Nearly every one of the largest enterprises in the world uses IBM mainframes at the core of their data processing. This is where the largest density of business data lies, and where much of the worlds processing of this data takes place.

The fundamentals of the platform, while hard to initially configure provide the highest levels of availability, security and performance for large scale processing of business data.

Over decades the processes required for every part of the lifecycle of data processing have been refined to the point where nothing is surprising.

The costs of mainframe technology are high, but when compared to every other choice, are still lower to process the same amount of work and are thus still cost effective. A huge part of the mainframes ecosystem advantage resides in the skills of the teams that run the systems.

So, what happens when your mainframer’s retire or take on new roles? How can staff who come from non-mainframe backgrounds or don’t have decades of mainframe experience take their places?

Mainframers have become adept at managing their environments with a mix of knowledge, experience and best practices. While you can’t directly replace experts with novices and get the same results, you can provide talented new staff with a modern toolset that allows the mainframe to continue to perform as well.

The answer is to use innovative technology to provide the next generation of mainframers with modern levels of system intelligence. Monitor every part of the mainframe ecosystem and provide a way of predicting future events, and pro-actively act to avoid issues. Treat every application be it COBOL or Java the same, present everything as a component of the business. Drill into CICS, DB2, zOS and every part of the infrastructure to understand how it is being consumed and how it impacts the business.

One company provides a complete solution for monitoring the entire application stack (mainframe and non-mainframe) and can present a view of every business transaction that can be used to understand and control the business. This business-abstracted view from the technology allows for historical analysis, pro-active real-time event monitoring and alerting as well as predictive analysis.

Nothing else comes close.