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November 2, 2009 The Mainframe Opportunity IT Strategies For Achieving Breakthrough Value A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of CA
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The Mainframe Opportunity: IT Strategies For Achieving Breakthrough Value - 2 - TABLE OF CONTENTS Executive Summary . .............................................................................................................................. 3 Key Findings . ..................................................................................................................................... 3 Why The Mainframe Stands Out From The Crowd . ............................................................................. 4 The Mainframe Advantage . ............................................................................................................... 5 Mainframe Users’ Strategies. ................................................................................................................. 8 Obstacles To Mainframe Expansion. ................................................................................................... 10 Requirements For A New Approach In Mainframe Management . ..................................................... 12 Reduced Complexity Leads To Expansion . ........................................................................................ 14 Appendix A: Methodology . ................................................................................................................... 16 Appendix B: Supplemental Material. .................................................................................................... 17 Related Forrester Research . ........................................................................................................... 17 External sources . ............................................................................................................................. 17 Appendix C: Demographics . ................................................................................................................ 18 Appendix D: Endnotes . ........................................................................................................................ 20 © 2009, Forrester Research, Inc. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is strictly prohibited. Information is based on best available resources. Opinions reflect judgment at the time and are subject to change. Forrester ® , Technographics ® , Forrester Wave, RoleView, TechRadar, and Total Economic Impact are trademarks of Forrester Research, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies. For additional information, go to www.forrester.com.
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The Mainframe Opportunity: IT Strategies For Achieving Breakthrough Value - 3 - Executive Summary Forrester conducted interviews with high-level managers and CIOs/CTOs of North American and European companies with revenues of more than $1 billion to better understand their use of the mainframe, their mainframe strategies, and their perceptions of factors that might impede the expansion of mainframe usage in their own organizations and/or the marketplace at large. Key Findings Forrester’s study yielded four key findings: The mainframe is generally viewed as the most efficient, scalable, and reliable computing platform today. A majority of respondents said that they could not process a typical mainframe workload on any other platform. As the most recent mainframe platform provides a very efficient way to rationalize and consolidate their data centers, a majority of mainframe sites have started consolidation programs using Open Systems on the mainframe. All respondents recognized that a mainframe operation requires detailed and specialized knowledge. As the mainframe specialists are aging and as college and university graduates do not typically receive a mainframe education, there is a perceived risk of skill shortages despite education programs sponsored by several mainframe solution vendors. The risk generated by this shortage is limiting the expansion of the mainframe, with two consequences: 1) it limits the addition of new workloads to the mainframe, and 2) it will result in workloads being taken off the mainframe as the perceived risk is confused with obsolescence.
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