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Five Stages of Mainframe Grief

Five Stages of Mainframe Grief

1. Denial: We need digital transformation and can build it ourselves. The company begins manual coding of APIs to connect the mainframe to modern applications, but progress is slow. 2. Anger: A hypothesis that mainframe is an obstacle to innovation followed by a Board level edict that the mainframe must be replaced. The company begins … Continued

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A Bit of IBM Archeology

A Bit of IBM Archeology

Way back in November of 1964, IBM announced the smallest member of the System/360 family, the Model 20. According to Wikipedia, The Model 20 supports only a subset of the System/360 instruction set, with binary numbers limited to 16 bits and no floating point.[1] In later years, it would have been classified as a 16-bit minicomputer rather than … Continued

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Living in a VSE World

Living in a VSE World

Platforms come and platforms go, and IBM continues to make the z/OS mainframe more flexible and more powerful. But what if you’re living in a VSE world? I know that you’re out there and you may sometimes feel that you aren’t getting as much attention as other platforms. The other thing that I know, because … Continued

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Open Banking & PSD2

Open Banking & PSD2

Security is paramount for Open Banking and APIs play an integral part. They are an easy and secure way to access existing systems that hide the complexity from users. With PSD2 and Open Banking requiring EU and UK banks to create APIs to securely open core systems for specific uses, banks have an opportunity to … Continued

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A Day Without Mainframes

A Day Without Mainframes

I walk into my local Starbucks, ready for my morning coffee, smiling at the absence of the usual line out the door. In fact, the store is almost empty. I pull out my phone to access Starbucks’ handy app to buy my morning coffee. Just open the app, scan my barcode and go. But no, … Continued

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Mainframe API Tools Assessment

Mainframe API Tools Assessment

The API Economy is booming, and with such huge historic investments in mainframes it is vital for companies to find ways to bring these assets into the API world. The Lustratus report “Best of Breed API Middleware for Mainframes” examined the challenge of API-enabling mainframes and developed a checklist of key functions for buyers to … Continued

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Mainframe Integration: The Time is Now!

Mainframe Integration: The Time is Now!

In today’s fast-paced world, we expect instantaneous results. This has contributed to the belief that all transactions are handled immediately. But it’s not just about customer expectations. Fraud, terrorism, and money laundering are areas where a delay in identification can be disastrous. To avoid these negative consequences, organizations must convert traditional batch validation processes-which can … Continued

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French Bank Natixis Receives First Ever Instant Payment

French Bank Natixis Receives First Ever Instant Payment

The European Central Bank, also known as ECB, recently unveiled a European service that will facilitate instantaneous electronic payments. This is an exciting, albeit necessary step for e-commerce, as consumers are often shopping online and making payments outside standard business hours. Coupled with the rise of mobile payment services, consumers now expect payments to take … Continued

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GT Software Assessment

GT Software Assessment

GT Software has spent the last three decades working with IBM mainframe customers to help them get the best out of their assets. As a mainframe-based company it offers a range of mainframe-specific products and packages, but the key one in terms of the scope of this paper is Ivory Service Architect, more commonly referred … Continued

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Mainframes Required to Make Blockchain Mainstream

Mainframes Required to Make Blockchain Mainstream

According to Gartner, Blockchain passed from peak Hype Cycle to the Trough of Disillusionment in August of 2018, but they are still bullish. Bitcoin peaked at $19,800 in December 2018 and is down 80% since then. Not surprisingly, interest in the blockchain search term also peaked in December 2018, and according to Google Trends, is … Continued

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Happy Birthday, CICS!

Happy Birthday, CICS!

In 1969, I remember getting my first pair of glasses as a third grader. I also vividly remember thinking that I could not imagine being an adult or how much the world would change in the next 50 years. I was young and I had my whole life ahead of me. Now 50 years later, … Continued

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How the Connected Mainframe for Digital Transformation Can Help Your Business

How the Connected Mainframe for Digital Transformation Can Help Your Business

After several years of relentless hardware and software innovation, the mainframe is at an inflection point from being a supporting platform of transaction revenue, to becoming a source of revenue growth and innovation. Organizations are evolving toward what IDC calls the “connected mainframe” in a study they published entitled, “The Business Value of the Connected … Continued

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Investing in the Mainframe Rather than Migrating

Investing in the Mainframe Rather than Migrating

Despite the tangible benefits for organizations of investing in and modernizing their mainframe platform, as can be expected, organizations do reassess the value of their mainframe platforms and consider using more distributed infrastructure. This is based on the findings of a study by IDC called “The Business Value of the Connected Mainframe for Digital Transformation.” … Continued

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Bad Tech Predictions: From Flying Cars to the Death of Mainframes

Bad Tech Predictions: From Flying Cars to the Death of Mainframes

In 1940, Henry Ford famously said, “Mark my word: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” In 1964, Isaak Asimov surmised that we’d all be zipping around in flying cars by 2014, using jets full of compressed air to lift vehicles off the ground. And yet, we still … Continued

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APIs versus Microservices

APIs versus Microservices

When talking about new application development, both APIs and Microservices are often mentioned. But what exactly are the differences between the two and which one should you be using when integrating mainframe applications? Don Spoerke, GT Software’s Director of Product Evangelism, leads an informative discussion around these topics in our recent “APIs, Microservices, and Mainframe … Continued

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SunTrust, BB&T and Innovation

SunTrust, BB&T and Innovation

The recently announced merger between BB&T and SunTrust is all about achieving scale in order to compete, something that is often driven by technological innovation. According to the The Wall Street Journal: “Regional lenders are struggling to compete with big national banks such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp, which are … Continued

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Are You Tooled Up For Hybrid Cloud?

Are You Tooled Up For Hybrid Cloud?

The one constant in information technology is change. With labor shortages and the volume of APIs growing exponentially, enterprises moving to the hybrid cloud and the system integrators that are helping them need to change again and avail themselves of the best API development and management technologies available. Let’s take a look at the history of how integration has changed and how we are moving into a second API Generation: API2.0.

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Mashed Potatoes or Mashups

Mashed Potatoes or Mashups

Thanksgiving is here, development teams are winding down and freezing their code, and thoughts are moving towards the holidays (turkey and mashed potatoes), not mashups. Interestingly enough, the two have more in common than you might think. The original Thanksgiving feast, and even the modern day feast, is a combination of whatever’s available, different ingredients, … Continued

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Maximize Your RPA Investment

Maximize Your RPA Investment

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) emerged from a need to perform repetitive business functions that many times required interaction with a mainframe. Rudimentary programs were paired with screen scraping technology to perform repetitive business functions that were not easily programmable. Over time, these technology platforms evolved to integrate with disparate systems, enabling these technologies to mimic … Continued

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Learning the Lessons from Past Mainframe Integration Projects

Learning the Lessons from Past Mainframe Integration Projects

The API model has definitely become a major consideration for a growing number of companies across the world. As discussed previously, the API approach has particular attractions for mainframe users. However, past attempts at mainframe integration have typically run into a range of problems, and today there is a much greater understanding of the mainframe-specific … Continued

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What to Consider Before API-Enabling the Mainframe

What to Consider Before API-Enabling the Mainframe

The idea of integrating the mainframe more widely is not new; it has gone through numerous iterations including messaging middleware, ESBs and SOA before arriving at APIs. The lessons learned can drastically shortcut the effort to API-enable the mainframe while increasing the likelihood of a successful project. There are four main categories of technology-related factors … Continued

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The Role of API Middleware

The Role of API Middleware

In essence, the API Middleware layer plays a similar role as middleware plays in other IT solutions. It sits between the client level and the systems of record, translating the desires of the client into execution within the core systems of record. Typical roles of the API Middleware layer are: Provide a connectivity bridge between … Continued

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The Importance of Implementing an API Architecture

The Importance of Implementing an API Architecture

API architecture is really a natural evolution of early service oriented architectures that came to prominence in the last ten or fifteen years. It retains the basic concept of some sort of ‘back-end’ business service that can be driven externally, but the API approach carries the independence of the service consumer further. Previous approaches depended … Continued

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Maximizing Your Payments Data Potential with Machine Learning

Maximizing Your Payments Data Potential with Machine Learning

Over the past two decades, commerce’s expansion to digital channels has created an entirely new ecosystem of payments information and with each passing moment, the amount of that information increases: In the U.S., there were 21.5 billion ACH transactions in 2017, an increase of 5.7 percent from the previous year and in that same time, … Continued

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