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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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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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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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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Rapid Innovation in a Locked-Down World

Overview: In an effort to adapt to the changing needs of their customers, British bank NatWest changed their approach to how work was done and modernized their mainframe operations. This transformation is the topic of Case 4 of the podcast series Compuware CSI: Customer Success Investigators.   In the fourth episode of the Compuware CSI: Customer Success Investigators series, Compuware Global Sales Lead Craig Hartwell, DevOps Specialist Stuart Ashby and Technical Director Dr. Elizabeth Maxwell take a look at British bank NatWest and how they’ve adapted to a changing marketplace,…

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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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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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Compuware CSI Case 2: Continuous Improvement

Overview: A lead software engineer from a major UK bank discusses their efforts to improve software delivery quality, velocity and efficiency, and how Agile and DevOps have helped them transform their software delivery system.   In the latest episode of the podcast, Compuware CSI: Customer Success Investigators, Compuware Global Sales Lead Craig Hartwell talks with a major bank’s lead software engineer about its conversion to Agile and DevOps. The discussion centers around adapting to a changing market, reacting to challenges, and innovating. The bank’s adoption of Agile and DevOps was…

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