IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 29

THE MOBILE
MAINFRAME
System z is a perfect fit for the growing trend
By Jim Utsler k Photography by Jordan Hollender

P

icture this: You're taking
a photo of a house that's
for sale, sending the
image and GPS information to
your bank and then receiving
the pertinent details about
that property-as well as a
mortgage quote-in seconds
on your smartphone. Thanks
to the wonders of seemingly
everywhere mobile connectivity
and multifunction apps, this isn't
as far-fetched as it may seem. It's
convenient for consumers and,
if properly executed, a revenue
generator for businesses.
In fact, Jose Castano, director,
System z* Growth Initiatives, says
that type of innovation is already
happening. "I've heard of that
application, and it demonstrates
how companies are leveraging the
capabilities of smartphones and
tablets to drive more business,"
he adds. "And based on what our
clients have said, most of them
have already adopted some sort of
mobile platform. This is becoming
a long-term strategy for them."
Not surprisingly, the IBM
System z platform is perfect for
enterprise mobile applications.
It's resilient, secure, powerful
and scalable-and for most

users, a critical system of record. And it's becoming
increasingly simple and cost effective for companies to
ramp up their mobile efforts and reduce their time to
market with the mainframe. They can leverage years
of investment and the wealth of data already on their
System z servers by using the mobile capabilities built
into the application and database servers (e.g., native
JSON support for IBM CICS* and IBM IMS*), the IBM
MobileFirst portfolio of mobile solutions, including
IBM Worklight*, on-board capabilities including
Capacity on Demand (CoD) and offerings like IBM
Mobile Workload Pricing for z/OS*.

"Our goal is to make it easier
and more economical to develop
mobile services, because
decreased time to market
means faster time to value."
- Jose Castano, director, System z Growth Initiatives

SYSTEM OF RECORD
Rather than supplanting traditional websites, mobile
services are actually augmenting them, giving users
multiple options to access data and transactional
processing. From consumers' points of view, this is
a boon. It offers them many more-and increasingly
flexible-ways to interact with the companies with
which they do business.

And the inverse is true for
businesses. Companies can
now reach their customers
wherever and whenever they are,
which represents a shift in how
transactions are conducted-and
why the platform is so well suited
to be the system of record for
these new mobile applications.
Because of its centralized
nature, the mainframe often
acts as a single point-of-data
truth, serving up much-if not
all-of an organization's data
and the transactional logic
that surrounds that data. This
makes it relatively simple to dip
into one well for all consumer/
customer information, including
brick-and-mortar, browserbased and mobile-initiated
transactions.
If companies strip that data and
logic away from the mainframe,
it's much more difficult to
control the real-time nature of
the information and the security
that surrounds it. Although some
organizations are wont to do
this-perhaps to lower the impact
on performance on their primary
systems, Castano notes-doing
so ultimately introduces more
cost, complexity and risk. Plus,

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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Moving in the mobile world
IBM Perspective: Mobile money thanks to the mainframe
Partner PoV: A clean IT audit does not guarantee network or computer security
Focus on Storage: How Elastic Storage helps remove bottlenecks and lower costs
Currents: IBM Smarter Storage puts businesses in control of their data
Trends: Choosing the best proprietary or open-source applications
Case Study: Cooperative Consolidation: The Credit Union System of Brazil saves millions of dollars by virtualizing on the mainframe
Cover Story: The Mobile Mainframe: System z is a perfect fit for the growing trend
Feature: Connecting Applications and Data: WebSphere Liberty z/OS Connect makes business assets accessible to mobile devices
Tech Showcase: How Linux on System z has become a go-to solution for businesses
Administrator: IBM tests show finding the optimal number of n-way processors helps maximize performance
Tech Corner: The new z/OSMF Workflows feature optimizes programming tasks
Solutions: OMC-FLASH 4.7.0; z86VM; Storage Director 4.2
Stop Run: IBMer's passion for engineering puts his house to work
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Cover1
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Table of Contents
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Editor's Desk: Moving in the mobile world
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - IBM Perspective: Mobile money thanks to the mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Partner PoV: A clean IT audit does not guarantee network or computer security
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Focus on Storage: How Elastic Storage helps remove bottlenecks and lower costs
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Currents: IBM Smarter Storage puts businesses in control of their data
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Trends: Choosing the best proprietary or open-source applications
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Case Study: Cooperative Consolidation: The Credit Union System of Brazil saves millions of dollars by virtualizing on the mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Cover Story: The Mobile Mainframe: System z is a perfect fit for the growing trend
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Feature: Connecting Applications and Data: WebSphere Liberty z/OS Connect makes business assets accessible to mobile devices
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 36
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Tech Showcase: How Linux on System z has become a go-to solution for businesses
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Administrator: IBM tests show finding the optimal number of n-way processors helps maximize performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 48
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Tech Corner: The new z/OSMF Workflows feature optimizes programming tasks
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 52
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Solutions: OMC-FLASH 4.7.0; z86VM; Storage Director 4.2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 55
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Stop Run: IBMer's passion for engineering puts his house to work
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - RF2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition
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