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PARTNER PoV

organizations want more-they
want technologies that rewrite the
rules. They see mobile, cloud, big
data and analytics technologies
as systems of innovation that will
fundamentally change the business landscape.
As enterprises adopt newer
technologies, their systems of
record don't go away. In fact, they
continue to provide the foundation
for core business functions. Thus,
inherent in the model is the existing-emerging dynamic and the
question of how to negotiate it.
For the z Systems customer, the
question might be framed this
way: How can we manage existing and emerging technologies to
grow, gain advantage and innovate within our industry? The
answer, simply put, is to build
flexible, dynamic bridges from
mainframe applications and data
assets-their systems of record-
to every system they deploy.
This mainframe bridge building
has been described as extension,
modernization, revitalization,
interoperation, integration and so
on. For brevity, "integration" will
be used as a catchall term.
The most effective way to integrate existing mainframes with
emerging technologies is to leverage the same industry-standard
technologies used by today's top
mobile, cloud and data innovators.
With this approach, organizations
can make mainframe applications
and data vital contributors to
business growth, differentiation
and innovation; renew the mainframe's economic viability; and
add the deep value of the mainframe to any emerging system.

Integration
Investigation

When investigating mainframe
integration technologies, enterprises can profitably apply three
key principles gleaned from realworld experience:

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Enterprises
can profitably
apply three
key principles
gleaned from
real-world
experience
when planning
mainframe
integration:
1. Integration is a
means to an end
2. Technologies
should exploit
existing
z Systems
infrastructure
3. Technologies
must ensure
universal
interoperability,
high performance
and extreme
fidelity to
mainframe assets

1. Integration is a means to an
end. Any integration project
must create immediate value-
often by reducing the cost of
z Systems ownership-while
facilitating strategic objectives.
These can vary widely, from
incorporating CICS* applications into enterprise service or
cloud architectures to extending
DB2* data to in-memory data
stores replicated in near-real
time across multiple platforms
anywhere. Such initiatives can
be the foundation for differentiation, innovation or both.
2. Integration technologies
should exploit existing
z Systems infrastructure. IBM
continues to keep the z Systems
line fresh. The IBM z13* system,
for example, provides not only
more and faster processors but
also up to 10 TB of memory.
This combination of processing
power and memory capacity can
significantly impact client use
of z Systems servers. Organizations contemplating any type of
integration are advised to take
advantage of every best-in-class
technology z Systems has to
offer, from the tried-and-true
Link3270 bridge interface,
which enables clean, flexible
interaction with CICS applications; to the System z Integrated
Information Processor (zIIP),
which lets customers reduce
processing costs, offers lower
mainframe total cost of ownership and improved performance;
to the expansive memory of the
z13 platform.
3. Integration technologies
must ensure universal
interoperability, high performance and extreme fidelity
to mainframe assets. Integration technologies must:

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(i.e., common protocols and
transports shared by the

mainframe and all distributed
technologies that comprise
enterprise IT). These languages, including XML, SOAP,
JavaScript*/JSON, REST and
HTTP, are the basis of modern
Web services.
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performance and flawless
rendering of mainframe
transactions, logic and data to
ensure always-reliable interoperation. Employed within a
mainframe-resident integration engine, standards-based
technologies do just that.

Integration Is Essential
Enterprises that embrace strategic
integration and implement industry-standard technologies can
achieve remarkable results.
A credit union serving members
worldwide seamlessly integrated
CICS applications and DB2 and
VSAM data with universal desktops
for 10,000 employees, online
banking systems, mobile banking
apps and ATMs in all 24 time
zones. Membership now exceeds
5 million and continues to climb,
and the mainframe has proven
itself to be a new business engine.
A national life insurance company has modernized its legacy
applications by transforming
screens into reusable objects
that are called and assembled
by higher level Web services into
dynamic, fully interoperable business applications. The firm has
enabled seamless integration with
systems across the enterprise,
particularly modern employeefacing apps.
The equation is simple. Integration is essential, and the same
industry-standard technologies
employed by today's top innovators provide the best means for
integrating existing mainframes
with mobile, cloud, big data analytics and whatever might emerge
tomorrow.


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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015
Table of Contents
IBM Perspective: Opening new options for real-time analytics
Editor's Desk: Predictive analytics enhances purchases
Infographic: Breaking down the mainframe skills gap
Partner PoV: IBM z Systems clients must manage existing and emerging assets together to get the most value
Focus on Storage: The IBM Spectrum Storage family of software-defined solutions simplifies storage management
Currents: Architect real-time analytics into operational systems for competitive advantage
Cover Story: Dynamic Spark: IBM brings the Apache project's analytics power to Linux and z Systems servers
Feature: Personal Shopper: Retailer optimizes analytics to drive a more customized client experience
Tech Showcase: In a roundtable, distributors discuss how IBM LinuxONE enables flexibility for users
Tech Corner: Runtime Diagnostics and Predictive Failure Analysis V2.2 improve z/OS availability
Solutions: Strobe 5.2
Stop Run: IBMer volunteers time to educate people about malaria and technology
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - IBM Perspective: Opening new options for real-time analytics
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Editor's Desk: Predictive analytics enhances purchases
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Infographic: Breaking down the mainframe skills gap
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Partner PoV: IBM z Systems clients must manage existing and emerging assets together to get the most value
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Focus on Storage: The IBM Spectrum Storage family of software-defined solutions simplifies storage management
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Currents: Architect real-time analytics into operational systems for competitive advantage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Cover Story: Dynamic Spark: IBM brings the Apache project's analytics power to Linux and z Systems servers
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Feature: Personal Shopper: Retailer optimizes analytics to drive a more customized client experience
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Tech Showcase: In a roundtable, distributors discuss how IBM LinuxONE enables flexibility for users
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Tech Corner: Runtime Diagnostics and Predictive Failure Analysis V2.2 improve z/OS availability
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Solutions: Strobe 5.2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Stop Run: IBMer volunteers time to educate people about malaria and technology
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - Cover4
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