A new study conducted by research company Vanson Bourne1, has revealed the extent of mobile’s impact on mainframe computing. The global survey of chief information officers (CIOs), found that the growth of mobile tools was leading to increased usage, costs and complexity of mainframe systems.

The study found that this phenomenon has led to CIOs review their strategies. CIOs reported being concerned about higher costs caused by inefficiently distributed applications. Problems were becoming harder to identify and resolve, said the survey's participants.

Around 90% of respondents said that obsolete transaction monitoring practices were still in use, which hindered their organization's ability to understand how distributed and mainframe applications were interacting. As a result of this poor visibility, staff were wasting time trying to resolve these issues.

The survey stated that over half business-critical and customer-facing applications were reliant on mainframes. But concerned CIOs reported that distributed application developers were unaware of the impact of these applications on the mainframe-dependent system, which could lead to higher costs and other issues.

The survey also found that while 55% of enterprise applications relied on the mainframe, developers were not trained or experienced in mainframe solutions. Furthermore, organizations were using obsolete processes to monitor the performance of their systems. Businesses need to take an integrated approach to resolving these issues and act proactively to anticipate and prevent problems before they arise or worsen.