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Become a mobile enterprise with IBM Worklight and IBM System z - by Kevin Larsen ...

Become a mobile enterprise with IBM Worklight and IBM System z - by Kevin Larsen

Why Connect: Direct still matters for File Transfer on System Z - by William McKinney

zCloud - oxymoron or tautology? - by Mike Baskey

Tivoli zEnterprise Monitoring Agent - by Temika Cage

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    • Eastern US Region July 2013 Quarterly Issue 7 Become a mobile enterprise with IBM Worklight and IBM System z By Kevin Larsen – kevlars@us.ibm.com I N S I D E T H I S I S S U E : zEnterprise Newsletter IBM Worklight 1-3 Connect:Direct 4-5 zCloud 5-6 zEnterprise Monitoring 6-7 Wildfire Education 7 Education 8 Trivia Answer 8 Trivia Question 8 Facebook 9 Help Wanted 9 Mobile is primary and essential to all businesses and is paving the way to growth and innovation. To become a mobile enterprise, companies must build mobile applications to transform the client, Business Partner and employee value chains. IBM is uniquely positioned because we can enable organizations to rapidly turn every interaction into an opportunity to drive return on engagement and investment. IBM MobileFirst® is an approach to engagement and IT which embraces mobile as essential to the future of Publisher/Editor – Hank Meetze business growth and innovation. IBM MobileFirst represents the full portfolio of IBM’s mobile enterprise offerings and services and IBM System z clients can tap into these capabilities to extend their investments to mobile. A core component of the IBM MobileFirst portfolio is IBM Worklight software which provides an open, comprehensive and advanced mobile application platform for smartphones and tablets, helping organizations of all sizes to efficiently develop, test, connect, run and manage native, HTML5 and hybrid mobile applications. Leveraging standards- based technologies and tools, it is a single integrated platform that includes a comprehensive development environment, mobile-optimized runtime middleware, a private enterprise application store and an integrated management and analytics console – all supported by a variety of security mechanisms. IBM Worklight software contains five main components:  IBM Worklight Studio is an Eclipse-based IDE, allowing developers to perform all the coding and integration tasks that are required to develop a fully operational application.  IBM Worklight Server is a scalable Java-based Server gateway between applications, external services, and the enterprise backend infrastructure. The Server contains security features to enable connectivity, multi-source data extraction and manipulation, authentication, direct update of web and hybrid applications, analytics and operational management functions.  IBM Worklight Device Runtime Components consist of client-side runtime code that embeds server functionality within the target environment of deployed applications.
    • zEnterprise NewsletterPage 2 IBM Worklight – Continued  IBM Worklight Application Center is an enterprise application store that helps organizations govern the distribution of production-ready mobile applications across the enterprise, elicit and organize user feedback. The Application Center can also be used by development teams to automate the distribution of pre-release software versions and analyze feedback by version and device, accelerating cycle time.  IBM Worklight Console is a web-based user interface dedicated for the ongoing monitoring and administration of the Worklight Server and its deployed applications, adapters and push notifications. The Worklight Server and Application Center are supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for IBM System z. How much can organizations potentially save by investing in Worklight? IBM commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment (ROI) that enterprises can realize by deploying Worklight. Using an established methodology and based upon actual customer experiences, this report breaks down the economics of the Worklight mobile application platform and the key factors that provided Forrester’s conclusion of a 363% Five Year ROI. Download this report at http://bit.ly/ForresterWorklig ht The market recognizes Worklight's leading capabilities and was recently announced as the winner of the 2013 CODiE Award for Best Mobile Development Solution by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries. The SIIA CODiE Award win is a prestigious honor as winners are reviewed by a field of software industry executives and chosen by SIIA members' votes. Learn more at http://www.siia.net/codies/2 013/winners_detail.asp?nID =480 IBM continues to make strategic investments that add to Worklight capabilities. The recently announced Worklight 6.0 helps clients deliver higher quality, higher-impact applications with embedded testing, analytics to help analyze application usage and responsiveness and lean geo-location capabilities. The accelerated delivery cycles of mobile applications requires fast and effective test cycles. Whether you are developing native or hybrid applications, you need to validate that mobile applications work as expected across multiple platforms and hundreds of devices in market at any time – each with its own form factor. Often companies lack the time to properly test their applications, with mobile’s accelerated pace of change – ultimately leading to lack of testing, poorly performing software and inevitably, customer frustration and lack of confidence. A five star application can become a one star application overnight when poorly performing software erodes consumer confidence. With IBM Worklight 6.0, much of this tedious and time-consuming testing is replaced with integrated testing for Worklight applications. Here’s how it works: either developers or testers record a sequence of actions on a mobile device, simply by pressing a button. Once the recording has been captured, it becomes the basis of an intelligent, resilient and code-less test case that can be played back on demand on any iOS or Android device within the
    • Page 3 zEnterprise NewsletterPage 3 IBM Worklight - Conclusion same OS family – and even on emulated devices. This capability allows organizations to test faster, at lower cost, and more methodically – leading to higher quality applications delivered to consumers faster, and at lower cost. Worklight 6.0 also includes embedded analytics that allows organizations to gain insight into the performance and usage of their mobile applications as seen through the eyes of users. Developers can instrument their mobile applications with an analytics framework that collects data as the application is being used. The results of that data collection can be reported as IT diagnostics information – allowing organizations to track application usage, responsiveness by location, and the most common application usage pathways. A sudden drop-off or low rate of usage can pinpoint a software defect. The instrumentation framework can be easily extended with IBM Tealeaf® software to analyze and optimize mobile applications for greater marketing revenue and reduced security risk. Geo-location data is one of the most powerful differentiators of mobile applications. With it, organizations can transform marketing, operations and other business processes by delivering content and other business actions when and where it is needed by customers and employees. Yet because coordinates must be constantly polled to understand where a mobile device is located, the resulting stream of information is difficult to manage without exhausting resources such as battery and network. Worklight 6.0 provides a new geo-location toolkit that allows developers to efficiently collect geo- location data within the mobile application without exhausting mobile resources such as battery and network. The new toolkit allows developers to set policies for acquiring geo data and send it in batch only when needed to trigger business actions. The resulting applications can help organizations leverage geographic presence for business and operational insight:  Location data can be based on GPS and Wifi coordinates  Triggers can be created when user reaches a point of interest, or enters or exits a region (geo-fencing)  Developers can set policies for acquiring geo data and sending it in batch to control battery and network utilization Learn more about Worklight software at http://www- 03.ibm.com/software/products/us/en/worklight and download IBM Worklight Developer Edition at no charge at http://ibm.com/worklight-trial.
    • Page 4 zEnterprise Newsletter Connect:Direct Why Connect:Direct still matters for File Transfer on System Z By William McKinney – wmckinne@us.ibm.com Even while workloads continue to evolve, files are still critical to System z processes. As big data and analytics require System z level performance… all that data still has be transferred. It is all about the files and what is in them, and what happens to critical processes when those files don't arrive. In a recent survey by Vanson Bourne for IBM, global IT managers identified that on average 55% of all system to system integration is accomplished via files. Given that files are still critical on System z, the next question is why utilize a Managed File Transfer solution like IBM Sterling Connect:Direct (you might remember it as Network Data Mover) versus a system utility like FTP? Customers tell us there are three main reasons: The first major differentiator of Connect:Direct is to take advantage of deep integration with System z:  Specialty processor support – optional zIIP offload for encryption and compression (New)  Supports direct transfers to and from JES spool queues  Enables high-speed data movement between z/OS systems over ESCON channels  Provides data exchange services for USS applications with direct access to the Hierarchical File System (HFS)  Offers a choice of user access through browser, ISPF or CICS  Integration with IBM RACF  Leverages IBM's innovation in System z (both hardware and software), including support for IBM's latest zEnterprise EC12 The second major differentiator of Connect:Direct is its optimization for scaling to handle large workloads:  Scalability for deployment in a single LPAR or a parallel sysplex  Facilities for effective management of multiple instances of IBM Sterling Connect:Direct for z/OS in a parallel sysplex  Facilities for workload balancing across a sysplex  Fully automated recovery facilities that resume work in progress at the last known successful completion point
    • Page 5 zEnterprise Newsletter Connect:Direct – Continued Conclusion zCloud - oxymoron or tautology? By Mike Baskey – mbaskey@us.ibm.com By Michael Zazulak – zazulak@us.ibm.com I remember the first time someone pinged me that some college student had ported Linux to the mainframe with the comment "Isn't this the craziest thing you ever heard of?" My reaction then was "Crazy or brilliant?" There have been similar reactions to the notion of System z and the cloud - some people think these are oil and vinegar, others that it's the most natural association - given the mainframe's virtualization, multi-tenancy, elastic scaling, chargeback, etc. One of my favorite sayings - "Great minds think alike, fools seldom differ". If one reads the whitepaper Build a highly affordable and scalable private cloud, you'll see several of the key concepts expanded on relative to the mainframe's role in enterprise cloud deployments. What one can see if you step back is that there have been two parallel paths that have brought the mainframe to the nexus of hybrid cloud that will set a new standard for the industry. For a System of Engagement, Linux on System z running under the zVM hypervisor provides very efficient scale-out with cost effective software licensing and energy-efficient consolidation of workloads. For a System of Record, zOS has world class workload management to meet SLAs, parallel sysplex and GDPS to meet availability goals and security compliance and hardware encryption to meet industry regulatory requirements. Combining this with the new zEC12 processor, provides a logical consolidation of disparate set of workloads that offers unique flexibility and efficiencies with best of breed availability and security not seen in many of the private and public clouds available today. Veni, vidi, vici! zCloud Conclusion The third is that Connect:Direct is not a standalone product but part of a comprehensive MFT solution:  Facilities to expedite the migration from FTP workflows to the management, auditability, and security that IBM Sterling Connect:Direct provides--without the high cost of ripping out and replacing the existing solution  Full integration with other Connect:Direct supported platforms, including UNIX, Linux, Linux on System z, IBM System i, HP NonStop, HP OpenVMS, and Microsoft Windows for complete enterprise file transfer  End-to-end visibility, alerts, notifications, and centralized configuration management with IBM Sterling Control Center  Interfaces to partner trading protocols through IBM Sterling File Gateway Maybe it is time to rethink how you move files on System z. For more information please visit https://ibm.biz/Bdx9Tc and my MFT blog is located at https://ibm.biz/BdxhVm
    • Page 6 zEnterprise Newsletter Existing enterprise customers should look at their mainframe as a critical asset that when combined with cloud software (like CloudReady today and SmartCloud tomorrow) has the ability to run almost any kind of cloud workload. Two primary motivations for including System z in your private cloud are 1) the ability to leverage your existing OLTP and database applications/data for your cloud-delivered workloads and 2) addressing stringent requirements for workload security, HA/DR and Service Level Agreements by applying tried and true technology such as workload management, chargeback and parallel sysplex. For some of these workloads that are trying to run on x86 platforms, "caveat emptor". If we look at what one of our leading enterprise customers, Nationwide Insurance is doing today we see they are developing their new applications to be deployed via their private cloud using a model that isolates their application developers from choosing the platform it is to be deployed on. Using a Fit 4 Purpose algorithm for assigning workloads to the platform best suited for its particular profile (CPU intensive, I/O intensive, software license cost or energy cost optimization, etc.) they maximize the value of their cloud infrastructure and leverage system Z and its unique value propositions. My advice to existing IT organizations when looking at clouds is see this as an opportunity to showcase the value of your mainframe assets and not as a threat to your traditional processes. With a little "face lift" on top, such as automated provisioning with a self service portal, you can meet your line of business application requirements and continue to deliver the kind of enterprise QOS that's expected of your platform. And, do it in a way that is compatible with other clouds that may already exist in your enterprise on distributed platforms. Truly the best of both worlds brought together. Vita brevis - Carpe diem! Bona fortuna Tivoli zEnterprise Monitoring Agent By Temika Cage – tscage@us.ibm.com By Michael Zazulak – zazulak@us.ibm.com Along with IBM’s great range of hardware, there is a whole suite of software to help you optimize your productivity and performance. The Tivoli zEnterprise Monitoring Agent is one of those software products and will be highlighted in this article. This product is designed to track the health, performance, and availability of all workloads on zEnterprise and zBladeCenter Extension (zBX) machines. This agent monitors workloads from the hardware level up to virtual levels. Examples include physical assets such as CPCs, chassis, or blades; virtual assets which include virtual servers and hosts; performance characteristics such as performance policies and workload indexes. The data collected by this agent gives the end user a better understanding of zCloud – Continued Conclusion zEnterprise Monitoring Conclusion
    • Workshop Location Date WebSphere Application Server for z/OS Version 8.5 (WBSR85) NYC Waltham Raleigh Hazelwood, MO July 9-11 July 30-Aug 1 Sept 17-19 TBD Security Workshop: Websphere Application Server for z-OS(WSW08) NYC Jul 23-25 CICS and DB2 Performance & Optimization Workshop (zCICSDB2) Dallas Atlanta Costa Mesa July 16-18 Sept 10-12 Nov 12-14 WebSphere MQ V7 and WMQ FTE for z/OS Workshop (WMQ07) Hazelwood, MO July 30-Aug 1 (TBA) Data Governance for System z Workshop (DGSYSZ) Columbus Aug TBD Page 7 zEnterprise Newsletter zEnterprise Monitoring - Continued Conclusion Wildfire Education Wildfire Education For questions contact Judy Vadnais-Keute - judyv@us.ibm.com Note: This education is a USA exclusive offering service classes and service level agreements in their z environment. If problems arise, it also gives the additional capability of being able to diagnose underlying issues as it can view your network and storage resources as well. All this information can be viewed in an easy-to-use and easy-to-navigate web- based graphical interface. Want all this information in a report? Tivoli Common Reporting Tool is a solution shared across the whole Tivoli portfolio. For the z Monitoring Agent, it gives 2 groups of reports which are Performance Trends and Forecasts and Workload Right Sizing and Balancing. Customize reports by time frame, ensemble, and virtual host. Display the results in html, pdf, xml, or Excel format. And save and/or email the report right inside the tool. For more information on these products and other Tivoli software, visit http://www.ibm.com/software /tivoli/solutions.
    • SHARE 2013 Boston Aug 11 Learn from subject matter experts and peers at this System z focused user group event. Conferences like this offer real world experiences outside the marketing messages central to ISV sponsored events. System z Technical University 2013 Orlando Oct 21 This event brings together the IBM System z® Technical University, the IBM Power Systems Technical University and a new executive focused Enterprise Systems event combined into one premier event. Education Page 8 zEnterprise Newsletter 2013 Education By Kurt Acker – bfishing@us.ibm.com Note: This education is a USA exclusive offering Last Issue Trivia: The term “bug” is used as a general reference to describe a flaw on a computer system, either hardware or software. What was the actual “bug” that stopped one of the first computers and was discovered by Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper? Answer: Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper is credited with term "debugging" when she traced a computer error to a moth trapped in a relay. Trivia Answer Cryptography is used in modern day computers to protect sensitive data but has been used throughout history to protect secret messages. What American President created a cipher system which consisted of a set of wheels or disks know as the Bazeries Cylinder? Please send your answer to Hank Meetze @ hmeetze@us.ibm.com Stand up and be recognized! Trivia Question
    • Page 9 zEnterprise Newsletter zEnterprise Newsletter Now on FacebookFacebook You can now follow the zEnterprise Newsletter on Facebook. A new copy will be available the first of every quarter. If you have any questions please contact Hank Meetze @ hmeetze@us.ibm.com. https://www.facebook.com/millennialmainframer?ref=ts&fref=ts Help Wanted Articles wanted for next newsletter If you have an experience or information that would benefit our zEnterprise community please send along your two to three paragraph article(s) to Hank Meetze @ hmeetze@us.ibm.com. Deadline 09/12/2013