Exploiting the Modern, Connected and Secure Z: A Mainframe Service Provider's View
By Lisa Dyer ,
Your mainframe is a growth opportunity. According to IDC, more businesses are embracing mainframe investment to increase revenue and improve operational strategy. Adopters of connected and secure mainframe technology achieve up to a 300% return on their investment in five years. The need to modernize has accelerated to a key hybrid IT objective because we all expect effortless digital experiences that never fail to perform and protect.
We do find that organizations struggle to exploit the mainframe to its fullest potential. There are cultural, technical, and “fashion versus fact based” barriers to overcome when it comes to where investments are made. Having an innovative partner like Ensono that can objectively build a cohesive business case, create savings to fund it, augment your skills, and be your relentless ally goes a long way. But an organizational commitment to learning and adopting new ways of doing things is required.
A common language brings down barriers. Open technologies like Python and Ansible can automate repeatable process and free you up to learn new skills and pursue innovation. APIs and web-based interfaces like zOSMF and IDEs feel familiar to any developer or data scientist. AI services can detect and address inefficiencies to create cost and performance optimizations. Pervasive encryption and air-gapped storage techniques are an antidote against ransomware attacks. And by including the mainframe in your enterprise DevOps tooling and practices, you can prove that agility and speed is equally achievable on the mainframe as is it on other platforms. We see many of our clients realize these benefits today.
When choosing your technology investment, consider optionality, portability, and flexibility to drive adoption, avoid lock-in, and run your assets on the best-fit platforms.
Your mainframe can and should reap real business benefits. It’s never been easier to make your mainframe a fully participating platform among other platforms, to do what it does best.
Lisa Dyer is the global vice president and general manager of Ensono’s mainframe managed services line of business. She is responsible for the Mainframe and Mainframe Modernization offering strategy and development. For over two decades, Lisa’s career and passion has been focused on innovating and building platforms, apps and other products and services exclusively for the private and public sector market needs, across all IT platforms.
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