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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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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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This One Problem Stifles Innovation at Big Companies

This One Problem Stifles Innovation at Big Companies

Most leaders understand the value of inclusiveness and driving innovation through collaboration, but this is rarely achieved across an entire organization. A pervasive problem that kills innovation at big companies resides in deep functional silos that limit interaction across divisions. A culture of silos inadvertently discourages mid-level and senior executives from strategizing across departments. That’s … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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