In this edition, we’re looking at people and performance. Mainframe technical people are essential to keeping our mainframe systems and applications running and relevant. In our first opinion article, we suggest six ways to keep our mainframe people happy. We argue that this helps us retain them, and makes them more productive.In our second opinion article, we propose that these mainframe people need a long-term direction for applications and systems: are they staying, or are they going? Without this commitment, these applications and systems will become less reliable, efficient and relevant, and those supporting them may look to move on.
Finally in our technical article, we look at some ways of improving REXX code performance, and do some tests to see how relevant these are today, and the savings that can be found.