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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.