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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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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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