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The Triumphant Return of Centralized Systems

Reg Harbeck

April 5, 2024

Greg Szabo on his long mainframe career and still loving what he does. (There's also a quick lesson on Canadian geography.)

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The Comprehensive Beginners’ Guide to AI

Trevor Eddolls

February 15, 2024

Artificial intelligence (AI) is arguably the hottest topic in the tech world today. But what is AI, really? And what are its implications? AI really started in the 1950s with Alan Turing and later the Dartmouth Conference. You can read more details here. IBM’s Deep Blue computer beating the reigning world chess champion, Gary Kasparov, […]

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On the Mainframe and a Changing, Challenging IT World

Reg Harbeck

November 17, 2023

Joe Winchester of IBM Hursley and Reg Harbeck engage in a discussion and debate on ISPF, molecular biology and the cello

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Performance Implications for CICS Applications Using COBOL Version 6

Ezriel Gross

August 2, 2023

Rocket Software’s Ezriel Gross highlights a methodology for CICS problem analysis and performance tuning—and shares how it led to a 92% savings in CPU for a heavily used transaction

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Why Ansible Is Emerging as a Top Automation Tool for Mainframes

Trevor Eddolls

August 12, 2022

Mainframe sites used to be like small factories in terms of the number of people that were needed to keep the machine running. There were lots of operators who spent their time feeding in card decks and changing tapes on the tape drives. There were systems programmers and application programmers, and a whole host of […]

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Can IMS Connect to the Outside World?

Trevor Eddolls

April 21, 2022

Information Management System (IMS) was developed by IBM, with Rockwell and Caterpillar Inc., starting in 1966 as a bill of materials system for the Apollo space program. It went live in 1968, making it over 50 years old. Like everything else on the mainframe, it has been updated and extended since that time. As you […]

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Seeing the World Via the Mainframe

Reg Harbeck

April 4, 2022

Reg Harbeck: Hi, I'm Reg Harbeck, and today I'm here with my colleague and co-author Karl-Erik Stenfors, who has been in the mainframe space for a very good long time. Well Karl-Erik, let's start by telling us about how did you end up on the mainframe?   Karl-Erik Stenfors: Well, a bit of a point. […]

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Charles Mills on His Mainframe Journey and the Future of IBM Z

Reg Harbeck

November 8, 2021

Reg Harbeck: Hi, this is Reg Harbeck and today I’m here with my friend and colleague Charles Mills who has written all kinds of applications both on the mainframe and talking to the mainframe and just been really involved in the whole journey of the mainframe. Well before telling you all about him myself, Charles why […]

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Evil Mainframe Brings Ethical Hacking to the Forefront

Tiffany Lukk

August 26, 2021

When it comes to hacking, there are courses that can teach you to break past the security of almost anything. However, learning how to hack a mainframe usually isn’t one of them. That’s why Chad Rikansrud and Phil Young created Evil Mainframe, the first mainframe penetration testing class. “The IT world at large has benefited […]

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CICS Security, TLS Enhancement, Updated CICS Documentation and More

Trevor Eddolls

August 23, 2021

The Virtual CICS user group is an online user group that has been meeting for over 10 years. It meets every other month, which works out at six meetings each year. And, at each meeting, there’s a presentation. At the July meeting, Colin Penfold, technical leader for IBM CICS Transaction Server Security, spoke about recent […]