IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Readership Survey - September/October 2017 - SR7
Other top applications and
services currently in use include
backup/recovery, 62 percent;
networking communications, 56
percent; and security, 54 percent.
Not surprisingly, 87 percent of
respondents' companies deploy
Db2*. Microsoft SQL, 66 percent;
Oracle, 63 percent; and Microsoft
Access, 39 percent; rounded out
the list of the most popular databases in use by readers. Another
30 percent use IMS*. Open-source
databases in use include
MongoDB, 10 percent; MariaDB,
3 percent; and EnterpriseDB, 4
Annually, almost 32 percent
of respondents' organizations
spend 30 to 60 percent of their IT
budgets on mainframe applications and maintenance. Another
17 percent spend between 15
and 30 percent of their annual
budgets on IBM Z development.
"Reducing mainframe costs-clients
say it's too expensive."
Nine percent spend greater than
60 percent (see Figure 2, below).
COBOL is the most popular
programming language in use
with 78 percent of mainframe
companies. Java* followed closely
with 77 percent. Others include
Assembler, 69 percent; REXX, 73
percent; and C++, 57 percent (see
Figure 3, page SR 12).
To support mainframe
applications disparity exists
between those who have more
than 100 developers-38 percent-and those with only one
to five developers-10 percent.
Another 7 percent outsource
Forty-four percent of those
surveyed are experimenting with
public cloud or have it live in
production. Private clouds are
more prevalent with 35 percent
live in production and another
27 percent experimenting with
it. Hybrid cloud is surprisingly
the least used in production by
only 15 percent of readers and
a slightly higher number experimenting with it, 27 percent.
Figure 2: How much of your annual IT budget is spent on mainframe
application maintenance or development?
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