply be a waste of
money to add that supplemental
disk array.

"This is all
about the better
provisioning of
your resources
and creating
policy by
leadership, not
IT. That's the
pivot."
-Alex Pettit,
Oklahoma CIO and
secretary of IT and
telecommunications

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CUSTOMER: State of Oklahoma
HEADQUARTERS: Oklahoma City, Okla.
BUSINESS: Government services
CHALLENGE: Improving services by
consolidating IT and cross-department information
SOLUTION: Moving stand-alone mainframes to
a single box and integrating services to improve
citizen satisfaction
HARDWARE: An IBM zEnterprise EC12 and an
IBM BladeCenter
SOFTWARE: A variety of COBOL-based
applications

A Unified Environment
To address these and other issues, the state
decided-with the blessing of the Gov. Mary Fallon
and an oversight committee that included Pettit in
his role as secretary of IT and telecommunications-
to integrate more of the state's services to share
information and retire these older, smaller systems,

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moving their applications to a
new IBM zEC12 and other, more
practical platforms.
The state undertook this effort
in a very deliberate and controlled
manner, using a three-pronged
approach. "We've looked at this
consolidation effort as a matter
of how it would best serve each
agency. So some were done agency
by agency, service by service or
service by agency," Pettit remarks.
One of the first agencies to
undergo this transformation was
the Department of Agriculture.
The state analyzed what the
department was doing with its
vendor-supplied applications, how
they could be combined to create
a unified computing environment
and then moved everything to an
IBM BladeCenter*. "We completely
shut down its data center and
moved everything to our central
data center. We then gave [the
agriculture department] that space
back to use however it wanted,
whether for extra office space or


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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
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