IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - SE46


ARTICLE: SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

HANDLING
COMPLEXITY
Why today's systems management demands a structured approach

S

ystems management has grown increasingly complex.
Business needs now dictate that mainframe and distributed
systems teams consult and work together on mission-critical
applications. This can be a challenge, as the platforms share data
and resources but have different management requirements.
The addition of new workloads-including private, public
and hybrid cloud applications-also adds to complexity. More
companies are using APIs to speed up creation of applications.
As a result, IT shops must strategize on how to incorporate
these technologies and workloads. Joseph Gulla, IT leader of
Alazar Press and a 28-year veteran of IBM, suggests a six-point
checklist to get a grip on managing these evolving systems.
(See "Challenges of Managing Technology Despite Increasing
Complexity," ibmsystemsmag.com/mainframe/trends/whatsnew/
IT-complexity/.)
1.

2.

Open standards. Companies should embrace open
standards to expand vendor and technology choices.
Open standards enable interoperability of systems from
different vendors. Open source also makes it easier to port
applications from one system to another.
Centralized management. Employing a common toolset
and procedures will help smooth
management. Centralized management reduces costs, offers scalability and prevents repeat mistakes.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Best-of-breed components. It pays to select the best
components for your system to prevent poor choices that
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it easier to select components that will work together.
Test new technologies. Avoid the urge to apply new
technologies without any testing. Instead, use a pilot project
to test the technology and ferret out any problems before
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organization," Gulla says.
Write a business case. Preparing a business case can
help assess costs associated with hardware, software, labor,
migration and conversion. It's always a good idea to run a
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Incorporate the old with the new. When adding new
technology, the goal should be to transform existing
systems rather than ripping and replacing them.
"Transformation solutions that are open, simple to use and
nondisruptive with vendor and community support are the
most desirable," Gulla notes.

BY SHIRLEY S. SAVAGE

This list can help you start thinking
strategically about system updates. You
can't go wrong with advance planning.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Loads of Options
Techbits:
Infographic: Your Route to Digital Innovation
Partner PoV: Ignite Innovation: Optimize Linux on z Systems with adaptation, analytics and collaboration
Currents: Great Gains: Hybrid cloud adopters gain competitve advantages
Focus on Storage: Storage in a Flash: Improve performance and efficiency with hybrid and all-flash storage
Cover Story: Mainframe Options: IBM z Systems supports modern languages, tools, optimization and processes
Feature: Unleash Business Applications: IBM Application Discovery unlocks new value and accelerates the adoption of hybrid cloud solutions
Tech Trends: What Keeps IT Leaders Up at Night? Cloud computing is cited as top priority
Tech Corner: Healthy Status: z/OS Health Checker features productivity and ease-of-use enhancements
Solutions: BoxScore II, H&W Computer Systems; CleverView for TCP/IP V9.1, AES; ISPW Deploy, Compuware
Stop Run: Data Points to Love: IBMer combines marketing, technology expertise to help others navigate online dating
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2017 Mainframe Solutions Edition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Cover1
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Table of Contents
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Editor's Desk: Loads of Options
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Techbits:
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Infographic: Your Route to Digital Innovation
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Partner PoV: Ignite Innovation: Optimize Linux on z Systems with adaptation, analytics and collaboration
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Currents: Great Gains: Hybrid cloud adopters gain competitve advantages
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Focus on Storage: Storage in a Flash: Improve performance and efficiency with hybrid and all-flash storage
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Cover Story: Mainframe Options: IBM z Systems supports modern languages, tools, optimization and processes
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Feature: Unleash Business Applications: IBM Application Discovery unlocks new value and accelerates the adoption of hybrid cloud solutions
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Tech Trends: What Keeps IT Leaders Up at Night? Cloud computing is cited as top priority
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Tech Corner: Healthy Status: z/OS Health Checker features productivity and ease-of-use enhancements
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Solutions: BoxScore II, H&W Computer Systems; CleverView for TCP/IP V9.1, AES; ISPW Deploy, Compuware
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Stop Run: Data Points to Love: IBMer combines marketing, technology expertise to help others navigate online dating
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