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Companies are more cost-focused than ever before. While some industries have always had narrow margins, every company is looking for cost-savings wherever possible. Soft-capping can be scary, but you still need to save money. So what do you do? The solution is LPAR sets.
We’re all being asked to warm up to IT climate change. With narrowing profit margins, companies put pressure on every department to reduce costs. IT, too long seen only as a ‘cost center,’ is particularly vulnerable. While hardware costs may be seen as more manageable, software and people costs look like better targets. In this ‘storm’ of cost-cutting, you want an umbrella or a shelter to protect you from the risk of a lightning strike that will eliminate your job.
IBM’s Country Multiplex Pricing (CMP) became available last October. This is arguably the most significant software pricing announcement from IBM in ten years. Virtually every mainframe shop with more than one CPC/CEC should be interested in this announcement.
But don’t think you can just move to CMP and immediately see lower software bills – if you don’t do it right, your annual costs could actually be higher. Whether you’re in finance, capacity planning or performance, you don’t need to be a ThruPut Manager user to get significant value from this webinar.
In our last post, we reviewed the Automated Capacity Management (ACM) feature of ThruPut Manager and its ability to control the rolling 4-hour average (R4HA) by constraining or deferring specified workloads as the R4HA approaches the soft cap limit. But you may prefer more granular control in order to more fully leverage the opportunity for MLC savings, or you may not prefer to put caps in place at all, but still wish to reduce demand and enjoy the resulting cost savings.
A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – When BMC Software releases the results of its latest survey showing that 90% of the participants are confident in a long-term future for mainframes, you have to listen. Or more importantly, the management teams who keep trying to move off of it needs to read the report. While security and availability are frequently cited as important factors – who has hacked a mainframe lately – too often forgotten is the unequalled ability to manage costs on this platform.
Very often, with distributed systems, the cost is the cost; you pay for seat licenses or for the total capacity of the box or some other immutable metric. And let’s not forget the lower availability statistics, nor the fact that Wintel boxes are the biggest targets for hackers. But back to cost, because every systems programmer has had to become an active participant in managing and reducing costs. Which platform is the most flexible in terms of cost?
Long ago, it was commonplace for the ‘deadwood’ of every department to be pruned. Today, with massive layoffs reported nearly every month in the IT industry, it’s clear that no one—not even the high performer—is immune to this threat.
To protect yourself, you must to take action to bullet-proof your career by finding new ways to demonstrate your value on a continuing basis. The best way to do this is to align your priorities to those that management rates highly. After all, when you deliver on your manager’s hot issues, you’ll stand out as a key player.
A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – Layoffs, outsourcing and wage-stagnation, oh my! The 21st century workplace hasn’t been all that kind to IT workers, leaving us fearful about our jobs, insecure about retirement and desperate to simply survive. While the 20th century was largely marked by rewarding technical prowess, this new century is different. IT investments are no longer the absolute guarantee of profitability and competitive edge.
While most business units have long been focused on ensuring net profits, IT, as a cost center, was not. With the economic downturn, cost centers were no longer okay – everyone has to have an eye on profit. This means us. No matter what your role in IT, but especially if you are in capacity planning or performance, you need to expand your role to look at the balance sheet as it applies to your department.