IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - SE44
For GTSG, mainframe is our
heritage; the core of our culture,
one of the things we do best. We
help clients optimize cost and
performance; we address skills
gaps, and do it ﬂexibly: we meet
your needs, where you are - today.
Mainframe Cost and
Step One: Eliminate tools used
by a small audience.
Step Two: Replace a product with
an existing feature; z/OS has many
features now that might not have
been available when you purchased
a speciﬁc - function product.
Step Three: Competitive
displacement of a low use product.
Mainframe software deals abound
Step Four: Competitive
displacement of a high use product.
A tougher sell, but if ﬁnancials
support acquisition and
implementation of the tool,
research is certainly warranted.
Personnel: One place we can
help is to look at which skills are
more eﬀectively provided from a
pool to take advantage of the
fractional resource model. We
match the time requirement to
the size of the environment. No
more staﬃng with a fully burdened
40 - hour per week resource - we
give you what you need, yet let you
have more when you need it.
Navigating the Future:
When you spend as much time as
Mainframe Infrastructure Talent
we do on the mainframe, you're
Two problems loom: ﬁrst, the
going to be asked how to run it more ability to attract and retain skills.
eﬃciently from a cost perspective.
Second, the scarcity of budget
dollars to fund the transition of
We attack the problem in three
mainframe veterans to the next
elements - hardware, software,
GTSG addresses both issues:
Hardware: We utilize
We provide an environment for
complementary techniques of
mainframe SMEs where skills are
performance, workload and capacity
valued, and their needs for growth,
management in an eﬀort to ensure
ongoing education and aﬃnity are
that our clients can avoid upgrades,
achieve SLAs, or even downgrade a
processor in a sunset scenario.
We help clients with the
economics through the depth and
Software: We help clients with
scale of our resources, utilizing a
a four-step process in software
fractional model frequently resulting
in a reduced number of FTEs.
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Since our establishment in 1988,
big iron fans ﬁnd this a place where
they know that they can work on
this platform for as long as they
would like. We have also proven
our ability to train younger workers
and to further develop talent in
adjacent mainframe technologies,
giving us all the conﬁdence we
need to scale our commitments as
the workforce shortage intensiﬁes.
Set Your Own Course with GTSG
What our clients ﬁnd most attractive
- apart from our skills and
proﬁciency - are GTSG's ﬂexible
models. We help clients by
leveraging pooled resources in an
aﬀordable model, readily scalable
in both directions. If workloads are
moved oﬀ the mainframe platform,
we implement a fractional resource
approach to staﬃng skills/roles,
requiring less than an FTE. A
corresponding decrease in eﬀort
is matched with a corresponding
At GTSG, We Scale to your Scope
We normally ﬁnd that our clients
want us to function as part of their
technical support organization. In
short, we are a part of the client's
team. GTSG delivers to clients a
level of ﬂexibility that comes from
our scale, based on an ongoing
commitment to the platform.
The mainframe is here for the
GTSG has supported the mainframe
for nearly 30 years, and will
do so for the next 30 years - and
GTSG Can Help You.
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