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Compuware and BMC: A Customer-Driven Collaboration

By | February 17th, 2015|Agile Dev, App Performance, DevOps, Featured|

IT organizations are getting aggressive about driving down their IBM z Systems mainframe costs. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do cost reduction. Compuware and BMC are collaborating to make certain our mutual customers can do their cost-cutting the right way. The wrong way The wrong [...]

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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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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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Applications: What To Keep, What To Replace?

By | August 27th, 2014|Featured|

Credit: Joe + Jeanette Archie I was affected by the flooding that hit the Detroit area recently.  While cleaning out my basement I was struck by the amount of things I had—for no good reason. Let me explain. Many things I had, I had because they were given [...]

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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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Will IT and the Business ever get along?

By | January 29th, 2014|Featured|

Ever hear this before? Marketing: “Keep IT out of this.  If they get involved they are going to slow the project down with too many internal processes and we’ll never get the app we need, when we need it.  Let’s get some agency quotes and go from there.” Or this? [...]

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The Yin-Yang CIO

By | January 28th, 2014|Featured|

In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus was the god of beginnings and transitions, usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. The Romans named the month of January in his honor. Is it possible for the CIO to have two faces, [...]

IT Leadership – What Works and What Doesn’t

By | December 11th, 2013|Featured|

Working in the IT field for over 15 years, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve worked for companies ranging from fewer than 10 employees to those with thousands and a spot in the Fortune 500. Over the years, I’ve worked for managers that utilize many different leadership styles, from “Mr. Major [...]

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5 Tactical Design Changes for Better Digital Performance

By | November 26th, 2013|Featured|

Short-term fixes often have to do with the technology, but that’s hardly the only source of performance issues. Design can play a prominent role in performance problems as well.  Designers are always pushing web technology to support their elaborate creative, and too often the designs are implemented without question by [...]

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Surveys say: This is the New Face of IT

By | November 20th, 2013|Featured|

The Society for Information Management (SIM) recently released the results of its 34th annual survey of IT trends. Nearly 600 Senior IT leaders responded to this year’s survey from 484 unique organizations that average $4.36 billion in revenues and employ an average of 8,629 employees. With the advantage of asking [...]

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Why IT Projects Fail?

By | November 5th, 2013|Featured|

Earlier this year, the Harvard Business Review published the results of a study by two business school professors at Oxford University, titled “Why Your IT Project May Be Riskier than You Think?” The study was the largest-ever examination of IT change initiatives, reviewing 1,471 projects, and comparing their budgets and [...]

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Hiring a Great Programmer is Like Trying to Hire a Great Quarterback

By | October 31st, 2013|Featured|

Nearly impossible. PROGRAMMER = QUARTERBACK Attribution: atlanticcommunity Quarterbacks are easy-to-find but hard to hire.  Because quarterbacks are so valued, great quarterbacks are 'locked' contractually into their teams and rarely move from team-to-team.  They are given positions of great authority and leadership and are appraised on their ability to [...]

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5 Successful Characteristics of Chief Digital Officers (CDO) I’ve Met

By | October 22nd, 2013|Featured|

Attribution: westmidlandspolice We’ve heard by now from Gartner, and Forrester and, well, everyone, about a new evolution of the CIO – the Chief Digital Officer (CDO). A C-level executive hybrid with enough tech savvy to maintain the respect of IT but with the business understanding and foresight to [...]

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Sisyphus and the iPhone: A Physicist Looks at Innovation

By | May 8th, 2013|Featured|

I studied physics in college, but I’ve never particularly used it other than for the occasional IKEA project. When you think about it though, physics can be used to describe certain business and market trends. For example, classical mechanics provides a unique perspective when analyzing the lifecycle of technological innovations, [...]

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Using IBM’s zAAP Engines to Optimize Java Performance

By | March 20th, 2012|Agile Dev, App Performance, Featured|

Recently, we discovered a Java program in a loop on our z10-BC R03.  The program had used over 100,000 CPU zAAP seconds (more than a CPU day), which yields almost ¼ million normalized CPU seconds.  Yet, there wasn’t an indication of any performance or response time problems reported from any [...]

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The Mainframe Still Rules

By | March 5th, 2012|Featured|

Although pronounced dead by many so-called IT pundits over the years, the IBM mainframe continues to rule the IT world as it has for the past 48 years. This is especially true in the world’s largest enterprises. For example, the 50 largest banks in the world depend on the mainframe [...]

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Mainframe Hardware – Oh How It’s Changed!

By | February 23rd, 2012|Featured|

  Here is a very good perspective view of the height of the cooling towers and the back of the PC board, loaded with a dense cross hatch of twin lead wires, with a spider web type of look. The patented technology used in these chip cooling towers allowed Amdahl to deliver hardware [...]

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Big Iron — Big Money

By | February 8th, 2012|Featured|

We know that the mainframe is often referred to as “Big Iron” for its powerful and ultra-fast ability to crunch data and process transactions. Did you know, however, that the term Big Iron, or more specifically “Big Iron Horse,” also refers to railroad locomotives? The mainframe and railroad share much [...]

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