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  • Arcati Ltd, 2013 1

    Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2007Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2013

    Mainframe strategy

    The Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2013

    The independent annual guide for users of IBM mainframe systems

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    ContentsWelcome to the Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2013 ............................................................ 3Where is the COBOL in your SOA? ................................................................................... 4Lost without a trace? .........................................................................................................11Challenging times lead to new tools for z/OS control and network management ...... 17

    The 2013 Mainframe User Survey .................................................................................... 22An analysis of the profile, plans, and priorities of mainframe users

    Vendor Directory ............................................................................................................... 37Vendors, consultants, and service providers in the z/OS environment

    A media guide for IBM mainframers ..............................................................................114Information resources, publications, social media, and user groups for the z/OS

    environment

    Glossary of Terminology .................................................................................................118Definitions of some mainframe-related terms

    Technical information ..................................................................................................... 144Hardware tables zEC12, z114, and z196; mainframe hardware timeline 1952-2012;

    mainframe operating system development

    Action Software 40Blenheim Software International 49DataKinetics 63QMSI-Quintessential Mailing Software Incorporated 93

    Software AG 4, 97Software Diversified Services 17, 98William Data Systems 11, 111

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    Welcome to the Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2013by Mark Lillycrop, Publisher

    Welcome to the 2013 edition of the Arcati Mainframe Yearbook!

    We are very grateful as always to all those who have contributed this year by writing articles, taking part in our annual user survey, or updating their company profiles. In particular I must thank the sponsors and advertisers, without whose support this Yearbook would not be possible.

    It would seem that 2012 was not a great year for business with much talk throughout the year of a double dip recession, in the Eurozone and other developed economies. But for IBM, the year started with a new person taking on the role of Chair and CEO and this time it was a the first woman in the job. Virginia Marie Ginni Rometty took over the reins in January.

    At the close of play on 29 September, IBMs closing value was $214 billion. Not a bad figure you might think, but the good news for Ginni and the team at IBM was that, for the first time since 1996, it was greater than Microsofts. But its still less than half of the value of Apple.

    If anyone takes any notice of rankings, then IBM is the second largest US firm in terms of number of employees, according to Fortune. They also estimated that IBM was the fourth largest in terms of market capitalization, the ninth most profitable, but was down at 19th in terms of revenue. On the other hand, Forbes rated IBM the 31st largest company in the world in terms of revenue.

    Another sign of the lack of energy in the economy is shown by the number of organizations IBM looked to takeover during 2012. There were eight the same as 2011 and well down from previous years.

    In January IBM took over Green Hat (who offer Cloud-based software testing) and Worklight (a mobile app developer). In April it took over Varicent (who provide compensation and sales performance management software solutions) and Vivisimo (for their enterprise search software. In May it was Tealeaf Technology (for their customer experience analytics software). In August it was Texas Memory Systems (for their solid state storage) and Kenexa Corporation (who have talent management solutions. Finally, in September it was Butterfly Software (for their data analysis and migration software).

    Interestingly, 30 September 2012 was the deadline set by US CIO Vivek Kundra for public/external facing servers and services, such as webmail, Domain Name Server (DNS), and Internet Service Provider (ISP) services to use native IPv6.

    Internal client enterprise networks were given until the end of the fiscal year 2014. So, although most of the rest of the world has been not worrying too much about 32-bit IPv4 addresses running out any time soon (although, somewhere there must be a Mayan calendar saying that they will!), Federal organizations in the USA have been attempting to be IPv6-compliant whatever that actually means.

    For mainframe sites, does it mean that your mainframe must have a public facing IP address? Can you imagine the security implications if that is the case. Most federal agencies have been fairly quiet about how they are working towards (and it seems the deadline has come and gone, but people are still not quite there in terms of compliance) being complaint.

    The reason it is important is that if the USA migrates to IPv6 working, it will probably result in the critical mass necessary for the rest of the world to adopt IPv6, which has been waiting in the wings since about 1994. It will be interesting to see how this works out.

    The Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2013

    Publisher: Mark LillycropEditor: Trevor EddollsContributors: Simon Cooper, Finn Haastrup, Deborah Hodson, Jrgen Lind, Colin van der Ross

    2013, Arcati Limited.

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    In terms of hardware, the big story of 2012 was the announcement of the zEnterprise EC12, which promised up to 50% more total system capacity, the firmware-based zAware to identify problems, security built into the architecture, and, of course, the opportunity for hybrid working with Windows blades available for inclusion.

    In terms of software, arguably the big news is Version 5.1 of CICS TS and its associated portfolio products. Along with the usual improvements was the concept of identifying and separating applications and platforms making it easier to move an application to a different platform.

    What can we expect in 2013? It looks like z/OS Version 2.1 will hit the streets. This will require a Sytem z9 or above to run on. We can probably expect a new hybrid mainframe the zEnterprise BC13, perhaps?. Certainly, IMS Version 13 should become generally available. We do know that from 1 July, the price of Flat Workload License Charges (FWLC) will increase.

    As always, in 2013 the mainframe will continue to offer outstanding performance and reliability at the heart of the worlds business-critical applications.

    Where is the COBOL in your SOA?Jrgen Lind and Finn Haastrup of Software AG explain how to fully integrate your existing COBOL applications in your enterprise Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) so they can fully participate in business process management, web, mobile and cloud initiatives.

    The challengeThe core logic that makes many businesses stand out compared to the competition is actually embedded in their mainframe COBOL, PL1, and Natural programs. Reprogramming those applications in another environment has proved to be a risky and really expensive endeavor, deterring many from leaving their mainframe environments. Luckily the mainframe and associated tools have continued to evolve, securing the mainframe as a rock-solid back-end system for many companies, providing secure, reliable and fast performance. Now business leverage the loosely-coupled Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to produce and consume services between the mainframe and other platforms for quick, seamless interoperability.

    COBOL programs are also no longer on their way out. For example, COBOL programs still run 90 percent of financial transactions (source: Gary Barnett, Research Director of Ovum, 2005). Thus creating an imperative to ensure COBOL environments can interact with newer non-mainframe systems. Fortunately these newer systems are often an established part of an SOA, providing a unifying foundation for COBOL and many other mainframe assets to fully participate in emerging enterprise initiatives, including business process management, web, social, mobile and cloud.

    Software AGs webMethods EntireXSoftware AGs webMethods EntireX is a service-enabler designed to provide a cost-effective and efficient path for integrating your mainframe applications into process applications and extending the value of existing common universal pla