Evangelizing Mainframe

IBM Honors the 2012 Mainframe Masters

The top finishers of the 2012 Master the Mainframe contest from North America, Spain and Spanish Latin America were honored during award ceremonies in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. In its eighth year, the IBM Academic Initiative competitions continue to grow—with 13,813 students worldwide participating in mainframe contests last year.

Posted: 4/9/2013 1:01:01 AM by Mike Westholder

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'Ask the Experts' Forum Participant Wins a Prize

Congratulations to Thousif Ahamed, who was randomly selected to receive an IBM Heritage sweatshirt for contributing a question to the Destination z Ask the Experts forum thread.

Posted: 4/3/2013 10:14:14 AM by Mike Westholder

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What is the ‘Third Platform?’

The suggestion is that the third platform represents the next phase of the IT revolution! The first platform is the mainframe; the second is the PC; and the third comprises cloud services, mobile computing, social networking and big data analytics.

Posted: 3/26/2013 1:01:01 AM by Trevor Eddolls

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Engaging Users and Reducing Complexity: z/OSMF Software Deployment

The path to designing and developing the software deployment task is an excellent example of how the z/OS team engaged users to ensure its usability. In addition to collaborating with users, we measured the usability of the z/OSMF Software Deployment task through complexity analysis.

Posted: 3/19/2013 1:01:01 AM by Iris Rivera

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What’s in a Name?

In light of the IBM System/360 golden anniversary in 2014, how do you talk about the mainframe’s proud history without making it sound like it is history?

Posted: 3/12/2013 1:01:01 AM by Mike Westholder

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An Unquestionably Good Response to the Dz ‘Ask the Experts’ Forum

Last month, Destination z asked mainframers to share their questions about the platform to help gauge what topics are top of mind in the System z community. The response has been very good, with about a dozen questions in the z&A forum and more sent via email.

Posted: 3/5/2013 1:01:01 AM by Mike Westholder

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Why Linux on System z?

The numerous advantages of Linux on System z make the platform attractive from many angles—including performance, simplified management and a reduction in TCO.

Posted: 2/21/2013 3:32:14 PM by Dustin Shammo

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What’s Skeuomorphism and Why Should I Care?

Basically, skeuomorphism is making one thing look like something else—like making the metal on the side of a ship look like it was made of wood, so the new ship looks like a much older type of ship. So what’s that got to do with computers?

Posted: 2/19/2013 1:01:01 AM by Trevor Eddolls

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Balog: In a New Era of IT, zEnterprise is Ready

Self-proclaimed “infrastructure guy,” Doug Balog, IBM System z GM, proclaimed a new era of IT on Feb. 5 during the SHARE in San Francisco conference’s keynote, titled “Smarter Computing in an Era of IT.”

Posted: 2/12/2013 12:01:01 AM by Mike Westholder

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Operations Must Overcome the Irrational 'Fear' of Applications

Effective application performance management needs cooperation between operations and development to achieve success, and in no small part the operations people need to take the first steps in making this happen.

Posted: 2/5/2013 12:02:25 AM by Philip Mann

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