IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2015 - (Page 8)

IBM PERSPECTIVE Embracing Mobile With z13 I PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT GREENSLADE f you had any doubts about the transformational nature of mobile computing, consider this: On Cyber Monday 2014, mobile transactions accounted for 41 percent of all online traffic, up 30 percent over 2013. Mobile accounted for 22 percent of all online sales, up 27 percent over 2013. The response time of mobile transactions is becoming a leading factor in driving customer loyalty, with 30 percent of mobile consumers admitting they will switch to a competitor site if a mobile page takes more than a few seconds to load. But mainframe customers can embrace mobile with speed by extending existing enterprise applications onto a mobile platform. IBM z Systems*-the new name for our family of mainframe servers-are perfect for enterprise mobile applications. They are resilient, secure, powerful and scalable and, for most users, a critical system of record. With 55 percent of the world's enterprise transactions running on the mainframe, it's already the dominant transaction platform, and it's now simple and cost-effective for companies to add a mobile channel with the mainframe. Enterprises can leverage years of investment and the wealth of data already on their z Systems servers by using the mobile capabilities built into the application and database servers on z Systems. For example, CICS*, IMS* and DB2* all provide native JSON APIs to reach key data and transactions on z Systems. The new z/OS* Connect component makes that even simpler. Offerings like Capacity on Demand and Mobile Workload Pricing for z/OS ensure that the mainframe can grow economically as clients' mobile workload grows. But the role of z Systems is not just as a key system of record. Mobile applications will find a secure and scalable home on the mainframe. IBM MobileFirst Platform is a powerful development and execution environment for mobile applications that can now use server-side JavaScript* with our Node.js support. IBM recently announced MobileFirst Solutions for iOS and MobileFirst Platform for iOS that provide pre-built mobile applications, ready for clients to customize. The mainframe can host those mobile applications for 21 percent lower cost per transaction and 36 percent better response time than x86 Linux*. The newly announced IBM z13* server enables 8 // JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015 the intersection of data and engagement, linking the transaction engine and analytics with the mobile era to do more, faster. Real-time analytics at the point of the transaction opens new possibilities to create truly valuable and engaging mobile applications. Simultaneous multithreading and 10 TB of memory helps mobile applications running in CICS, IMS, DB2 or WebSphere* Application Server respond more quickly. There are 141 customer configurable processors with industry leading 5 GHz performance and over 700 additional cores worth of compute power under the covers making it the most efficient in the industry at data, transaction and analytics processing for the digital era. Our EAL5+ security certification guarantees the highest level of protection for mobile users' data. Scale, speed and security are reasons why leading-edge mobile application developers like USMobile built their Scrambl3 app-which creates encrypted voice communications-on the mainframe. With its made-for-themobile-era innovations, z13 is going to play a huge role in helping organizations succeed in this new and dramatically different era of computing. MIKE DESENS Vice President and Business Line Executive, IBM z Systems

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2015

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: A new mainframe
IBM Perspective: Embracing mobile with z13
Partner PoV: Align existing competencies with intuitive best practices
Focus on Storage: IBM System Storage DS8870 delivers workload efficiency as the amount of information increases
Currents: Small changes in recent z/OS releases can result in big improvements
Case Study: A Sky-High Education: Marist College uses the cloud to offer massive open online courses
Cover Story: Game Changer: New z13 is optimized for mainframe clients' mobile, analytics and cloud needs
HotTECH Products
Feature: A Clustered Support System: IBM delivers the flexibility and data availability of Elastic Storage to Linux on System z
Tech Corner: Using the data availability function makes sense for some environments
Solutions: Accelerator for.NET 5.0; TASKLIB+ and Launch Express; Express Entry Global Address Verification
Stop Run: A Lego version of the zEnterprise 114 is transformed into a working 'mainframe' model
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2015