Today’s economic climate is placing businesses under greater cost containment pressure
than ever before. Costly capacity upgrades are becoming increasingly difficult to justify, but avoiding or deferring these upgrades is also very difficult. Industry analysts report average MIPS growth rates running at between 15% and 20% per annum. They also report that simply upgrading operating system components to stay current requires growth rates of between 7% and 15% per annum.

Deferring capacity upgrades results in poor application performance, leading to reduced
productivity and deteriorating customer service.
This presents a dilemma; does the business reject a costly capacity upgrade and accept the impact this will have on the business, or approve the upgrade in the interests of maintaining acceptable service levels?

There is an alternative

Macro 4’s mainframe MIPS reduction programme is a systems and applications tuning
engagement which reduces the level of MIPS required to service your mainframe applications by between 8% and 15%, enabling you to:

1. Avoid costly capacity upgrades – Improving the efficiency of systems and applications, allows an increase in transactional throughput and improvements in application response times. This permits the same workload to be processed with less
resources. That planned capacity upgrade can be deferred without a negative impact on service levels.
2. Cut operating costs immediately – Most mainframe software fees are directly related to the MIPS capacity of the environment in which the software is licensed
to operate. Reducing the level of MIPS required to service the business reduces the level of MIPS for which software needs to be licensed.
3. Improve service levels – Any improvement in application efficiency is manifested as faster response times and a reduction in the elapsed times of batch jobs. The result is greater productivity and better customer service.

How does it work?

A phased process delivers value without risk. The discovery phase guarantees to deliver “quick wins” equivalent to a 200% return on the engagement fee. Phase 1 also reports on the full potential savings available from a further, more complete engagement.