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Millennialize the Mainframe: Q&A with Compuware Recruiter Leigh Ann Ulrey

By | May 24th, 2016|Millennialize the Mainframe, Millennials|

For a perspective of how Compuware goes about finding Millennial mainframe talent, I spoke with Leigh Ann Ulrey, responsible for Compuware’s Global Talent Acquisition. Ulrey is the first and last touchpoint for candidates in Compuware’s recruitment process, giving her a unique vantage point of the generational changeover between retiring mainframe experts and Millennial developers.

Letting Data Relationship Visualization “Rock” the Mainframe

By | May 19th, 2016|Agile, Data, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

While I value my history doing data analysis with green screens and whiteboards, I’m relieved this method is fading away like the Bubblegum pop stars of the 70s. Clear data relationship visualization provides much greater value to mainframe shops looking for ways to innovate for the fast-paced digital economy.

Historical Reenacting with the Mainframe Green Screen

By | May 17th, 2016|Agile, App Development, Mainframe DevOps, Millennials|

When I see someone staring at a green screen and coding, I get the same sense as when I watch a historical reenactment: a strong sense of how things were. Nostalgia is fine, but that doesn't mean we should continue living in the past.

Data Protection: With Data Management Comes Responsibility

By | May 12th, 2016|Data, Security|

Until recently, data controllers maintained sole responsibility for upholding EU data protection laws, and made sure data processors they partnered with followed suit. However, under the EU’s newly adopted GDPR, data processors will no longer be free of liability for breaking data privacy laws, and will share with data controllers the onus of data protection for EU citizens.

The Dramatic Mainframe Conversion of Mike Wells

By | May 10th, 2016|Agile, App Development, Mainframe DevOps|

“I’ve never had any vendor on any platform respond to my input so quickly with a tool that so fully met my stated need,” says Mike Wells. “Compuware’s ability and willingness to support Ameritas’ cross-platform Agile strategy is proof-positive that the mainframe can be an integral and highly adaptive element in any company’s digital business strategy—if you have the right vision and take the right actions.”

Millennialize the Mainframe: Innovation with Java and Eclipse

By | May 5th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, Java, Mainframe DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Millennials|

At first, the juxtaposition of mainframe and Eclipse seems counterintuitive—different syntaxes, different cultures, different generations. But the introduction of Java to the mainframe is blurring the line between developers who represent these differences.

The 2-week COBOL Sprint: Developing a Process of Continuous Builds (5)

By | May 3rd, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, COBOL, COBOL Sprint, Mainframe DevOps|

Most IT teams use a lengthy process that hides broken builds and software integration issues until the end of a release cycle. By then, identifying people responsible for breaks and diagnosing their missteps is an exhausting chore. A process of continuous builds will help your team more quickly identify the origins of broken software.

Mainframe Versus Open Systems: The Feud Must End for Big Companies to Be Fast

By | April 28th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, Mainframe DevOps|

There’s a longstanding feud between mainframe application development and open systems development teams. Mainframe dev believes slow and steady keeps the company secure, while open systems dev follows a DevOps approach, celebrating innovation, agility and speed.

The Magic of Data Elements: Masking Test Data with Efficiency

By | April 26th, 2016|Data, Mainframe DevOps, Security|

The GDPR is making data protection more complex for companies. The coding of data masking rules for each and every column (field) is a redundant task. Data Elements solves this problem by reducing the complexity and tedium involved.

Compile Skeletons: Why Not Use the Best?

By | April 21st, 2016|App Development, Code Quality, Mainframe DevOps|

As a Product Manager I’m constantly looking for the win-win option of something that provides flexibility with minimal complexity. Often this balance is only achieved by starting with the right philosophy and continually learning from customer experience.

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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: How to Build a Scrum Team (4)

By | April 18th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, COBOL, COBOL Sprint, Mainframe DevOps|

Mainframe shops need Agile processes like the 2-week COBOL sprint to more quickly develop and deliver software for customers in the digital economy. To carry this out, you build a scrum team comprised of people across functional areas committed to daily interaction.

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Five EU Data Protection Rights That Will Affect Your Company

By | April 15th, 2016|Data, Security|

Recently, the EU Parliament adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. Apart from losing credibility, companies failing to comply with the GDPR will face fines up to €20 million or 4 percent of annual worldwide turnover—whichever is greater.

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Millennialize the Mainframe: Ending the Skills Shortage

By | April 13th, 2016|Agile, COBOL, Mainframe DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Millennials|

Research shows 4 in 10 CIOs don’t have a plan for ending the mainframe skills shortage at their organization. But Compuware is passionate about hiring and educating Millennials to become the next stewards of the mainframe.

Debunking Four Myths of Agile Development on the Mainframe

By | April 11th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, Mainframe DevOps|

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about what being Agile really means. We’ve identified four myths of Agile development, and we’re happy to debunk them to keep your company from travelling down the wrong path.

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Are You Making Development & IT Decisions Based on Fact or Fantasy?

By | April 6th, 2016|Agile Dev, App Development, Data, Mainframe DevOps|

As stewards of the mainframe, Compuware helps maintenance-paying customers turn awareness into action by enabling them to leverage their tools for absolute value. The VIP helps your company gauge its current and future industry position; understand how it can better leverage Compuware tools to outpace competition; and increase productivity to make room for the pursuit of other business interests.

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Application Auditing: How to Prevent Internal Data Breaches

By | April 4th, 2016|App Development, App Performance, Data, Security|

If a breach happens after a review of access to data assets, you need to identify the employees involved and resolve it as quickly as possible. Your ability to respond in reasonable time will be considered when penalties are decided for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), so it’s a wise move to consider how quick response time can be achieved.

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Is Compuware the Most Important Software Company in the World?

By | April 1st, 2016|Agile, App Development, COBOL, Mainframe DevOps|

Compuware’s innovative approach to mainframe visualization is particularly compelling in light of the fact that enterprises must update their core mainframe applications more aggressively than ever.

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Exit Strategies: Why Not Use the Best?

By | March 28th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, COBOL, Code Quality, Data, Mainframe DevOps|

Here at Compuware we converted from CA Endevor to ISPW for our Source Code Management (SCM). I noticed right away that ISPW used a superior way to implement exits. You simply go to a panel and select the exit you need to modify from a list of all available exits. This is important because there is no hunting around to find the exits—they are all listed.

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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: Having a Critical Conversation About Agile (3)

By | March 23rd, 2016|Agile, COBOL, COBOL Sprint, Mainframe DevOps, Millennials|

Perhaps you've realized how poisonous distrust is to your organization. Productivity is suffering, but you’ve discovered Agile can help. Now it’s time to start a conversation with business leaders about becoming Agile and adopting processes like the 2-week COBOL sprint.

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Millennialize the Mainframe: Transferring Technical Skills

By | March 16th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, App Performance, COBOL, Mainframe DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Millennials|

It’s becoming easier for Millennial developers to apply their programming skills to the mainframe. Just look at Justin Lewis, a Millennial software developer at Compuware who has leveraged his technical acumen to help the company mainstream the mainframe, bringing it into cross-platform DevOps processes.

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