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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: Agile Feedback Loops

By | May 31st, 2016|Agile Development, 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 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 Bright, New Future of COBOL

By | January 5th, 2016|Agile Development, 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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Agile Development vs. ITIL: Dawn of Justice

By | December 23rd, 2015|Agile Development, DevOps, Featured|

ITIL and other process management philosophies have a reputation of greatly slowing down DevOps functions. So slow in fact that only the slow moving “waterfall” development process can handle that degree of stodginess! The fallacy is that this is exactly the opposite of what ITIL is all about. ITIL should be interpreted as: Be smart. It should NOT mean “slow down”!

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Get Your Data Privacy Act Together; the EU Has Reached a Consensus

By | December 17th, 2015|Agile Development, Featured, Security|

If any real personal data is used for testing, it's high time to start protecting it with a test data privacy project to ensure compliance with the existing as well as new EU regulations. There is absolutely no excuse for continuing to use unmasked customer data in testing projects, and those that continue to do so will have nowhere left to hide when the EU legislators come calling.

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Topaz Runtime Visualizer: Opening the “Black Box” of Mainframe Applications

By | October 28th, 2015|Agile Development, DevOps, Featured|

There is an emerging phenomenon in IT: developers working on systems that are older than they are. While not unique to the mainframe (think Windows or Word), it is becoming more and more prevalent on the mainframe. Think of it. As this developer was learning to walk the application was [...]

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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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Idea to Innovation in 84 Days—on the Mainframe!

By | September 24th, 2015|DevOps, Featured|

On July 8, a Compuware software architect named Gary Michalek walked into my office and described a brilliant product idea he’d come up with over the fourth of July weekend. On October 1, we’ll release the initial version of that product.  That’s just 84 days from idea to innovation. And, yes, [...]

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Musings & Observations from SHARE Orlando 2015 Blog Series – August 13 (Final Day)

By | August 13th, 2015|DevOps, Featured|

Some final observations about SHARE Orlando: SHARE isn’t just our name. It’s what we do. I love the User Experiences sessions. The best presentation is a story and these sessions are the best stories, often describing a journey that isn’t complete yet. I remember looking around during session 17619 Modernization Real Life Scenarios and thinking “they’re needs to be more people here!”

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Musings & Observations from SHARE Orlando 2015 Blog Series – August 12

By | August 12th, 2015|DevOps, Featured|

It’s interesting to read the tea leaves at SHARE. Sessions are broken down by categories, some generic and some specific. For instance in the general “hot topic” categories – there are 25 Big Data /Big Analytics sessions, 36 Cloud sessions, 25 Mobile sessions, 44 sessions on Security and 39 sessions [...]

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Musings & Observations from SHARE Orlando 2015 Blog Series – August 11

By | August 11th, 2015|DevOps, Featured|

Bumbershoot is the big music festival in Seattle. For one fixed price you can roam the grounds and take in music from any of half a dozen stages. There are hard choices to be made. Every time you choose to listen at one stage you are also choosing to skip the music available on the other stages. That same principle is true at SHARE as well. Every session you choose to attend means you’re also choosing not to attend the other ten or so sessions occurring at the same time. That makes for some hard choices too.

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Buffett, Mustard & Mainframes

By | August 3rd, 2015|DevOps, Featured|

Warren Buffett has out-performed the S&P 500 over the last 50 years by an astonishing 782:1. He has done this through disciplined value investment which, as he puts it, is about buying great companies at a reasonable price—rather than chasing uncertain trends or short-term bargains. Buffett’s rationale is fairly simple. [...]

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Mainframe Disruption: Visualization

By | May 19th, 2015|DevOps, Featured|

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 [...]

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Keeping Our Promises So You Can Keep Yours

By | April 1st, 2015|DevOps, Featured|

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 [...]

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