Keep Performance Issues From Slowing Your Innovation

Overview: Shifting left in performance testing helps to identify issues before they make it into production, where it is more expensive and time-consuming to fix them. Automatically testing performance as changes are made improves the velocity and quality of code, in addition to giving your developers more time to innovate and proved value to your customers.   Imagine the following: You’ve executed many unit/functional/integration tests and proved the application logic works. The resultant output data and reports are correct. You’re confident that you’re ready for production deployment. But what about…

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Starting Small with Automated Testing

Overview: In Chapter 13 of the Building a Better Software Delivery Platform podcast series, Rick Slade and Steen Brahe discuss the benefits of automated testing and how an incremental approach helps make the adoption of automation more efficient while reducing risk and cost.   In Chapter 13 of the Building a Better Software Delivery Platform podcast series Rick Slade welcomed a returning guest, Compuware Product Manager Steen Brahe, to discuss automated testing. I asked Steen about the results of a recent survey of 400 senior IT leaders responsible for mainframe…

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How Are You Insuring Against Data Breaches?

Overview: Data breaches are inevitable, making protection against outside threats essential. But what if the breach happens internally? Taking the correct measures now can help mitigate the impact of internal breaches and protect for the future. The ability to record network traffic, view how records were accessed and by whom, and produce compliance reports are just a few of the benefits of implementing auditing software.   We buy insurance for protection against the cost of things we hope will never happen. But we know they will happen to someone, at…

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Delivery Automation: Start with Low-Hanging Fruit

Overview: Compuware’s road to software delivery automation started with one small step. But by building upon those modest beginnings and implementing automation incrementally, Compuware now automates most of its software delivery system.   In Chapter 12 of the Building a Better Software Delivery Platform podcast series, Rick Slade welcomed a returning guest, Compuware Vice President of Product Engineering David Rizzo, for the first episode in a two-part discussion of software delivery automation. I’ve learned, however, that it is also a two-part series, of sorts, on incremental implementation. Compuware’s transition from…

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Modernizing on the Mainframe: A Case Study

Overview: 3 Banken IT sought to modernize their mainframe development and delivery to increase innovation and enable new developers to work on the mainframe with ease and agility. A new case study examines how they were able to leverage Topaz Workbench and ISPW to adopt a graphical interface, accelerate development and deployment, and simplify work processes on the mainframe.   The bulk of modern banking has shifted from brick-and-mortar branches into the digital realm. For many banks, website and mobile apps are integrated with the mainframe environment for timely and…

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Modern Test Data Management

Overview: Using the right data can greatly benefit your testing practices and lead to an increase in the efficiency and velocity of your software development. As discussed in a recent podcast, using meaningful, properly secured data can pay great dividends in your transition to DevOps and Agile practices.   As companies look to streamline processes and increase the velocity of their mainframe development, testing practices, especially automation, gain in prominence. A recent study showed how one UK bank increased story point production and reduced testing time by adopting Topaz for…

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The 5 Most Important Steps for Legacy Mainframe Modernization

Overview: Mainframe modernization was already a critical need for many businesses. In a post-COVID world, there will be even less time to waste—and smaller margins for error. Here are 5 crucial steps for successful modernization.   In countries like Australia, where we’re still grappling with the pandemic yet beginning to chart our economic recovery, business realities and economic uncertainties are injecting new urgency into questions around legacy processes on the mainframe. Among organizations that have tried to transition “off the mainframe,” we’ve seen many teams invest millions of dollars and…

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Modernized Mainframe Testing

Overview: A significant portion of the software delivery lifecycle is spent on tedious and often repetitive manual testing. Automated testing catches issues earlier, improves code quality, and frees developers to do what they do best—write code.   In the tenth episode of the Building a Better Software Delivery Platform podcast, Compuware Topaz for Total Test Product Manager Steen Brahe tells host Rick Slade that, depending on the circumstances, mainframe developers spend 30-80% of their time on testing. That’s a lot of time that could be spent on coding instead dedicated…

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Becoming Agile in Technical Support

Overview: Technical support groups, just like the businesses they serve, can benefit greatly from adopting Agile practices. Keeping your Compuware software current and leveraging zAdviser data can help provide maximum value to your end users and your organization as a whole.   This message is for mainframe Technical Support, more specifically, the managers of the Technical Support Groups in mainframe shops, and their business sponsors who are responsible for resource allocation. It’s a message about investment and returns on investment, it’s about continuous improvement, and it’s a tough message about…

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Code Quality and Security

Overview: In Chapter 9 of the Building a Better Software Delivery Platform podcast series, Compuware’s Rick Slade is joined by SonarSource VP of Marketing Nicolas Bontoux to discuss code quality and security, as well as SonarSource’s commitment to providing value to their customers.   If you’ve been listening to DevOps-related podcasts, you may have noticed a trend emerging. Whether you’re listening to Dr. Mik Kersten and Gene Kim discuss “The Five Ideals,” CEO Chris O’Malley talk about Compuware’s recent acquisition by BMC, or Global Sales Lead Craig Hartwell talk to…

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