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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: Why Mainframe Shops Need It

By |February 9th, 2016|

The digital economy is forcing mainframe shops to change their cultures at a pace way outside their comfort zones. Many developers still believe working slow means safely preventing missteps and ensuring stability. While it’s critical for shops to establish a high-quality delivery, doing so at the pace of a tortoise gives Agile industry disruptors the time they need to bring your company to extinction.
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The Bright, New Future of COBOL

By |January 5th, 2016|

Compuware today announced ground-breaking integrations with Splunk, Atlassian, SonarSource, AppDynamics, and Jenkins. We also acquired the assets of ISPW, a leading provider of agile source code management and release automation. But what really happened is that Compuware transformed the future of mainframe applications.
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Mainframe Innovation, Reimagined

By |December 29th, 2015|

Until recently the mainframe environment at most organizations has been treated like a black box: executives knew it accomplished significant work and it involved significant budget line items but preferred to leave it to its own devices. However, dramatic changes are afoot.
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Agile Development vs. ITIL: Dawn of Justice

By |December 23rd, 2015|

ITIL and other process management philosophies have a reputation of greatly slowing down DevOps functions. So slow in fact that only the slow moving “waterfall” development process can handle that degree of stodginess! The fallacy is that this is exactly the opposite of what ITIL is all about. ITIL should be interpreted as: Be smart. It should NOT mean “slow down”!
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The Compuware Value Improvement Program: A New Year’s Resolution

By |December 21st, 2015|

As we rapidly approach yet another Christmas I am wondering where the year has gone. Perhaps it is just my age catching up with me, or maybe time just flies when you are having fun. Whichever it is, I surely had a productive and satisfying year and no Dickens’ ghosts […]

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Get Your Data Privacy Act Together; the EU Has Reached a Consensus

By |December 17th, 2015|

If any real personal data is used for testing, it's high time to start protecting it with a test data privacy project to ensure compliance with the existing as well as new EU regulations. There is absolutely no excuse for continuing to use unmasked customer data in testing projects, and those that continue to do so will have nowhere left to hide when the EU legislators come calling.
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Thanksgiving, Mom and IT Leadership

By |November 25th, 2015|

On Thursday, we will sit around a table with people whose political opinions we find heartless or naïve, who don’t binge the same shows as we do (or who don’t even have Netflix), and who think Docker is a brand of pants. And we’ll enjoy ourselves—or at least make a […]

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Topaz Runtime Visualizer: Opening the “Black Box” of Mainframe Applications

By |October 28th, 2015|

There is an emerging phenomenon in IT: developers working on systems that are older than they are. While not unique to the mainframe (think Windows or Word), it is becoming more and more prevalent on the mainframe.

Think of it. As this developer was learning to walk the application was up […]

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Mainframe Development in an Eclipse World

By |October 8th, 2015|

In many ways mainframe development spent decades as a fossil trapped in amber. Wholly preserved in an inert environment. And, because ISPF was a monopoly, improvements in the process occurred at a glacial pace. Those days are over.
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A Revolutionary Map for Your Mainframe: Introducing Topaz Runtime Visualizer

By |October 1st, 2015|

If you’re in IT at a Big Important Company, much of your most important application logic probably resides on an IBM mainframe. And you’re not re-platforming it any time soon.

You therefore face three serious challenges:

Updating your mainframe application logic in response to your constantly changing business needs as aggressively as you […]

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