cl-au logo
Story image

Three 2019 mainframe industry predictions

01 Jan 2019

Article by BMC Software, ZSolutions president Bill Miller

Here are three predictions for the mainframe industry in 2019.

1. The mainframe industry modernised - inside and out

In 2019, enterprises will modernise both their mainframe technology and their workforce to meet the demands of our data-driven era. That means organisations will prioritise application modernisation and embrace AI Ops and machine learning to empower their changing workforce.

Machine learning, analytics, and intelligent automation will pave the way for more organisations to build self-managing mainframe environments that can predict and solve issues without manual intervention.

Finally, mainframe modernisation will also happen in the workforce - as a generation of mainframe experts retire, we will see a continuation of the trend in which more millennials are hired to run advanced mainframe technologies aided by the built-in domain expertise and automation they need to succeed.

2. Mainframe, meet DevOps - when two worlds collide

There’s no such thing as an isolated IT environment, especially in a large enterprise. Much of the talk around DevOps has centred on cloud-based applications, but the reality is that today’s modern application is often built on a multi-tiered application architecture that spans from mobile to cloud to middleware to back-end transaction and data servers.

In this environment, the mainframe is the most powerful, most secure, most reliable back-end processor and it must enable application teams to work in a multilayered development process. That requires tools for impact analysis, code review and code management, as well for making changes to the underlying database quickly and securely.

In 2019, organisations will work to fully capitalise on the agility and speed that DevOps can bring, and with the right approach, mainframes can be made an integral part of the DevOps process. Large organisations will not be able to fully capitalise on this new deployment model without connecting their most vital platforms.

3. Mainframes will win over the C-Suite

Digitisation and mobility are placing incredible pressure on both IT and mainframes to manage a greater volume, variety, and velocity of transactions and data.

Thankfully, the mainframe's longevity stems partly from its ability to reinvent itself constantly to facilitate the changing dynamics of modern business, maintain near-constant availability and efficiently process billions of critical transactions - proving to be a viable long-term platform today.

As it continues to serve as the backbone of digital environments, 2019 will be the year that savvy IT operations management executives truly embrace the power and value their mainframes bring to their business.

Story image
Samsung adds to Galaxy S20 series with new phone at lower price point
Available on October 9, the Galaxy S20 FE delivers many of the features present in the Galaxy S20, including 120Hz smooth scrolling display, AI-powered camera, advanced chipset, all-day battery and expandable storage.More
Story image
Enterprise storage market knocked by COVID-19, but may bounce back
The overall APAC storage market revenue is now expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.5% during 2019-2024, compared to the previous forecast of 14.6% before the COVID-19 outbreak.More
Story image
Hands-on review: The Jabra Elite 45h headphones
For a headset coming in at under $200, Jabra has packed in an array of features that appeal to the budget-conscious that demand a quality sound experience.More
Story image
Fast track your digital transformation with dynamic security services from Fortinet
Jon McGettigan, Fortinet A/NZ Regional Director, explains how enterprises can speed up their network service delivery programmes by embracing Fortinet’s dynamic security services.More
Story image
A sneak peek at HP's new line of laptops, PCs, monitors & printers
HP’s vision for its new range of PCs, printers and services is to make remote working ‘as productive, connected, and secure as possible’ as businesses adopt hybrid workplaces.More
Story image
Dicker Data announces IoT portfolio expansion with dual partnership
The new distribution partnerships with Kontakt.io and Digital Matter will provide Dicker Data’s extensive partner base with access to a full range of GPS outdoor tracking and Bluetooth indoor tracking applications and devices.More