Java-on-zAAP: 5 Pros, One Con

31117_Topaz_ITT_Blog_image_230x300_ba (00000002)

It’s been a decade since IBM first announced the zAAP processor for accelerating Java on the mainframe. Yet Java-on-zAAP remains under-exploited by enterprise IT. Curious as to why this is so, I’ve had many discussions with adopters and avoiders alike. As a result of these discussions, I’ve come up with a list of the five “pros” and one “con” regarding Java on the mainframe. Pro #1: Leveraging existing skills. Java skills abound within IT … [Read more...]

Too Many CIOs Still Without Plan To Address Mainframe Skills Shortage

31099_ITT_CIO_WP_230x300_ba

In April 2012 Compuware sponsored a study that showed 71% of CIOs were worried about the looming mainframe skills shortage. This wasn’t surprising given that the first set of Boomers reached age 65 in 2011 and were expected to continue to retire in droves for the next 15-20 years. And, according to a census report, the majority of those workers will in fact retire by the time they turn 65. What was surprising was that the study revealed that … [Read more...]

Mainframe Disruption: Visualization

Visible_light_eye-tracking_algorithm

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

31078_VIP_blog_image_230x300

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

31040_Keeping_Promises_231x300_ba

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 data and … [Read more...]

Compuware and BMC: A Customer-Driven Collaboration

31215_ITT_Victoria_231x300_ba (2)

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

Photo credit: Xurble

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

31020_Agility_blog_231x300_image (2)

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

31015_Topaz_blog_231x300_image

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

31020_Agility_blog_231x300_image (2)

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...]