IBM Z: Making Dev Work with Ops

Recently, Clabby Analytics attended an IBM analyst briefing on the role of Z Middleware in digital transformation. We went to learn about IBM’s DevOps environment for the IBM Z (mainframe) – its development tools, operations management environment and overall digital transformation strategies. After a full day briefing we walked away with these key findings: IBM is strongly focused on helping its customers transform their information systems into cooperative, integrated processing environments that can easily mix and match existing environments and applications with new technologies and environments. In DevOps, IBM is focusing on the use of technologies that make Z more accessible to developers in general. IBM Z offers a wealth of open APIs, support for multiple languages, numerous development tools, support for open source development environments and more – a comprehensive set of tools, utilities, APIs and languages that support an open DevOps environment on Z. In short, IBM’s approach to DevOps is to be open/integrated with the world of Open Source tools and leading 3rd party vendors (e.g. Splunk, others); In operations management, the company remains focused on: 1) monitoring of application and system behavior; 2) visibility into systems/application behavior (discovery and analysis); and, 3) predictive analysis (the ability to identify problems before they occur and address them). The key message that IBM wanted to deliver regarding operations management was that IBM has a complete suite of operations management products and is a onestop-shop for enterprise operations management needs (this includes distributed computing environments, mainframe environments, hybrid clouds, networks and more); and, IBM strongly encourages its customers to build automated testing suites. By taking the time to automate testing, IBM customers can accelerate the deployment of new digital transformation applications – improving application quality while also improving speed of application delivery. The way IBM presented its products and strategies was threefold. The company discussed: 1) the IBM Z Digital Transformation Model; 2) what the development tools marketplace needs and wants; and 3) what the operations management side-of-the-business requires. We have organized our thoughts and analysis along these lines. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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DB Systel and IBM tackle transportation with blockchain

DB Systel is one of the largest global mobility and logistics companies in Europe. With management of over 12 million passengers daily across their networks, the company always has its eyes on the latest emerging technologies, looking for ways to grow their business while increasing efficiency at the same time. The company’s research and innovation business unit is now focused on cloud, Big Data, IoT, — as well as AI and machine learning solutions. With a growing customer base, continued demand for advanced mobile applications, and a focus on speed and efficiency for its customers, DB Systel is constantly looking for solutions that can further streamline travel. The Blockchain Advantage With DB Systel’s goals of driving innovation and creating a first-mover advantage in public mobility – DB Systel, along with business partner IBM, recently embarked on a journey to blockchain technology. Blockchain is an immutable electronic ledger that allow tamper-proof transaction processing, high visibility of a transaction amongst business partners involved in the transaction, and rapid payment upon the completion of the transaction. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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…the Value of Blockchain Deployment

At Clabby Analytics we’re constantly looking for interesting blockchain case studies, use cases and vendors. We found one such service vendor, Royal Cyber, when attending a trade show recently in Las Vegas. Royal Cyber was founded in 2002 as a systems integrator, and over time has added several software solutions to its portfolio. The company has also structured several strategic relationships with different hardware and software suppliers. We asked the company specifically about its blockchain solutions, and this is what we found: To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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IBM Think 2018: The Data + AI Inflection Point

IBM has consolidated its many customer/partner conferences (Interconnect, World of Watson…) into a single conference, now called “Think” – a once yearly, one-stop-shop for details on IBM products and strategies, customer/user strategies and implementation, product demonstrations, strategic planning (with access to industry/product experts) and hands-on laboratories. Now customers and partners need only take one trip each year to get access to IBM executives, product experts, deployment advisors, support personnel, planning personnel and more. Further, a rich ecosystem of third party hardware and software suppliers, VARs, systems integrators and partners also attend Think, ready to share product information, strategic insights and implementation suggestions. Finally, the Think agenda is rich in educational opportunities, including dozens upon dozens of customer and vendor presentations designed to share real world experiences with interested attendees. I approached Think with a goal of understanding “who” IBM really is. The opening keynote; a closer look at some of the technologies that I follow as well as some that I don’t regularly follow; my attendance at IBM’s 5 in 5 session; and off-the-record candid discussions with IBM customers and business partners all contributed to my new view. My view? That IBM is an ethical, forward thinking technology leader with a desire to have a strong positive moral impact on business and society. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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IBM’s Master the Mainframe Contest…

IBM has been running “Master the Mainframe,” an annual contest designed to teach students to code and build new innovations on the mainframe, since 2005. This year almost 17,000 students joined the competition, driven by a desire to experiment with a brand-new technology to them (a mainframe), as well as the non-threatening, no-experience-required environment where a student can develop a skill in a teachable, virtual environment. A look at the demographics of this year’s event reveals some real eye-openers: -80 percent of the registrants were new to the program; -The average age was 22 -with participants as young as 13 and as old as 68; also, -23 percent of participants were female. The 80 percent number is notable because it reflects high interest in the mainframe and its revitalization. The average age is interesting because even 22 year-olds (or thereabouts – millennials…) want to experiment with the big machines: mainframes.  But the 23 percent number is equally compelling – females, who usually do not pursue careers in technology, made up almost a quarter of the registrants. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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