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Recruiting the Mainframe Workforce: Generating Mainframe Awareness

By | July 26th, 2016|Featured, Millennialize the Mainframe, Millennials|

Much of our success with hiring Millennial developers has come from educating students on the powers of the mainframe.

How to Improve COBOL Migration Strategies with Modern Tools

By | July 21st, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, COBOL, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

Despite the availability, many mainframe shops are unaware modern tools contain improved functionality for aiding COBOL migration strategies and achieving improved performance.

The GDPR Clock Is Ticking: Creating a Data Lookup Table

By | July 19th, 2016|Data, Featured, GDPR Countdown, Security|

As long as testers are humans, they’ll prefer working with real names. This brings us to data translation (a.k.a. data lookup), another commonly used data disguise technique.

What Does the Mainframe Have to Do with Pokémon Go?

By | July 14th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

The Pokémon franchise logically mainstreaming its brand for the digital age via Pokémon Go. Mainframe software companies should mainstream the mainframe for the digital age, too.

How Scrum Teams Enable Mainframe Agility

By | July 12th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, Mainframe DevOps|

The streamlined structure, rapid skills development and accountability associated with the Scrum team makes it an ideal technique for achieving mainframe agility.

How to Be a Mainframe DevOps Evangelist

By | July 7th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

You need someone who fanatically believes in the benefits of mainframe DevOps and can drive an organization to embrace changes in people, process and technology to achieve those benefits. Enter the mainframe DevOps evangelist.

The GDPR Clock Is Ticking: Data Disguise Techniques

By | July 5th, 2016|Data, GDPR Countdown, Security|

In light of the ensuing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), let’s have a look at common data disguise techniques, taking a closer look at one in particular later on.

The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: Deployment Automation

By | June 30th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, COBOL, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

For mainframe agility to work, you have to move away from manual or scripted deployment and find a fit-for-purpose deployment automation tool.

The Monthly Mainframe Code-Drop

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

With today’s release of ISPW Deploy, Compuware is again equipping large enterprises to achieve mainframe agility and release fresh COBOL code with unprecedented speed and frequency.

The Bloor Group Proves the Agile Mainframe Exists

By | June 23rd, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

In “The Agile Mainframe: Compuware Re-Energizes the Mainframe,” you have the opportunity to read more about how Agile and DevOps processes, modernized development tools, and integrations and partnerships forged with leading mainstream software vendors are transforming the mainframe to be a platform for agility.

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The CICSPlex Starburst Effect on Application Performance Measurement

By | June 21st, 2016|App Performance|

When it comes to measuring CICS regions for application performance, analysts need to look at the CICSPlex as a whole as opposed to only looking at the performance of one or a few particular CICS regions.

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The GDPR Clock Is Ticking: Pseudonymization and Test Data Quality

By | June 16th, 2016|Data, Featured, GDPR Countdown, Security|

The end users of disguised data—the testers—in a test data privacy project typically have two objections to how pseudonymization affects test data quality. The first objection is easily handled, but the other must be delicately approached with the right solution.

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Recruiting the Mainframe Workforce: Hiring Millennial Developers

By | June 14th, 2016|Agile Dev, App Development, Featured, Mainframe DevOps, Millennials|

When our journey towards mitigating the mainframe skills shortage at our company began, we responded to the foreshadowing of a major skills gap that needed our immediate attention; we realized the next generation of developers wasn’t going to come to us, and that we needed to go to them; and we created a plan for how we should begin reaching out to them.

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Why Developers Should Measure IMS Transaction Performance

By | June 9th, 2016|App Performance, Code Quality, Data, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

IMS is still used by some of the largest and most important mainframe customers in the world. It still has the ability to be incredibly fast and efficient. But developers often forego measuring IMS transaction performance, a critical component to developing and delivering mainframe software in a digital economy that expects speed and quality.

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The GDPR Clock Is Ticking: How to Start a Test Data Privacy Project

By | June 7th, 2016|Data, Featured, GDPR Countdown, Security|

Test environments are vulnerable against GDPR legislation, and therefore, action must be taken to desensitize test data and improve data protection. More than likely, a lot of IT organizations need to be thinking of how to start a test data privacy project.

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The Difference Between Agile and Waterfall: Movement and Inertia

By | June 2nd, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

Once people commit to change and work through the process of detaching from old constraints, with patience the benefits of Agile will unfurl for an organization.

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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: Agile Feedback Loops

By | May 31st, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, COBOL, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

A word of advice: I’d make sure you have feedback between customers and development, development and operations, QA and customers, and QA and development. Having multiple feedback loops circling between these groups will yield some amazing results, enabling your mainframe shop to develop and deliver software at a remarkable pace.

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Mainframe Disinvestment Rue and Recovery: A European Bank’s “Account”

By | May 26th, 2016|Agile, App Development, App Performance, COBOL, Code Quality, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

As technologies of engagement flourish and access mainframe data millions of times daily, companies are reversing their neglect of the mainframe and working hard to reinstitute the talent and knowledge needed to leverage the platform as the backbone of their success.

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The GDPR Countdown Has Begun for Companies Serving EU Citizens

By | May 25th, 2016|App Development, Data, Featured, Security|

The EU General Data Protection Regulation legislation has been published in the Official Journal, making it a valid law in all 28 EU countries, and it’s coming into full force two years from today on May 25, 2018.

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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.

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