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This site is dedicated to providing eLearning courses that will help you - our valuable IBM customer - understand how the modern IBM Z mainframe can help you to better position your organization for future growth and competitive advantage in today's ever-changing business environment.

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z Systems for Mobility

Mobile devices are changing how people work and how businesses operate, and the ability to access business-critical data from mobile devices is becoming a necessity for organizations today.

This course helps you better understand why z Systems is the ideal platform for mobile enterprise computing. The course also provides foundational information about mobile on z Systems, IBM mobile solutions for z Systems, cost considerations, and the concerns that organizations have about their mobile strategy.

This two-hour, web-based course will help you answer the following questions:

  • What are the practical considerations for going mobile?
  • How do I address the security concerns of mobile computing?
  • What are the cost considerations of deploying mobile computing on z Systems?
  • What problems are IBM customers solving by deploying mobile on z Systems?

When it comes to mobile computing, z Systems brings with it a distinct opportunity for you to be a game changer and make a real difference for your organization.

Download and Installation Instructions for Windows® Users

Follow these directions to download and install the course:

  1. Download the following executable (.exe) file that contains the course:
  2. Run the .exe file to install the course modules as a program.
  3. To begin the course, click Start > All Programs > IBM System z Course > System z for Mobility > Start System z for Mobility.

Download and Installation Instructions for Apple® Mac® and Linux® Users

  1. Double-click the zipped file.
  2. The extract utility launches.
  3. Select the folder into which the files are to be extracted.
  4. Click Extract.
  5. Click Open the Destination.
  6. Double-click 0.1.htm..
  7. Click the Next button to proceed.

Security for IBM Z

Although the mainframe is extremely secure, a variety of attack vectors can result in a security breach. Most of these attack vectors exploit misconfigurations or are initiated by insiders with malicious intent (they count for a large percentage of overall breaches). The following factors are also of concern:

  • Web Services on the mainframe have had a significant impact on security
  • Configuration errors and poor entitlement and administration procedures can compromise mainframe security
  • Organizations can be complacent and place too much trust in mainframe security

Historically, the risk of mainframe security breaches was low, but the recent increase in mainframe security connectivity means that mainframes need the same attention to security as any other device on the network. Too much trust in the mainframe and the scarcity of qualified mainframe security resources typically mean an underinvestment in mainframe security. A common, enterprise-wide approach to mainframe security is required to address these issues.

Although IBM Z is the most securable commercial server available, it can be vulnerable if not configured and managed properly. Furthermore, organizations often have not kept current with security practices that are required because of the evolving interconnectedness of IBM Z with both internal and external systems.

Download and Installation Instructions for Windows® Users

Follow these directions to download and install the course:

  1. Download the following executable (.exe) file that contains the course:
  2. Run the .exe file to install the course modules as a program.
  3. To begin the course, click Start > All Programs > IBM Z Course > Security for IBM Z > Start Security for IBM Z.

Download and Installation Instructions for Apple® Mac® and Linux® Users

  1. Double-click the zipped file.
  2. The extract utility launches.
  3. Select the folder into which the files are to be extracted.
  4. Click Extract.
  5. Click Open the Destination.
  6. Double-click 0index.html..
  7. Click the Start Course button to proceed.

The Value of Analytics on z Systems

CIOs have identified Analytics as their number one priority for several years running, and IBM has responded to this need with new solutions that can help lead organizations into success in this area.

Customers who understand the basics of Analytics and how the offerings in this area can help their business have a distinct advantage to position their organization for growth. Many customers are unaware of how z Systems is positioned to set the standard as the optimal platform for Analytics and Big Data.

z Systems brings with it a distinct opportunity to change the game within the Analytics world. To help you understand how the mainframe is an ideal platform for Analytics, IBM offers a free, online course for customers, The Value of Analytics on z Systems. The course modules explore Analytics, its key components, and how z Systems and zEnterprise™ are the ideal analytics platforms. During the course, you will learn the answers to the following questions:

  • Why is Analytics right for the mainframe?
  • What is Analytics and how does it help IBM customers?
  • What is the value of running Analytics on z Systems?
  • Where do IBM customers go to learn more about Analytics?

Download the course now to learn why the timing is right for your organization to consider Analytics on the z Systems platform! If you downloaded the Value of Analytics on z Systems course before 8-19-2014, please download again to get the latest version.

Download and Installation Instructions for Windows® Users

Follow these directions to download and install the course:

  1. Download the following executable (.exe) file that contains the course:
  2. Run the .exe file to install the course modules as a program.
  3. To begin the course, click Start > All Programs > IBM System z Course > The Value of Business Analytics on System z > Start the Value of Business Analytics on System z.

Download and Installation Instructions for Apple® Mac® and Linux® Users

  1. Double-click the zipped file.
  2. The extract utility launches.
  3. Select the folder into which the files are to be extracted.
  4. Click Extract.
  5. Click Open the Destination.
  6. Double-click 0.1.htm..
  7. Click the Next button to proceed.


The Value and Differentiation of IBM Z

Mainframe myths abound in today's IT environment.

Your organization's IT architects and other professionals might believe that the mainframe is "old, expensive, and hard to use." If this is the case, then The Value and Differentiation of IBM Z (z101) eLearning course for IBM customers will prove that today's IBM Z is not the mainframe of the past that people often imagine it to be.

The course delves into the myths and realities of the mainframe and explains why and how IBM Z can help you strategically position your company for future growth. Did you know that...

  • In a fair comparison, IBM Z often has the lowest total cost of ownership?
  • IBM Z can help you "go green" by addressing the spiraling IT costs associated with space, power, and cooling?
  • Through IT efficiencies, scale-up and scale-out capabilities, support of new workloads, advanced virtualization capabilities, and security and systems management, IBM Z can help your IT organization balance the need to move quickly while managing risk and costs?
  • Other organizations are willing to share their experiences with how IBM Z is helping them maintain a competitive edge and stay on course with their strategic direction?

These topics - and many others - are addressed in the course so that you can get a clear picture of how the mainframe is "modern, cost effective, and easy to use" in today's environment.

As you complete the course, enhance your learning experience by playing the games, watching the videos, listening to the audios, and self-testing your knowledge. Visit the Resources section for additional material that will help you to better understand how the mainframe can benefit your organization. Refer to the Glossary if you are stumped on a technical term. In addition, an overview of the key learning points in the course - a Quick View - is provided as a download option.

Above all, enjoy the course!

Download and Installation Instructions for Windows® Users

Follow these directions to download and install the course:

  1. Download the following executable (.exe) files that contain the course modules:
  2. Run the .exe files to install the course as a program.
  3. To begin the course, click Start > All Programs > IBM z Systems Course > The Value and Differentiation of IBM z Systems > Start The Value and Differentiation of IBM z Systems.

Download and Installation Instructions for Apple® Mac® and Linux® Users

  1. Click the following links to download the following zipped files that contain the course modules:
  2. Save the zipped file to your hard drive.
  3. Double-click the zipped file.
  4. The extract utility launches.
  5. Select the folder into which the files are to be extracted.
  6. Click Extract.
  7. Click Open the Destination.
  8. Double-click index.html.
  9. The course launch page opens in a browser.
  10. Click the Start button to proceed.

Note: If you do not hear the audio during the video and audio presentations in the course, go to the Linux Control Panel and ensure that the volume is turned on for applications.


The Value of Linux on z Systems

If you want to learn about the benefits of using Linux® on IBM z Systems, then this course is for you.

Linux on z Systems exploits the strengths and reliability features of z Systems hardware while preserving the openness and stability of Linux. You can leverage Linux on z Systems to take control of your IT infrastructure and its spiraling costs. You can move from a large server farm situation to a "data-center-in-a-box" environment. A single z Systems mainframe can scale up to millions of transactions per day or scale out to manage tens to hundreds of virtual servers. Consolidation savings include less storage, fewer servers, fewer software licenses, and less server management and support.

The combination of the Linux open-source operating system and the comprehensive range of IBM and ISV software over multiple hardware platforms enables customers to respond quickly to market changes with flexible, reliable, secure, and cost-effective solutions.

As you complete the course, enhance your learning experience by playing the games, watching the videos, and self-testing your knowledge. Review Module 6: Getting Help with Linux on z Systems for additional material that will help you to better understand how the mainframe can benefit your organization.

Download and Installation Instructions for Windows® Users

Follow these directions to download and install the course:

  1. Download the following executable (.exe) file that contains the course:
  2. Run the .exe file to install the course modules as a program.
  3. To begin the course, click Start > All Programs > IBM System z Course > The Value of Linux on System z > Start the Value of Linux on System z.

Note:

Download and Installation Instructions for Apple® Mac® and Linux® Users

  1. Double-click the zipped file.
  2. The extract utility launches.
  3. Select the folder into which the files are to be extracted.
  4. Click Extract.
  5. Click Open the Destination.
  6. Double-click 0.1.htm..
  7. Click the Next button to proceed.

Note: If you do not hear the audio during the video and audio presentations in the course, go to the Linux Control Panel and ensure that the volume is turned on for applications.


The Value of Cloud Computing on z Systems

Cloud computing is a trend in computing whose time has come. Sixty percent of CIOs plan to use the cloud-up from 33% two years ago. Fifty-five percent of business executives believe the cloud enables business transformation and leaner, faster, more agile processes. Enterprises of all sizes already have or soon will be adopting cloud services in some fashion. Cloud adoption is already pervasive when factoring in Software as a Service (SaaS), which has been the focus for hundreds of thousands of enterprises long before the "cloud" terminology was conceived.

Cloud computing promises to deliver computing infrastructure at lower cost, improve flexibility, and provide higher levels of scalability than ever before. The benefits of cloud computing are primarily built on the notion that cloud environments allow you to achieve results by virtualizing the different workloads that you run and deploying them within an environment that can automatically scale up or down as workload demands change over time. The z Systems family of products has supported a 'cloud-like' infrastructure for decades, but this course shows you how z Systems continues to provide the adaptability in supporting the latest cloud advances.

Why the move to cloud computing? Organizations choose to adopt cloud computing for several reasons:

  • Cost savings. Organizations can save 50% or more when deploying applications in cloud environments.
  • Speed. Many cloud deployments can go from start to production in days, rather than the lengthy deployment cycles of traditional infrastructure implementations.
  • Reduced overhead. Organizations can eliminate the time and expense of hardware and software procurement and ongoing maintenance, support, and upgrades.
  • Flexibility. Organizations can accommodate spikes in computing demand without over-provisioning during non-peak periods and only pay for resources used.

This course answers the following questions:

  1. What is cloud computing?
  2. How are customers adopting cloud computing?
  3. What makes z Systems special for cloud computing?
  4. What solutions are available to enable cloud computing with z Systems?
  5. How can customers develop a cloud computing strategy that fits their business?
  6. Where do IBM customers go to learn more about cloud computing on z Systems?

Download and Installation Instructions for Windows® Users

Follow these directions to download and install the course:

  1. Download the following executable (.exe) file that contains the course:
  2. Run the .exe file to install the course modules as a program.
  3. To begin the course, click Start > All Programs > IBM System z Course > The Value of Cloud Computing on System z > Start the Value of Cloud Computing on System z.

Note:

Download and Installation Instructions for Apple® Mac® and Linux® Users

  1. Double-click the zipped file.
  2. The extract utility launches.
  3. Select the folder into which the files are to be extracted.
  4. Click Extract.
  5. Click Open the Destination.
  6. Double-click 0.1.htm..
  7. Click the Next button to proceed.

Note: If you do not hear the audio during the video and audio presentations in the course, go to the Linux Control Panel and ensure that the volume is turned on for applications.


IBM z Systems Fundamentals for the Technical Team

Are you an Architect who does not focus on IBM z Systems? Do you feel out of your league when discussing z Systems mainframes? Not a problem! Learn about 'z' at the level you need by taking an online course created for you, IBM z Systems Fundamentals for the Technical Team.

Architects analyze workload and infrastructure characteristics and ensure that the best solutions are recommended, regardless of platform. However, many architects who focus on other platforms are unfamiliar with z Systems and the value of the mainframe. In this recently updated course, a more complete picture of z Systems architecture and capabilities is provided for Architects who primarily work with other platforms.

If you are an Architect who is at a loss when discussing IBM z Systems, then this is the right course for you. During the course, you will:

  • Become familiar with the basic architecture of z Systems
  • Learn how to differentiate z Systems architecture from other architectural models and articulate the value this brings
  • Learn to identify common mainframe myths
  • Learn about the Fit for Purpose methodology and when z Systems is the best fit
  • Learn about total cost of ownership (TCO) and the value of conducting a TCO study

Download and Installation Instructions for Windows® Users

Follow these directions to download and install the course:

  1. Download the following executable (.exe) file that contains the course:
  2. Run the .exe file to install the course modules as a program.
  3. To begin the course, click Start > All Programs > IBM System z Course > IBM z Systems Fundamentals for the Technical Team > Start IBM z Systems Fundamentals for the Technical Team.

Download and Installation Instructions for Apple® Mac® and Linux® Users

  1. Double-click the zipped file.
  2. The extract utility launches.
  3. Select the folder into which the files are to be extracted.
  4. Click Extract.
  5. Click Open the Destination.
  6. Double-click 0.1.htm inside the content folder.
  7. Click the Next button to proceed.

The Value of Application Modernization on IBM Z

This course shows you how DevOps solutions for IBM Z can enable your organization to meet the challenges application modernization. DevOps is the IBM solution for agile application development and deployment. IBM's Digital Transformation Model can help identify your organization's application modernization challenges by assessing your current application portfolio. Shift Left testing can speed up development and dramatically improve quality. You will learn about the challenges with the application delivery pipeline in regard to deployment and about IBM's tools that can improve collaboration across different development teams and automate deployment.

The course modules explore application modernization to support digital transformation and why IBM Z is the critical platform for the digital enterprise. To fuel an organization's digital transformation, organizations need to open their mainframe assets to innovation outside of IBM Z, and to be effective, they need to adopt DevOps on Z. They might also need to update their application architecture in the process. All this can be done incrementally and provide rapid results.

Download and Installation Instructions for Windows® Users

Follow these directions to download and install the course:

  1. Download the following executable (.exe) file that contains the course:
  2. Run the .exe file to install the course modules as a program.
  3. To begin the course, click Start > All Programs > IBM Z Course > The Value of Application Modernization on IBM Z > Start The Value of Application Modernization on IBM Z.

Download and Installation Instructions for Apple® Mac® and Linux® Users

  1. Save the zipped file to your hard drive.
  2. The extract utility launches.
  3. Select the folder into which the files are to be extracted.
  4. Click Extract.
  5. Click Open the Destination.
  6. Double-click index.html .
  7. Click the Start Course button to proceed.