Top reads for the week 6/02

Hello again!

Here are some of the top reads in mainframe world. Enjoy

IBM Makes The Mainframe More Accessible With New ‘Tailored Fit Pricing’ Program

Highlights:

With the rise of the cloud consumption and more non-mainframe options, some enterprise customers are moving some of their workloads off the mainframe and here we are today, with IBM introducing a new model it expects to last the next twenty years.

The concept behind Tailored Fit Pricing is fairly simple: Z software pricing adjusts according to usage. Tailor Fit Pricing includes two different models—the Enterprise Consumption Solution and Enterprise Capacity Solution. 


UPS delivers Agile plan for legacy application modernization

Highlights

Typically, a company embraces Agile and DevOps concepts for applications that already run on modern platforms, and not to apply those principles to modernize legacy apps. But that’s exactly what UPS did with its package-tracking system.

We’ve tried this project a number of times, and we’ve pitched it before, always as a way for us to reduce our costs,” said Theresa Grier, senior director of customer visibility at UPS Typically, a company embraces Agile and DevOps concepts for applications that already run on modern platforms, and not to apply those principles to modernize legacy apps. But that’s exactly what UPS did with its package-tracking system.

“Legacy mainframe systems use fixed file formats, and they’re tightly coupled. So, any change to mainframe databases causes downstream problems,” Jani said. “We had to change from the fixed file format to the canonical file format using JSON.” Typically, a company embraces Agile and DevOps concepts for applications that already run on modern platforms, and not to apply those principles to modernize legacy apps. But that’s exactly what UPS did with its package-tracking system.

We’ve tried this project a number of times, and we’ve pitched it before, always as a way for us to reduce our costs,” said Theresa Grier, senior director of customer visibility at UPS Typically, a company embraces Agile and DevOps concepts for applications that already run on modern platforms, and not to apply those principles to modernize legacy apps. But that’s exactly what UPS did with its package-tracking system.

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