Reports of Mainframe’s Death Highly Exaggerated

Mainframes are a long way from being extinct, at least in the eyes of enterprise development managers, according to a survey conducted by Evans Marketing Services.

Seventy-five per cent of development or IT managers surveyed are using mainframes, and the majority of the 75 per cent don’t expect to migrate away from mainframes in the future, the California research firm said. Reliability was the most mentioned mainframe benefit, followed by capacity. Current data files (30 per cent) and user applications (23 per cent) were among the top factors for using mainframes.

Ninety per cent of telecommunications managers surveyed will retain their mainframes, followed by 80 per cent of respondents in both the banking/financial and real estate/legal/insurance sectors.

Other findings from the 1999 Enterprise Development Management Issues report: