I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Denny Yost, Editor-in Chief at Enterprise Executive magazine, to discuss the state of the mainframe. Mainframe is woven into the fabric of today’s digital economy. It provides unprecedented agility, speed, and security – from deep automation to next-gen developer toolsets – to support businesses throughout their digital transformation. While there is talk of being 100% “in the cloud,” the better question for businesses to ask is “What is the right mix of technologies to achieve my desired business outcomes and succeed in the digital world?” The mainframe, with 70% of corporate data residing on the platform, is a key part of the answer.
For CA Technologies, success in the mainframe arena means keeping an open dialogue with our customers, leveraging feedback to improve our products, and constantly innovating for a better business world. We are committed to empowering our customers with the right knowledge and software to meet and exceed their business needs.
Let’s think practically. Right now, IT executives are facing a number of challenges in data management, containment, and security. In my interview with Denny Yost, I discuss the issue of balancing the desire to optimize environments for maximum efficiency and productivity with the reality of skills attrition, tight budgets, lack of resources, and data privacy.
Then there’s the question of what’s coming down the road. That is the really juicy stuff. The mainframe space is dynamic, and has done well in keeping up with the times; at CA, we are expanding and developing the adoption of agile methodologies for continuous delivery and building out tools to help with “traditional” and “next-gen” mainframer collaboration, among other things.
I invite you to read the full Enterprise Executive article here, as well as my debut column, Digital Enterprise at Scale, which discusses the six best practices for digital transformation; and don’t forget to check out the next issue for more thought provoking insights on the mainframe.
Remember: with the right platform, the right practices, and the right mindset toward change, you can achieve anything.