Evangelizing Mainframe

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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Needing That Network Guy

Organizations need to be thinking about migrating from IPv4 to IPv6. However there are many issues of security and administration, and real-life difficulties with conversion work, and with users and applications being IPv4 and IPv6 compatible at the same time. In this post, we'll explore some solutions.

Posted: 1/22/2013 12:01:45 AM by Trevor Eddolls

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It's a Big Pond ...

You might be wondering, “Why should I join a professional network?” When a fish is off on his own, he won’t have the benefit of the group. Challenges that arise might be harder to manage alone, and fish are better equipped to protect their territory in a group.

Posted: 1/15/2013 12:02:55 AM by Iris Rivera

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