In an increasingly complex IT landscape, the mainframe continues to serve as a cornerstone of growth and innovation within the enterprise infrastructure, according to a global survey from CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA). The study,* titled “ The Mainframe as a Mainstay of the Enterprise 2012,” revealed three major trends on the current and future role of the mainframe: the mainframe is playing an increasingly strategic role in managing the evolving needs of the enterprise; the mainframe is viewed as an enabler of innovation as big data and cloud computing transform the face of enterprise IT; and companies are seeking candidates with cross-disciplinary skillsets to fill critical mainframe workforce needs in the new enterprise IT paradigm.
Mainframe as a Strategic IT Investment: More than 75 percent of U.S. respondents and more than 80 percent of global respondents confirm the mainframe is a strategic or highly strategic part of their current and future IT plans. In terms of spend, just more than half (51 percent) of U.S. respondents and 46 percent of global respondents plan to increase spending for mainframe software in the next 12-18 months, while a third of U.S. respondents (30 percent) and 36 percent of global respondents anticipate an increase in hardware spending in the next 12-18 months. Additionally, 37 percent of U.S. respondents and 44 percent internationally plan to increase spend on mainframe-related services.
“We can assume that the staggering growth of real-time data and the need for massive processing power to collate and analyze all that information surely has a lot to do with this trend,” said Jon Toigo, an industry veteran and currently managing principal of Toigo Partners International in Tampa Bay, Fla. “E-commerce alone is generating huge volumes of data, and larger corporations in particular need a blend of power, scalability and security to manage the incoming information. They need the best tools and a mix of good technologies, including the mainframe, to stay competitive.”