Master the Mainframe winner, Kevin Matesi, writes prose, code and a roadmap to a bright future

 A light came on for 8-year-old Kevin Matesi when he and his father, a biomedical engineer, configured the LED bulbs on their rudimentary electronic “bread board” to illuminate a likeness of Darth Vader. While Kevin found language, literature and stories like Star Wars, cool, it dawned on him that electrical engineering and computers were capable […]

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The power of IBM z13 analytics for real-time transactions

When it comes to extracting meaningful information from data, organizations today are challenged to find insight from the massive volumes of data they already have. That is where analytics comes in, and the new IBM z13 plays an important role in incorporating analytics into real time transactions. But analytics is not only for gaining insight […]

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James Taylor on mainframe analytics

Whenever I mention the name James Taylor in one of my talks, I have to add in the caveat “no, not the songwriter,” because most people of my generation instinctively conjure up thoughts of Sweet Baby James. But no, it’s not that James Taylor I’m referencing; it’s the James Taylor who runs a company called […]

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IBM z13 analytics for customer insights

It used to be that marketing strategies drive sales, procurement strategies drive quality and cost efficiencies, and technology drives marketing strategies and procurement strategies. Now, information technology can no longer simply support business strategy; it must be exploited as a business strategy. In this new world, leaders must develop real-time actionable insights from data to […]

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The 7 qualities of smarter storage for z Systems

By Catalin Comsia and Jorge Hernandez Meeting renowned author Dr. Stephen Covey in October 2008 in Las Vegas, where he was the keynote speaker at the IBM Information on Demand conference, was one of my professional memories I hold dearly. Like many others, I was inspired by his Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which have guided […]

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Thirteen things to know about the new IBM mainframe, the z13

A new, radically redesigned IBM mainframe was formally launched January 14. The z13’s introduction culminates a five-year project and an investment that tops $1 billion. The new mainframe has been designed from the ground up to help companies and governments address the mega trends around mobile, analytics and cloud. Here are 13 important things to know […]

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IBM z Systems mainframe and right-time insights: The tale beyond the tape

Today, the IT world is abuzz with the introduction of the next generation of the mainframe, IBM z Systems. The new flagship of the mainframe world, the IBM z13, comes with a pretty impressive stat sheet: Forty percent more total capacity Three times increase in memory Two times increase in cache Single-instruction multiple-data (SIMD) Simultaneous […]

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The world has changed: Why hasn’t your view of IT?

My generation grew up in a world where the institutions with which we interacted held all the cards. We were told what we wanted, how we could get it and how much it would cost. And if we weren’t happy, well, there really wasn’t any great mechanism for expressing that. From a business perspective, offers […]

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The elephant on the mainframe is getting bigger!

Back in March I wrote this blog post about the value of Apache Hadoop on the mainframe and how our IBM Business Partner Veristorm had made Hadoop on the mainframe a solid reality. On October 7, I was very excited to be part of some new announcements in this space that were made at the […]

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