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Achieving Mainframe Resilience by Combining System Monitoring and Observability

Achieving Mainframe Resilience by Combining System Monitoring and Observability


This Research Brief delves into the imperative of achieving mainframe resilience through the synergistic combination of system monitoring and observability. It outlines the challenges faced in modernizing mainframes and emphasizes the critical role of monitoring and observability in addressing these hurdles. By leveraging technologies like artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) and automation, organizations can enhance operational resiliency and align mainframes with evolving IT practices, ensuring their relevance and effectiveness in today’s digital landscape.

The Research Brief, Achieving Mainframe Resilience by Combining System Monitoring and Observability, highlights key findings surrounding the modernization efforts within the mainframe ecosystem. 

Notable insights include:

  • The paradigm shift in mainframe modernization necessitates aligning strategies with evolving IT practices, emphasizing the adoption of end-to-end systems monitoring and observability.
  • Common industry challenges, such as skilled labor shortages, data volume management, system complexity, and operational inefficiencies, underscore the need for proactive approaches to monitoring and observability.
  • The increasing adoption of AI/ML and automation, particularly through AIOps, reflects a growing recognition of the importance of monitoring and observability in enhancing mainframe resilience and operational efficiency.

This Research Brief is pivotal in addressing the evolving challenges and opportunities in mainframe modernization. By emphasizing the foundational role of system monitoring and observability, it underscores the significance of proactive approaches to managing mainframe environments. As organizations strive to enhance mainframe resilience and align with broader IT practices, integrating monitoring and observability becomes essential. This Brief provides valuable insights into leveraging these technologies to fortify mainframe environments, ensuring their adaptability and effectiveness in the modern digital enterprise.

To delve deeper into strategies for achieving mainframe resilience, download your copy of Achieving Mainframe Resilience by Combining System Monitoring and Observability today.

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Author Information

Regarded as a luminary at the intersection of technology and business transformation, Steven Dickens is the Vice President and Practice Leader for Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure, and Operations at The Futurum Group. With a distinguished track record as a Forbes contributor and a ranking among the Top 10 Analysts by ARInsights, Steven's unique vantage point enables him to chart the nexus between emergent technologies and disruptive innovation, offering unparalleled insights for global enterprises.

Steven's expertise spans a broad spectrum of technologies that drive modern enterprises. Notable among these are open source, hybrid cloud, mission-critical infrastructure, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and FinTech innovation. His work is foundational in aligning the strategic imperatives of C-suite executives with the practical needs of end users and technology practitioners, serving as a catalyst for optimizing the return on technology investments.

Over the years, Steven has been an integral part of industry behemoths including Broadcom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and IBM. His exceptional ability to pioneer multi-hundred-million-dollar products and to lead global sales teams with revenues in the same echelon has consistently demonstrated his capability for high-impact leadership.

Steven serves as a thought leader in various technology consortiums. He was a founding board member and former Chairperson of the Open Mainframe Project, under the aegis of the Linux Foundation. His role as a Board Advisor continues to shape the advocacy for open source implementations of mainframe technologies.

Bringing more than a decade of varying experience crossing multiple sectors such as legal, financial, and tech, Sam Holschuh is an accomplished professional that excels in ensuring success across various industries. Currently, Sam serves as an Industry Analyst at The Futurum Group, where collaborates closely with practice leads in the areas of application modernization, DevOps, storage, and infrastructure. With a keen eye for research, Sam produces valuable insights and custom content to support strategic initiatives and enhance market understanding.

Rooted in the fields of tech, law, finance operations and marketing, Sam provides a unique viewpoint to her position, fostering innovation and delivering impactful solutions within the industry.
Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and Business Analytics from Colorado State University and is passionate about leveraging her diverse skill set to drive growth and empower clients to succeed in today's rapidly evolving landscape.

Daniel is the CEO of The Futurum Group. Living his life at the intersection of people and technology, Daniel works with the world’s largest technology brands exploring Digital Transformation and how it is influencing the enterprise.

From the leading edge of AI to global technology policy, Daniel makes the connections between business, people and tech that are required for companies to benefit most from their technology investments. Daniel is a top 5 globally ranked industry analyst and his ideas are regularly cited or shared in television appearances by CNBC, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and hundreds of other sites around the world.

A 7x Best-Selling Author including his most recent book “Human/Machine.” Daniel is also a Forbes and MarketWatch (Dow Jones) contributor.

An MBA and Former Graduate Adjunct Faculty, Daniel is an Austin Texas transplant after 40 years in Chicago. His speaking takes him around the world each year as he shares his vision of the role technology will play in our future.

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