Mainframe Blog – BMC Software | Blogs Thu, 13 May 2021 14:56:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mainframe Blog – BMC Software | Blogs 32 32 Is the Mainframe Part of Your Value Streams? Fri, 14 May 2021 13:00:43 +0000 As more organizations utilize value stream mapping as part their DevOps journeys, it has become clear that value streams include not only systems of engagement, but systems of record as well, often containing complex dependencies involving the mainframe. Understanding and managing these dependencies is crucial for companies looking to continuously improve the quality, velocity, and […]]]> Reducing the Danger of Shadow IT with DevOps Thu, 13 May 2021 13:10:46 +0000 Businesses are built on processes, and the good ones help you win. Others, like shadow IT, can hurt you if they aren’t tamed. Implementing DevOps best practices to improve your “true” IT organization, and other business units, can help you do that. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, “shadow IT” describes circumstances where businesspeople contract […]]]> Tailored-Fit Pricing for IBM Z Hardware: A Simpler, More Cloud-Like Pricing Model Tue, 04 May 2021 09:14:53 +0000 Digital transformation and the trend toward hybrid cloud computing have changed the way the mainframe is managed. The pandemic and corresponding lockdowns have accelerated the pace of these changes as home-based employment and a greater dependence on mobile and online business transactions have increased digital demand. As the mainframe is increasingly integrated with distributed and […]]]> Welcome to the hub: the original cloud is driving digital transformation Tue, 04 May 2021 08:16:04 +0000 The mainframe isn’t quite the center of the universe, but it’s not far off The mainframe sits at the heart of the data center: it’s an essential hub, the focal point, with the other spokes of a business coming off it. It’s the reliable data server, the system of record. It’s the super-fast transaction server, […]]]> Customer Engagement: The Case of the Missing Fiancé Thu, 29 Apr 2021 08:37:23 +0000 “A developer must be engaged in the customer experience.” I heard that statement in a company town hall meeting once and I could not help but get stuck on the three main words: developer, engaged, customer! Over lunch that day, I created a funny visual in my head about a developer actually being engaged to […]]]> SCM Conversion: Why Not Use the Best? Thu, 22 Apr 2021 11:05:38 +0000 The thought of converting from an existing Source Code Management (SCM) tool to another can seem very risky and frightening. But, as in most things in life, once you look at it and confront the details it is nowhere near as daunting as it first appeared. That Was Then, This Is Now First thoughts might […]]]> Designed for Others: How to Plan for Future Maintenance Thu, 15 Apr 2021 08:23:54 +0000 We’ve both spent a lot of time working on cars, especially Robert, who is a former auto mechanic. Ask any mechanic about cars they hate to work with, and you will come up with many examples where it appears that the designers didn’t take maintenance into consideration. The designers are focused on quick assembly, which […]]]> 5 Reasons to Put Aside the ‘Green Screen’ Thu, 08 Apr 2021 07:51:31 +0000 The ISPF Green Screen mainframe interface has served its purpose, but better alternatives are here. Just as technological advances prompted the transition from cards to the green screen, for the next move forward in mainframe productivity it’s well overdue to transition to current interfaces and DevOps pipelines. It’s time to see ISPF for what it […]]]> BMC Transforms Mainframe Management Thu, 01 Apr 2021 03:50:51 +0000 In the modern digital economy, organizations are under pressure to continually innovate, delivering more features and new applications faster than ever before. As proven by the increased consumer reliance on digital services due to the pandemic, the ability to adapt to changing market needs and provide value which excites customers has never been more critical. […]]]> Empower Developers with Familiar and Open Environments Thu, 01 Apr 2021 03:46:24 +0000 To thrive and innovate in today’s rapidly changing digital environment requires a different mindset from the one which has traditionally governed work on the mainframe.  There is a need to think in terms of business resiliency not only in the context of operational cost optimization and stability, but to consider how quickly your systems can […]]]>