Gartner Research

How Will the Mainframe Survive?

Published: 31 July 2015

ID: G00276959

Analyst(s): Dale Vecchio


In economics, network externality defines the impact that users of a good or service have on the value of that product. IT leaders must recognize that robust, viable networks or communities of users, suppliers and content keep platforms viable. Can IBM compensate for the decline of the mainframe?

Table Of Contents


  • Complementarity, Compatibility and Standards
  • Consumption Externalities
  • Switching Costs and Lock-in
  • The Results
  • Bottom Line

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