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A blend of opinions & news from mainframe thought leaders on topics like DevOps, Agile development, code quality, data, security and COBOL.

Reducing MTTR on z/OS Using Syncsort Ironstream and Compuware Abend-AID with Splunk

By | February 7th, 2017|App Performance, Code Quality, DevOps|

The partnership between Ironstream and Abend-AID provides a comprehensive view of all operational aspects of a z/OS environment within Splunk, as well as a window into managing and resolving application faults in a more efficient manner.

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Making the Right Choice Between Mainframe Software Companies

By | August 25th, 2016|Agile Development, App Performance|

As s IT Solutions Austria prepared to consolidate mainframe services with vendors, it needed to determine if it was using an optimal solution for mainframe application analysis to meet its growing challenges as a large competitor in a world becoming increasingly digital.

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

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

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 Dramatic Mainframe Conversion of Mike Wells

By | May 10th, 2016|DevOps|

“I’ve never had any vendor on any platform respond to my input so quickly with a tool that so fully met my stated need,” says Mike Wells. “Compuware’s ability and willingness to support Ameritas’ cross-platform Agile strategy is proof-positive that the mainframe can be an integral and highly adaptive element in any company’s digital business strategy—if you have the right vision and take the right actions.”

Mainframe Versus Open Systems: The Feud Must End for Big Companies to Be Fast

By | April 28th, 2016|Agile Development, DevOps|

There’s a longstanding feud between mainframe application development and open systems development teams. Mainframe dev believes slow and steady keeps the company secure, while open systems dev follows a DevOps approach, celebrating innovation, agility and speed.

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Agile for Business Agility

By | January 14th, 2015|Featured|

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 [...]

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Going Agile

By | December 31st, 2014|Featured|

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 [...]

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The Impact of a Mobile First World on Modern IT Infrastructure

By | April 23rd, 2014|Agile Development|

Everyone from early educators, bloggers, and even President Obama himself, is encouraging the general public to “write an app”. While there are an abundance of tools and interfaces at our disposal, even for the rookie programmer, an important factor to consider is determining requirements on the back-end infrastructure. The general [...]

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Tools and Tricks for Jumping into a Pool of Unknown Code

By | March 14th, 2014|COBOL|

Many developers have found themselves in this potentially challenging and frustrating situation: taking over someone else’s code project. Where to begin? In a recent Q & A session on the Programmers Stack Exchange, this question was explored: “What tools and techniques do you use for exploring and learning an unknown [...]

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Rapid Application Development: How Fast is Too Fast?

By | March 11th, 2014|Featured|

Although there has been tremendous progress over the years, application development remains something of a black art. Results aren’t always quite what were expected, development costs may get out of hand, and at the end of the day, even the brightest guru may have difficulty pinpointing the problem. Rapid Application [...]

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The Mainframe is All Grown Up

By | March 7th, 2014|DevOps|

During my IT career, I've found myself in various roles across multiple platforms. In that time, there's been one constant that I've observed: There is often a disconnect between different IT teams and across environments. We need to work to bridge those gaps, particularly in the evolving relationship between the [...]

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3 Big Data Lessons from a “Big 3” Company – Ford

By | February 24th, 2014|Data|

In a recent interview from Gigaom Structure Show podcast, Ford Data Science Leader, Michael Cavaretta discussed lessons learned in harnessing the power of big data, (large complex data sets requiring advanced processing), and how to best put it to use. “Big data” at Ford can mean anything from data coming [...]

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