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The 2-week COBOL Sprint: Developing a Process of Continuous Builds (5)

By | May 3rd, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, COBOL, COBOL Sprint, Mainframe 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.

The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: How to Build a Scrum Team (4)

By | April 18th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, COBOL, COBOL Sprint, Mainframe DevOps|

Mainframe shops need Agile processes like the 2-week COBOL sprint to more quickly develop and deliver software for customers in the digital economy. To carry this out, you build a scrum team comprised of people across functional areas committed to daily interaction.

Millennialize the Mainframe: Ending the Skills Shortage

By | April 13th, 2016|Agile, COBOL, Mainframe DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Millennials|

Research shows 4 in 10 CIOs don’t have a plan for ending the mainframe skills shortage at their organization. But Compuware is passionate about hiring and educating Millennials to become the next stewards of the mainframe.

Is Compuware the Most Important Software Company in the World?

By | April 1st, 2016|Agile, App Development, COBOL, Mainframe DevOps|

Compuware’s innovative approach to mainframe visualization is particularly compelling in light of the fact that enterprises must update their core mainframe applications more aggressively than ever.

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Exit Strategies: Why Not Use the Best?

By | March 28th, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, COBOL, Code Quality, Data, Mainframe DevOps|

Here at Compuware we converted from CA Endevor to ISPW for our Source Code Management (SCM). I noticed right away that ISPW used a superior way to implement exits. You simply go to a panel and select the exit you need to modify from a list of all available exits. This is important because there is no hunting around to find the exits—they are all listed.

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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: Having a Critical Conversation About Agile (3)

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

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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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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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: Why Mainframe Shops Need It (1)

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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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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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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What’s Keeping You from COBOL 5.1?

By | September 22nd, 2014|COBOL|

Credit: Peter Smithson With the release of COBOL 5.1, IBM has finally delivered a compiler that fully exploits the advantages of System z architecture.  As a result, IT organizations recompiling their code in COBOL 5.1 can run their existing mainframe applications with 10-20% less CPU utilization.  That can [...]

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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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Shamed out of my Blackberry, but what about COBOL?

By | January 28th, 2013|COBOL|

My co-workers have been lovingly teasing me for months (or has it been a year?) about my continued use of a Blackberry. But this phone does what I need to do: make/receive phone calls and read/send emails. I tell them I don’t care; at least I didn’t until the other [...]

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Growing Mainframe Talent Locally

By | August 15th, 2012|COBOL|

As we’ve blogged about many times before, the IT industry is facing a mainframe skills shortage in the not-too-distant future. And for some companies, the future is now. According to a recent survey by Computerworld, 22 percent of COBOL programmers are aged 55 and older. And, some 50 percent are [...]

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What Makes an Effective Mainframe Programmer? (Hint – It’s Not Just Cobol Skills)

By | June 5th, 2012|App Development|

Computerworld recently ran an in-depth article titled “Brain Drain: Where Cobol systems go from here” This tends to be a particularly charged discussion since these days there is simultaneously a Cobol skills shortage and Cobol programmers out of work. I was happy the author extended the discussion into two other [...]

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