Better Code Understanding & Analysis

Overview: Chapter 8 of the Building a Better Software Delivery Platform podcast series covers application and program analysis. Understanding how programs interact with each other has great tactical and strategic benefits, including the reduction of technical debt and minimization of time spent training new developers.   I’ve seen several references to “technical debt” lately in podcasts, articles, blog posts and other resources. So, as Rick Slade was talking about application and program understanding in Chapter 8 of the Building a Better Software Delivery Platform podcast series, the notion popped into…

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How Many API Calls Should You Do?

Overview: APIs provide access to valuable mainframe data, but deciding whether to add to an existing API or create a new one can be a difficult task. Evaluating a variety of factors can help make it easier to determine which option makes sense.   As applications evolve, they will often need access to data and processing on the mainframe. If the necessary APIs are available, this becomes an easy task, however the architecture isn’t always there, creating a roadblock. Teams are faced with choices on how to deliver value quickly…

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The Modern IDE

Overview: In Chapter 7 of his podcast series, Rick Slade welcomes Compuware Group Product Manager Steve Kansa to discuss the importance of a modern development environment and its role in improving the quality, velocity and efficiency of the software delivery pipeline.   Developer productivity has been a common thread throughout Compuware Executive DevOps Solution Architect Rick Slade’s podcast series, Building a Better Software Delivery Platform. Adopting Agile and DevOps methodologies and automating your software delivery pipeline can increase quality, velocity and efficiency by reducing time spent not writing code. Transitioning…

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CEO Chris O’Malley Discusses the BMC Acquisition

Overview: In a recent episode of the Modern Mainframe podcast, Compuware CEO Chris O’Malley talks about BMC’s acquisition of Compuware and how the companies’ shared corporate ideals and combined product portfolio will help mainstream the mainframe.   On June 1, 2020 BMC’s acquisition of Compuware was finalized. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Compuware CEO Chris O’Malley for an episode of the Modern Mainframe podcast. Chris talks about the need for continued mainframe modernization, how the combination of Compuware and BMC will benefit customers, and how the…

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Compuware CSI Case 3: Mainframe DevOps, Online Gaming & Wine

Overview: In the third episode of the Compuware CSI: Customer Success Investigators series, host Craig Hartwell discusses the DevOps journey of a major South African bank with a DevOps lead and technical consultant.   In Case 3 of the Compuware CSI: Customer Success Investigators podcast series, Global Sales Lead Craig Hartwell talks with DevOps lead Jakes Olivier from South Africa’s Nedbank and technical consultant Lynette Kleynhans of Mediro ICT about Nedbank’s implementation of a CI/CD pipeline. The adoption of DevOps and Agile methodologies has clear advantages from a workflow point…

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Source Control: SCM Migration

Overview: Compuware’s Director of Migration Services Francois Dansereau joins Rick Slade on the Building a Better Software Delivery System podcast to discuss SCM migration and his methodology for making sure it goes smoothly.   The Boy Scout motto is, “Be prepared.” It’s good advice, to be sure, and a maxim that Compuware’s Migration Services Team has taken to heart. Following up on the previous episode’s discussion of the modern SCM with Compuware Product Owner Mark Schettenhelm, in Chapter 6 of the podcast series, Building a Better Software Delivery Platform, DevOps…

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Adapting to a New Normal — Together

Overview: Compuware Account Executive Carlen McCoy has used the recent lockdown as an opportunity to build stronger relationships with customers.   I used to pray for more time in my day, for my days to be less frenetic, so I could connect with people more often and in more meaningful ways – be it family, friends, colleagues or customers. Especially customers. So, when the lockdown happened, I thought I was being given a unique opportunity. Almost overnight I got to be with my family (or at least the ones living…

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Source Control: Modern Software Delivery Support

Overview: The SCM is an integral part of a modern software delivery system (SDS). In the fifth episode of his podcast series on modernizing your SDS, DevOps Architect Rick Slade talks with Product Owner Mark Schettenhelm about the role of the SCM in an Agile environment and how Compuware ISPW assists with automation.   In Chapter 5 of the Building a Better Software Delivery Platform podcast series, DevOps Architect Rick Slade welcomes Compuware ISPW Product Owner Mark Schettenhelm to discuss source control in Agile software delivery. Rick starts off by…

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