Don’t believe rumors that the mainframe, the historic powerhouse for corporate computing and data warehousing, is too old to compete in today’s big, fast and pervasive business intelligence (BI) world. Criticisms that this workhorse is too costly, too complex and incapable of handling comprehensive BI systems are nonsense. 

At age 40, the mainframe may be old, but it’s not dead. In fact, the maturing BI environments with their emphasis on sophisticated analytic capabilities now require scale, security and performance - all of which are the well-documented advantages of the mainframe platform. Combining sophisticated BI, statistical and data mining capabilities with the mainframe’s proven platform may provide businesses just what they need to reach a new level of competitive competence.

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