Monday, December 22, 2008

Using IBM zLinux for Enterprise BI

Mainframe Executive Magazine recently wrote how the State of Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS), one of my clients, is moving legacy Business Intelligence applications to web-based versions on the IBM zLinux platform.

OKDHS lowered their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) while delivering "seamlessly and transparently to users" a modernized system for child welfare. Their "KIDS" system now uses Information Builders' WebFOCUS product for enterprise BI.

Chris Little, the zLinux administrator, talks openly about OKDHS' decisions, challenges, and fears.

A big part of the project was achieving a comfort level. At the time we started our migration, Linux was still a dirty word in much of the IT industry. Linux was considered a ‘hobby’ or a ‘toy’ system then. We knew that the end result was to bring missioncritical applications to a new platform—and along the way, we had to feel comfortable by first performing the database migrations with databases that weren’t considered missioncritical. In this way, if an outage occurred and we had to move back to our original platform, we could do so without impacting a lot of people.

For more information, read the entire article at Mainframe Executive's website.

Thomas Communications started publishing "Mainframe Executive: IT Management in the Mainframe-Centric Enterprise" in March of 2008. For a subscription, click here.

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I am a project-based consultant, helping data-intensive firms use agile methods and automation tools to replace legacy reporting and bring in modern BI/Analytics to leverage Social, Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, Visualizations, and Predictive Analytics. For several world-class vendors, I led services teams specializing in providing software implementation and custom application development. Based on scores of successful engagements, I have assembled proven methodologies and automated software tools.

During twenty years of technical consulting, I have been blessed to work with smart people from some of the world's most respected organizations, including: FedEx, Procter & Gamble, Nationwide, The Wendy's Company, The Kroger Co., JPMorgan Chase, MasterCard, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Siemens, American Express, and others.

I was educated at Valparaiso University and the University of Cincinnati, graduating summa cum laude. In 1990, I joined Information Builders, the vendor of WebFOCUS BI and iWay enterprise integration products, and for over a dozen years served in branch leadership roles. For several years, I also led technical teams within Cincom Systems' ERP software product group and the custom software services arm of Xerox.

Since 2007, I have provided enterprise BI services such as: strategic advice; architecture, design, and software application development of intelligence systems (interactive dashboards and mobile); data warehousing; and automated modernization of legacy reporting.