Mainframes Will Endure, But Roles Might Change

To many in this PC/client-server age of computing, the idea of using a mainframe computer in business seems like using a sledgehammer to swat a flyit might work, but why deal with all that cumbersome hardware?

Yet insurers, who were among the pioneers in mainframe use in the 1970s, continue to use these “iron giants” for many of their most critical operations. And, according to the experts we asked, carriers are likely to keep on using their mainframe workhorses, although the uses they put them to might change as we move into the future.

While we might think of mainframe computers as old clunkers, the technology has actually been growing and improving over time, especially in the insurance industry, said Bill Tedrick, vice president, customer services and industry sales, for Cincinnati-based IVANS.

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