As a user of a bank I expect to be able to go to any ATM, anywhere in the world and gain instant access to information and funds from my bank account. My bank keeps just one secure record of my money, which is constantly updated, and automatically makes payments for me. And I get all this – anywhere, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The same can be said for modern users of IT systems and the need they have for information. They expect to be able to use a variety of modern devices at different times and places to access important company information. These users and their business functions need instant access to a single view of crucial information. Anywhere, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Just as the banks found it more efficient, secure and ultimately cheaper to centralise the management and storage of all of their money, so to IT departments have realised that the technology that has stood the test of time to best keep central data secure and accurate, but instantly available is the mainframe.
The benefits of the central bank compared to hundreds of smaller banks include high transaction rates, scalability, better availability and higher security. Why would you keep all of your money in lots of little banks? It is for these very reasons that mainframes beat all other delivery methods for medium to large corporate information management on cost and ease of use.
And what is the IT equivalent of the ATM to the mainframe data bank? You choose, or in the world of BYOD, you let your users choose the device they use to gain access to the information they need.
There are no more barriers to putting your users in touch with the most effective way to utilize central information.
The users might be new, their means of access modern and varied, but they can still read the central data of any age through new or even tried and tested older central applications. The technology exists to instantly look into an old application with a fresh representation that works for these users whenever and however they would like.
So business owners have no excuse to postpone moving forwards on two fronts. First they need to enable users to access older applications to use corporate information. And second, they should find innovative ways to further exploit the central information with new applications.
It helps to see every user device as the ATM to the central data and your mainframe as the bank that holds all of your gold.
The best way to harness mainframe value in the modern market is to use terminal emulation software.