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MAKING SENSE OF

Mainframe Priorities
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
be funded.
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
Cloud infrastructures.
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.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition

Editor's Letter
Featured Products
Application Development
Business Intelligence/Analytics
Business Management
Communications and Connectivity
Database
Education
HA/DR/Backup
Hardware
Linux on z Systems
Mobile
Office Automation and Office Support
Performance
Security
Services/Consulting
Software Vertical Markets
Systems Management
Tools and Utilities
Web Development and Enablement
Business Necessities
Accessing Innovation
Constant Improvement
Secure From the Metal On Up
Handling Complexity
CM First Group: Application Development
DataKinetics: Database
MVS Solutions: Performance
Black Hill Software: Tools & Utilities
Compuware Corp.: Tools & Utilities
Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Editor's Letter
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Featured Products
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - CM First Group: Application Development
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Application Development
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Business Necessities
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Business Intelligence/Analytics
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Business Management
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Communications and Connectivity
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - DataKinetics: Database
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Education
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - HA/DR/Backup
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Hardware
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Accessing Innovation
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Office Automation and Office Support
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Constant Improvement
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - MVS Solutions: Performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Secure From the Metal On Up
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Security
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Services/Consulting
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Software Vertical Markets
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Systems Management
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Handling Complexity
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Black Hill Software: Tools & Utilities
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Compuware Corp.: Tools & Utilities
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Tools and Utilities
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Web Development and Enablement
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE54
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE55
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 Solutions Edition - SE56
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