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Compuware ISPW speeds and simplifies source code management for this Telecom Service Provider
Source Code Management (SCM) has been a challenge for mainframe development and operations staff for a long time. Read this Case Study that describes how one US Telecom Service Provider improved accuracy, increased productivity and sped up its source code management by simplifying management with Compuware's ISPW
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BMC MainView automation reduces Insuranc[...]
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Defining Hybrid Cloud: A View from Above
The definition of hybrid cloud is evolving as the cloud market progresses and the transition to hybrid cloud continues. The emergence of hybrid cloud brings with it a multitude of new delivery models, services, technologies and more. This wealth of options provides potential hybrid cloud customers with lots of choices. But, it can also be confusing, which elevates the need for relevant detailed definitions. Read More...
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IBM's cloudMatrix Makes Selecting the Right Cloud Service Provider Easier
Choosing the best among competing options is a daily task. One that can be as easy as deciding what to have for lunch, or, as complex and stressful as buying a home or choosing a Cloud service provider. CIOs and IT staffs face similar challenges when selecting the right hybrid Cloud option and/or service provider. The pace of technological change, technical and business requirements, policy variation, changes and options make it frustratingly difficult. Finding the right combination of services, let alone identifying all relevant evaluation metrics is neither easy nor obvious. It involves not only technical requirement. Read more....
IBM cloudMatrix FINAL.pdf
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INTERCONNECT 2016 – where Customers lead, and IBM As-a-Service is on display
Along with some 23,000 others, we attended IBM’s InterConnect 2016 event in Las Vegas. IBM enlarged last year’s event with a special focus on customers who led nearly half the sessions. Customers kicked off the event; reviewing details of successes built on IBM offerings....Read about the event and how IBM makes possible Cancer research at the University of Chicago’s Center for Data Intensive Science (CDIS) ..
IBM InterConnect 2016 - FINAL.pdf
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On implementing Compuware’s pioneering mainframe strategy
Compuware extended their strategy with a strategic acquisition and the integration of Topaz with popular non-mainframe products. We assess their approach and discuss its importance to mainframe customers.......
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Mainstreaming the Mainframe, Developers hold the key!
Compuware has announced an evolution in their strategy. Based on their own experience with Agile development, along with intense customer interaction, they recognized and are responding to the need to change the focus of enterprise IT with respect to the mainframe and mainframe solutions. Here's what their doing.....
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What will be the results of the DELL - EMC merger? Here's our initial impressions and conclusions....which will be edited as events justify and time permits.....
Dell-EMC Merger Report - FINAL.pdf
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IBM Watson + Power Systems mainstream Cognitive Computing
Five years ago, Watson broke into public consciousness making headlines as an undefeated Jeopardy champion. IBM is mainstreaming a trimmed down, more accessible, easier to use and affordable POWER8-driven Watson about it here...
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Compuware’s Topaz for Java Performance enhances mainframe productivity!
Topaz for Java Performance provides detailed, comprehensive visibility into the performance and behavior of Java Batch programs and WebSphere transactions running on the mainframe.
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Compuware’s Topaz™ Runtime Visualizer – on the way to DevOps Nirvana!
Compuware announce dnew features for its Topaz for Program Analysis product. Agile processes, hard work and commitment allowed key component, Topaz Runtime Visualizer, to go from conception to product reality in just 84 days
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Compuware Topaz – Mainframe Software for the 21st Centur
A newly privatized Compuware is setting out to significantly impact the mainframe marketplace. It is targeted specifically to enhance the productivity on the mainframe of developers, operations and architects without deep expertise on the platform. Read more...
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Compuware Mainframe Application Performance + Developer Productivity Solutions = Smoother Handoffs, Faster Problem Resolution
Compuware united Abend-AID and Strobe – products for finding problems – with Developer Productivity solutions – products for fixing problems – read more about it.....
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IBM’s LinuxONE – Penguins in the Enterprise
Ever since IBM made a huge ($1 billion) commitment to Linux, its growth on the mainframe has been spectacular. Now that Linux on the mainframe has penetrated the majority of IBM’s large clients....IBM introduces a new family of mainframe servers,Emperor and Rockhopper, just for Linux users.....
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With Redis Labs, CAPI goes Mainstream, Big Time!
IBM announced CAPI (Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface) exclusively on POWER8 is proving it benefits solution providers and about how Redis Labs sees clients' benefit because from IBM's POWER8 with CAPI....
Redis Labs and CAPI go Mainstream.pdf
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BMC’s NGT = DB2 utilities for the 21st Century
At IDUG on May 5, BMC will present details on its Next Generation Utilities for DB2 (Session V02), to find out why you should be interested in this radical advancement to management and implementation for truly automated m/f utilities - read our commentary....
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BMC TrueSight Capacity Optimization 10.0
BMC recently released BMC TrueSight Capacity Optimization 10.0, which expands its capabilities to help manage capacity and keep IT aligned to the digital business in today’s dynamic, hybrid environments. Read more...
BMC TrueSight Capacity 10 final.pdf
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Apica Systems: Hybrid Application Performance Testing
Modern hybrid applications must be tested and tuned for performance, in order to meet the expectations of business initiatives and customers. Learn tips about hybrid application performance testing and tuning.
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Apica Systems - DevOps: Building Performance-Ready Hybrid Applications
Today, users expect applications to be fresh, fast, and facile. “Fresh” requires more frequent software updates and refreshed content. “Fast” means that applications have to perform well or users move on to other applications/providers that do. And “facile” translates to easy and user-friendly, including minimizing frustration from underperforming or non-functional applications.
These demanding user expectations place a bigger burden on DevOps teams who must ensure that applications are operational and performance-ready when released. As a result, DevOps teams are integrating performance testing into their development processes.
Apica DevOps Performance testing.pdf
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Orchestration Speeds the Delivery of Agile IT
Orchestration enables IT organizations to deliver IT services more quickly, efficiently and effectively. Transforming to delivering agile IT services supports new business initiatives and streamlines DevOps processes.
IBM Cloud Orchestrator.pdf
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EDGE2014 – For Innovation and the Art of the Possible, Infrastructure Matters
For real problem solvers, the real emphasis is on validating the effectiveness of IBM's capabilities in real-world situations, not simply speed ‘n feed specs - EDGE2014 gives them plenty to thing about...
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Serena Dimensions CM 14 delivers integrated Software Change/Config Management
Serena moves the bar for integrated software change and configuration management.....
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Lenovo’s plans to purchase IBM’s X86 server business were announced January 23, 2014. Welcomed by many, questioned by some and uncertain in the minds of others. Here's our take and advice....
IBM-Lenovo acquisition of X86 - WP.pdf
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POWER8 – IBM’s billion dollar bet on servers
IBM's announcement of POWER8 demonstrates a dramatic ramping up of effort intended to significantly increase Power Systems’ server market share. Read about what IBM needs to do and what they are doing to that end....
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BMC Control-M Workload Change Manager Automation delivers major savings in time and effort
BMC adds automated change and request management to workload batch processing with its Control-M Workload Change Manager. The intent is to resolve the inefficiencies and delays, primarily caused by er
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What is BMC's M/F Survery telling us?
BMC has been doing mainframe surveys for the past 8 years. The survey seeks to answer key questions about the mainframe. A natural question is: what is the mainframe’s future? See the responses and
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Operational Insights for Running IT at the Speed of Business
Big Data analytics is "changing the game" for IT Operations by helping IT find the "jewels" of information from mountains and mountains of data. IBM leverages its expertise in Big Data analytics and I
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Big Data & Analytics are among the hottest products right now, read how IBM speeds the path to optimal benefits…
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BMC MyIT: Consumer-cool for Business Apps allows IT to provide convenient access to enterprise-oriented apps that deliver services ranging from maps to room scheduling ..
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IT Operational Analytics delivers new insights to help solve and resolve IT issues more quickly, proactively and effectively than was previously possible.
Op Insights.pdf
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Read our latest take on the battle between IBM and Amazon for a $600M contract to provide cloud services to the CIA. As Yogi Berra once said, "It ain't over 'till it's over..."
IBM vs Amazon in the Cloud.pdf
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Compuware APM for Mainframe: Business focus drives better performance for distributed and mainframe environments
Compuware APM for Mainframe tracks and allows a drill-down of each business transaction across all platforms, not just the aggregated behavior of multiple transactions.
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It takes more than just Smart IT to succeed; it takes Savvy IT, this is the first of a series about what it takes to operate as Savvy IT, and what it means to you…
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Compuware APMaaS converges dynaTrace PurePath® Technology with the Gomez Performance Network - let's see what all the excitement is about......
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Oracle tends to be very aggressive in its attacks on competitors,recently targeting IBM, we find there appears less than meets the eye in some of what they assert....
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The announcement of Symantec 4.0 by executives revealed a new corporate strategy. Characterized as “a revolution”, it is much more than a marketing campaign.....

Symantec 4.0 Commentary -final.pdf
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IBM's CFO reported a significant year-over-year increase in their cloud business, more acquisitions like SoftLayer will help to accelerate and expand this growth…
IBM Sees the Future in SoftLayer-Comment[...]
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HP has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride the last few years, their new Blade offering proves they haven’t forgotten how to compete, see why here….
HP Makes Big Play with new Blades -2013-[...]
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Historically, access to software developers and pre-release builds has been restricted, IBM changes all that with it Community for Service Management Practitioners…
IBM-Providing-an-SMC-Community FINAL.pdf
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See how customers benefit from using capacity analytics embedded in IBM SmartCloud Capacity Monitoring as it delivers desired savings..….
IBM Capactity Optimization Case Study.pd[...]
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Roambi offers a window into your business intelligence world through a tablet, smartphone or phablet that is specifically designed for the mobile users..….
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We tend to be skeptical of overstating an initiative's importance by using names reminiscent of significant historical events. However, HP's choice could be justified, read why here....
HP Moonshot Commentary-FINAL.pdf
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Prelert's solution helps IT staffs find IT operation's “needles in the haystack”, with Anomaly Detective for Splunk environments.….
Prelert Commentary.pdf
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NetScout® Systems, Inc. hits the trifecta with customer-satisfying extensions including providing automated, simplified deployment and administration software ….
Commentary-NetScout nGenius 3900 series [...]
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Symantec has spent years building and extending its solution portfolio, their new strategy lays out their plan to rationalize and optimize to benefit customers ….
Symantec 4.0 Commentary -final.pdf
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Here is why we think that IBM’s addition of Linux to Power Systems is just what the market wants....
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See our comments and view of HP's converged cloud strategy....
HP Cloud Strategy.pdf
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Riverbed® Stingray™ solution customers speak out about their move from Appliance-based application delivery....
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BMC repackages and restructures its capacity management products as a package of modular solutions built on an integrated architecture….
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IBM’s design goal with IBM Flex System Manager is to return agility, efficiency, simplicity and control to data center operations, here is how....
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See our view on how Serena is orchestrating IT application lifecycle and business processes to optimize performance....
Serena-Software-Commentary-2012 FINAL.pd[...]
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See why we think the Numara acquisition demonstrates that BMC is acquiring a “turnkey” foundation for its future mid-market strategy and ecosystem.….
BMC Numara acquisition Commentary Final.[...]
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See how IBM's strategy for products and services for today's Cloud implementations set it apart from what its competition is offering….
IBM Cloud Strategy Final.pdf
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See why we think this announcement represents a more interesting, and influential shift in BMC’s understanding and focus in the market as it stands today..….
BMC_EUEM_Commentary - Final.pdf
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See how BMC's latest update to Control-M V8.0, simplifies access to workload automation capabilities and works to bring together IT operations and business staffs...….
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CloudPassage announces the first products specifically designed to provide server vulnerability and firewall protection in highly virtualized, dynamic elastic Clouds...….
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BMC Adds Competitive Muscle to End-User Experience Management
See how BMC adds competitive muscle to its APM solution by expanding available analytic capabilities and adding functionality...….
BMC_EUEM_Commentary - Final.pdf
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Serena Software – Orchestrating IT for Optimum Performance
Serena provides solutions to make it easy to rationalize and organize IT processes as they facilitate and support business operations processes..….
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IBM® PureFlex™ System: The Future of Datacenter Management
IBM's new IBM® PureFlex™ System “expert integrated systems” includes the unique management capabilities of the IBM Flex System Manager, read about them here...….
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IBM launches bid to increase demand for Linux on Power
With Linux the fastest growing OS in the world, read about IBM's response and plans to leverage a much more interesting and substantial market opportunity....….
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Riverbed® Stingray™ solution customers speak out about their move from Appliance-based application delivery
Switching from time-tested solutions and rock-solid suppliers is simply not done without compelling reasons, we interviewed to find out why they switched to Riverbed Stingray solutions.....….
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Are Your Cloud Applications Performance-Ready?
Cloud infrastructure scalability is no guarantee that applications will perform optimally there - here is an overview of application performance testing considerations when moving to the cloud...
Apica Systems Whitepaper Final.pdf
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IBM Tivoli Monitoring and Management deliver savings and position Česká pojišťovna for Future Growth
Read about why and how Česká pojišťovna decided to tapped IBM to integrated, infrastructure management to improve service and avoid IT Issues as it prepares for major growth....
PNA-IBM-Česká-pojišťovna- Case Study.pdf
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BMC Juices up IMS Fast Path
Heard that mainframe database technology was stagnant? Think again! BMC's IMS Fast Path product refutes these claims in a way that effectively undermines and disarms any such arguments.....
BMC juices up IMS fast path.pdf
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