Why is the core banking platform not in the cloud – why on a mainframe?

In a world of numbers, citizen Zero stands tall. Despite its importance, Zero arrived much later, yet now is pivotal to the number system. Some even say Zero is infinity. Bank Zero is the newest citizen in South Africa’s banking world, pivotal to the new banking revolution. Bank Zero is a modern App-driven bank fully aligned to the banking needs of both businesses and individuals, offering control and transparency within our fresh approach towards banking. That’s a mouthful – but so is the range of powerful features and innovations they offer to both individuals and businesses, many of which are currently … Continue reading Why is the core banking platform not in the cloud – why on a mainframe?

Infrastructure Twitter Chat

Do you have something to say? We’d love to hear it! Join me and some other IT leaders on Wednesday, December 14 at Noon ET for an IBM Systems Twitter Chat on IT infrastructure for the cognitive era. By following along the hashtag #ILeadIT, you’ll help answer questions to some of today’s challenges when IT leaders design, build and deliver for this new era.   How a Twitter Chat Works This blog has its roots in a twitter chat that we used to run with the hashtag #mainframedebate but as a refresher a Twitter chat is an easy way to get … Continue reading Infrastructure Twitter Chat

There can be only ONE… Why LinuxONE is the only server built for Blockchain

Growing up as a massive fan of the cult classic movie Highlander, and in the spirit of Dustin Kirkland’s recent blog post on Ubuntu and LinuxONE, I am inspired to use Highlander as a theme for this blog on the case for LinuxONE and Blockchain, and why in my humble opinion there can be only ONE server that can lay claim to being the only server built from the ground up to run Blockchain. As Blockchain becomes the latest hot tech disruptive technology, lots of vendors will be starting to dust off existing models in there range and freshening up … Continue reading There can be only ONE… Why LinuxONE is the only server built for Blockchain

Open Source Databases – Crowd Sourced Platforms for Big Data

Today’s IT database infrastructure is shifting. New business requirements and the need to accommodate exponential growth in the amount and types of data require a new approach. Many companies are surrounding or replacing their traditional enterprise database (RDBMS) with new open source database management systems (OSDBMS) for more flexibility, speed and efficiency as they build new applications to address new business demands. According to Gartner, more than 70 percent of new in-house applications will be developed on an OSDBMS by 2018, and 50 percent of existing commercial RDBMSs will be on the way to leveraging open source technology. Consider the following business needs: … Continue reading Open Source Databases – Crowd Sourced Platforms for Big Data