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A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – Not that we get a lot of ‘gifts’ at work, except the ‘opportunities’ to do a new, hard project with an impossible deadline. But a real gift would be software that would make 2017 a lot easier. Have you considered that sometimes, there is a little money left in the budget year? Use it or lose it! But what would you buy? How about some automation to free up your time in the coming year?
A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – Most tech support people have years in the business, learning both on-the-job and in school. Many have been developers or long-time users of a product. But it takes more than just knowledge to do this job.
It requires the skills of a detective, with a relentless desire to get to the solution. It takes people skills and the desire to help others. In IT, we know the latter is more of a rare commodity. We rely on these people and simply expect them to be there for us. And they are.
A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – You’ve probably met John Baker, mainframe guru at MVS Solutions. He speaks regularly at SHARE and CMG (and probably a few places I didn’t know about). His smiling face greets you at the MVS Solutions booth. But what you may not know is that he is passionate about volunteering for CMG – Computer Measurement Group.
With the General Chair overseeing the logistics, John is responsible for ensuring that CMG continues to provide quality mainframe content, in addition to the other tracks. Since mainframes are only a part of what CMG covers, John must work diligently to find the kinds of papers people really want to hear. Because of his wide network, he can draw on some of the ‘mainframe stars’ to help out.
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?
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.