The Arcati Mainframe User Survey 2018

The 2018 edition of the Arcati Mainframe Yearbook is due for publication in January 2018. The Yearbook provides a unique reference for IT professionals working in the IBM z/OS environment, with a directory of vendors and relevant media, a glossary of terminology, and other useful information. Each year the Yearbook is downloaded by around 21,000 visitors.

One of the Yearbook's main sections is a survey of mainframe sites worldwide. We are asking users to give us some details about their installation and technical challenges, as well as their plans for the mainframe within the broader IT infrastructure.

Please let us have your responses before Thursday 30 November 2017. All respondents will receive a PDF copy of the survey results on publication. Your identity and company information will be treated in confidence and will not be divulged to third parties. Please complete as many sections as you can. To be included in the survey, you must provide your name and e-mail address and the name of your organization.

Thank you
Trevor Eddolls, Editor


General information









Your mainframe environment



Which types of mainframe processor do you have installed (or on order)?
















Mainframe strategy



What, in your opinion, are the main benefits for your organization of the mainframe over other platforms?

What are the main obstacles to mainframe acceptance within the enterprise?






Which System z middleware have you enabled, or do you plan to enable, with Web services?



Which specialty processors do you currently use?

Mainframe software vendors



Does your organization periodically consider replacing mainframe software packages and tools/utilities with competitive offerings? If so, what are the MOST important reasons for replacement?

Other platforms


Which of the following server operating systems are used by your business?








Thank you for your help. We will e-mail you a copy of the survey results in due course.