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09 Aug 2007:
A new report by IT industry analyst Clabby Analytics says that "all of the new improvements that IBM (
Clabby concludes that "the mainframe serves a unique role in the enterprise as a centralized, secure database hub, as a powerful transaction engine, and as a host of mission-critical business logic. IT executives know this -- and maybe this is why the mainframe market grew 8% last year."
The report  refers to IBM's cross-company effort to make the IBM System z mainframe -- the world's most sophisticated business computer -- easier to use for a greater number of computer professionals by 2011. The company's five-year, $100 million investment aims to enable the technical community to more easily program, manage and administer a mainframe system while simplifying application development for the mainframe environment.
According to Clabby, this initiative is "not only making it possible for lesser-skilled individuals to manage mainframes -- the company is also making mainframe management appeal to our next generation of Windows-born-and-trained managers and administrators."
"IBM's simplification efforts are helping ensure that the mainframe is the right solution for new customers and new markets," said Jim Stallings, general manager of System z. "These customers understand that the mainframe is the most secure and cost-effective platform for enterprise computing."
The Clabby report points to mainframe strengths in a variety of areas. For example:
The report asserts: "By running IBM's Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) and IBM zIIP and zAAP engines, IT executives can drive a whole new generation of modern applications onto mainframes... Expect that there will be no shortage of Java/Linux-trained individuals who can ply their wares on the mainframe for the foreseeable future."
For more information, visit www.ibm.com.
1  "The Alleged Mainframe Skills Shortage," Clabby Analytics, March 2007