• August 14, 2020

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Legendary Help: Keeping benefits running despite historic unemployment

During the height COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people globally were laid off or unable to return to work due to government orders. In order to accommodate these orders and keep people safe, state governments released new funding to provide financial relief to individuals who needed it. These government agencies had to process a record number […]

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Modern, Open, and Smart Data Management for Db2 Leaders

This was originally presented as a keynote session at the IDUG Virtual Db2 Tech Conference in July 2020.  Since my years in grad school, I’ve been interested in DB capabilities. As part of my thesis and graduate assistant work, I evaluated, operated, and used multiple DBs, including several open sources ones. As part of my […]

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Keep calm – you have good bones

For some time now, we have increasingly heard about the need for disruption and disruptive technologies to drive a wave of innovation across industries and governments. That is often interpreted as management-speak for “replace all of that old ‘legacy’ stuff with some cool new stuff.” But the reality is that the old ‘legacy’ stuff continues […]

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The complexities of z/OSMF security set up for Zowe

IBM z/OS management facility (z/OSMF) provides system management functions in a task-oriented, web browser-based user interface with integrated user assistance. This allows you to manage the day-to-day operations and administration of your mainframe z/OS systems more easily. By streamlining some traditional tasks and automating others, z/OSMF can help to simplify areas of z/OS system management. […]

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Manage IMS performance spikes

“Why is it taking so much time?” is a common refrain among IMS administrators lately. The reason why things are taking longer is compounded because, while working from home, they don’t have access to what they were using before. Regardless, transaction volumes change for many reasons, including online sales, the need to access banking transactions […]

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The Importance of “Legacy” in Colleges and Universities

By Cameron Seay, guest blogger The global economy runs on mainframes. Depending on who you speak to, between 70 and 80 percent of all business transactions are still running through a mainframe. Even greater than that are ATM and credit card transactions, where 90 percent still rely on these legacy systems. Yet, when we discuss […]

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IBM Z for the Next Generation: What New Graduates Need to Know

“Why is IBM Z® important?” It’s a phrase I hear often when I talk with fellow coders who ask what kind of developing I did at Rocket Software. My answer to this question is usually, “Well, they are still widely used in almost every essential service across the world.”.” I’m the first to admit that, […]

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Introducing IBM Z MFA v2.1 and its z/VM support

Secure authentication to critical IT infrastructure is paramount. Multi factor authentication is a critical improvement over legacy userid and password technology. The introduction of the IBM Z Multi-Factor Authentication V2.1 product enables the IBM z/VM operating system to benefit from this security improvement.  With a larger remote workforce, it is paramount that all systems are […]

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Password Security: Single Factor, 2FA and Multi-Factor Authentication

On May 7, IT and technology businesses around the world celebrated World Password Day, a day meant to remind everyone of the importance of keeping personal and business data protected and secure. Unfortunately, surveys released on that day revealed that the changing dynamics of work—that is, the increase of remote workers—are putting password security in […]

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Mainframes, Freight Trains and Education Pains

By David Robertson, guest blogger When I was in college, I had an instructor that, for all intents and purposes, was viewed as a relic. He was a throwback from a time where there wasn’t a computer that wasn’t made by Honeywell, IBM, or Amdahl. He regularly spoke of a time when IBM was ITR […]