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Moving in a Mobile World


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I see myself as a low-maintenance person who doesn’t need a lot to get by. I pride myself on my ability to pack light for trips no matter the climate or length of stay, or make do in a pinch if I forget something. But one thing I can never be without, even if I’m going to the market down the street, is my mobile phone.

My phone is my lifeline. Without it, I wouldn’t have contact information for anyone, remember my schedule, listen to music or share photos. I bank on my phone and pay for items via mobile gift cards. Before joining IBM Systems Magazine, I didn’t realize how big a role the mainframe plays in these types of activities.

Increasingly, companies are adopting a mobile platform as part of a long-term strategy. With the IBM MobileFirst portfolio of mobile solutions and Mobile Workload Pricing, the transition to a robust mobile platform is easier for clients. Read about the various options IBM can provide in “The Mobile Mainframe.”

In the feature “Connecting Applications and Data,” learn how z/OS* Connect provides a simple and secure way to act as the go-between for applications and data on z/OS from mobile, cloud and Web applications. And learn how a Brazilian credit union’s move to z/VM* resulted in providing cloud services to customers and other companies and reducing energy costs, in the case study “Cooperative Consolidation.”

As mobile and cloud use creates more data, IBM Smarter Storage enables organizations to take control of their data to bring insights and value to the information. Find out how in the Currents article “Unlock Hidden Value.”

Don’t miss the 2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition, which is a supplement to this issue. The Solutions Edition features profiles of IBM business partners and the products and services they provide for clients.

As I rely even more on my mobile phone for daily tasks, I’m excited to see what uses are developed in the future that I can’t even imagine now.

Valerie Dennis Craven is a Minneapolis-based writer and editor.



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