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In the posts below, learn why we firmly believe COBOL is the irreplaceable legacy language of the mainframe. COBOL has proven to be the most effective solution for powerful enterprise applications like those found on the mainframe. The security and reliability found in this legacy language is what enables mainframe applications to function as well as they do for as long as they’ve proven they can–literally for decades at a time.

Considering the power highly-complex and carefully plotted mainframe applications provide organizations, it makes more sense to maintain them and innovate them with modernized mainframe development tools and processes found in Agile and DevOps processes, rather than attempting to re-platform them.

Organizations have the power to adopt new methodologies and approaches to what seems like an archaic, obsolete language, including such processes as the two-week sprint. Leveraging the reliability and efficiency of COBOL in a new development and delivery framework is the epitome of mainframe modernization, and has proven to be the best and most economical way forward for enterprises on the mainframe.

The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: Agile Feedback Loops

By | May 31st, 2016|Agile Dev, COBOL, DevOps, Featured|

A word of advice: I’d make sure you have feedback between customers and development, development and operations, QA and customers, and QA and development. Having multiple feedback loops circling between these groups will yield some amazing results, enabling your mainframe shop to develop and deliver software at a remarkable pace.

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

By | May 26th, 2016|Agile Dev, 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 2-week COBOL Sprint: Developing a Process of Continuous Builds

By | May 3rd, 2016|Agile Dev, COBOL, DevOps|

Most IT teams use a lengthy process that hides broken builds and software integration issues until the end of a release cycle. By then, identifying people responsible for breaks and diagnosing their missteps is an exhausting chore. A process of continuous builds will help your team more quickly identify the origins of broken software.

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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: How to Build a Scrum Team

By | April 18th, 2016|Agile Dev, COBOL, DevOps|

Mainframe shops need Agile processes like the 2-week COBOL sprint to more quickly develop and deliver software for customers in the digital economy. To carry this out, you build a scrum team comprised of people across functional areas committed to daily interaction.

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Exit Strategies: Why Not Use the Best?

By | March 28th, 2016|Agile Dev, COBOL, Code Quality, Data, DevOps|

Here at Compuware we converted from CA Endevor to ISPW for our Source Code Management (SCM). I noticed right away that ISPW used a superior way to implement exits. You simply go to a panel and select the exit you need to modify from a list of all available exits. This is important because there is no hunting around to find the exits—they are all listed.

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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: Having a Critical Conversation About Agile

By | March 23rd, 2016|COBOL, DevOps, Workforce|

Perhaps you've realized how poisonous distrust is to your organization. Productivity is suffering, but you’ve discovered Agile can help. Now it’s time to start a conversation with business leaders about becoming Agile and adopting processes like the 2-week COBOL sprint.

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Millennialize the Mainframe: Transferring Technical Skills

By | March 16th, 2016|Agile Dev, 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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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: How Agile Mends Broken Trust

By | March 7th, 2016|Agile Dev, 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 Dev, 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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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: Why Mainframe Shops Need It

By | February 9th, 2016|Agile Dev, COBOL, DevOps|

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|Agile Dev, COBOL, DevOps, Featured|

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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Thanksgiving, Mom and IT Leadership

By | November 25th, 2015|Agile Dev, COBOL, DevOps, Featured|

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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A Revolutionary Map for Your Mainframe: Introducing Topaz Runtime Visualizer

By | October 1st, 2015|COBOL, DevOps, Featured|

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 [...]

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Topaz: How Millennials Will Save the World Economy

By | February 2nd, 2015|Agile Dev, App Performance, COBOL, DevOps, Featured|

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 [...]

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