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  • Last of the mainframers: Big Iron's Big Crisis

    Despite the mainframe's central and enduring position in the enterprise – or perhaps because of it – new blood is not joining the specialist workforce.

    Written by George Nott26 Feb. 18 11:34
  • Centrelink experiences online system outage

    The Department of Human Services (DHS), which runs Centrelink, has confirmed there was an outage on Monday that affected Centrelink and Child Support online services.

    Written by Hamish Barwick29 April 14 10:23
  • In pictures: The (mostly) cool history of the IBM mainframe

    In its 50-year history the IBM mainframe has been hailed and vilified. It has been born, reborn (many times) and pronounced dead. And yet the Big Iron remains a key computing resource for many large companies and will do so for many years. Here we take a look at the mainframe’s long history, from its use with the US space program to its prominence inside large business datacentres. Take a look.

    Written by Michael Cooney02 April 14 09:22
  • Racing and Wagering Western Australia off and running for Melbourne Cup

    The IT systems of Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) are off and racing in time for this year’s Melbourne Cup, the culmination of a four-year modernisation program that includes the implementation of a Cisco Unified Computing System and intelligent network.

    Written by Georgina Swan01 Nov. 11 00:01
  • Changing times in mainframe market for IBM Australia

    Despite a reduction in direct mainframe customers from 100 in 2007 to 50 in 2011, IBM continues to have a firm grip on the local mainframe market according to IDC results for 2010.

    Written by Hamish Barwick11 Aug. 11 11:54
  • Cobol skills drought persists amid mainframe migrations

    Enterprises struggling to fill demands for Cobol skills should consider an application modernisation program which could also pave the way for migration off the mainframe to an open system.

    Written by Rodney Gedda22 Nov. 10 10:59
  • Oracle revamps Tuxedo for mainframe rehosting

    With the latest version of its Tuxedo online transaction processing (OLTP) middleware, Oracle is hoping to lure IBM mainframe users over to the world of x86-based distributed computing, namely by promising that their applications will run just as quickly and will not need to be rewritten for the new environment.

    Written by Joab Jackson01 April 10 06:52
  • Union Pacific Railroad ditches its mainframe for SOA

    At the heart of Union Pacific Corp.'s railroad operations is an IBM mainframe-based transportation control system that's been chugging along like a hardworking locomotive for nearly 40 years. According to industry experts, it was a pioneering system when first introduced, and it made the Omaha-based transportation giant one of the first companies in the world to make extensive use of online transaction processing technologies.

    Written by Thomas Hoffman09 Jan. 10 05:40
  • IBM mainframe woes continue with big Q4 drop

    IBM's mainframe division finished a disappointing 2009 with a 27% fourth quarter revenue decline, but Big Blue is hoping the next generation of its mainframe computer will boost sales in 2010.

    Written by Jon Brodkin22 Jan. 10 09:01