Mainframe Optimization in Outsourced Environments

– A joint webinar by SMT Data & Zangenberg Analytics with participation of DNB


February 9th at 4pm to 5:30pm


“I think a 25% MIPS reduction in a mid-size bank is quite nice” says Audun Faaberg, Performance specialist at DNB.


SMT Data and Zangenberg Analytics are hosting a one and a half hour webinar on how to best manage Performance and Capacity Management of your Outsourced Mainframe Environment – join our webinar and gain new insight. This online session will give you tips and tricks on how to secure the needed transparency in your outsourced mainframe environment as well as what to consider in the negotiation with your outsourcer.



The following topics will be covered in this webinar:


Part 1: Outsourcer Transparency  Introduction by Steven Thomas, Chief Technology Officer, SMT Data


  • The basic elements of CPU-based pricing for outsourced mainframes:
    • Understanding MIPS and MSU
    • The pitfalls of MIPS
    • The mainframe outsourcer’s cost structure
  • Billing models for outsourced mainframes
  • How to follow up on your mainframe outsourcer


Part 2: Case study: Hunting high and low  by Audun Faaberg, Performance Specialist, DNB 

  • DNB
    • System landscape
    • Monitoring tools
  • The big picture
    • Achieving transparency and understanding what is going on
  • ROI after one year of systematic effort


Part 3: Mainframe Contract Optimization and Mainframe Application Maintenance – by Frederik Bastkær Christensen, Partner and Managing Director, Zangenberg Analytics


  • Mainframe Contract Optimization 
  • The current state of the Mainframe Market and its Key Players
  • What are you paying for: decomposing the mainframe costs into its core elements (hardware, IBM software, 3rd party software, operational scope, MIPS metrics, MIPS rating and consumption patterns)

    • Impact of vendors not sharing technical dividends during mainframe upgrades/transitions 
    • z12-z13 and z13-z15 discounts on MLC and AWLC costs
  • Optimization of your Mainframe Contracts (Scope of Service, Software, Cost Metrics incl. 4HRA, percentiles, hard cap, soft cap etc.)
  • How to optimize and leverage IBM and 3rd party structures to ensure price performance
  • How do metrics impact MSU/MIPS pricing – case examples of commercial impact of metric interpretation by vendors
  • How to improve price performance by using specialty engines (zIIP, ZAAP, IFL)
    • What is the optimal way of buying zIIP/ZAAP capacity (% GP MIPS price vs. Engines)


This webinar is presented by:  

Frederik Bastkær Christensen, Partner and Managing Director, Zangenberg Analytics

Steven Thomas, CTO, SMT Data 

Guest speaker: Audun Faaberg, Performance specialist at DNB


Practical information


The webinar will be initiated with a presentation in English and there will be an interactive Q&A session by the end of the webinar. As a participant you are required to register in advance. We will be making use of Microsoft Teams in this webinar.

This webinar will be running on February 9th 2021 from 04:00pm to 05:30pm. To register please click on the following link: 


Best regards,

Zangenberg Group

Henrik Zangenberg

CEO & PartnerMail: henrik@zangenberg.bizTlf: +45 30 57 50 07

Frederik Bastkær Christiansen

Partner and Managing DirectorMail: fbc@zangenberg.bizTlf: +45 23 60 34 05


Dato og tid:

9. februar, 2021 16:00 - 17:30