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Simply developing applications and sending them out to operate isn’t enough. It’s important for your organization to understand how those applications perform.

In the below posts, learn why application performance management is as important as any other mainframe DevOps practice, factoring into the functionality, quality, maintainability and advancement of mainframe applications your organization develops.

DevOps Test Data: Why Synthetic Is Wrong and Policy-Based Masking Is Right

By | November 17th, 2016|Agile Development, App Performance, Code Quality, Data, DevOps, Featured, Security|

You can’t accelerate and scale DevOps unless you also accelerate and scale DevOps test data delivery. That’s why every DevOps leader should take a close look at Compuware’s Test Data Privacy solution.

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How Shall I Compare Thee? An Overview of File-AID Compare in Topaz Workbench (part 1)

By | November 1st, 2016|Agile Development, App Performance, Code Quality, Featured|

Compare, Search and Sort are base capabilities every programmer needs in their Swiss Army knife of development skills. Let’s take a closer look at how to get the most out of comparing data, specifically with Compuware File-AID Compare in Topaz.

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Forget Mainframe Application Migration—Fix Your COBOL Programs

By | October 27th, 2016|Agile Development, App Performance, COBOL|

The time and cost of migrating off the mainframe isn’t economically viable, but modernizing the mainframe with new tools and processes is. It’s time to stop fantasizing about moving off the mainframe and start modernizing, or at least fix, your COBOL programs instead.

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How to Strengthen Data Protection and Prevent Insider Data Breaches

By | October 18th, 2016|Agile Development, App Performance, COBOL, Code Quality, DevOps, Featured, Security|

Without a good view of mainframe activity, what happens when an unauthorized user gets their hands on an authorized user’s credentials and gains unapproved access to sensitive mainframe applications or data?

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Changing the Future of Your Mainframe—and Your Business

By | October 3rd, 2016|Agile Development, App Performance, COBOL, DevOps, Featured|

Compuware has filled the gaping mainframe leadership void by re-inventing the mainframe’s future as a fully integrated participant in the Agile/DevOps enterprise. And we deliver on that promised future every quarter, like an authentic mainframe software partner should.

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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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Why Developers Should Measure IMS Transaction Performance

By | June 9th, 2016|App Performance, Code Quality, Data, DevOps, Featured|

IMS is still used by some of the largest and most important mainframe customers in the world. It still has the ability to be incredibly fast and efficient. But developers often forego measuring IMS transaction performance, a critical component to developing and delivering mainframe software in a digital economy that expects speed and quality.

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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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Application Auditing: How to Prevent Internal Data Breaches

By | April 4th, 2016|Agile Development, App Performance, Data, Security|

If a breach happens after a review of access to data assets, you need to identify the employees involved and resolve it as quickly as possible. Your ability to respond in reasonable time will be considered when penalties are decided for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), so it’s a wise move to consider how quick response time can be achieved.

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Millennialize the Mainframe: Transferring Technical Skills

By | March 16th, 2016|Agile Development, App Performance, COBOL, DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Workforce|

It’s becoming easier for Millennial developers to apply their programming skills to the mainframe. Just look at Justin Lewis, a Millennial software developer at Compuware who has leveraged his technical acumen to help the company mainstream the mainframe, bringing it into cross-platform DevOps processes.

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Balancing Complexity and Flexibility: Why Not Use the Best?

By | March 9th, 2016|Agile Development, App Performance, Code Quality, DevOps|

Sometimes things like SCM products are naturally complex, but that complexity should be handled out of the view and participation of the user. The goal of a product should be what we’ve termed "elegant simplicity": a simple, intuitive and natural way to accomplish what needs to done.

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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: How Agile Mends Broken Trust

By | March 7th, 2016|Agile Development, App Performance, COBOL, DevOps|

The bottom line is communication and transparency lead to improved trust among all groups in an organization. Starting with the initial process of establishing business requirements, to the last stage of operating the resulting programs, high frequency communication improves the trust and speed of getting new software to production.

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Compuware’s Topaz Workbench Bridges Mainframe Generations

By | March 3rd, 2016|Agile Development, App Performance, COBOL, DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Workforce|

The “age of the customer” has placed new demands on the mainframe, necessitating the modernization of this venerable platform's development tools for a new generation of developers. With products like Topaz Workbench, Compuware is mainstreaming the mainframe for that next generation.

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