IBM system z and mainframe systems

  • November 08, 2006 08 Nov'06

    Mainframe group to focus on project management skills for '07

    Robert Rosen, immediate past president of the mainframe user group Share, addresses the mainframe job market, the IT energy crisis and hot skills for next year.

  • November 01, 2006 01 Nov'06

    COBOL, Wintel generations must bury the hatchet

    Some pundits and bloggers think that mature, COBOL generation IT workers should retire and get out of the way in order to make room for Wintel IT staff. Forrester analyst Phil Murphy explains why that idea is counterproductive.

  • October 31, 2006 31 Oct'06

    VSAM basics

    Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM) still holds mountains of the world's data sets. This column explains how VSAM works.

  • October 18, 2006 18 Oct'06

    Defining the mainframe's role in next-gen application workloads

    New processor technologies and application conventions are emerging that are beginning to affect the role of the mainframe. Wayne Kernochan discusses the newest mainframe application workloads and the business support that should be following.

  • October 11, 2006 11 Oct'06

    Mainframer stereotype bucked by 23-year-old woman


    In a sea of middle-aged men roaming around the Share mainframe conference this summer, there walked an anomaly: Kristine Harper. The 23-year-old has been an associate developer since last year with mainframe software vendor Neon ...

  • October 10, 2006 10 Oct'06

    Wachovia insources mainframe code maintenance

    Bucking the outsourcing trend, financial giant Wachovia Bank brought mainframe code maintenance back in-house, mitigating risk and reducing nearly 4 million lines of obsolete code.

  • October 04, 2006 04 Oct'06

    IBM upgrades z/OS; makes $100M commitment to mainframe

    IBM upgrades z/OS, the mainframe operating system, saying it is easier to use and offers more functionality. Meanwhile, it has announced a $100 million investment in the next five years.

  • September 21, 2006 21 Sep'06

    IBM mainframe chief guarantees power savings

    Jim Stallings, general manager, IBM System z Mainframe, told that IBM was prepared to guarantee energy savings on its mainframes over distributed systems.

  • September 06, 2006 06 Sep'06

    Korean insurer retires 7,000 MIPS mainframes

    Samsung Life Insurance moved 7,000 MIPS of core business transactions from an IBM mainframe to two HP Superdome servers. Samsung expects to break even on the project in 18 months, with a cost savings of $10 million annually by 2010.

  • August 31, 2006 31 Aug'06

    Microsoft Mainframe Migration Alliance: Divide and conquer

    The Mainframe Migration Alliance knows the zSeries community isn't ready to trash its mainframes just yet. But the recent migration of Canadian insurance firm Lombard to Windows shows that Microsoft is making strides in the market in can thrive in -...

  • August 31, 2006 31 Aug'06

    IBM offers a free server "hop" for Linux apps

    At the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Big Blue unveiled a huge free-of-cost ISV initiative that allows for the "hopping" of Linux applications from one IBM server to the next.

  • August 30, 2006 30 Aug'06

    Mainframe migration decisions overview

    Mainframe migration decisions overview: Let's examine some of the potential pros and cons of a major platform change.

  • August 24, 2006 24 Aug'06

    CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V3.1

    IBM announced CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V3.1 on Wednesday, which promises to makes CICS even more Web services friendly.

  • August 23, 2006 23 Aug'06

    Bringing the mainframe into the SOA fold

    Mainframe SOA: SOA Software, with help from Merrill Lynch, and GT Software have launched tools for incorporating mainframe platforms and programmers into an SOA.

  • August 23, 2006 23 Aug'06

    Mainframe management: Chapter 2 - Mainframe security

    Security is a growing issue as more users seek to leverage mainframe applications inside and outside of an enterprise. This usually requires encryption to render data unreadable, identity management to match users to rights and restrictions. There ...