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In the below posts, discover how mainframe DevOps constitutes a culture of collaboration between software development and operations, consisting of the other components of an IT organization.

While many distributed software providers chose to adopt a culture of DevOps long ago, this mindset is entirely applicable to mainframe software development at an Agile organization. However, mainframe DevOps lacks the support and promulgation it deserves, as many industry pundits and naysayers criticize the most reliable and secure platform available and point towards counterfeit solutions for the future of the mainframe. These include managing decline by means of spending copious time and resources attempting to re-platform valuable mainframe applications, or by choosing the path of bimodal IT, relegating mainframe development to a separate silo from the rest of IT and keeping it constrained from innovation.

In the following posts, learn how bringing the mainframe into DevOps helps organizations bypass the unnecessary pain of neglecting their valuable mainframe applications that have proven to be the best designed programs for handling the pace of the digital economy as long as organizations are willing to adopt the right culture and tools for a modernized mainframe.

The Bloor Group Proves the Agile Mainframe Exists

By | June 23rd, 2016|Agile Dev, DevOps, Featured|

In “The Agile Mainframe: Compuware Re-Energizes the Mainframe,” you have the opportunity to read more about how Agile and DevOps processes, modernized development tools, and integrations and partnerships forged with leading mainstream software vendors are transforming the mainframe to be a platform for agility.

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Recruiting the Mainframe Workforce: Hiring Millennial Developers

By | June 14th, 2016|Agile Dev, DevOps, Featured, Recruiting for Mainframe, Workforce|

When our journey towards mitigating the mainframe skills shortage at our company began, we responded to the foreshadowing of a major skills gap that needed our immediate attention; we realized the next generation of developers wasn’t going to come to us, and that we needed to go to them; and we created a plan for how we should begin reaching out to them.

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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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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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Letting Data Visualization “Rock” the Mainframe

By | May 19th, 2016|Data, DevOps, Featured|

While I value my history doing data analysis with green screens and whiteboards, I’m relieved this method is fading away like the Bubblegum pop stars of the 70s. Clear data visualization of data relationships provides much greater value to mainframe shops looking for ways to innovate for the fast-paced digital economy.

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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.”

Millennialize the Mainframe: Innovation with Java and Eclipse

By | May 5th, 2016|Agile Dev, DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Workforce|

At first, the juxtaposition of mainframe and Eclipse seems counterintuitive—different syntaxes, different cultures, different generations. But the introduction of Java to the mainframe is blurring the line between developers who represent these differences.

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

By | April 28th, 2016|Agile Dev, 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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