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

By | March 23rd, 2016|Agile, COBOL, COBOL Sprint, Mainframe DevOps, Millennials|

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, Agile Dev, App Development, App Performance, COBOL, Mainframe DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Millennials|

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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Balancing Complexity and Flexibility: Why Not Use the Best?

By | March 9th, 2016|App Development, App Performance, Code Quality, Mainframe DevOps|

Sometimes things like SCM products are naturally complex, but that complexity should be handled out of the view and participation of the user. The goal of a product should be what we’ve termed "elegant simplicity": a simple, intuitive and natural way to accomplish what needs to done.

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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: How Agile Mends Broken Trust

By | March 7th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, App Performance, COBOL, COBOL Sprint, Mainframe 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, Agile Dev, App Development, App Performance, COBOL, Java, Mainframe DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Millennials|

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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Data Access: Why Not Use the Best?

By | March 1st, 2016|Agile, App Development, App Performance, Code Quality|

Having now used ISPW versus Endevor, you quickly appreciate the benefits of its modern architecture. You quickly begin to value the improvements in efficiency, performance and power you get with a database. And, you quickly come to the conclusion, why did I let myself fall into the day-to-day trap of tolerating the loss of productivity from a Source Code Management that is a prisoner of the past?

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Millennialize the Mainframe: A Modern Mainframe Development Perspective

By | February 24th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, Java, Mainframe DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Millennials|

Many Millennials still perceive working with mainframe technology as a career dead end. But the opposite is true at Compuware, a company doing well to hire and empower Millennials who view working with the mainframe as a challenge with the reward of opportunity.

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Application Testing: How Can You Ensure Secure Testing by Your Outsourcer?

By | February 16th, 2016|Agile, App Development, App Performance, Data, Mainframe DevOps, Security|

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is increasingly causing headaches for senior IT management. In the media the main focus is on consent, but there are many other areas that need attention. One of them is testing.

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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: Why Mainframe Shops Need It

By | February 9th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, COBOL, COBOL Sprint, Mainframe 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, App Development, COBOL, Featured, Java, Mainframe DevOps|

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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Mainframe Innovation, Reimagined

By | December 29th, 2015|App Development, Mainframe DevOps|

Until recently the mainframe environment at most organizations has been treated like a black box: executives knew it accomplished significant work and it involved significant budget line items but preferred to leave it to its own devices. However, dramatic changes are afoot.

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Agile Development vs. ITIL: Dawn of Justice

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

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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The Compuware Value Improvement Program: A New Year’s Resolution

By | December 21st, 2015|Agile, App Development, Featured|

As we rapidly approach yet another Christmas I am wondering where the year has gone. Perhaps it is just my age catching up with me, or maybe time just flies when you are having fun. Whichever it is, I surely had a productive and satisfying year and no Dickens’ ghosts [...]

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

By | December 17th, 2015|App 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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Thanksgiving, Mom and IT Leadership

By | November 25th, 2015|Agile, App Development, COBOL, Featured, Java, Mainframe DevOps|

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

By | October 28th, 2015|App Development, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

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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Mainframe Development in an Eclipse World

By | October 8th, 2015|App Development, Featured, Java, Mainframe DevOps|

In many ways mainframe development spent decades as a fossil trapped in amber. Wholly preserved in an inert environment. And, because ISPF was a monopoly, improvements in the process occurred at a glacial pace. Those days are over.

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A Revolutionary Map for Your Mainframe: Introducing Topaz Runtime Visualizer

By | October 1st, 2015|Agile, App Development, COBOL, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

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|App Development, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

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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Outsourcers and Clients: Cultivating Common Ground with Metrics

By | September 4th, 2015|Featured|

The Compuware Value Improvement Program, a.k.a. the VIP, can help bridge the gaps between the client and the outsourcer. Through powerful, built-in analytics, detailed product usage statistics, and elegant visualizations, customers have a full understanding of staff utilization, detailed function usage, and hence efficiencies that can potentially be gained through best practices.

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