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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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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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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An Integrated DevOps Strategy for the Autonomous Digital Enterprise

This post originally appeared on BMC.com. BMC’s acquisition of Compuware offers best of breed mainframe development, delivery, performance and operational expertise to scale agile and the DevOps toolchain. As the economic impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold, business focus in every industry has shifted from growth to simply surviving. As we enter summer months in the western hemisphere, tourism has come to a screeching halt, the auto industry reported car sales were down 50% year-over-year in April, retail sales were down 16.4% from March to April in the US and…

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Getting Started With Your Software Delivery System Modernization Project

Overview: As with any large project, deciding where to start building your new software delivery system (SDS) can be a task unto itself. In Chapter 4 of Building a Better Software Delivery Platform, DevOps architect Rick Slade explains how starting with proper tooling, the adoption of Agile practices, and the building of an SDS team can help ensure that your project is successful.   Over the past couple of years, I’ve had to tackle some large projects around my house. One involved a tree that was threatening some power lines.…

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Compuware CSI Case 1: Remote Workforce Performance Metrics

Overview: In the first episode of the Compuware CSI: Customer Success Investigators podcast, the team examines how development organizations are adapting to the lockdown, how Compuware’s processes and tools have enabled it to maintain productivity levels with a remote workforce, and the role of metrics in adjusting to changing circumstances. Just as animals must adapt to their environment for survival, organizations must react to changes in technology, markets, and work environments. We’ve all heard the adage, attributed to Greek philosopher Heraclitus, that “the only constant is change.” What makes the…

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Are You a High-Performing Development Organization?

Overview: High-performing organizations know that it’s possible to achieve Agile and DevOps on the mainframe. Continuous improvement of software delivery quality, velocity and efficiency relies on the gathering and analysis of meaningful data. Compuware’s zAdviser provides meaningful data and insight to help organizations set goals and measure KPIs so those goals can be achieved. “High performance” in mainframe software delivery velocity, quality and efficiency has changed radically in the last five years. As the mainframe becomes more strategically relevant, IT departments are asking “How do we know what good looks…

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