IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - SE3
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MAKING SENSE OF
FOR 2017 ...AND BEYOND
Research tells us that managing z/OS environments
in the next two years will be uniquely challenging
for a variety of reasons - not all of which are costrelated. The long-stable paradigm for CIOs and VPs
of IT groups at mainframe-equipped enterprises is
changing, forcing a re-look at priorities.
Budgets for mainframe staff, hardware, software, and
services remain relatively ﬂat; but that doesn't tell the
whole story. Budgets for security- and compliancerelated initiatives and some other projects are going up.
TOP 2017 PRIORITY:
Connecting Big Iron to Big Data
Priorities for this year go beyond securing budget,
as one EU banking IT leader points out, "Budget is
not my top priority. Skills gap is Number One, along
with trying to get all legacy system data plus new
mainframe data plus distributed data to be combined
and useful together is my 'big data' challenge."
CEO, CRO and COO-related interest in any initiative
that generates insights that could drive future
revenue growth or competitive advantage has also
increased - and would free up new budget dollars.
Insights driven by Big Data via Splunk® continue to
Such initiatives for mainframe enterprises include
streaming relevant SMF and other log data from
the mainframe into Splunk, to be correlated and
analyzed with like data from the distributed and
Correlating all security SMF and other logs across the
enterprise in real time has also proven to be the right
answer for compliance auditors who see this kind of
SIEM (security information and event management)
solution as the way to meet their requirements.
MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUDGET:
Driving CPU Efficiency through Optimization
Of course, budget issues haven't gone away for
z/OS infrastructures, so these recent sentiments
from an EMEA ﬁnancial services IT exec may sound
familiar: "Our region's banking is seeing creditcard transactions rise 10%-15% per year, plus card
processing fees are capped, so we've got new
requirements, but not in service of new revenue."
One IT services exec for a global enterprise adds,
"The fast-growing instant payment and mobile
workloads are an issue, and we've told IBM the
costs are too high."
Squeezing more work out of existing CPU usage
levels using high-performance sort and state-of-theart zIIP offload is an approach several global and
regional banks and insurance companies have taken
using Syncsort ZPSaver and MFX. It may be worth a
few minutes to see how much you can save.
On the topic of savings, there are tools that
can save you cycles and dollars with database
optimization (for DB2 and CA IDMS) and even with
network management. You may have options you
didn't know about!
Oh, and that impending "skills gap" issue. That isn't
going away on its own. So perhaps it's time to join
the others who ﬁnally found an efficient way to do
that IMS-to-DB2 migration.
To learn more about solutions for your mainframe and
"big iron-to-big-data" priorities, visit syncsort.com or
speak with your local Syncsort rep or reseller.
11/30/16 1:04 PM