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WHITE PAPER Mainframe 2.0 Initiative Supports Consolidated Management Software Strategy Sponsored by: CA Tim Grieser September 2009 INTRODUCTION The mainframe is undergoing a resurgence as a robust and scalable platform for enterprise applications and databases. Growth in deployed mainframe processing power is due to a number of factors, which include increased transaction volumes and workload growth in "traditional" applications, growth in large enterprise databases, as well as new workloads on the mainframe based on Linux, Java, and Web-based applications. Given this continuing growth, mainframe management software becomes even more important to optimize service quality and control mainframe capital and operational costs. At the same time, IT skill sets needed to support the mainframe — including management functions — are becoming scarcer with the aging of highly skilled support specialists. IN THIS WHITE PAPER This IDC White Paper analyzes CA's Mainframe 2.0 initiative — a combined development, integration, and packaging strategy for the company's mainframe management software products that is designed to simplify mainframe operations and help customers realize maximum value from their mainframe investments. The document also explores the relationship of Mainframe 2.0 to CA's "Lean IT" initiative and discusses the implications of the Mainframe 2.0 strategy for IT organizations considering tools and vendor consolidation, with emphasis on mainframe software cost reduction. SITUATION OVERVIEW IT organizations are under constant pressure to reduce IT infrastructure and operational costs while providing competitive advantage to the enterprise by delivering effective business processes and applications to customers and internal users alike. The worldwide economic downturn has further increased pressures on IT to reduce spending and achieve operational efficiencies. Indeed, IDC recently conducted a survey of 100 IT organizations to help understand the importance of strategic business goals over the next two years (see Figure 1). Based on the survey results, the top three strategic business goals are: ` Improve service availability ` Improve competitive advantage ` Deliver cost savings Global Headquarters: 5 Speen Street Framingham, MA 01701 USA P.508.872.8200 F.508.935.4015
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2 #219772 ©2009 IDC These goals reflect the high importance of IT alignment with business needs and priorities. As the global economic crisis continues, even more emphasis will be placed on cost savings and efficiencies, especially in terms of IT operations and capital expenditures. FIGURE 1 Importance of Strategic Business Goals over the Next Two Years 4.04 4.06 4.09 4.09 4.11 4.15 4.19 4.27 4.28 3.5 4.0 4.5 Improve service levels Increase business agility/responsiveness Improve customer relations Streamline business processes Increase server utilization Easier alignment with business
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