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

By | August 13th, 2015|App Development, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

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|App Development, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

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|App Development, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

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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Musings & Observations from SHARE Orlando 2015 Blog Series – August 10

By | August 10th, 2015|Agile, App Development, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

The first day at SHARE always starts with the keynote address. This year it was by Tom Rosamilia, a SVP from IBM. He made a strong case for IBM and the mainframe being well situated for today’s digital transformation.

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Musings & Observations from SHARE Orlando 2015 Blog Series – August 9

By | August 10th, 2015|Featured|

One look at the agenda for Share Orlando 2015 reveals that the very essence of the mainframe is changing. After years, decades possibly, focused on glass room advancements the mainframe is now a full-fledged member of the overarching digital community.

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Alert: Apathy Virus Threatens World’s Mainframes

By | August 3rd, 2015|Agile, App Development, Mainframe DevOps|

"Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice." - Arnold Toynbee While social feeds buzz with hype about wearables and WhateverChat, the [...]

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Buffett, Mustard & Mainframes

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

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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The New Compuware: We Deliver

By | July 7th, 2015|Agile, App Development, App Performance, Mainframe DevOps|

Today, as promised in February, Compuware delivered integrations between Compuware Strobe and two BMC solutions: BMC Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise and BMC MainView. These integrations enable Compuware-BMC customers to reduce their mainframe software licensing costs by 10% or more—even as the demands of the digital economy drive continued growth of their IBM z Systems workloads.

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Java-on-zAAP: 5 Pros, One Con

By | July 1st, 2015|App Development, App Performance, Mainframe DevOps|

It’s been a decade since IBM first announced the zAAP processor for accelerating Java on the mainframe. Yet Java-on-zAAP remains under-exploited by enterprise IT.

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Too Many CIOs Still Without Plan To Address Mainframe Skills Shortage

By | June 10th, 2015|App Development, App Performance, Featured, Mainframe DevOps, Tech Talk|

Survey after survey shows that too Many CIOs are still unprepared to address a global mainframe skills shortage.

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Mainframe Disruption: Visualization

By | May 19th, 2015|App Development, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

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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Sustaining Efficiency Through Analytics in a Changing World – Three Questions That Expose the Human Capital Threat

By | May 15th, 2015|App Development, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

The world wakes up every morning oblivious to the fact that the mainframe will never fail them. Whether getting cash from an ATM, shopping online or trading stocks, the mainframe plays a critical, but often under appreciated role in the customer experience. This has been made true, in great part, [...]

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Keeping Our Promises So You Can Keep Yours

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

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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Compuware and BMC: A Customer-Driven Collaboration

By | February 17th, 2015|App Development, App Performance, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

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, Agile Dev, App Development, App Performance, COBOL, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

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|Agile, 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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Three Reasons to Get Excited about Topaz

By | January 5th, 2015|Mainframe DevOps|

Compuware this week announced the release of Topaz, an innovative new solution that empowers IT organizations to preserve and advance their mainframe investments. Topaz’s elegant simplicity in design and usability helps a new development workforce quickly master mainframe programs and data. This first release of Topaz specifically provides Millennial developers and [...]

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Going Agile

By | December 31st, 2014|Agile, 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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Apps vs. Ops: Prioritizing Your Mainframe Investments in 2015

By | December 29th, 2014|Mainframe DevOps|

Photo credit: Roberto Berlim Discussions about the mainframe’s future often center on the need to replace operations staff. But the most pressing challenge mainframe owners face at the moment isn’t operations. It’s protecting and extending the incalculably valuable intellectual property residing on their mainframes in the form of [...]

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Rocking Marginal Cost with Mainframe Economics

By | November 18th, 2014|Mainframe DevOps|

Photo credit: Patrick Hoesly Marginal cost is of paramount importance when it comes to the economics of IT.  As your business grows, after all, IT will have to support more applications, more users and bigger workloads.  If your marginal costs for doing so are high, your growth will [...]

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