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System z platform offers mobile technology and Hadoop-

Another motivation is to ensure that there are no surprises.

based solutions for big-data analytics. Regular hardware and

Advance testing of a new release by the ecosystem starts

OS releases keep the mainframe on the cutting edge. And,

about a year prior to launch with early beta software. By the

perhaps just as important, ISV partnerships ensure that

time the product reaches market, ISVs and end users have

the companies writing applications for use on System z are

confirmed that the applications will not only work with the

delivering advanced, high-value capabilities, as well.

new hardware and software, but that they will also work well.
"On day one when IBM issues the new release, we want clients

A Program With a Mission

to be confident that they will not run into any problems,"

It might take a village to raise a child, but supporting a

says Ghearing. "They will just continue to operate as they

business computing platform powerful enough to make a

have-even better, actually, because the ISV solutions will

difference in today's market requires a vibrant, industrywide

have exploited the new features of the hardware and the OS."

ecosystem. For much of the existence of the mainframe,

The latter is a key distinction Ghearing characterizes as

IBM has been developing that ecosystem. Today, hundreds

exploitation versus toleration. Toleration simply indicates

of vendor partners participate in a dialogue that goes both
ways. The ISVs weigh in on their needs and wants. IBM gives
them advance opportunities to work with upcoming hardware
and OS releases so they can develop applications that take
full advantage of every improvement. More important, the
collaboration ensures that the investment end-users make in
hardware and software delivers maximum value as quickly
and easily as possible.
The interaction remains close and active. Twice a year, IBM

"Nirvana is when we can sit down with
the client and show them that the ISV
solutions are exploiting the new stuff
as well. It helps them protect their
investment and helps them to fully get
value in the IBM technology."
- Larry Ghearing, IBM manager,
System z ISV technical enablement program

invites ISVs to its main System z development site in
Poughkeepsie, New York, for technical disclosure

software and hardware will function together.

meetings. For the better part of a week, collaborative

Exploitation indicates the client will really derive

discussions take place, engineer to engineer. In

significant value. "Nirvana is when we can sit down

addition, several teleconferences are held throughout

with the client and show them that the ISV solutions

the year to discuss new technology directions/futures.
It's a reciprocal interaction, balanced between IBM seeking
insights to optimize the platform for running applications

are exploiting the new stuff as well," he says. "It helps
them protect their investment and helps them to fully get
value in the IBM technology."

and IBM giving partners advance notice of hardware and
software changes so that they can optimize their solutions.

Porting Solutions

To maximize the benefit, collaboration with the ISVs begins

It wasn't so long ago that x86 server farms were the platform

three to five years ahead of a release. "There are cases where

of choice for some IT shops, allowing them to leverage huge

we have crafted our ultimate design based on feedback from

collections of commodity servers to attack computationally

the ISVs," says Larry Ghearing, IBM manager responsible for

intensive problems through sheer numbers of gigaflops. A

the System z ISV technical enablement program. "Conversely,

decade further along, users are beginning to realize that while

the ISVs look at our design and consider how they can exploit

more is sometimes more, not every type of "more" is a good

the new technology that is coming out."

thing. For every benefit that virtualized x86 systems provide,

If the memory size of the server changes, for example,

they also bring more administrative headaches; more time

ISVs might modify their application to take advantage of the

spent updating; more money spent on licensing, on cooling, on

increased memory available. Getting this type of information

power, etc. With rather less hullabaloo than in the early days

ahead of time allows them develop their applications to exploit

of the x86 trend, organizations have been quietly migrating

the technology.

back to platforms like System z.

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Table of Contents
ISV Solutions Put Mainframe in High Gear
Get the Most From the Solutions Edition
Company Showcases
21st Century Software
Action Software International
Applied Software Inc.
Advanced Software Products Group Inc.
Canam Software Labs Inc.
ColeSoft Markeing Inc.
CA Technologies
Compuware Corporation
CorreLog Inc.
Data 21 Inc.
Direct Computer Resources Inc.
DINO Software Corp.
Dovtailed Technologies
DTS Software
Enterprise Performance Strategies Inc.
Fischer International Systems Corporation
GFS Software Inc.
GT Software
Ingram Micro
INNOVATION Data Processing
MVS Solutions Inc.
PKWARE Inc.
Software Diversified Services
Serena Software
Sirius Computer Solutions
SysperTec
Top Gun Technology
TreeHouse Software
Tributary Systems Inc.
Trident Services Inc.
Vanguard Integrity Professionals
zCost Management
Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - ISV Solutions Put Mainframe in High Gear
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Get the Most From the Solutions Edition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Company Showcases
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 21st Century Software
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Action Software International
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Advanced Software Products Group Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Canam Software Labs Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - ColeSoft Markeing Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - CA Technologies
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Compuware Corporation
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Direct Computer Resources Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Dovtailed Technologies
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - DTS Software
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Enterprise Performance Strategies Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - GFS Software Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - GT Software
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Ingram Micro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - INNOVATION Data Processing
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - MVS Solutions Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Software Diversified Services
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Serena Software
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Top Gun Technology
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Tributary Systems Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Trident Services Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Vanguard Integrity Professionals
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - zCost Management
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 38
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