Paying it Forward: The Mainframe Community is Stronger Than Ever
Catch up on new innovations debuted at SHARE Sacramento and IBM Think 2018
The Mainframe community is bubbling with innovation and new ground-breaking capabilities. Just yesterday, IBM announced its new ‘skinny mainframe’, designed to deliver the flexibility that customers need for cloud environments. It’s an incredible time to be in the mainframe space right now. Having worked in the application, infrastructure, and software development space for more than 30 years – and now as General Manager for CA Technologies’ Mainframe business unit – the discussions taking place today are enabling our customers to succeed in unprecedented ways across every industry.
For example, I recently attended the SHARE conference in Sacramento, where over 300 industry speakers and nearly 1,300 attendees, more than 20% of them first time attendees, joined to participate in user-driven technical sessions, insightful presentations, and hardware and software product highlights for one eventful week. Over 500 educational sessions covered the latest enterprise IT topics ranging from machine learning, cognitive analytics, Db2 12, Docker, blockchain, and pervasive encryption to the latest security hardware.
As a Gold Sponsor for the SHARE conference, CA featured new innovations and technical sessions focused on operational intelligence, DevOps for hybrid IT architectures, and data-centric and identity-centric security. We demonstrated how you can better leverage your Mainframe to establish digital trust and become a digital enterprise, as well as how to optimize and transform your IT environment to achieve key business objectives. Most excitingly, CA and IBM announced an important new partnership to simplify z/OS software maintenance for system administrators, system programmers, and security administrators. Under this partnership, CA will give to IBM key service capabilities (installation of PTFs) from its Mainframe Software Manager (MSM), to become part of IBM z/OS Management Facility. You’ll be hearing about this more in the coming months.
Next up was IBM THINK, which brought 40,000 IBM’ers, partners, and customers together in Las Vegas. It’s clear to me that the mainframe remains a critical component of IBM’s business and our broader ecosystem – they continue to sign new customers to the platform and it powers blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) workloads for industry-specific applications. Through our partnership with IBM and their z/Cloud, we held a panel session entitled Delivering Enterprise Cloud Services, which featured the State of Arizona. This government agency has improved processing times by 4X, forecasts an improvement of 38% in TCO, and has become more flexible and agile using the power of the mainframe ecosystem.
We’ve got a lot more planned throughout the year as we continue to invest and innovate in the mainframe space. In the coming months, you’ll see solutions that can help your business manage economics and skills, automate and tool DevOps, and secure data and people. But we can’t do it alone. It takes an ecosystem of partners developing technologies and, more importantly, businesses leveraging those capabilities to achieve true success. I look forward to working with you – our customers and partners – as together we build a brighter future delivered and supported by the mainframe.