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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Introducing Students to the Mainframe

Overview: East Carolina University Adjunct Professor, Dr. Cameron Seay, talks about the mainframe on campus, how to get more students interested in the platform, and his upcoming virtual event with Compuware CEO Chris O’Malley.   The looming shortage of skilled mainframe developers is well documented. In this environment, it is imperative that the next generation of developers is made aware of the mainframe, not as a dying legacy platform, but as an advanced, exciting system that powers the world’s economy. Dr. Cameron Seay, Technology Systems adjunct professor at East Carolina…

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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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Managing Software Delivery Platform Evolution

Overview: The key to improving the quality, velocity and efficiency of your software delivery system (SDS) lies in the adoption of Agile methodologies. In Chapter 3 of the Building a Better Software Delivery Platform podcast, DevOps Architect Rick Slade discusses the organization, implementation, measurement and management of a modern SDS through Agile methods. In the Compuware podcast, Building a Better Software Delivery Platform, Compuware Executive DevOps Solution Architect Rick Slade offers advice and guidance on evolving your software delivery system (SDS). In episode three, Rick addresses the management of this…

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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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Modern Enterprise Software Delivery System Architecture

Overview: In the second episode of our podcast series, Building a Better Software Delivery Platform, VP of Product Engineering David Rizzo joined DevOps Solution Architect Rick Slade to discuss the architecture of a software delivery system and explain how Compuware has integrated new tools, processes and automation into its delivery system. In the second chapter of Compuware’s “Building a Better Software Development Platform” podcast series, DevOps Solution Architect Rick Slade focused on the architecture of a modern software delivery system. This conversation gave real-world examples of how organizations can approach…

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Mainframes & COBOL: Setting the Record Straight

Overview: As some states struggle with a surge in unemployment claims, the mainframe is being unfairly criticized as an outdated platform. The fact is that the world’s economy relies on the strength and reliability of the mainframe—and its relevance is growing.   These last few months have tested our mettle in almost every aspect of our lives. I have the good fortune to be able to work from home during this time, but many others—fellow Floridians—are not so fortunate. I deeply sympathize with those whose unemployment checks have been delayed,…

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Key Characteristics of a Modern Software Delivery System

Overview: In the first episode of Compuware’s podcast series, Building a Better Software Delivery Platform, DevOps Solution Architect Rick Slade covered the key characteristics of a modern SDS and how organizations, regardless of their industry, can benefit from its implementation.   Last week I had the privilege of talking to Compuware Executive DevOps Solution Architect Rick Slade in the inaugural episode of Rick’s new series, Building a Better Software Delivery Platform. Rick draws on his years of experience helping companies modernize and mainstream their software delivery systems (SDS) in a…

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