Test drive the new COBOL compiler for free for 90 days Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5.1 was rearchitected to include an advanced technology framework for optimizing COBOL applications. It provides significant performance improvements and helps reduce processor utilization and operating costs for running business critical applications on System z. Read more about it in the IBM Systems Magazine article Enterprise COBOL 5.1 – Where Tradition Meets Innovation . Performance benefit can sometimes be difficult to quantify because it depends on a... [More]
Imagine reducing your status reporting from 70 hours to just 1.5 hours.
Instead of the exhausting search for greater and newer sources of revenue, what if you could create a huge impact by simply reducing your costs? Not just a little here and there, but rather a dramatic cost reduction which frees up scarce resources. With productivity improvements expected every time you report the results, running ever faster is just not sustainable. The need is to run smarter, and the bank DnB Nord found just a way to do that with Rational.
If the tool you’re using does not do what you need it to do in the way you were expecting, is the tool bad? Should it be consigned to a shelf to gather dust? Having worked with software tools for a number of years, I understand that they all have their own personalities and quirks. It is always important for users to be formally trained in the use of the tools they use within their organization; however, in today's business climate not everyone has that luxury. In this new blog series, I will look specifically at... [More]
Moving to Collaborative Design Management (and why you should care!) by Neil Patterson and AnnMarie Stenglein Teams of capable individuals carefully chosen and assembled, for whatever purpose, are almost always “greater than the sum of their parts,” as the saying goes. Think of how, in the hands of a master, all 16 chess pieces become an invincible force; or the 1927 New York Yankees (including Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, you may need to look that one up) -- both offer examples of overwhelming power, grace, and skill that no one piece or player in... [More]
Continuous delivery of software-driven innovation will be a key focus at IBM Innovate 2014 . An enterprise capability for continuous software delivery can enable organizations to seize market opportunities, respond more rapidly to customer feedback, and balance speed, cost, quality and risk. With this in mind, we are delivering a robust DevOps for Enterprise Systems agenda at Innovate. These session were developed for architects, developers, testers and systems programmers. There are a number of practitioner and management... [More]
As those of us who know and love IBM Rational Rhapsody know, one of the challenges of using it has been developing models in a collaborative way. Rhapsody is traditionally a file-based modeling tool, meaning that each model is a set of files that typically resides on your workstation. This can make it difficult to collaborate with others on a team, and you've often had to rely on external configuration management (CM) tools to do this. And as those of us who know and love the IBM Rational Jazz platform know,... [More]
The service virtualization space has come of age in Forrester’s new report, “The Forrester Wave™: Service Virtualization And Testing Solutions, Q1, 2014.” Forrester’s first report on this emerging technology highlights many of the key messages that IBM has been evangelizing since our acquisition of Green Hat two years ago. It also underscores that IBM is a leader in this market with a huge amount of momentum on our side. IBM has made significant... [More]
Why software isn’t so soft For something with the word “soft” in the name, software is very hard indeed. Every study I’ve seen has shown that we, as an industry, are terrible at estimating how long it will take to create and not good at all at producing it without defects. There are all kinds of reasons for this, but mostly it boils down to the fact that creating software is far more akin to a craft than an engineering discipline. Each software product is lovingly sculpted from the depths of our creative minds. Developing software is... [More]
The pressure to innovate and change faster to gain a competitive edge drives software development groups to focus on development process and tooling. Sooner or later they all realize that the only way they can make these processes work at scale is by automating as much as possible to reduce the administrative overhead, scope for manual and the natural drop off when process are manual and not enforced. However if everyone is doing it then you don’t have an edge. The question then becomes how can software development... [More]
InterConnect 2012: Turning opportunities into outcomes We live in a rapidly changing world where industries are transforming and businesses are forced to deliver new value and new technology to compete. To turn opportunities into business outcomes, we need new leaders who can capitalize on information and use technology as a catalyst for innovation. Is your business prepared to defend against security threats? Are you using big data to make educated business decisions? Have you streamlined your critical business processes? Are you extending... [More]
Not too far into the future, you will probably be able to stroll into a nearby car dealership, make a down payment, and leave in the latest self-driving car. The idea of driverless "Google" cars has captured the imagination of many, and the cars have rarely been far from the headlines in recent months. Not only because they are icons of cool technological innovation, but also because they could herald a dramatic shift in how our lives work.
Who needs a taxi when your car can drive itself back from a party? Why worry about finding... [More]
You have the skills, now get certified with onsite IBM Professional Certification exams! IBM Innovate attendees are eligible to take two complimentary IBM Rational certification exams at the conference testing site. Additional exams are available at the significantly reduced price of USD $100. All current Rational certifications will be available for attendees; in addition, two new certifications will be introduced at Innovate 2014: IBM Certified Specialist - Rational DOORS NextGen IBM Certified Specialist - Rational Quality Manager V4... [More]
The Automatic Binary Optimizer for z/OS (ABO) improves the performance of already compiled COBOL programs with 15% average performance improvement on applications. ABO does not require source code recompilation, source code migration, or performance options tuning. It uses modern optimization technology to target z Systems, including z13, z13s, zEC12, and zBC12, to accelerate the performance of existing business critical COBOL applications. ABO leverages the latest advanced COBOL optimization technology to improve the performance... [More]
Over the last few months I've noticed a lot of people talking about Linux Containers (LXC) and how amazing they are. I have read that if I don't start using LXC for my deployments then I'm missing out on the new revolution or somehow I'm just not as cool as those other guys. I've seen some flashy marketing during my years in the software engineering field, but I believe this new technology might be worth investigating. I'm going to do my best to sum up the LXC revolution in this post. I'm still learning and exploring... [More]
In today’s challenging economy, businesses are under increased pressure to reduce overall costs while mitigating and controlling risks. The reality is that many businesses struggle to successfully deliver quality software on time and on budget that meets their market needs. Why is it so difficult to deliver a product that aligns to the business goals? Organizations face a combination of technology challenges due to their complex IT environments. These environments serve multiple business functions, consist of large application... [More]