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1. All three challenges are
related. Millennials, after all,
aren't looking for mere "caretaker" positions. They crave
opportunities for impact and
growth. Making the mainframe
about innovation will help
with millennial recruitment.
Conversely, top-notch millennial workers are likely to
bring an innovative mindset to
the platform. They also tend
to place a premium on the
efficient use of their time and
platform resources.
2. You probably won't get all
three jobs done if you tackle
them separately. Everyone
has a lot going on. Adding
three items to your to-do list
therefore virtually guarantees
you won't get to two of them.
Uniting these challenges
greatly increases the odds of
conquering them.

Maximizing Value
Four measures in particular will
help you maximize the business
value delivered by the mainframe
at a time of rapid generational
change: casting a vision, providing contemporary workspaces,
supplying the right tools and
updating those tools.
Diligently cast the vision. Most
people-millennials and nonmillennials alike-have succumbed
to the misconception that the
mainframe is a legacy platform
running legacy applications that
are inevitably headed for either
re-platforming or the scrap heap.
This is patently untrue. The IBM
z13* mainframe is the most powerful, scalable, secure, reliable
and resource-efficient platform
in the history of computing. And
the applications that run on it are
the glue of the global economy.
Re-platforming is a nonstarter for
current mainframe workloads.
And the cloud, while useful for
many workloads, is untenable

for most compliance-sensitive mission-critical systems
of record.
These factors and others make
it clear that the mainframe is a
vital locus for innovation in the
coming years. A clearly articulated vision for the mainframe as
a platform of innovation is thus
a prerequisite for meeting the
threefold challenge.
Provide millennials with digital workspaces that match their
work styles. If millennials use
mainframe workspaces that look
like something out of a computer
museum, they won't be productive-and they won't have any
sense that they've been given an
opportunity to innovate.
It is therefore essential to provide millennials with mainframe
workspaces that have contemporary feel and function. This
means more than just slapping a
pretty GUI on an old toolkit. Millennials need true Eclipse-based
digital workspaces. Collaborative
capabilities are also important
because collaboration is integral
to millennial work culture.
Insulate millennials from
underlying idiosyncrasies of
mainframe code and mainframe
data. Any attempt to convert
millennial IT professionals into
mainframe engineers with the
same intimate knowledge of the
platform's underlying idiosyncrasies as their baby boomer
predecessors is a fool's errand.
IT's job is not to replicate expertise. It's to deliver results to
the business.
That mission is best accomplished by giving millennials
tools that intelligently leverage
the accumulated mainframe
engineering expertise of their
predecessors. Such tools radically simplify application
development and data management, while proactively
preventing errors that delay

L

Four measures
can help you
maximize the
business value
delivered by the
mainframe at
a time of rapid
generational
change:
1. Cast a vision
2. Provide
contemporary
workspaces
3. Supply the
right tools
4. Update those
tools

deliverables and undermine their
quality. Appropriate abstraction
layer can also empower millennials to work with mainframe
and nonmainframe resources in
a common manner-a major plus
given the importance of being
able to "mix and match" business
logic and data objects residing on
multiple platforms.
Seek tools that are frequently
refreshed under an agile model.
While it's reasonable to make
general assertions about the kind
of mainframe tools millennials
need, no one can predict the new
features and functions they will
need in the future. That's why
IT leaders need vendor partners
that develop mainframe tools
under an agile methodology.
Agile doesn't just iterate new
functionality more quickly than
traditional development models,
it also more quickly acts on new
fact-based inputs from users.
These faster, more user-driven
upgrades better enable millennials to efficiently innovate.

Worth the Investment
No IT organization can afford
to be complacent about staffing
the mainframe or leveraging
mainframe-resident intellectual
property. Such complacency will
do more than put core systems of
record at risk. It will fundamentally undermine the capability of
the business to compete against
more app-aggressive rivals.
Every IT leader should address
today's threefold mainframe challenge with a strategy that is both
coherent and visible. The right
strategy will help get talented
millennials on board and get
them working on tasks that have
significant business impact. The
result will be greater value to the
customer, more efficient operations and the capability to better
compete with new, disruptive
market entrants.

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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: An important note
IBM Perspective: Transforming travel end to end
Partner PoV: Maximize the platform's business value by addressing challenges now
IT Today: Infrastructure matters: Myth or truth?
Case Study: Turning Complexity Into Simplicity: Vissensa Ltd. deploys an IBM Enterprise Cloud System to relieve the IT burdens of its clients
Cover Story: Industry Importance: Applying disruptive technologies in a nondisrputive way helps mainframe clients achieve business efficiency
Feature: Security Notification: Mainframe companies must be proactive and educated in testing and protection, expert says
Feature: Industry Improvements: Clients from five key industries highlight what's possible with IBM mainframe
Tech Showcase: Businesses must look at the big picture to take advantage of analytics
HotTECH Products
Administrator: New technologies with the IBM z13 and DS8870 systems aim to reduce costs and improve resilience, scale and performance
Solutions: ARCAD- Anonymizer; FDRPASVM, MVT Vault, STEPLIB-Rx 3.1; Topaz, ISPW V4.4, Savvytest 2.1
Stop Run: 'Things just clicked' for IBMer looking for his path
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Editor's Desk: An important note
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - IBM Perspective: Transforming travel end to end
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Partner PoV: Maximize the platform's business value by addressing challenges now
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - IT Today: Infrastructure matters: Myth or truth?
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Case Study: Turning Complexity Into Simplicity: Vissensa Ltd. deploys an IBM Enterprise Cloud System to relieve the IT burdens of its clients
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover Story: Industry Importance: Applying disruptive technologies in a nondisrputive way helps mainframe clients achieve business efficiency
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Feature: Security Notification: Mainframe companies must be proactive and educated in testing and protection, expert says
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Feature: Industry Improvements: Clients from five key industries highlight what's possible with IBM mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Tech Showcase: Businesses must look at the big picture to take advantage of analytics
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - HotTECH Products
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Administrator: New technologies with the IBM z13 and DS8870 systems aim to reduce costs and improve resilience, scale and performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Solutions: ARCAD- Anonymizer; FDRPASVM, MVT Vault, STEPLIB-Rx 3.1; Topaz, ISPW V4.4, Savvytest 2.1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Stop Run: 'Things just clicked' for IBMer looking for his path
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - SE2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - SE3
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