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IBM Mainframe

The IBM Mainframe: The most powerful and cost-effective computing platform for business

Many of we mainframe pundits have written about the robustness, power, perseverance, capacity and more importantly, the cost-effectiveness of the mainframe (Allingham, Sun, Peleg), including myself. But what about showing the superiority of the mainframe using real numbers, comparing it[...]
DevOps Approach

A DevOps Approach to Building Batch Workflow Automation

Treating Artifacts as Code in DevOps “...there are still manual processes that take time and are error prone.” The DevOps process relies heavily on automation of the software development lifecycle stages to achieve maximum agility while drastically shortening the time to market[...]
IMS Usage

More On IMS Usage

Understanding how an Input Message sent by an IMS Connect Client to IMS Connect works when OTMA NAKs the Input Message  IMS Connect (ICON) is the TCP/IP gateway for IMS. So, besides running the traditional IMS transactions on z/OS, an IMS[...]

Recent Blog Posts


All About zIIPs

If you work with Db2 then you need to know about the IBM zIIP specialty processor. This is true whether you are a DBA or a developer... and, let's face it, if you work on a mainframe in any capacity,[...]
Mainframe Silos

Break the silos inside the enterprise to improve mainframe visibility

The evolution of IT environments  Enterprise IT environments have evolved greatly over the past decades. IT environments have moved to a highly scalable, interconnected, and geographically dispersed model, increasing the complexity of IT environments. In addition, most of them are running systems[...]

What Should a Modern Db2 for z/OS Client-Server Application Environment Look Like?

The distributed data facility (aka DDF) is the component of Db2 for z/OS that enables data access by applications that connect to Db2 via TCP/IP communication links. DDF has been around for over 30 years, but especially during the past[...]
Mainframe Modernization

Writing IMS Applications Using PL/I and Java Interoperability

Modernizing IMS applications sometimes means rewriting entire COBOL or PL/I programs in Java™. But another popular approach is to use Java when adding or modifying subroutines in existing PL/I applications. We can do this because IMS supports PL/I to Java interoperability for[...]
Mainframe Workforce

Retaining Your IBM Z Mainframe Workforce in the Great Resignation!

IBM Z mainframes are the core computing platforms of 92 of the world’s top 100 banks, 10 of the top 10 insurers, 18 of the top 25 retailers, 70% of the Fortune 500 and much of the world’s healthcare, finance,[...]

About Planet Mainframe

Within the Planet Mainframe collaborative environment, members work to provide the mainframe community with access to articles, workshops, online events and the Planet Mainframe blog to share best practices and innovative approaches to the continually evolving world of mainframe technology.

The founding members of Planet Mainframe represent the world’s leading and highly specialized independent software vendors (ISVs) within the highly complex Mainframe and z Systems ecosystems.

As Planet Mainframe continues to flourish, new members are reminded of the few simple ideals upon which the mainframe alliance has been founded:

  • Mediocrity and Status Quo are not acceptable
  • Innovation does NOT equal risk
  • Users don’t have to be limited by any one vendor.
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  • Creativity is encouraged

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