Taking Care of (Mission Critical) Business

Taking Care of (Mission Critical) Business - The mainframe represents a vital engine for driving future innovation

Many have tried, but no other machine can match the raw processing muscle and efficiency of a mainframe. Hang in there – I’m not about to start going on about MIPS and dive deep into technical detail. But I am going to share the secret of the mainframe’s success – and its longevity. It’s simple: Mainframes are built to handle high volume transaction workloads, to excel at processing at speed and to operate on an industrial scale.

Our mainframes don’t even have an “on/off” switch – they are designed to run all day, every day, without fuss. They are rock solid. And it is the inherent reliability and stability of mainframe computers that enables retailers, banks, insurers and governments around the world to handle the hundreds of thousands of online transactions that need to be processed, encrypted and decrypted simultaneously in real-time. In other words, fast enough so that customers don’t notice the computer running in the background

Chances are that every time you use your mobile device to book a flight, to check your bank balance, file a tax return, or request an insurance quote via the Web – that your interaction will be mainframe-powered.

In fact, more than 70% of Global Fortune 500 companies use mainframes to handle their core business functions. And I can tell you that these organizations have no plans to switch these vital computing resources off anytime soon.

A recent Compuware survey found that 88% of CIOs viewed the mainframe as “a key business asset” that will continue to play a central role in their enterprise IT. A further 78% went on to say that, in their opinion, the mainframe represents a vital engine for driving future innovation.

For the team at Fujitsu Enterprise Platform Services, these findings come as no surprise. With the power to connect large dispersed networks, process mountains of data and deliver the security and privacy companies demand, today’s modern mainframes are poised to take on the next era of computing challenges – and we’re at the forefront of making this happen.

With 60 years of computing heritage behind us, we’re well positioned to enable the evolution of mainframe infrastructures to support the next wave of digital innovation – IoT, AI and robotics.

For example, we’ve recently released a brand new operating system for our BS2000 business mainframe that paves the way for customers to extend the capabilities of their existing mainframes to 2020 and beyond.

In addition to advanced new high availability, interoperability, security and maintenance features, this latest software release contains unified system technologies – ideal for open data center environments. Coming along are modern application integration and digital interfaces that include support for extended hybrid deployments. All of which assures the long term capabilities customers will need to support their dynamic application architectures well into the future.

But that’s not all. As the IT generation with expertise in mainframe technologies reaches retirement age, a looming skills shortage on the horizon is keeping many CIOs up at night.

It’s this slow erosion of experienced professionals that explains why a growing number of enterprises are now turning to Fujitsu for the know-how and expertise to maintain and extend their mainframe environments.

Our extensive Mainframe Managed Services are already proving a smart alternative for CIOs. Alongside access to the hardware and software support they need to keep core workloads running, and improve the TCO profile of their mainframe infrastructures. Many are taking advantage of our business application modernisation services to push forward with ongoing transformation projects.

With mainframe technologies set to power much of the infrastructure that enterprises will continue to rely on for the foreseeable future, we’re also busy training up the next generation of IT specialists to meet the rising demand for mainframe skills. Our Enterprise Platform Services Academy features all the training programs, mentoring, certified mainframe qualifications, knowledge-sharing and academic partnerships required to educate and train a sustainable new talent pool.

As enterprise CIOs evaluate what the future holds, they can be confident that we’ll be on hand to close the mainframe skills gap. We’ll do so, for example, by providing the all-important services they need to keep their foundational technology assets optimised to perform, or by creating the mobile and Web interoperability they need to support innovation and increased business value. If it’s mission critical, chances are, it’ll be running on a mainframe.

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