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Understanding the Swirling Dynamics of the Mainframe Platform Decision

Published: 16 April 2015

ID: G00274505

Analyst(s): Dale Vecchio


Senior IT leaders using IBM mainframes must understand the swirl of competing dynamics in this market. Many struggle with the decision to stay or go. Small organizations are more likely to accept distributed platform choices; the choice is less clear for large organizations.

Table Of Contents


  • Concerns Over IT Spending Continue to Drive Evaluation of Lower-Cost Alternatives to the IBM Mainframe
  • Growing Concern Over Skills, While Not Universally Accepted, Is Leading More Mainframe Organizations to Consider Commodity x86 Scale-Out Environments
  • The IBM Academic Initiative and Other Industry Consortiums Are Having Limited, but Growing Success in Getting the Mainframe in Front of a Younger Workforce
  • The Experiences of the New Decision Makers and Enterprise Architects Are Beginning to Chip Away at the Acceptance of the Platform by Its Traditional Disciples
  • IBM Continues to Invest and Innovate in This Platform, Offering Capabilities That Play Well in Its Largest Installed Base

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