I used this attention-grabbing headline so I can tell you that the Arcati Mainframe Yearbook is back for another year – or it will be very soon. The celebrated Arcati Mainframe Yearbook is one of the very few vendor-independent sources of information for mainframe users.
The Arcati Mainframe Yearbook has been the de facto reference work for IT professionals working with z/OS (OS/390) systems since 2005. It includes an annual user survey, an up-to-date directory of vendors and consultants, a media guide, a strategy section with papers on mainframe trends and directions, a glossary of terminology, and a technical specification section. Each year, the Yearbook is downloaded by 10 000 to 15 000 mainframe professionals. Last year’s issue is still available at www.arcati.com/newyearbook08.
At the moment, the compilers of the Yearbook are hoping that mainframers will be willing to complete the annual user survey, which is at www.arcati.com/usersurvey09. The more users who fill it in, the more accurate and therefore useful the survey report will be. All respondents before the 5th December will receive a PDF copy of the survey results on publication. The identity and company information of all respondents is treated in confidence and will not be divulged to third parties.
Anyone reading this who works for a vendor, consultant, or service provider, can ensure their company gets a free entry in the vendor directory section by completing the form at www.arcati.com/vendorentry. This form can also be used to amend last year's entry.
As in previous years, there is the opportunity for organizations to sponsor the Yearbook or take out a half page advertisement. Half-page adverts (5.5in x 8in max landscape) cost $500 (UK£250). Sponsors get a full-page advert (11in x 8in) in the Yearbook; inclusion of a corporate paper in the Mainframe Strategy section of the Yearbook; logo/link on the Yearbook download page on the Arcati Web site; a brief text ad in the Yearbook publicity e-mails sent to users. Price $1700 (UK£850).
So, get cracking and complete the user survey so it’s the most comprehensive survey ever.
The Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2009 will be freely available for download early in January next year.