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Sadly, no one has yet discovered any silver bullet type secret behind mainframe cost reduction. Virtually every CIO would be thrilled if that were the case, since large companies in all industries have been grappling with this issue for the last several years.

Mainframes remain the right tool for the job in many IT environments, but costs are rising. IT managers have now memorized the new mantra “do more with less,” but they’re still looking for ways to make that happen.

Are you looking for mainframe cost reduction opportunities that will work as a stop-gap while you complete a major transformation? Or are you happy with your current architecture and, therefore, looking for long-term mainframe cost reduction opportunities?

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Smart IT professionals keep a sharp eye on mainframe and other IT outsourcing trends. It’s not easy to keep up with the continuous flow of new innovations and ideas. And it can be even harder to discern how to apply what you’re learning to benefit your data center.

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Organizations for which millions of data transactions are just part of the normal business day continue to rely on mainframes as the cornerstone of their data center operations. But mainframe costs can get out of hand if you aren’t vigilant, and it’s virtually impossible to remain competitive any more without paring costs. It’s imperative to find opportunities for mainframe cost reduction.

There are a number of options you can consider to reduce costs and also improve performance. How those options stack up against one another as priorities depends on your company’s overall business goals as well as near-term IT requirements. Here are some ideas for implementing mainframe cost reduction.

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Over time, the popularity of outsourcing has grown tremendously for companies looking to capture financial and functional efficiencies. Mainframe outsourcing trends have evolved along with the overall business environment, which has been characterized in recent years by rapid technological change and general uncertainty. But have mainframe outsourcing trends changed much since last year?

The biggest trend in mainframe outsourcing for 2014 is more of the same. That is, a continuation of the key themes we saw throughout 2013.

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Recently we examined some IT outsourcing trends for 2014, noting that the underlying theme for all aspects of business today – not just IT – is that change is a constant. Outsourcing as a business management mechanism is now widespread, popular with all types and sizes of companies for all sorts of business functions.

But some sources say 2014 may see a resurgence of companies looking inward instead of outward to manage their IT operations. That’s just one of many IT outsourcing trends predicted by insiders.

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