by Susan Eustis
Hayden Lindsey, IBM Distinguished Engineer and VP of the tools and compilers group, talked at the Rational Innovate conference 2012 about the challenges of enterprise modernization. He went into detail when he described the opportunity for mobile apps that change how users interface to enterprise web sites. Change in enterprise web site design needs to occur as users are connecting to the back end CICS systems. CICS transactions account for more Internet traffic than Google. Achieving connectivity to the transaction at the back end is a difficult problem in part because of the overall quantitiy of data that needs to be managed and in part because of the quality of the app that is needed. Designing from the glass back to the mainframe is something IBM is expected to excel at.
The mobile systems form factor impacts user expectations. The ability to download apps creates an expectation on the part of the consumer as to how the apps from enterprises should behave. The user has certain expectations of usability. Commercial enterprise apps cannot afford to behave in a less usable manner than the Apple store apps for consumers. Enterprise apps that are launched from the Apple store that provide interface to an enterprise web site need to be free and to work in a compelling manner. These enterprise apps need to get good reviews. IBM is positioning to provide the software development tools and the integration software that permits enterprises to develop mobile apps that behave in the desired manner.
by Susan Eustis
Greg Lotko is the Business Line Executive of the System z Division for IBM Systems & Technology Group, responsible for all facets of IBM’s mainframe business including strategy, marketing, sales, operations, technology development and overall financial performance. Greg spoke in a compelling manner about the modernization of the mainframe, creating a case for movement of front end web enabled Linux workload from distributed systems onto the mainframe.
He illustrated the modern aspect of the mainframe by comparing it to a corvette. The look is still the same, but the insides have been modernized. Greg complements the mainframe on its rock solid stability and scalability. “Put the pedal to the metal (100 percent utilization), and it doesn’t blink!” is his interpretation of the mainframe.
According to Greg, the mainframe is able to move into virtualization markets. Virtualization was pioneered on the mainframe. The mainframe is far more advanced than competitive virtualization systems. The mainframe virtualization can handle 1,000 images while competing systems may manage 55 in a similar configuration. The mainframe is good at managing workload even as people move software from one environment to another, not paying any penalty as they have duplicate systems running during the move.
by Susan Eustis
Scott L. Hebner — Vice President, Marketing and Strategy, Rational, IBM Software Group Talks About Creating A New Era Of Business
Scott L. Hebner — Vice President, Marketing and Strategy, Rational, IBM Software Group speaking at Pulse spoke about speeding delivery of advanced management systems for the data center. These support innovation, helping mitigate risk and creating opportunity to create a new era of business IBM anticipates rapid change in the IT industry as competitive situations become more complex.
The intelligent systems pioneered by many companies are being implemented rapidly. This is changing business. The aim is to lower the cost of technologies and to create interconnected systems. IBM is working on instrumented systems that collect sensor data, measuring conditions everywhere, and providing intelligence that permits rapid response. The ability to respond quickly means that productivity skyrocketing. Scarce resources are being leveraged.