26 08, 2019

Mainframe Pricing: Endgame

August 26th, 2019|Opinion|Comments Off on Mainframe Pricing: Endgame

IBM Simplifying Mainframe Software Pricing When you hear the words mainframe software pricing, what do you think of? A common reaction is to ignore it unless you are actively negotiating a new contract with IBM. And even then, the general consensus is that it is difficult to understand because there are so many confusing options [...]

4 04, 2019

Getting a client in trouble out of trouble

April 4th, 2019|Opinion|Comments Off on Getting a client in trouble out of trouble

Recently, we helped one of our clients – a large investment bank in America – to “find” 30 million dollars per year – money that they weren’t able to obtain for technical reasons – when we helped them get it, it was like found money to them. Before our association, they were running mainframe systems [...]

14 01, 2019

tableBASE vs MainView Batch Optimizer

January 14th, 2019|Opinion|Comments Off on tableBASE vs MainView Batch Optimizer

tableBASE vs MainView Batch Optimizer Recently, I was involved in a conversation with one of our clients who was being told by a consultant that they could replace tableBASE (our in-memory technology offering) with BMC's MainView Batch Optimizer. My initial reaction was "whaaaaaa?" It seemed to me that if a statement like that were to [...]

20 11, 2018

Data access optimization for CICS

November 20th, 2018|Opinion|Comments Off on Data access optimization for CICS

You run CICS applications because they perform well, and have been reliable from the start. Unfortunately, with increasing demands on your systems, you still need more performance from your key assets—but your costs are rising while your mainframe IT budget is not. Performance requirements, continuous availability as well as expensive CPU cycles, are daily concerns [...]

19 10, 2018

Improving the Bank’s Bottom Line: Reducing Cost per Transaction

October 19th, 2018|Opinion|Comments Off on Improving the Bank’s Bottom Line: Reducing Cost per Transaction

A few years ago, I invited a group of CIOs to become an Advisory Board for my company. Their role was to advise us on the direction the company should go, and how we should position our products and services most effectively from the perspective of the Fortune 500 CIO. To this day, we still [...]

20 09, 2018

Monitoring your service providers

September 20th, 2018|Opinion|Comments Off on Monitoring your service providers

Outsourcing has been the rage for years now, and the outsourcing of computing resources to the cloud leads the way. And why not? It allows you to increase efficiency (focus on core business activities instead of running a datacenter), cut costs (you don’t have physical datacenter costs), reduce risk (or pass it on to the [...]

11 09, 2018

Sub-capacity Pricing and Capping 101

September 11th, 2018|Opinion|Comments Off on Sub-capacity Pricing and Capping 101

Soft capping, using IBM’s Defined Capacity (DC) or Group Capacity (GC) options, is an effective method to help control software costs.  An even more effective method is to automate the limits of these caps based on application consumption and budgetary requirements.  This article will discuss how such automation should be designed and implemented. Sub-Capacity Pricing [...]

10 09, 2018

Mainframe mobile challenges and solutions

September 10th, 2018|Opinion|Comments Off on Mainframe mobile challenges and solutions

The need for modern mobile solutions for mainframe data centers Today most CIOs, CTOs and IT experts are aware of the impact of digital transformation (DX) on their respective businesses and IT organizations. Disruptive technologies like Big Data, business analytics, cloud (computing and storage), digital payment, and more recently the algorithmic economy and the Internet [...]

13 08, 2018

Mainframe optimization on the high seas

August 13th, 2018|Opinion|0 Comments

Being in the mainframe business for about 10 years now, I hear interesting anecdotes from time to time, often from the most unlikely sources. I may have taken some liberty with the title, but it’s a true story, and it relates well to what I see in the mainframe business all the time. A good [...]

15 03, 2018

Mainframe batch challenges – and solutions

March 15th, 2018|Opinion|0 Comments

The ancient datacenter game of tug-of-war between the need for more computing power, and the need to more closely control ongoing IT costs is never-ending, and continues, as intensely as ever, in today’s large business datacenters. And with the mainframe enclosed firmly within its no-holds-barred silo, the game is more dramatic than it has ever [...]