Mark Twain once wrote that a report of his death was an exaggeration. This is also true of claims that the mainframe is a near-death technology in the mission-critical world of today's robust business intelligence (BI) applications. Conventional wisdom says the mainframe - the "powerhouse" of corporate computing - is simply too costly, too complex and incapable of supporting a comprehensive BI system. Not so.

A critical look at the true cost, complexity and capability of the mainframe - home to 70 percent of the world's critical transactional data - reveals a competitive BI platform. Countless innovations make the mainframe a reliable, cost-effective, large-scale platform capable of satisfying core applications and BI needs. Far from being dead, the mainframe is a valuable asset to a company wanting to implement BI and analytic applications.

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