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PARTNER PoV COMPLIANCE: Challenge or Opportunity? With the right approach, mainframers can improve the application environment to better position themselves for the future S ome mainframe clients view regulatory or legislative compliance as simply a new front in the battle to keep the lights on. Others, however, see an opportunity to improve ef´Čüciency and performance-and deliver innovation. David Taylor is president of North America and India at Micro Focus. As sure as night follows day, data breaches, rate rigging, product misselling or other visible malpractice will provoke demands for tighter regulation of an industry-or a clampdown, to use the popular press vernacular. For many, clampdown and compliance are interchangeable terms and both equate to a big problem. And a problem is what hardpressed CIOs or IT managers get. Compliance can mean labor-intensive, resource-hungry tasks and a forensic deconstruction 10 // MAY/JUNE 2014 of their mainframe estate. It can become "lights on" labor, forcing CIOs to maintain business as usual in the face of overdue maintenance tasks and costs. Of course, organizations must invest in innovation to achieve or maintain a competitive advantage, but compliance is obligatory so something must give. Suddenly, the innovative project to take your enterprise application to a new platform is a soft target. This compliance-induced stasis will continue feeding the organization's IT debt. Outsourcing compliance work- and the attendant legal responsibility-can mean a 93 percent project cost increase, according to a whitepaper we authored. So whether you pay a fine, do the work or pass it on, there's a price to pay. If you want to move away from IT debt and toward innovation, compliance seems a pretty good place to start. The Challenge More than 40 years of innovation means complexity. It has left some organizations with disparate, het-

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2014

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Looking to the cloud for support
Techbits: Calling Ugandan Government
Partner PoV: With the right approach mainframers can improve the application environment to better position themselves for the future
Trends: Partnerships with MSPs allows more companies to be on the platform than ever before
Currents: Figuring out the questions to be answered simplified the search for information within unstructured data
R&D: Science and serendipity meet at the IBM Accelerated Discovery Lab
Case Study: Good Medicine: SinfoniaRx improves patient services by moving to a zEnterprise 114 Enterprise Linux Server
Cover Story: A Cloud In A Box: Enterprise Cloud System is IBM's first converged mainframe offering
Feature: Reliability Amid Change: Develop cloud applications and meet consumer expectations with the IBM CICS V5.2 application server
Tech Showcase: Why enterprises are considering cloud
Administrator: In addition to increasing raw speed and feed, software can provide information directly to the System z microprocessor
Tech Corner: Flash Express provides increased system availability and resiliency during peak demand
Solutions: Accelerator for .NET 4.3; Ivory Data Hub v5.2.0; Savvytest 2.0 for z/OS; zHISR 2.0; Ivory Service Architect; SpaceFinder
Stop Run: Community orchestra inspires IBM data scientist Scott Spangler in work and life
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
Special Report: Big Data's Competitive Advantage
Special Report: IBM Global Training
2014 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2014