Let's look at some more developing trends or patterns... IBM announces the Financial Markets Framework at the annual Financial Services Technology Expo in New York and not only refers to microsecond latencies and millions of transactions, but also builds on existing industry frameworks, adding feeds from disparate sources (think Info stream and stream computing from last year...) adding analytics and process extensions to address risk, regulatory and compliance areas. Do you remember the 20 plus times volume system that was announced about a year ago? Do you think that middleware is evolving still? (Do we need to mention what systems the Financial Industry runs?)
I stumbled on another source I should perhaps have known about called the Dancing Dinosaur blog, pretty interesting reading.
I found it after seeing one of the sessions at Innovate that had a demo to connect System z to smartphones, seeing the redbook, and curious to see if there were any mentions of it on the net. This ties in with a number of announcements to support phones like the recent Android support by collaboration software. Integration of the user to mainframe continues in all kinds of ways.
Well, I know this is a short one, I am off next week and then traveling. Oh, and take a look at the COBOL Cafe hub for the new Rational Developer for z Unit Test feature. It certainly adds some interesting possibilities for managing the test workload on z!
Enterprise Class Innovation: System z Perspectives
Just got back from Innovate 2010 and I encourage you to view the Keynotes; they will fire you up on innovation, the future, systems of systems and the future-- fer sure!
Take a look at the current IBM System Magazine to learn, among other things, how tape is far from dead -- 29.5 B bits per square inch demonstrated (44x today's capacity)??
The mainframe mag, zJournal, is now at the mainframezone, and the current issue has an article on mashups and Web 2.0 with the mainframe. (have you looked at CICS support for PHP?)
...and IBM has demonstrated a Graphene transistor based chip at 100Ghz -- as in single layer of carbon atoms exceeding cut off frequencies of silicon chips with the same gate length, is getting involved in more auto systems with Daimler, and there is a nice retrospective on Disney and IBM (with videos!) here.
So, I ran across a couple of interesting articles recently that, as a architect working with large systems and large enterprises made me stop and think.
First, in the Financial Times from June 8, a nice bit of thought on outsourcing, governance, and a reminder how key tech is and the importance of managing technology correctly!
Secondly, in the current issue of Strategic Finance (oops, sorry the specific article is for IMA members only it seems..) a good discussion on how to handle Idle Capacity Costs (pg 55). Without going into the detail, the point is execs at your enterprise are looking at these things.
And... what system helps manage resources to minimize excess capacity, maximize utilization?
... and oh by the way have you looked at moving to or consolidated non-System z systems on z lately?
Or would rather wait for your manager to ask why not?
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Last time we talked about acquisitions, and then IBM sets up to acquire Sterling Commerce and extends the idea of extended business networks for B2B (a term you don't seem to hear as much as 10 years ago) interactions. Does this affect System z? Gee, let me think, what runs most large enterprises? Who is concerned with process flows, transactions, CRM, SCM, PLM, ERP etc and has more than one partner? With enterprise transformations squeezing costs and increasing speeds, it just might be an interesting one to watch.
On the news from 'what, IBM is involved in that?', Texas A&M works with IBM to speed up drug discoveries to deal with Tuberculosis, big blue is working with Guang Dong hospital for analytics of treatment efficiencies, Linux hits 10 years on System z, and System z Expo is only a few months out (October 4) and is now called System z Technical University.
(With a slogan of: z can do it!, I can't help but think of Adam Sandler movies with Rob Schneider saying you can do it! )
Has it really been 10 years for Linux on z? (OK, a couple of other nice links for Linux and System z: : datasheet, white-paper)
Linux has had a pretty large effect helping consolidation efforts, moving the open movement...
Another smaller milestone happened In the last couple of days as I saw an item in the Financial Times on Google moving only to either Linux or Mac systems.
Who would have thought all those years ago when IBM added Unix Systems Services, it would lead to where we are today?
Sidestep to a USS z/OS implementation redbook reference: Redbook where it notes:
"In 1991, the US Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Document 151 stated that MVS must incorporate support for popular UNIX interfaces. So began the challenge of including UNIX functionality into the MVS operating system. The first implementation was known as OpenEdition (or OE, or OMVS), then it became OS/390 UNIX System Services, and then finally z/OS UNIX System Services, as we know it today." (Open Edition first came out in MVS/ESA V4R3 in1994)
Happy Birthday Linux!!