Mainframe Disruption: Visualization


In the book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, author Clay Christensen puts forth the idea of disruptive innovation. This theory holds that established companies, acting on their best self-preservation instincts, will often leave the door open for less established companies to step in and find a better way to accomplish the same goals. In some ways mainframe sites are experiencing internal disruptive innovation now. A common viewpoint of the changing … [Read more...]

Sustaining Efficiency Through Analytics in a Changing World – Three Questions That Expose the Human Capital Threat


The world wakes up every morning oblivious to the fact that the mainframe will never fail them. Whether getting cash from an ATM, shopping online or trading stocks, the mainframe plays a critical, but often under appreciated role in the customer experience. This has been made true, in great part, by your dedicated employees who have served the mainframe platform for decades. The only thing that will stop these dedicated workers is … [Read more...]

Keeping Our Promises So You Can Keep Yours


Today, Compuware released a new version of Topaz, which enables companies to more aggressively leverage their mainframe applications even as z Systems stewardship shifts from retiring mainframe veterans to a new generation of Millennial IT pros. The new version of Topaz adds Program Analysis—rich visualization of COBOL and PL/I application code—to the data visualization we delivered when we first debuted Topaz in January. This combination of … [Read more...]

Compuware and BMC: A Customer-Driven Collaboration

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IT organizations are getting aggressive about driving down their IBM z Systems mainframe costs. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do cost reduction. Compuware and BMC are collaborating to make certain our mutual customers can do their cost-cutting the right way. The wrong way The wrong way to cut costs is to cut corners and struggle with inferior tools. This is especially true when it comes to the mainframe, which runs the enterprise’s … [Read more...]

Topaz: How Millennials Will Save the World Economy

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Millennials have to save the world. They are, after all, inheriting a world in crisis. Climate change, economic disparity, global political upheaval—these are all problems left to them by preceding generations to solve. One of the biggest crises facing Millennials, however, gets very little media attention. That crisis is the future of the mainframe. But make no mistake. The generational transfer of mainframe stewardship is a crisis. And it … [Read more...]

Agile for Business Agility

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In my previous blog (Going Agile), I identified the need for executive sponsorship in order to transform into a business agility model. When you hear of Agile software development, some of the first thoughts that come to mind are Scrum teams and Sprints. But did you know that there are Agile frameworks besides Scrum, such as Kanban? What about Scaled Agile Frameworks? Before you begin the journey to Agile, you first need to know why. Agile … [Read more...]

Three Reasons to Get Excited about Topaz


Compuware this week announced the release of Topaz, an innovative new solution that empowers IT organizations to preserve and advance their mainframe investments. Topaz’s elegant simplicity in design and usability helps a new development workforce quickly master mainframe programs and data. This first release of Topaz specifically provides Millennial developers and data architects a simple way to tap high-value mainframe data for enterprise apps … [Read more...]

Going Agile

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How do you change a waterfall software development culture that has been in existence for decades to begin using Agile?  That was what I asked myself when I took over product development of Compuware’s Mainframe Solutions last spring. I began working with the leaders of Product Management and Development to define a 24-month plan to transform how we delivered our software.  Later that summer Compuware hired a new president for our Mainframe … [Read more...]

Apps vs. Ops: Prioritizing Your Mainframe Investments in 2015

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Discussions about the mainframe’s future often center on the need to replace operations staff. But the most pressing challenge mainframe owners face at the moment isn’t operations. It’s protecting and extending the incalculably valuable intellectual property residing on their mainframes in the form of application code. That’s why IT leaders should aggressively prioritize modernization of mainframe application lifecycle management—and not get … [Read more...]

Rocking Marginal Cost with Mainframe Economics

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Marginal cost is of paramount importance when it comes to the economics of IT.  As your business grows, after all, IT will have to support more applications, more users and bigger workloads.  If your marginal costs for doing so are high, your growth will be painful and expensive.  If your marginal costs are low, your growth will be easier and more profitable. Marginal costs in distributed computing environments, however, are nightmarishly … [Read more...]