Slash your Mainframe Budget by 10-15% with VitalSigns for z Tuning™.
There’s an old story that’s sometimes retold at presentations about the woodcutter who had so many trees to cut down that he couldn’t find the time to sharpen his axe. Sometimes working in IT can feel a bit like that. We’re all so busy getting the most that we can from the mainframe that we don’t stop to see whether there’s something out there to help us to do our job better, something that will sharpen our metaphorical axe.
Shrinking z/OS Resources
What used to be the overnight batch window is getting squeezed by the need for near-24-hour workflow. Every year, we see the bulk of the IT budget spend going on other platforms, including smartphones and tablets, leaving us with less money to use to keep everything going. We find that we must manage increasing data needs with dwindling resources. And yet, we’re the people keeping our organization in business. And when we ask for an upgrade, we probably find that there’s no way it can be included in the current fiscal year – and probably not in the next one either. So, what are your choices when you know that swift and reliable mainframe performance is essential to your organization’s success?
Optimizing the Mainframe Will Expand z/OS Resources
If you can stop and sharpen that axe, you might like to look at a service from SDS called VitalSigns for z Tuning, which is an optimization service that can help you get more out of your existing system. In fact, you’re likely to recover 10-15% of your annual mainframe budget by using VitalSigns for z Tuning. SDS is so confident that your savings will be significant, that they’ll give you the service for free if the savings don’t add up! And SDS has over 30 years of experience offering this service and others to 100s of organizations, reclaiming millions of dollars in CPU, I/O, and DASD availability. So VitalSigns for z Tuning brings expertise, metrics, and insights from all these mainframe analyses to bear on your environment, revealing new ways to reduce consumption and free-up MIPs.
One of the clever things about VitalSigns for z Tuning is that it can optimize your mainframe without requiring on-site software or hardware installation – so the process doesn’t affect or disrupt your operations in any way. What you must do is send your LISTCAT information to the SDS team, and they will process the data off-site. More than 1.5 million ‘what if’ iterations are performed on your system’s data and outcomes are compared against 25 million performance statistics in SDS’s extensive database. The result is a customized, 100% accurate report that prioritizes the most profitable system changes. The z/OS optimization service will then guide you in implementing the changes that yield the greatest benefit for your organization.
VitalSigns for z Tuning fine-tunes your system by:
- Cleaning up inefficient code
- Setting efficient file parameters in control cards and JCL
- Setting the exact number of buffers required – no more and no less
- Reducing file contention/file sharing that degrades processing speeds
- Tweaking utilities to eliminate overlap and reduce CPUs required
- Eliminating unnecessary utilities to save processing time and licensing fees
- Identifying development functions that can be removed from the mainframe
The benefits to your organization are:
- Reducing batch window time and achieve faster processing speeds
- Reducing CPU, I/O, and DASD consumption
- Reducing capital expenditures and operating costs by delaying hardware upgrades
- Supporting greater employee satisfaction and productivity
- Shaving an average 10-15% off your annual mainframe budget
If you want to see how much money you could save, you can contact SDS Sales for an analysis of any application, LPAR, or data center. You will receive a tailored report that reveals how much you can save by implementing VitalSigns for z Tuning’s optimization strategies. And, of course, if VitalSigns for z Tuning fails to uncover hidden savings for your organization after implementation, you pay nothing for the service.
That certainly makes it worth taking a break to sharpen that axe, don’t you think?