Suppose you are the CEO of a computer manufacturer who has decided to present an exciting new business idea to your board of directors. You propose nothing less than to turn your company around by entering the lucrative multi-billion dollar market for high-end machines that run IBMÃ¢â¬â¢s 64 bit operating system z/OS. Some of your advisors may object that mainframes are a dying breed. But you will remind them that these mainframes are still home to an eye-popping $5 trillion worth of applications and 80% of the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s corporate data.
There is only one obstacle that could prevent this scenario from coming to pass, you concede, and that is the legal barrier IBM has managed to erect around z/OS, which remains the indispensable platform for the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s trillions of dollars worth of legacy mainframe applications.
September 24, 2008