How System Monitoring and Observability Drive Mainframe Resilience

How System Monitoring and Observability Drive Mainframe Resilience


This Research Brief delves into the critical importance of system monitoring and observability in driving the resilience of modern mainframes within organizations’ IT infrastructures. It highlights the challenges faced in managing contemporary mainframes, emphasizing the necessity of prioritizing observability and monitoring as foundational elements for organizational resilience. Through the lens of mainframe modernization and the utilization of BMC AMI Ops, the Research Brief illustrates how the integration of monitoring, observability, and automation contributes to preemptive issue resolution, optimized performance, and overall system reliability.

The Futurum Group’s latest Research Brief, How System Monitoring and Observability Drive Mainframe Resilience, completed in partnership with BMC, provides valuable insights into the challenges and strategies surrounding modern mainframe management. Key findings from the Research Brief include:

  • Personnel challenges such as skill shortages and communication barriers impede efficient mainframe management.
  • Technical complexities, including the monitoring of nontraditional workloads and rapid technological changes, intensify the difficulty of troubleshooting in modernized mainframe environments.
  • Siloed monitoring systems hinder comprehensive insights and effective fault identification, necessitating a more integrated approach to mainframe management.

This Research Brief is crucial in the current technology landscape as organizations increasingly rely on mainframes to store mission-critical data within hybrid cloud architectures. By addressing the challenges of mainframe management through prioritizing observability, monitoring, and automation, organizations can enhance system resilience, optimize performance, and make data-driven decisions. 

Downloading a copy of How System Monitoring and Observability Drive Mainframe Resilience offers valuable insights into navigating the complexities of modern mainframe environments and ensuring organizational success.

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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.