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10 Technologies that changed our lives and the businesses that were left behind [Infographic]

By | May 24th, 2013|Tech Talk|

An unfortunate side effect of innovation is change. Well, unfortunate to those that don’t embrace change. As great as the steam engine, the telegraph, the telephone, electricity, the internal combustion engine, the airplane, the transistor, the personal computer or the mobile phone are, they were technical inflection points in history. [...]

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Push Button Development

By | May 22nd, 2013|App Development|

We accept that touch interfaces are already a part of the application user experience.  We like using them most of the time, and so we might be considering whether to design them into our own application development projects.  Perhaps there is a logical and intuitive reason that begs for a [...]

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Mainframe Modernization: Transitioning to GUI

By | May 22nd, 2013|App Development|

Mainframe debugger built on Eclipse Debug Framework. Example shows COBOL; PL/I, IBM C Language®, and HLASM also supported. Over the past decade, more and more companies have begun to adopt standardized software development tools across multiple languages and platforms within the enterprise. Among the reasons for the adoption [...]

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What Happened to the VP of Electricity?

By | May 20th, 2013|Tech Talk|

During a recent discussion with a friend about how much technology is changing our lives, he pointed out to me the fate of the VP of Electricity.  My first reaction was, “Who?” Apparently, once upon a time, each company had its own generators that provided electricity for the company. So [...]

The Connected Vehicle: Closer than you think, but what an ugly baby!

By | May 15th, 2013|Agile Dev|

I haven’t bought a new (or newish) car for the last few years, and the current buzz around ‘connected vehicles’, and how cars will be steering themselves, and how ‘collision avoidance’ systems will make accidents a thing of the past, all seemed a bit .. well … DARPA-ish. Then my [...]

If I Were a Company, I’d Be on My Way to Bankruptcy

By | May 13th, 2013|Tech Talk|

Ok, I admit it, I am not an Early Adopter when it comes to technology adoption and I’m not even sure if I’m in the Early Majority. For someone who is in the technology industry, that was hard to admit (I hope I don’t lose my job over it!) I’ve [...]

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Sisyphus and the iPhone: A Physicist Looks at Innovation

By | May 8th, 2013|Tech Talk|

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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Observations about the Mainframe Generation, the State of IT and the Power of Connection

By | May 7th, 2013|App Development|

Last week I had the honor of joining other mainframers for an annual sales kick off meeting, marking the beginning of our (Compuware’s) fiscal year. While attending this year, I had the following observations about folks in mainframe sales, the state of IT and the power of connection. About Mainframe [...]

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Preparing for the Next-Normal in IT Transformation

By | April 30th, 2013|App Development, Tech Talk|

The phrase 'new normal' has been used a lot in technology, marketing and even has it's own TV show on NBC (I've never seen it). The term 'New Normal' is fine for understanding what is happening today, but CIO's really need to focus on a few things when planning  for  'the [...]

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This Week in Tech: Facebook Home App, Netflix HTML5, & Shodan

By | April 22nd, 2013|Tech Talk|

Here are this relevant week's tech stories from the editor: Facebook’s Android app now tracks which apps you use Facebook’s privacy issues look like they’re here to stay as they launch “Home” for Android. Facebook has confirmed their new Home app collects and catalogs a list of previously used apps [...]

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How does Google Fiber (Gigabit Internet) affect User Behavior?

By | April 22nd, 2013|App Performance|

I consider myself a bit of a multitasker. Not necessarily by choice, but because I don’t have ANY patience for load time while researching, browsing or communicating online. During my standard web browsing session I’ll click on some sub-page link for something in one tab, jump to another to change [...]

Is IT Being Replaced by DT (Digital Technology)?

By | April 16th, 2013|Tech Talk|

There is a great presentation that some of my colleagues created about what is happening in the tech market and what that means to IT.  In a nut shell, IT has to adapt quickly to an entirely new way of working with new skill sets and responsibilities.  If they can’t, [...]

This Week in Tech: Apple to Outsell Windows, Oracle vs Google API Fight, Firefox 20

By | April 15th, 2013|Tech Talk|

Here are this relevant week's tech stories from the editor: Apple Devices Outsell Windows For First Time Ever In 2013 A new projection from market research firm Gartner estimates, for the first time, that Apple will outsell it’s rival OS, Windows, this year. Apple’s sales takes into account their highly [...]

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Top 8 Application Performance Landmines

By | April 10th, 2013|App Performance|

More than two years ago we posted summary blogs on About:Performance of the Top Server-Side Performance Problems and the Top 10 Client-Side Performance Problems to give operations, architects, testers and developers easy to consume best practices. We feel that it is time to provide an update to these best practices as new problem patterns [...]

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What if I had unlimited wireless bandwidth… even when they close the aircraft door?

By | April 10th, 2013|Tech Talk|

5 meeeelion bits per second Many years ago, as I was starting out in this industry, I had a conversation with an AT&T network guru. He told me in no uncertain terms that for personal computers, 1Mb per second was the limit for broadband wireless networks. Anything more [...]

Microsoft Surface Pro: Early Returns Are In

By | April 8th, 2013|Agile Dev|

It’s only been available for a few weeks, yet the pundits and technorati agree:  MS Surface Pro has some miles to go in its quest to carve out significant market share in the brutally competitive tablet marketplace.   The Surface Pro marketplace may be a little soft, too, in the form [...]

Raspberry Pi Hits US & Makers

By | April 5th, 2013|Tech Talk|

Attribution: bytemyvdu When was the last time someone offered you $25 for that Pentium III laptop you’re keeping in the basement?   (You were sure it would become a valuable antique).  On a similar note, when was the last time you could buy a state-of-the-art, credit-card-sized single-board computer  for [...]

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Mainframe and Cloud – Oil and Water?

By | April 3rd, 2013|Code Quality|

I came across an interesting article last week entitled “Tassie retailer rejects cloud for mainframe.” It described how an Australian supermarket chain was bucking the “cloud computing” trend by upgrading to the latest Unisys mainframe technology to run its core business, including a 20+ year-old application suite. The article highlights [...]

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Should I Slide or Should I Swipe?

By | April 2nd, 2013|Agile Dev|

Touch interactions in the User Interface were new several years ago, with the advent of new portable devices.  But in my sphere of development technology interest, it is Windows 8 that is introducing touch interaction to a much bigger audience of developers.  Yes I know Windows 7 also had touch, [...]

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The Fascination & Frustration of Big Data

By | March 27th, 2013|Data|

Attribution: Ryan Tir & music2work2 Big data fascinates me. It also frustrates me. First, the fascination: Some years ago, I read a book called “Freakonomics”, written  by economist Steven Levitt and New York Times journalist Stephen J. Dubner. The book analyzes hidden socio-economic data to connect events and [...]

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