Mainframe Survey: BMC Reveals Key Trends Shaping the Next Wave of Mainframe Success

BMC, provider of IT solutions for the digital enterprise, has released the results of its 2019 Mainframe Survey of more than 1,100 executives and technical professionals. The research showed both continued confidence in the platform's potential for growth and for mainframe modernization efforts.

The next wave of mainframe success will depend on the platform's ability to enable faster, higher-performing, and more secure delivery of new and improved business services and applications. In fact, according to BMC, regardless of the survey respondents' ages or roles, security and compliance were cited as top concerns, with 77% of participants saying they have had a finding or potential breach, and 92% reporting being audited every 2 years. However, few respondents reported a robust or consistent approach to security and compliance management, with data suggesting a fragmented and siloed approach.

The ability to predict failures and issues was another big concern, with 70% of large shops reporting an unscheduled outage in the last 12 months, and 50% of all respondents reporting increasing volatility.  By overcoming organizational barriers toward adoption and integration of new application development processes and analytics-enabled machine learning technologies, businesses can ensure the security, availability, and performance improvements necessary for successful modernization.

"By integrating intelligent technologies for security, privacy, and predictive automation and methodologies like DevOps and AIOps, organizations are galvanizing their growth initiatives while confidently maintaining their critical systems," said Bill Miller, president of ZSolutions at BMC.

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