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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.
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.
For many in the USA, the 4th of July is filled with barbecues, sports, and family with no thought about the meaning of Independence Day and the sacrifices made to ensure American freedoms. I think that’s a mistake; we take our freedoms for granted, no matter where we live. But we also can fail to exercise them as much as we can.
This happens a lot at work. When you find yourself doing too many low reward tasks, you have to ask yourself, “Why am I working this way?” But too often, we don’t ask and continue to toil away wondering why our efforts don’t lead to raises, bonuses and promotions.
When someone comes to you and says, “Let’s take some time to evaluate some new products,” you probably just groan. Looking at new software means more than the hour you give the vendor. You have to plan a testing protocol, find a way to slot it in and evaluate the results. In most cases, you end up looking at several products before you find one that fits your needs.
You’re overloaded, overworked and can’t imagine finding the time to even consider new software let alone test it. But what if the time you take, in most cases, a one-time effort per solution, could end up saving you time in the long run. What if the product could actually give you time back? What if you actually could buy time?
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.