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It’s hard to imagine your company functioning without the IBM Mainframe-based foundation that supports your information technology system. Yet for many companies legacy systems are bringing increased concerns about the cost of operating and updating IT infrastructure. They’re seeing IBM Mainframe outsourcing as an intriguing alternative.

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Up until recently, price was considered to be a key differentiator used to separate one enterprise from another. However, now that the primary focus for most organizations is geared towards becoming more agile, efficient, and cost-effective, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to compete on price while sustaining profitable margins. In fact, according to Gartner’s Customer Experience Report, by 2017 89% of companies expect the customer experience to be their primary form of competitive differentiation.

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While the primary focus for most IT leaders is geared towards IT transformation and adopting the systems and applications that will allow them to better support today’s digital demands, the IBM z Systems™ mainframe remains the foundation for the majority of enterprise business applications. However, traditional mainframe solutions often come with a high price tag, and many operations continue to be challenged with the fundamental problem of high fixed costs that do not effectively serve corporate interests. In addition, any system alterations or adjustments that need to be made over the course of time can be very costly and often require considerable justification efforts.

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In order to succeed in today’s digital era, IT organizations must adopt a new way of thinking that embraces the next generation in technology. The world we live in today looks much different than it did 10 years ago, and as technology continues to evolve, so too will the progression of consumer behavior and the way businesses must adapt to meet market demands. Digital disruption has become a reality for the majority of modern enterprises, but many are struggling to find the right balance between operation and innovation.

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As the age of retirement approaches for the mainframe workforce, an entire knowledge-base is at risk of being lost forever. There are many companies, such as financial institutions, insurance carriers and telecommunications corporations, that rely on mainframes, but most of the people who have the knowledge and skills to keep them operating are on the verge of leaving the workforce.

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One of the most unexpected developments of computing in the 21st century is the distributed nature of technology. It was a given that computers in personal, micro, and mainframe formats would continue to grow more powerful over time. What no one really counted on was the unexpected bonus to computational power that would arise from using the emerging online capabilities of computers and conceptualizing what we now refer to as “The Cloud,” which is simply another way for companies without the computational power onsite to take advantage of that power courtesy of another service.

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