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The GDPR Clock Is Ticking: Two-tier Access to a Lookup Table

By | August 23rd, 2016|Data, GDPR Countdown, Security|

Two-tier access to a lookup table is the method of choice when your replacement values must come from a specific data range.

The GDPR Clock Is Ticking: Accessing a Data Lookup Table

By | August 9th, 2016|Data, Featured, GDPR Countdown, Security|

Before a lookup table is set up, some thoughts must be given to the method you’ll use for accessing the data lookup table and how replacement rows are retrieved.

Federal Government and the Mainframe Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

By | August 2nd, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, COBOL, Featured, Mainframe DevOps, Security|

There’s no question the mainframe is the most powerful backend data transaction system for enterprises and, yes, our United States government.

Recruiting the Mainframe Workforce: Generating Mainframe Awareness

By | July 26th, 2016|Featured, Millennialize the Mainframe, Millennials|

Much of our success with hiring Millennial developers has come from educating students on the powers of the mainframe.

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The GDPR Clock Is Ticking: Creating a Data Lookup Table

By | July 19th, 2016|Data, Featured, GDPR Countdown, Security|

As long as testers are humans, they’ll prefer working with real names. This brings us to data translation (a.k.a. data lookup), another commonly used data disguise technique.

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The GDPR Clock Is Ticking: Data Disguise Techniques

By | July 5th, 2016|Data, GDPR Countdown, Security|

In light of the ensuing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), let’s have a look at common data disguise techniques, taking a closer look at one in particular later on.

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The Bloor Group Proves the Agile Mainframe Exists

By | June 23rd, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

In “The Agile Mainframe: Compuware Re-Energizes the Mainframe,” you have the opportunity to read more about how Agile and DevOps processes, modernized development tools, and integrations and partnerships forged with leading mainstream software vendors are transforming the mainframe to be a platform for agility.

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The CICSPlex Starburst Effect on Application Performance Measurement

By | June 21st, 2016|App Performance|

When it comes to measuring CICS regions for application performance, analysts need to look at the CICSPlex as a whole as opposed to only looking at the performance of one or a few particular CICS regions.

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The GDPR Clock Is Ticking: Pseudonymization and Test Data Quality

By | June 16th, 2016|Data, Featured, GDPR Countdown, Security|

The end users of disguised data—the testers—in a test data privacy project typically have two objections to how pseudonymization affects test data quality. The first objection is easily handled, but the other must be delicately approached with the right solution.

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Why Developers Should Measure IMS Transaction Performance

By | June 9th, 2016|App Performance, Code Quality, Data, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

IMS is still used by some of the largest and most important mainframe customers in the world. It still has the ability to be incredibly fast and efficient. But developers often forego measuring IMS transaction performance, a critical component to developing and delivering mainframe software in a digital economy that expects speed and quality.

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The GDPR Clock Is Ticking: How to Start a Test Data Privacy Project

By | June 7th, 2016|Data, Featured, GDPR Countdown, Security|

Test environments are vulnerable against GDPR legislation, and therefore, action must be taken to desensitize test data and improve data protection. More than likely, a lot of IT organizations need to be thinking of how to start a test data privacy project.

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The Difference Between Agile and Waterfall: Movement and Inertia

By | June 2nd, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, App Development, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

Once people commit to change and work through the process of detaching from old constraints, with patience the benefits of Agile will unfurl for an organization.

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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: Agile Feedback Loops

By | May 31st, 2016|Agile, Agile Dev, COBOL, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

A word of advice: I’d make sure you have feedback between customers and development, development and operations, QA and customers, and QA and development. Having multiple feedback loops circling between these groups will yield some amazing results, enabling your mainframe shop to develop and deliver software at a remarkable pace.

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Mainframe Disinvestment Rue and Recovery: A European Bank’s “Account”

By | May 26th, 2016|Agile, App Development, App Performance, COBOL, Code Quality, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

As technologies of engagement flourish and access mainframe data millions of times daily, companies are reversing their neglect of the mainframe and working hard to reinstitute the talent and knowledge needed to leverage the platform as the backbone of their success.

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The GDPR Countdown Has Begun for Companies Serving EU Citizens

By | May 25th, 2016|App Development, Data, Featured, Security|

The EU General Data Protection Regulation legislation has been published in the Official Journal, making it a valid law in all 28 EU countries, and it’s coming into full force two years from today on May 25, 2018.

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Millennialize the Mainframe: Q&A with Compuware Recruiter Leigh Ann Ulrey

By | May 24th, 2016|Millennialize the Mainframe, Millennials|

For a perspective of how Compuware goes about finding Millennial mainframe talent, I spoke with Leigh Ann Ulrey, responsible for Compuware’s Global Talent Acquisition. Ulrey is the first and last touchpoint for candidates in Compuware’s recruitment process, giving her a unique vantage point of the generational changeover between retiring mainframe experts and Millennial developers.

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Letting Data Visualization “Rock” the Mainframe

By | May 19th, 2016|Agile, Data, Featured, Mainframe DevOps|

While I value my history doing data analysis with green screens and whiteboards, I’m relieved this method is fading away like the Bubblegum pop stars of the 70s. Clear data visualization of data relationships provides much greater value to mainframe shops looking for ways to innovate for the fast-paced digital economy.

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Historical Reenacting with the Mainframe Green Screen

By | May 17th, 2016|Agile, App Development, Mainframe DevOps, Millennials|

When I see someone staring at a green screen and coding, I get the same sense as when I watch a historical reenactment: a strong sense of how things were. Nostalgia is fine, but that doesn't mean we should continue living in the past.

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Data Protection: With Data Management Comes Responsibility

By | May 12th, 2016|Data, Security|

Until recently, data controllers maintained sole responsibility for upholding EU data protection laws, and made sure data processors they partnered with followed suit. However, under the EU’s newly adopted GDPR, data processors will no longer be free of liability for breaking data privacy laws, and will share with data controllers the onus of data protection for EU citizens.

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The Dramatic Mainframe Conversion of Mike Wells

By | May 10th, 2016|Agile, App Development, Mainframe DevOps|

“I’ve never had any vendor on any platform respond to my input so quickly with a tool that so fully met my stated need,” says Mike Wells. “Compuware’s ability and willingness to support Ameritas’ cross-platform Agile strategy is proof-positive that the mainframe can be an integral and highly adaptive element in any company’s digital business strategy—if you have the right vision and take the right actions.”