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Ordering additional mainframe hardware was once a regular, accepted part of the budget cycle. This process made capacity planning a far less challenging task than it is today. Performance problems, regardless of the cause, were easily addressed by adding more hardware. Performance analysts and capacity planners were able to deal with performance issues with little concern about the cost. Economic uncertainty and recent world events have changed this paradigm. Now that every dollar in the information systems budget must yield a maximum return on investment, hardware upgrades are delayed as long as possible. In today's world, simply adding new hardware is not the most efficient or cost-effective way to manage performance problems. At the same time, reductions in staff from downsizing and the retirement of experienced mainframe technicians are causing mainframe techni... (more)