We accept that touch interfaces are already a part of the application user experience. We like using them most of the time, and so we might be considering whether to design them into our own application development projects. Perhaps there is a logical and intuitive reason that begs for a touch interface, or you might want to indulge your creative side to add some new functionality to your application. Did you ever think that an application … [Read more...]
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Over the past decade, more and more companies have begun to adopt standardized software development tools across multiple languages and platforms within the enterprise. Among the reasons for the adoption rate, graphical development environments have matured over the past couple of decades, enabling programmers to be more productive. Intuitive and standardized interfaces mean less training and quicker adoption. Also, many mainframe developers are … [Read more...]
Last week I had the honor of joining other mainframers for an annual sales kick off meeting, marking the beginning of our (Compuware’s) fiscal year. While attending this year, I had the following observations about folks in mainframe sales, the state of IT and the power of connection. About Mainframe Sales You can teach an old dog a new trick. (I’m one of those old dogs, so it’s OK.) With the introduction of new application … [Read more...]
The phrase 'new normal' has been used a lot in technology, marketing and even has it's own TV show on NBC (I've never seen it). The term 'New Normal' is fine for understanding what is happening today, but CIO's really need to focus on a few things when planning for 'the NEXT-Normal' . BE LEAN Why plan for the Next-Normal? Because it will be here much faster than you can imagine. Business and technology trends are moving so quickly, … [Read more...]
My co-workers have been lovingly teasing me for months (or has it been a year?) about my continued use of a Blackberry. But this phone does what I need to do: make/receive phone calls and read/send emails. I tell them I don’t care; at least I didn’t until the other day. Compuware shares a beautiful downtown Detroit building with Quicken Loans. I don’t know what the average age of a Compuware employee is versus that of a Quicken employee, … [Read more...]
It has long been established that there is a link between music and programming skills. My educational background was primarily music, from playing 'by ear' as a toddler, the dreaded piano lessons, gigging as a church musician, playing rock-in-roll keyboard god, to playing accompanist to some very good singers. I discovered programming quite by accident. I was holding down a job as a night operator at a local hospital when one late night a … [Read more...]
Compuware recently released the results of a global study on CIO attitudes and experiences with mainframe outsourcing. The study found that reducing costs is a major business driver for outsourcing mainframe application development, maintenance and infrastructure. Yet, for all of their intentions to save money by outsourcing, companies are often hit with multiple hidden costs resulting from increases in MIPS consumption, as well as higher … [Read more...]
I was asked to give a presentation at 1DevDay 2012. This is a local conference that has been widely embraced by developers of many stripes. The request surprised me since the conference attendees are mainly distributed and mobile developers. I am, at heart, a mainframe developer. However, I have written almost exclusively in Java for a number of years. It should come as no surprise that my session was Java on the Mainframe. I really did not know … [Read more...]
Does your application architecture include Message Queues to feed work items to backend batch processing such as “Update Product Inventory” or “Send out Notification Emails”? Message Queues work well in these use cases as they decouple your system components and allow your backend processing to asynchronously process requests. This decoupling allows the queue to grow under heavy load allowing the background job to catch up when there is … [Read more...]