Monday, 26 January 2009

The Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2009

The 2009 edition of the celebrated Arcati Mainframe Yearbook is now available to view or download (free of charge) from

It includes a mainframe strategy section with a selection of articles by industry gurus and vendors on topics such as: IBM z/OS VWLC software pricing optimization; The credit crunch: the impact on System z (aka mainframes); and Staying on top of Enterprise Extender.

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 – z10 model tables; mainframe hardware timeline 1952-2009; 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), Value-4IT Ltd, and zCOST Management.

To see this year's Arcati Mainframe Yearbook, click on

Now that the Yearbook is complete... if anyone needs a good technical writer etc, please contact me at

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