Mainframe Study Shows That Application Cost Reduction Is A Major Initiative

70% of mainframe executive’s site cost reduction in mainframe software as one of their top priorities, according to BMC’s annual mainframe survey. 39% of the responders cited software costs continue to be the largest part of many organization’s IT budget. IT executives are hoping to reduce these costs by managing application use in the following ways: 1. They are moving workloads to off peak hours. 2. They are utilizing performance tuning to lower mainframe utilization. 3. They are using automated systems to manage performance.
The study also showed that 91% of the organizations surveyed look at the mainframe as a long term viable platform. In fact, 60% of these companies expect mainframe MIPS to grow not decline. The survey included approximately 1,200 global mainframe users and tool place in June 2014.

Mainframe Application Outsourcing Trends

It looks like the outsourcing of mainframe application development and testing are on the rise. According to research done by Micro Focus, 62% of US based CIOs are choosing to outsource the testing and development of mainframe applications. New compliance measures such as ISO27002, Basel III, FACTA and SEPA are causing this greater interest in outsourcing. More than half (55%) of CIO’s polled don’t feel like they have the proper documentation or supporting data in-house. Also, a majority (73%) feel like the system documentation that they do have is incomplete. CIOs are looking at outsourcing providers as way to comply with the new regulations.