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Record Unemployment Leads to Government IT Modernization

Record Unemployment Leads to Government IT Modernization

COVID-19 exposes government IT modernization needs. Due to a historic rise in unemployment claims during the Coronavirus pandemic, many government IT systems are being stretched to their absolute limit. Unfortunately, this has led to many Americans who are still waiting to receive their benefits. For example, in four months, Wisconsin residents have claimed 4.5 million … Continued

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GT Software Launches New Open Banking SmartBridge

GT Software Launches New Open Banking SmartBridge

As strong advocates of open banking adoption, we’re excited to announce the launch of the new Open Banking SmartBridge. Our new offering provides financial institutions and banks with a simple, secure way to connect their legacy IT systems to a plethora of third-party apps and services. It’s our hope that the SmartBridge helps to usher … Continued

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What Is API Enabling the Mainframe?

What Is API Enabling the Mainframe?

It’s no secret that many enterprises are already heavily invested in their mainframe environments. Legacy systems are associated with millions of dollars of sunk costs. Financially-minded teams are keen to ensure legacy investments maximize returns. After all, getting value out of the mainframe is harder these days. Assets can be difficult to access thanks to … Continued

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Don’t Let Perfection Become the Enemy When Modernizing the Mainframe

Don’t Let Perfection Become the Enemy When Modernizing the Mainframe

Mainframes are the scapegoat when companies are trying to modernize their business processes. C-level executives often think simply ripping and replacing these legacy systems will solve all their problems and create a clear path to innovation. However, legacy applications are often custom-written for the company’s specific business needs and replacing them proves to be difficult, … Continued

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Business Leaders Achieve More with Fusion Teams

Business Leaders Achieve More with Fusion Teams

Using fusion teams, business line leaders can overcome technical and organizational barriers to innovation. When it comes to large institutions, business unit leaders often feel hamstrung by organizational silos and IT bottlenecks. After all, these leaders manage the growth of a business line supported by different functional areas (marketing, HR, IT). They must coordinate across … Continued

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Why Companies Keep Their Mainframes and Legacy Systems

Why Companies Keep Their Mainframes and Legacy Systems

Like clockwork, an exaggerated report of the mainframe’s inevitable demise will crop up from time to time. Detractors like to talk about the Z-machine like a dinosaur headed for extinction. So, why do hundreds of companies keep their mainframes year after year? As with anything, it’s a complicated answer. Many companies are afraid to touch … Continued

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Can Open Banking Break Down Silos in Bank Culture?

Can Open Banking Break Down Silos in Bank Culture?

The concept of open banking is often described as the free exchange of data with consumer consent, of course. The goal is to anticipate individual consumer needs by feeding AI and machine learning programs with buckets of data. Then, team up with third parties to offer a highly personalized banking experience with more relevant products … Continued

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Government Agency Maintains Continuity Through Pandemic with Ivory

Government Agency Maintains Continuity Through Pandemic with Ivory

It’s business as usual during COVID-19 for this government agency. As the largest U.S. municipal public employee retirement system, one agency has substantial technology needs all year long, let alone during a pandemic. The agency assists more than 350,000 workers from both civilian and uniformed vocations, administers pension benefits, and offers a variety of financial … Continued

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A Call for Traditional Banks to Break Out of the Branch

A Call for Traditional Banks to Break Out of the Branch

Traditional banks are truly at a crossroad. It is a divergence carved out by increasing competition and changing consumer attitude. On one side, there’s the familiar way that things have always been done. On the opposite path, runs the dark and foggy road of uncertain banking territory, ripe with hybrid cloud, API interfaces, and concepts … Continued

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Has the Ship Sailed on Open Banking Partnerships?

Has the Ship Sailed on Open Banking Partnerships?

Last year, the finance industry buzzed with the endless possibilities of fintech and traditional banking partnerships. It was believed that traditional banks might benefit from the speed, agility, and focus of startups. Plus, they could keep a close eye on disruptive innovation. Fintechs would grow rapidly from the resources, scale, and brand credibility that banking … Continued

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Open Banking: Using Rich Data and Functionality

Open Banking: Using Rich Data and Functionality

As a bank executive, you know your company has access to all kinds of data, and your job is to find the most valuable ways to use it. Data is an opportunity to understand your customers better and get an idea of their needs. According to Srini Nallasivan, chief analytics officer at U.S. Bank, this … Continued

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The Importance of Middle and Back Office Operations

The Importance of Middle and Back Office Operations

The open banking movement has been spreading across the world, with forecasts showing it’s gradually expanding to the United States. Open banking puts consumers in control of their financial data, allowing them to decide how they want to share their information. But companies in the financial industry can also see numerous benefits from it as … Continued

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Open Banking: Is Availability the Key to Adoption?

Open Banking: Is Availability the Key to Adoption?

When talking about IT availability, the goal is to get as close to 100% available as possible. Just as nothing in life is certain, nothing in IT is always available. Hardware and software eventually break down. Nevertheless, companies can get very close to meeting the established expectation that tech should be always on. The holy … Continued

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Mainframes Back in Spotlight Due to COVID-19

Mainframes Back in Spotlight Due to COVID-19

Over 30 million Americans have already filed for unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and legacy government systems are struggling to keep up with the staggering increase in demand. These mainframe systems rely on the programming language COBOL, and programmers with a background in the language are being called on to ease the burden. However, … Continued

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Are U.S. Banks Ready for Open Banking?

Are U.S. Banks Ready for Open Banking?

Open banking, a concept that puts individuals in the driver’s seat when it comes to sharing their fiscal data, is impacting the financial services industry in countries across the globe. As its adoption continues to accelerate in the United States, consumers are demanding real-time payments and open access to financial information. But are U.S. Banks … Continued

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FDX Reaches 100-Member Milestone

FDX Reaches 100-Member Milestone

The Financial Data Exchange (FDX), an organization that is empowering consumers with the access and transparency to make informed financial decisions, has just reached its first of many membership milestones. Over 100 companies now belong to FDX, with its community growing to 103 in April. As membership grows, so does the adoption of the FDX … Continued

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Upcoming Webinar: Are U.S. Banks Ready for Open Banking?

Upcoming Webinar: Are U.S. Banks Ready for Open Banking?

Open banking is already proving to be a disruptive force in the financial service industries across the globe. As consumers in the United States begin demanding real-time payments and open access to their data, the U.S. financial service industry seems primed for open banking. But are U.S. banks ready? It’s not that traditional U.S. banks … Continued

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How to Deal with the Legacy Systems Skills Gap

How to Deal with the Legacy Systems Skills Gap

During this coronavirus pandemic, many underlying problems have surfaced. One such issue is the unequal ratio of working COBOL programmers to the number of legacy applications and systems, which run on COBOL code, still in production today. In fact, many people are surprised to learn how many mission critical applications, services, and processes depend on … Continued

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Ivory Available Through New Red Hat Marketplace

Ivory Available Through New Red Hat Marketplace

A simple way to buy and manage enterprise software, with automated deployment to the cloud We’re excited to announce GT Software’s mainframe integration software, Ivory, was invited to be one of the first products available through Red Hat Marketplace. Red Hat’s new, open cloud marketplace makes it easier to discover and access certified software for container-based … Continued

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COBOL Modernization Roadmap

COBOL Modernization Roadmap

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe and within the U.S., the programming language COBOL has been thrust into the national spotlight. State and government systems have been inundated with unemployment claims, and these systems, which are written in COBOL, are unfortunately buckling under the pressure. However, COBOL may not be entirely to blame. … Continued

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Using an Economic Downturn as a Catalyst to Increase Productivity

Using an Economic Downturn as a Catalyst to Increase Productivity

In times of economic uncertainty, many companies have to reassess and pivot from their usual routine. COVID-19 has caused the world’s economy to halt to a standstill. Though our new normal consists of uncertainty, coupled with some fear and trepidation, hope and unity are also driving our communities. Companies who use this downturn to drive … Continued

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Increased Demand for COBOL Talent

Increased Demand for COBOL Talent

The recent surge in unemployment claims due to COVID-19 is overwhelming many state systems with the unexpected volume. Adding to the stress of an unprecedented number of claims, many of these systems are based on the computer language COBOL, which was written in the 1950s and is no longer a major focus in computer science … Continued

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