Topic: mainframes

Mainframe for DevOps puts an end to silos

“After the last nuclear bomb goes off and the earth cools, and the cockroaches come back out of the ground, they will all be dragging mainframes with them because it’s the only platform that will be able to withstand that,” Thomas Klinect, a senior research director at Gartner, told SD Times. While Klinect was joking … continue reading

Remembering computer pioneer Arnold Spielberg

Computer engineer and the father of the famous filmmaker Steven Spielberg, Arnold Spielberg, has passed away from natural causes at the age of 103. Spielberg was an electrical engineer known for designing the GE-200 series of mainframe computers at General Electric. He is best known for collaborating on a time-sharing operating system, the GE-225, in … continue reading

COVID-19 pandemic response puts mainframes back in spotlight

Many governments and business-oriented services are running on mainframes, and the spike in mainframe activity due to the pandemic has prompted organizations to seek out COBOL skills and expedite new approaches to working with the systems and architecture.  Over 30.3 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance due to the COVID-19 throughout the six weeks of … continue reading

Android O Developer Preview 4, Microsoft Enterprise Smart Contracts, and a new Mainframe Center of Excellence — SD Times news digest: July 25, 2017

Android O is one step closer to being released into the market. As Google puts its final touches on the upcoming operating system, the company is rolling out the Developer Preview 4 of Android O to help developers ensure their apps are ready for the launch. This will be the final preview before Android O … continue reading

Guest View: Pumping (big) iron

Can you guess the platforms that are currently running on a vast majority of the largest global banking, insurance and retail organizations? Given some industry backlash as of late, it may surprise you that I’m talking about IBM mainframe systems.   Based on a recent survey from BMC, 67 percent of organizations are looking to … continue reading

Rocket Software opens access to mainframe programming

Rocket Software, Inc. announced the availability of 30 free open source tools and languages for IBM z Systems mainframes that allow programmers to work on mainframe computers without knowing COBOL or assembly language. These ported versions of popular development tools and programming languages have been modified to operate on IBM z13 and z13s systems, allowing developers to … continue reading

Reinventing the mainframe for modern DevOps

Mainframe data, historically accessed via built-from-scratch COBOL applications, is now more likely to be accessed by newer Web and mobile applications. Developers therefore must constantly modify mainframe code to accommodate these non-mainframe end-user applications. This has resulted in faster, more frequent mainframe development cycles, but admittedly, the mainframe’s culture, tools and processes have not always … continue reading

LinuxCon: IncrediBuild for Linux and Android, Linux Foundation’s new collaborative projects, and IBM’s mainframe

IncrediBuild is looking to accelerate Android and Linux software development with its newly announced out-of-the-box suite. IncrediBuild for Linux and Android allows developers to visualize their build process without having to change their development toolchain or workflow. “We are very excited to be launching IncrediBuild for Linux and to provide Linux and Android developers with … continue reading

Are mainframes still road worthy?

It’s easy to look around Silicon Valley and determine that the days of the refrigerator-sized mainframe computers are over. Clouds are big, and OpenStack promises a future where everyone can run their own cloud inside their enterprise. But the core business applications of yore are still out there, running on giant machines in basements, making … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Learning COBOL might be a great job move

Once upon a time, back when dinosaurs roamed the planet, I learned COBOL. While I never wrote any deployed applications in the language, I did use it to teach an undergraduate course in computer science for business majors, back in the early 1980s. Those poor students, who submitted their programs on punch cards for an … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Hurray for COBOL and the mainframe

It’s still worth it to work with mainframes, as they seem to be living on in cloud environments … continue reading

Compuware tool helps teams pinpoint app-performance problems

Same end-to-end monitoring tool lets mainframe and distributed system teams track z/OS CICS and z/OS Java app performance … continue reading

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