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Continuously Feed Your CICS MSGUSR Logs To SPLUNK – At Channel Speeds – Without FTP!

With only a 10 minute lag time, continuously feed your CICS, ADABAS, DB2, Connect Direct, IMS,  and other mainframe devops operational and error logs into SPLUNK.  Please contact me for more information.

Joe Polizzi

Joe.Polizzi@mainframe.us.com
Founder/CEO
Mainframe.us.com, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
www.mainframe.expert – Founder
www.trainframelms.com/Intern  – Founder/CEO – MF Training & Internship
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(623) 594-3956 – Option # 1

Outsourcers & Offshorers – Beware of Losing Your “Tribal Knowledge”… A lesson from Brittish Airways

(Re-Posted)

https://spendmatters.com/uk/british-airways-shambles-outsourcing-offshoring-cost-cutting-blame/

British Airways Shambles – Are Outsourcing, Offshoring or Cost-Cutting To Blame?

What on earth is happening at British Airways?   Tens of thousands of passengers have had a miserable few days (see picture), with flights cancelled, packed airports, lost baggage, poor communications … It is, as they say, a “PR disaster”, and it is hard to understand why the senior management took several days to get out in public or in front of the cameras and apologise. It was an odd strategy, whatever the root cause of this shambles.

Here is the Guardian –  “The airline blamed the computer blackout on a “power supply issue” and said there was no evidence of it resulting from a cyber-attack”.

But most of the specialist IT media says that seems unlikely. What about the back-up(s) that one would assume BA must have, with alternative power supply? That would be a basic disaster-recovery precaution, surely? In his first interview, the CEO said the back-up failed – but why? Whatever the cause, it just shows the total reliance our world has on IT these days.

Questions are being asked of that relatively new CEO, Alex Cruz, whose previous experience seems a little light to make him suitable for the BA role – he previously ran the Spanish budget airline called Vueling. But actually his record there looks pretty good and he seems to have been brought into BA as a cost-cutter. The airline had already gained recent  bad publicity for removing free food from short-haul flights, and there have been reports that expensive IT staff in the UK lost their jobs as work was moved offshore or to Indian technologists brought in to work in the UK.

The Sun reported yesterday that the failure “was made worse because inexperienced staff outsourced to India didn’t know how to launch the back-up system”. We don’t know if this is true but again it brings concepts such as outsourcing and offshoring into the public eye, and not in a good way.  This is from the Sun:

“…one source close to the airline said the problems could have been limited had IT staff outsourced to India known how to get its back-up system online quickly. The source said the system “failed to take over when the primary [IT system] failed due to a power cut.”

They added: “The third-party support providers are generally quite inexperienced meaning it makes a situation like this difficult to recover”. A second source close to Britain’s national carrier told The Sun: “BA have had six major IT failures in 12 months, 12 months since outsourcing their IT”.

We sounds like a broken record at times, I know, but whatever the cause, it does highlight again the difference between cutting costs and increasing value. If (and we stress, this is just speculation) cost-cutting measures in the IT area are indeed to blame, whether through outsourcing, offshoring or simply not spending enough on security and resilience measures, then that saving will now be dwarfed by the £100 million plus that this may well cost the airline.  You can always cut costs by finding something cheaper or indeed stopping spending, as we pointed out recently in the NHS context – stop feeding patients or cleaning wards and your spend ratios look much better.

But just as in our NHS example where health outcomes can be affected by cost-cutting, clearly saving money on IT can have serious consequences. What does the risk register for BA look like, we wonder? There must be some serious questions asked here – and the role of the on-executives comes into play here too. They should have been regularly questioning the executives on just this sort of disaster scenario.

Anyway, more to come no doubt – and our commiserations to anyone who has had a miserable few days courtesy of BA.

An Open Memo to IBM

Dear IBM,

Please allow the world to freely download and play with your z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and z/TPF operating systems AND your goodies such as CICS, DB2, IMS, COBOL, REXX, USS, Assembler, etc. You can call this download package “Mainframe Lite”. Today, we can freely and, “fairly” anonymously, download and play with Ubuntu running Spark lite, Hadoop lite and Splunk Enterprise or Splunk Cloud. We are learning and becoming more proficient on these systems and DBs daily. We will be adding this to our resumes and many seasoned and smart mainframers will jump ship. Most of the young, smart up-and-coming techs may never know of what the mainframe is capable of. Every day you delay, more FREE non-mainframe downloadable IT solutions are announced. We will download and play with them and put them on our resumes too. But our heart is with your IBM mainframe. It’s our friend. More than anything, we are angry that new CIOs hate the mainframe… Obviously, your OS’ would never become open source projects. Simply package them with Hercules and let the world download them onto Windows, IPL and have fun. YouTube and chat rooms will get folks up to speed in a hurry. You got to make new CIOs comfortable with the mainframe. That has to happen from the ground up. Thanks for listening.

Joe Polizzi
Founder/CEO
Mainframe.us.com, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
www.mainframe.expert – Founder
www.trainframelms.com/Intern  – Founder/CEO – MF Training & Internship
www.mainframe.us.com – Founder/CEO – MF Services, Staffing & Consulting
(623) 594-3956 – Option # 1

Mainframes & RANSOMEWARE wannacry – Mainframers – do not worry!

So… how many IBM z/OS mainframes were ransomed tonight by the world-wide epidemic “wannacry”?  The answer is NONE… Only TOY Computers were.  You get what you pay for.   You will continue to be hacked.  You are paying way too much for TOY computer server farms vs. IBM’s z/OS mainframes.  I am sorry that you all are on severity 1 conference calls this evening as I am right now.  I have verified… my mainframes are all safe tonight.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WannaCry_ransomware_attack

Joe Polizzi
Founder/CEO
Mainframe.us.com, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
www.mainframe.expert – Founder
www.trainframelms.com/Intern  – Founder/CEO – MF Training & Internship
www.mainframe.us.com – Founder/CEO – MF Services, Staffing & Consulting
(623) 594-3956 – Option # 1

As Quoted…

Mainframe Alert 5/3/2017!

“More or less every major organisation in the world has a mainframe at the heart of its enterprise and it is critical that big data deployments are viewed from that perspective rather than treated as isolated efforts that are distinct from the mainframe environment.  There needs to be a repeatable process for moving data between the two environments, as opposed to something that is done in an ad-hoc manner. In the right circumstances, even better would be to have such a process be continuous and loss-less, even when faced with a network or other system outage.”
Quotes by Philip Howard – Research Director / Information Management Since 1973
Contact me about moving your data seamlessly and securely to and from your mainframe.

Joe Polizzi
Founder/CEO
Mainframe.us.com, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
www.mainframe.expert – Founder
www.trainframelms.com/Intern  – Founder/CEO – MF Training & Internship
www.mainframe.us.com – Founder/CEO – MF Services, Staffing & Consulting
(623) 594-3956 – Option # 1

Eliminate Connect Direct C:D – Save $$$ – Eliminate your C:D licenses and potentially lower your SCRT MSUs

Mainframe Alert 4/28/2017!

Contact me to find out how to use IEBGENER on the mainframe to securely transfer files from and to the mainframe without using Connect Direct.  Securely transfer your data using PGM=IEBGENER – encryption without the hassle – No Certificates or Keys are needed on the mainframe!  No TCPIP / FTP mainframe CPU spikes!

Joe Polizzi
Founder/CEO
Mainframe.us.com, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
www.mainframe.expert – Founder
www.trainframelms.com/Intern  – Founder/CEO – MF Training & Internship
www.mainframe.us.com – Founder/CEO – MF Services, Staffing & Consulting
(623) 594-3956 – Option # 1

“Feed the Beast” (Hadoop, MongoDB, Splunk, Spark, Ignite) Securely from the mainframe without FTP

Mainframe Alert 4/26/2017!

Contact me to find out a way to use IEBGENER on the mainframe to securely “feed the beasts”, such as Hadoop, MongoDB, Splunk, Ignite, MySQL, Cassandra, Hive, etc. – Securely – encrypted – No Certificates or Keys are needed on the mainframe!  No TCPIP / FTP mainframe CPU spikes!

Joe Polizzi
Founder/CEO
Mainframe.us.com, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
www.mainframe.expert – Founder
www.trainframelms.com/Intern  – Founder/CEO – MF Training & Internship
www.mainframe.us.com – Founder/CEO – MF Services, Staffing & Consulting
(623) 594-3956 – Option # 1

SFTP SSH Setup on z/OS Mainframe

SSH SFTP on your z/OS mainframe is cumbersome to set up for secure file transfer.  Setting up the .ssh directory structures, using GSKYYMAN or RACF RACDCERT is time consuming, especially if you are doing it for the first time.  Contact me to find out a way to use IEBGENER to securely sftp encrypt your data from the mainframe to your distributed databases or the cloud.  No Certificates or Keys are needed on the mainframe!

Joe Polizzi
Founder/CEO
Mainframe.us.com, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
www.mainframe.expert – Founder
www.trainframelms.com/Intern  – Founder/CEO – MF Training & Internship
www.mainframe.us.com – Founder/CEO – MF Services, Staffing & Consulting
(623) 594-3956

Mainframe Elimination? Sorry to hear :-( But we can help

Are you retiring your mainframe?

Ask me how you can port and save your mainframe data (for legal purposes) and make it readable without a mainframe.

Joe Polizzi
Founder/CEO
Mainframe.us.com, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
www.mainframe.expert – Founder
www.trainframelms.com/Intern  – Founder/CEO – MF Training & Internship
www.mainframe.us.com – Founder/CEO – MF Services, Staffing & Consulting
(623) 594-3956

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IBM MAINFRAME APACHE SPARK

Tonight, I returned from IBM Share in San Jose. Your z13s can easily share data from all sorts of data sources on the mainframe with installed data analytics software (i.e. Apache Spark) without transmitting PII data over the network. Data can then be fed into Hadoop… So exciting!  I am committed to this technology moving forward in my career. I will talk to anyone who is interested.  IBM is granting me a test TSO/ISPF/USS/APACHE/SPARK account for testing and contribution to open source samples.  This technology is the best announcement from IBM in years.

Joe Polizzi
Founder/CEO
Mainframe.us.com, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
www.mainframe.expert – Founder
www.trainframelms.com/Intern  – Founder/CEO – MF Training & Internship
www.mainframe.us.com – Founder/CEO – MF Services, Staffing & Consulting
(623) 594-3956