Dummies book makes smart reading – or, Top 5 things I learned from IBM Software for System z for Dummies
Mark Scapicchio 270000CV2J SCAPICCH@US.IBM.COM | | Tags:  security enterprise-computing mainframe big-data cloud_computing system_z
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In just its first few weeks of existence, the free e-book IBM Software for System z for Dummies has quickly become one of the hottest pieces of content among our IBM Software Newsletter readers and @IBMSoftware Twitter followers. It was wildly popular in the October System z Edition of the newsletter – in fact, the most popular item in any System z Edition, ever – and very popular in the regular October newsletter as well. And it has led our daily Twitter click counts several times over the past few weeks – including some days when we didn’t even tweet it.
So a couple of evenings ago, I decided to see what the fuss was about: I curled up with IBM Software for System z for Dummies and read it cover to cover. (Please hold your ‘get a life’ comments until you’ve read the entire post.) Turns out its 72 pages are packed with detailed information about all the software available for the mainframe – and sprinkled, Dummies style, with terrific bits of seeming trivia that aren’t at all trivial to IT professionals. For example:
Trust me, it was tough narrowing down to a top five. Whether you’re new to the mainframe and want to learn more, or sold on the mainframe and looking to sell others, or just seriously concerned about optimizing your IT infrastructure for data, cloud and security (which I guess describes a pretty large audience), IBM Software for System z for Dummies is a very enlightening little download.