8 12, 2017

In-memory technology: It’s new, and it’s not…

December 8th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Allan Zander We read a lot about in-memory technology these days, especially as it applies to Big Data and analytics. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing areas in all of computing, and has been since before Gartner identified it as such back in 2012. That should be no surprise to anyone since [...]

1 12, 2017

Four ways Mainframe shops can Embrace Mobile

December 1st, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Larry Strickland In today’s multi-platform, multi-OS and multi-data format corporate computing environments, there is a high demand to make the mainframe systems work with web, mobile devices and, potentially, any device that can be connected to the Internet-of-Things (IoT), in effect, extending the mainframe system to the “modern world.” In Part 1 of this [...]

24 11, 2017

Settling for less

November 24th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Keith Allingham I was reading the news on CNN recently about a power outage in California, which reminded me of some serious black outs in Costa Rica a while back. A friend was there on business, and it ruined an important business meeting that he had spent months setting up. It also reminded me [...]

17 11, 2017

The Third Platform and the Mainframe

November 17th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Allan Zander The Third Platform is defined as the interdependencies between mobile computing, social media, cloud computing, and information/analytics (big data), and possibly the Internet of Things (IoT). Here is a nice rendering of the Third Platform model from Forbes.com. It shows our new concerns: Mobility, Analytics, and Cloud (SMAC-IT) at the top level [...]

7 11, 2017

Money for Nothing

November 7th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Clive Catt My wife loves shopping – even for food; I don’t, but we need to get it done. Because we’re both busy with our jobs, we tend to do one big shop at the start of the month, to get much of what we need for the month. For the most part, that [...]

1 11, 2017

A Digital Transformation – It’s not just about platforms!

November 1st, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Larry Strickland The term “Digital Transformation” has been and continues to be mentioned practically everywhere within the industry at the moment. Depending on whom you talk to and why, you will get many different educated answers back on the definition of the term. […]

20 10, 2017

Black Friday – Black Balance Sheet

October 20th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Allan Zander As Black Friday begins to emerge on the horizon it makes me think about how we are about to read about some pretty wild stats. Nearly 40 percent of the shopping that is done for Christmas gifts is done around Black Friday by some 100M shoppers. The NRF always produces these statistics [...]

13 10, 2017

A guide to machine learning

October 13th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Andrew Armstrong Machine learning (the subfield of computer science that, according to Arthur Samuel, “gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed”) is one of the most innovative and interesting fields of modern science around today. Something that you probably associate with things such as Watson, Deep Blue, and even the infamous Netflix algorithm. However, as sparkly as it is, machine learning isn’t exactly something totally new. In fact, the concept and science of machine learning has been around for much longer than you think. […]

5 10, 2017

The Mainframe: Three Dimensional Thinking In IT

October 5th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Allan Zander This is not an article on multidimensional databases, 3D rendering, or spatial databases, but rather how CIOs in IT think, based on their education, experience and professional motivations. A good friend of mine, Pete, recently asked me how many servers does it take to equal a mainframe? He’s actually quite a smart guy, a Salesman and former software Engineer, but has never worked in the mainframe business, and knows nothing about it. But it was a fair question, and I had to answer “x”—a variable. This did not satisfy him at all, as you might imagine, but that’s the truth—it depends upon many variables. […]

2 08, 2017

Becoming Truly Proactive (and not mopping the floors every day)

August 2nd, 2017|Opinion|Comments Off on Becoming Truly Proactive (and not mopping the floors every day)

Author: Kevin J. Davis Coincidence – Correlation – Causation – which is it??? When looking into what’s going on ‘under the hood’ of a mainframe (or indeed any server) – it’s very important to distinguish what’s really going on. We, humans, are prone to many kinds of psychological biases and it’s all too easy for us to fall into the trap(s) of not being able to properly identify the differences between pure coincidence (especially when that would support our theories) – and also, to further distinguish between (mere) correlation and actual causation. […]