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Low Open Banking Awareness in Finance Industry

Low Open Banking Awareness in Finance Industry

Our recent mainframe modernization survey provided observations about current or recent mainframe users. We surveyed over 160 individuals in various job functions and organizations. By far, the most interesting survey find was low awareness with open banking and related topics among fintech and insurers. For example, 87% of respondents in the banking and finance space … Continued

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The Power of Legacy System Innovation in Uncertain Times

The Power of Legacy System Innovation in Uncertain Times

When the economy is booming, companies aren’t as focused on cost cutting measures as they could be. Cost optimization and organizational efficiency may not be top of mind when the economy is at its peak. The truth is that many companies simply do not prepare for unfortunate circumstances, while best practices suggest having a plan … Continued

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Upcoming Webinar: Don’t Let Uncertain Times Sideline Your Ability to Innovate

Upcoming Webinar: Don’t Let Uncertain Times Sideline Your Ability to Innovate

In times of economic uncertainty, companies must continue to invest in their future. While it’s important to acknowledge that an economic downturn can have lasting reverberations for many, organizations must also be able to adapt to negative situations and create positive outcomes. The most successful companies use these difficult times to invest for the inevitable … Continued

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Is a Partial Mainframe Migration the Answer?

Is a Partial Mainframe Migration the Answer?

Our 2020 Mainframe Modernization Survey revealed various behaviors and opinions of over 160 mainframe users from all over the globe. The respondent’s answers helped provide a snapshot of the current trends and attitudes in the community. One of the most heavily debated topics for mainframe users is whether or not to migrate off the mainframe, … Continued

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FedNow: Are US Banks Ready for Real-Time Payments?

FedNow: Are US Banks Ready for Real-Time Payments?

These days, you can get same-day delivery, immediately post your thoughts and pictures on social media, and reach out to friends and family with a quick text. However, when it comes to your money, it can take days for funds to show up in your account. Fortunately, the Federal Reserve is looking to change that. … Continued

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Mainframe Modernization Motivated by Cost Control

Mainframe Modernization Motivated by Cost Control

In our 2020 Mainframe Modernization Survey, we received responses from mainframe users all over the globe. Respondents had varying levels of seniority, job functions and came from a wide variety of industries in both the public and private sectors. However, many of them shared one thing in common and that’s the motivation behind their modernization … Continued

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Five Things We Learned About Open Banking

Five Things We Learned About Open Banking

Advanced, the third largest IT company headquartered in the UK, recently hosted a webinar to provide some perspective on what is going on with their current open banking movement. They brought in expert Chris Michael, the CTO of the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) in the UK and Alex Heublein, CRO of GT Software, a … Continued

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Mainframe Inventors

Mainframe Inventors

When thinking of large players in the technology field, some names immediately come to mind. Steve Jobs. Mark Zuckerberg. Jeff Bezos. But the career trajectories of some of the most innovative minds in the industry would not have been possible if not for the invention of mainframe computers. Mainframes are large computers primarily used for … Continued

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Do Mainframes Need Cybersecurity?

Do Mainframes Need Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity in 2020 is a pervasive issue that affects most everyone. Often, the issues pertain to data privacy, such as hacks, breaches or phishing scams, keeping us constantly on guard for incidents that can affect our daily lives. The California Consumer Protection Act, which we have blogged about in the past, is the landmark consumer … Continued

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Goldman Sachs <i>Banking</i> on New Mobile App

Goldman Sachs Banking on New Mobile App

This week, Goldman Sachs customers finally received what they have been asking for—a mobile banking app. The Marcus app, which integrates with their digital bank of the same name, is finally available in the App store. Goldman Sachs is widely recognized as a global leader in investment banking, securities, and financial management. In 2016, they … Continued

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2020 Payment Trends: E-Wallets, AI and More

2020 Payment Trends: E-Wallets, AI and More

The worldwide banking industry was full of innovation in 2019. Whether it was PSD2 going live in the EU, the announcement of FedNow in the United States, or the overall heightened focus on open banking and open API’s, there were sweeping changes occurring across the globe. Given that 2019 brought numerous updates in banking, 2020 … Continued

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Tech Corner: Avoid Penalties in 2020

Tech Corner: Avoid Penalties in 2020

New Year’s Day is always a big day for change. However, this January 1st will bring about a large-scale implementation of an act that will affect the majority of large companies in the United States. On the first day of 2020, the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) goes into effect. This landmark consumer privacy law … Continued

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2020 Ushers in New Role for the Mainframe

2020 Ushers in New Role for the Mainframe

Every December, we look back on the past year and marvel at the events that have taken place. You may have started the year single and are now engaged, or may now be the proud parent to a new baby or fur baby. A lot can change in just 12 short months. But one thing … Continued

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Living in the Moment This Thanksgiving

Living in the Moment This Thanksgiving

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of telling a story and you notice your friend staring at their phone, more interested in Twitter than what you have to say? For most of us, this is a common occurrence, and incidents like this contribute to some of our biggest complaints about technology. Often, we … Continued

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Happy National STEM Day!

Happy National STEM Day!

Today we celebrate all who work in science, technology, engineering and math. These subjects push society to create, invent, and find innovative ways to change the status quo. Fun fact, the date of November 8th was chosen because it’s a play on words for Innovate (Nov8)! As a software company located in Atlanta, one of … Continued

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Mainframe Modernization: The Why and How

Mainframe Modernization: The Why and How

Mainframes have been around for over 50 years. Billions of lines of code have been written to support business applications that reside on the mainframe. Today’s organizations rely on these legacy systems and the decades of business knowledge build into the applications that drive their businesses. However, an application built over 20 years ago will … Continued

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Real-time Mainframe Integration Needs ‘Smart’ APIs

Real-time Mainframe Integration Needs ‘Smart’ APIs

Mainframe applications built decades ago had no concept of online transactions triggered by a REST or SOAP API request. The focus was on a computerized workflow via an interactive dialog, with an end user sitting at a dumb terminal that supported specific business processes (e.g., create a new customer account or pay an insurance claim). … Continued

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Top Airline Exposes Mainframe and Executes Agile Development with Ivory Service Architect

Top Airline Exposes Mainframe and Executes Agile Development with Ivory Service Architect

Agile is widely considered the gold standard of modern software development methodology. Since it can help teams deliver products and value more quickly and with higher quality, it should be no surprise that nearly all modern development incorporates at least some Agile principles. But Agile’s iterative approach can be extremely challenging if the technology environment … Continued

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COBOL Turns the Big 6-0!

COBOL Turns the Big 6-0!

Happy 60th birthday, COBOL! COBOL or common business-oriented language was officially given its name on September 18th, 1959. COBOL is an English-like computer programming language widely used by companies and government entities around the globe. COBOL is extremely important to companies who rely heavily on the mainframe since legacy applications deployed on mainframes use COBOL … Continued

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The Role of the Mainframe in FedNow Service

The Role of the Mainframe in FedNow Service

Instantly transferring money amongst friends is easy thanks to the abundance of mobile payment services like Venmo or Zelle. Now, the Federal Reserve is getting in on the action. The Fed announced that it is developing a real-time payment service called FedNow Service, which is an around-the-clock payment and settlement service that will support faster … Continued

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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, EU and UK banks are creating APIs to securely open core systems for specific uses, providing banks with an opportunity to … Continued

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