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The 2024 ISG Provider Lens™ Mainframes — Services and Solutions report for the U.S. Public Sector 

The U.S. public sector continues to rely heavily on its mainframes, and a new report looks specifically at what this crucial sector is doing to keep the technology updated. The 2024 ISG Provider Lens™ Mainframes — Services and Solutions report for the U.S. Public Sector shows a rising demand for mainframe services, reflecting the pressing need for the public sector to modernize their systems:

“Mainframe upgrades come with a lot of uncertainties, but the risks of doing nothing continue to grow,” said Nathan Frey, partner and lead, ISG Public Sector, for the U.S. “State and local governments are taking action to prevent catastrophes and prepare to meet future constituent demands.”

The report affirms that state and local agencies recognize that mainframes will be part of IT infrastructure for the foreseeable future and are adopting hybrid approaches that blend legacy mainframes with cloud solutions.

According to ISG, these hybrid strategies present greater challenges because public-sector mainframes have been updated less frequently. However, providers are assisting these agencies in bridging this gap through DevOps methodologies. 

The report notes that smaller public-sector entities often opt for lift-and-shift initiatives to transition away from legacy systems. AI is also emerging as a crucial tool in modernizing and optimizing mainframe operations, streamlining processes and cutting costs by automating the analysis and documentation of legacy code.

“Public agencies need AI for mainframe analysis more than most, because their systems are especially complex after decades of modification,” said Jan Erik Aase, partner and global leader, ISG Provider Lens Research. “Service providers are helping them take advantage of these tools.”

A customized version of the report is available from FNTS.

Source: BusinessWire

Kyndryl Announces Acquisition of Skytap

Kyndryl has announced its acquisition of privately held Skytap, a leading specialized workload services provider. 

The strategic move will expand the company’s hybrid cloud services portfolio, helping customers utilize cloud native services to accelerate the adoption of advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, and development, security and operations (DevSecOps).

“The acquisition of Skytap reflects the proactive steps we’re taking to invest in our mission-critical capabilities where our global alliance partnerships and innovation enable us to help our customers transform and grow,” said Dave Simpson, Global Practice Leader for Cloud at Kyndryl.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Source: Kyndryl

Precisely Recognized on CRN 2024 Big Data 100 List

Precisely has announced that it has been named by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company®, to its 2024 Big Data 100 list in the Big Data Management and Integration Tools category. The annual list recognizes technology vendors committed to delivering continuous innovation across their product portfolios. It recognizes excellence in business analytics, data warehouse and data lake systems, database systems, DataOps, and data observability.

According to Jennifer Follett, VP, U.S. Content, and Executive Editor, CRN at The Channel Company, “The companies honored on CRN’s 2024 Big Data 100 list are trailblazers in data-driven technologies. They demonstrate an unwavering commitment to delivering data intelligence, insight, and analytics tools that solution providers can use to improve business outcomes for clients.”

Precisely noted that companies spotlighted on CRN’s Big Data 100 list are providing data intelligence and analytics technology that acts as the building blocks of cutting-edge solutions that bring real-world advantages to customers

“We’re thrilled to receive continued recognition from CRN for our commitment to supporting our partners with the highest levels of data integrity expertise, including dedicated enablement for the Data Integrity Suite,” said Jim McGonagle, SVP – Channel & Partner Sales at Precisely. “Through these valuable relationships we can equip customers with the right solutions to harness trusted data – ultimately powering faster insights and optimal efficiencies for their organizations.”

The 2024 Big Data 100 list is available online at

Source: Precisely

Sonja Soderlund is an Oregon-based B2B freelance writer. Whether writing about mainframe computers, educational technology, or sustainable retail, she strives to bring clarity to complex issues. Connect with her at or LinkedIn.

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