Posted on 08. May, 2013 by Eddie Houghton.
As IT organizations seek to tackle the backlog of existing “lights-on” work and the drive towards innovation, the modernization of existing processes, workflow and technology is a certain consideration. The relentless push to compete strongly and keep up with customer expectation is forcing IT leaders to think twice about how technology can be used to [...]
Posted on 09. Apr, 2013 by Eddie Houghton.
How can your organization find the resources or capacity, let alone the budget, to innovate as well as keep the lights well and truly switched on? Even with recent investments in zEnterprise and Eclipse, are you getting enough done? The first in a series of five, this blog explores the ways of tackling the mainframe modernization challenges to lead your organization in the smartest direction towards development efficiency and innovation.
Posted on 11. Feb, 2013 by Helen.Withington.
Serious value We all have access to desktop or mobile apps that are useful to us personally but, if they stopped working – and let’s face it, they do – it doesn’t really matter as relatively, they have little value. But if your application is doing something serious and useful for your organization, then it [...]
Posted on 12. Dec, 2012 by Derek Britton.
There are many IT trade shows in the global event calendar, but there is no mistaking the brand leader. Gartner hosts over 60 events annually, with over 40,000 delegates and 1,100 vendors attending a range of events held across the globe. While the analyst and conference group Gartner runs a wide range of industry events, [...]
Posted on 29. Oct, 2012 by Derek Britton.
The recent explosion of mobile applications has dramatically altered the consumer landscape, making it the norm for users and customers alike to expect access and support anytime, anywhere. With Cisco recently reporting that mobile-connected devices are set to exceed the world’s population this year, it’s no surprise that the surge is overflowing into the enterprise. [...]
Posted on 08. Oct, 2012 by Helen.Withington.
Following on Our last blog post, ’Turning your Platform into a launch pad‘, underlined the point that reusing/salvaging the core applications makes perfect sense when moving away from the platform. In this sequel, we outline the steps involved in making that platform migration activity a totally viable option. Ready for progression So you are ready [...]
Posted on 06. Aug, 2012 by Scot Nielsen.
In this blog Scot Nielsen, Product Manager for the COBOL Solution at Micro Focus, talks about one of the key reasons for the success of COBOL applications and in doing so, highlights some of the new features coming in the next release of Visual COBOL 2.1.
Posted on 31. Jul, 2012 by Derek Britton.
The question “What would make the z/OS mainframe a viable choice today?” was posted in the LinkedIn group “IBM Mainframe – Unofficial” (here) towards the end of 2011. Raising concerns over cost, flexibility and fitness for (new) purpose(s), the original discussion raised concerns that things looked bleak for the z Series, stating such concerns do [...]
Posted on 24. May, 2012 by Derek Britton.
Reputed IT journalist and ComputerWorld Correspondent Robert L. Mitchell recently wrote a thought-provoking and well-argued piece on the future of “legacy” IT systems. Citing a number of direct references, Mitchell covered a number of issues including suitability for modernization, supporting skills demands, IT strategy as well as some more technical elements. The article raises some really important questions about tackling the so-called legacy burden in IT.
Posted on 18. Apr, 2012 by Micro Focus.
We officially kicked of the 2012 Micro Focus Developer Conference in Dallas, Texas yesterday. The event is bringing together the Micro Focus team with its partners, ISVs, customers and members of the COBOL programming community to discuss the future of enterprise application development. In the action-packed first day of the conference, attendees noted the following [...]
Posted on 27. Feb, 2012 by Derek Britton.
We’ve come to the end of our series of blogs discussing how COBOL stands the test of time. As IT spend declines, innovation is expected to soar and IT departments have to exploit leading edge technologies for application deployment to stay ahead of the game. With new technologies comes a need for new skills without [...]