The 2008 edition of the celebrated Arcati Mainframe Yearbook is now available to view or download (free of charge) from www.arcati.com/newyearbook08.
It includes a mainframe strategy section with a selection of articles by industry gurus and vendors on topics such as: managing z/OS FTP, energy efficiency, using refurbished mainframes, integrating WebSphere Service Registry and Repository with WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus, cross-platform Java application performance management, using ping with CICS, and modernizing mainframe systems.
For many people the highlight each year is the mainframe user survey. This illustrates just what’s been happening at users’ sites. It’s a good way for mainframers to compare what they are planning to do with what other sites have done. I will be looking at some of the survey highlights next week.
The full vendor directory section gives contact details and other useful information in a summary format for all major vendors, consultants, and service providers in the z/OS environment.
There’s also a media guide for IBM mainframers. This lists information resources, publications, and user groups for the z/OS environment.
Next comes the glossary of terminology, which contains a large number of definitions of mainly mainframe-related terms.
The final section contains technical information – z9 model tables; mainframe hardware timeline 1952-2008; and mainframe operating system development.
In order for the Yearbook to be free, it is supported by sponsors and advertisers. This year’s sponsors were Software Diversified Services (SDS), Epoka Group A/S, Macro 4, and Iona.
To see this year’s Arcati Mainframe Yearbook, click on http://www.arcati.com/newyearbook08.
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