72% of IBM mainframe users polled in a survey have revealed that their organisations’ mainframe computers now support Web or mobile applications, with a further 8% expecting their mainframes to do so within the next three years.
However, many mainframe specialists are concerned that the extra processing workload from Web and mobile transactions could drive up running costs and adversely affect response times for end users, according to the research from software and services company Macro 4.
62% of the 60 mainframe users polled in the survey said new Web applications had been developed to use back-end mainframe systems or data and 53% said existing mainframe applications had been Web and mobile enabled.
While 97% of the survey sample believe the mainframe is a strong platform for supporting web and mobile applications, 38% are concerned about the potential for higher mainframe usage costs or CPU upgrade charges due to the extra workload from supporting these newer areas. Similarly, 28% are worried about the possibility of slower response times for end users due to the increase in mainframe transaction processing from mobile and the Web.