“You manage a mainframe environment that runs one or more of your business` mission critical applications. Things are good: security, performance and reliability are just where they should be. But when you think about your long term staffing strategy, you cringe, because most of the people on your mainframe staff have long term plans that include travelling, fishing and gardening … in other words, retirement.”
What starts like a mainframe’s farewell, turns out to be a mainframe’s hymn – in the Acxiom whitepaper about The Reality Facing the Mainframe World. The truth behind is that the predictions about the death of the mainframe, we have been listening to for 20 years (and the beginnings of networking), are not taken seriously anymore; even if mainframe staffing is supposed to be a tricky task nowadays.
Especially against the background of re-centralization it’s more than obvious that the mainframe is not only confronted with a reality. It is a reality – with “200 billion lines of COBOL code in existence and 5 billion lines of COBOL code added yearly” (according to eWeek).
Mainframe is here to stay. “It is alive and processing” – as the whitepaper points out. And it’s even more alive, if the processing of the mainframe AND the client-server world is done under a unifying roof of one comprehensive scheduler, I would like to add. Because it will not survive as an island. That’s for sure. The future is in the “cloud”. Maybe. And that would not be a good deal worse.
The necessary integration homework is described by this UC4 Whitepaper.