IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 8
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5 reasons IBM Z makes technical and financial sense for clients
ainframes have a longstanding reputation for reliably handling complex
IT operations. However, as technology continues to advance, many
organizations perceive the quality of services to be more or less the same
for x86. The misperception exists that mainframes are expensive and don't support
Skip Garvin is a Senior Technical
Solutions Manager for IBM System
Lab Services Migration Factory. He
has over 45 years of worldwide sales,
marketing and technology experience.
Farakh Rafique is an IT economics
consultant in the IBM Competitive
Susan Proietti Conti is the worldwide
program director for the IBM
Competitive Project Office.
Organizations in the know have recognized the
technical and financial advantages of the mainframe
and are turning to IBM Z* to deliver their IT services.
The IBM Z mainframe makes sense for organizations
large and small.
A CIO of a top 10 financial institution with which
IBM Systems Lab Services worked said that "the most
important element of any system I buy is the continuous, uninterrupted operation of my applications.
I don't like surprises." This thought is probably similar to those of CIOs, CTOs and other senior managers
who have chosen the IBM Z platform for the most
critical aspects of their business.
About 80 percent of the world's corporate data
resides or originates on mainframes. The IBM Z
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platform is commonly used in a
variety of industries including:
44 out of the top 50
The top 10 insurance
18 of the top 25 retailers
Because clients in these industries can't tolerate disruptions,
IBM Z technology continues to be
at the heart of their infrastructure.
IBM Z technology has evolved
over decades, incorporating