In today’s virtualized world, many of us look into creating and running their own private cloud environment. We want to choose the best available option when it comes to reducing operational costs , improving management and security , and enhancing reliability .
I know that's a difficult task for any technology, but in April 2014 IBM announced the new POWER8 architecture, which can provide the right solution for our most important options. POWER 8 is... [Continue Reading]
This post is contributed by Mark Simmonds, Senior Product Marketing Manager, IBM System z software.
Here are 5 things to know about BigInsights on System z. For much more, read the IBM Redbooks Solution Guide The Value and Benefits of IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Running on IBM System z .
1. Business Critical Hadoop - when good enough is not good enough.
IBM InfoSphere... [Continue Reading]
As a Business Process Management (BPM) architect, you always seek to design business process management solutions that deliver on the promise of business agility and business-centric visibility, among other things, while also ensuring that your design meets the preferred practices for IT architecture, security, and solution design. Often, this task can be daunting because your BPM solution must bridge the gap between business teams and information technology teams. In this post, we introduce... [Continue Reading]
Business Process Manager (BPM) consists of a Process Server environment to run processes and Process Designer graphical modeling tool to create processes. Operational Decision Manager (ODM) is a business rules management system where you can have your business rules to be executed. The business rules can be triggered within the business processes.
Here are 5 Things to Know about Business Process Manager and Operational Decision Manager:
1. Ease of use with the Process Center... [Continue Reading]
I have been visiting a lot of customers that already have their own Software Factories and noticed:
No defined process
Their teams are not able to flow a development lifecycle
And what about the requirements? Oh no, they no longer exist
Tests? Whoever develops the code is also doing the testing, no peer-review
Align this with companies that are becoming global, where teams are dispersed frequently... [Continue Reading]
This post is written by Adam M. Ronthal - IBM Technical Product Marketing & Strategy, Big Data, Cloud, and Appliances.
If data is the new natural resource, analytics is the tool that helps us get insight from that natural resource. dashDB is IBM’s new cloud-based data warehousing and analytics as a service offering forming a core pillar of the insight trifecta with Data Works and Watson Analytics. Here’s five things you need to know about dashDB:... [Continue Reading]
This post is written by Jim Tuckwell - IBM WW PureSystems Competitive Marketing Strategy
After reading the IBM Redguide about IBM PureData for Analytics System (Powered by Netezza), I have to confess that I’m impressed. This short read, (only 11 pages) is just chock full of really good content, and in my view is a “must read” for anyone wanting to accelerate big data and analytics projects or modernize their existing enterprise data warehouse. ... [Continue Reading]
This post is written by Mandy Chessell - IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, Chief Architect for Information Solutions.
Here are five things to know about a Data Refinery from IBM® DataWorks™:
1. The data refinery is a service for managing data.
This includes moving data between data stores and verifying that a data structure is correctly populated with valid values. For example Joe is a developer building a Bluemix... [Continue Reading]
This blog post was written by the following team of technical professionals: Juliet Candee, Jiong Fan, Paulo Shimizu, Sidney Varoni Jr and Shu Xie . The team met at IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY to write the IBM Redbooks publication GDPS/Active-Active Overview and Planning, SG24-8241 which will be available in draft at the IBM Redbooks website very soon.
GDPS Active/Active is a solution designed to provide near-continuous availability and disaster recovery readiness for... [Continue Reading]
Many business users today struggle when it comes down to discovering, documenting and improving their business processes. Many available products only provide rudimentary tools, other more complete solutions are complicated to deploy and collaborate with. What business users need is a simple to handle tool that is "just there" - wherever they are, whatever access method they use. We call it a user-friendly, collaborative cloud-based process and decision discovery solution.
... [Continue Reading]
When individuals or organizations engage in trustworthy online activities or credit card based transactions, just to name a few, everyone expects that their transactions and data be protected with the utmost care. This typically implies that data is encrypted and transactions can be verified through digital signatures.
In order to implement these kinds of safety measures, service providers must employ a delicate security infrastructure based on encryption keys. To keep a tight leash on... [Continue Reading]
Do you know what Sysplex Autonomics is doing and what this is used for? Do you ever experience a short lasting situation, where your service where active in z/OS but not reachable (especially at IPL)?
Yes? Then you are a candidate for sysplex autonomics. Here are 5 things to know:
1. Do you know what Sysplex Autonomics really do?
Sysplex Autonomics checks several items in Communication Server (especially in TCP/IP) and delays the joining of the TCP/IP stack to the... [Continue Reading]
Flash Express is a new hardware feature for a zEnterprise EC12 and BC12 machine using PCIe standard. Here are 5 things to know:
1. Did you know there is a new type of memory called storage-class memory (SCM)?
z/OS V2.1 now differentiates memory based on speed. SCM is an additional type of auxiliary storage. This new type of auxiliary storage means this is a new king of storage usable for paging. z/OS keeps statistical information for each type of paging storage to... [Continue Reading]
The RACF remote sharing facility (RRSF) allows RACF to communicate with other z/OS systems to maintain remote RACF databases. RRSF extends the RACF operating environment beyond the traditional single host and shared DASD environments, to a network of RRSF nodes spread across many geographical locations. This support provides administration of multiple RACF databases from anywhere in the RRSF network. Previously, the RRSF support was available only via APPC that required the SNA Technology. Now... [Continue Reading]
z/OS V2R1 includes several enhancements to JES2 and JCL processing. The goal is to allow simpler, more flexible batch jobs and more efficient coding of JCL. One area where users always wanted more flexibility with is using symbols in JCL. In this post I will discuss some of the new things you can do with symbols in JCL in z/OS V2R1 and introduce the new JCL keywords to support them.
1. Use system symbols in batch jobs
Until z/OS V2R1, using system symbols in JCL was... [Continue Reading]