Home Again, At Last

I have been a little too quiet lately here on The Mainframe Blog, but I'm back in action now. I lived in Tokyo for over 4 years, but unfortunately I had to leave in early February. After a couple months of homelessness, I moved into my new home in Singapore. Now that I'm a little more settled, I can do some more blogging.

IBM's Continued Push into Business Intelligence

While I was on hiatus, I notice that IBM announced the Smart Analytics System 9600. The "9600" is a preconfigured System z10 (virtual LPAR or physical), plus DB2 for z/OS and associated software (such as Cognos for System z), that provides, well, smart analytics and business intelligence capabilities. It's packaged like an appliance. IBM shows up at your doorstep and gets it all up and running, ready to use. Of course this BI solution offers the most amazing qualities of service, and forget everything you ever thought about mainframe pricing. IBM has priced the whole kit to fly off the shelves, with a simple and aggressive multi-year bottom-line price. Just tell IBM how big you want your warehouse to be (in terabytes) and how many concurrent users you expect, and IBM will figure out the sizing and quote you a sweet price. Whether you already have a mainframe or not, you qualify.

Business intelligence and data warehousing are now mission-critical for most businesses and governments. This Smart Analytics System 9600 is a terrific answer to many pressing BI problems. And you don't have to do any work to justify "total cost of ownership." IBM has made it very easy: the price is truly market competitive. So if you can get business intelligence champagne on a beer budget, why not? The Smart Analytics System 9600 starts shipping on June 15.

Is There a "Mainframe Monopoly"?

That's easy: heck no! What an absurd notion. Unless you want to claim that Apple has a monopoly in Apple Macintosh computers, and BMW has a monopoly in BMW 3 series vehicles. Take a walk around any data center and see if you can spot the monopoly. Groklaw has some interesting reporting on the latest nonsense here:

Wanted: Top Mainframe Mistakes

I'm planning a series of posts describing the top "mainframe mistakes." But I'd like your help. Please post a comment explaining what you see as the top mistakes people make when it comes to (mis)managing their mainframes. What are the worst architectural mistakes? The most boneheaded and misguided IT policies affecting mainframes? The most awful chargeback schemes, most pitiful security practices, and worst decisions about what workloads to move on or off the mainframe? I'm inviting you to unload your frustrations and nominate the worst of the worst practices that you think merit particular attention as top mainframe mistakes. Thanks in advance for your help.

by Timothy Sipples April 15, 2010 in People
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