Rocket at 25: top 10 blog entries of 2015

2015As Rocket’s 25th anniversary year draws to a close, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the blog posts that you, our esteemed readers, found most interesting. Not surprisingly, technical posts rose to the top–maybe you’re trying to tell us something. Some of these posts were actually written before the year began, but you can’t keep good content down. So without further ado, here they are–the blog posts that were read most between January 1 and December 16.

1. Business Intelligence Development Studio (SSRS/Dashboard) and U2 Toolkit for .NET v.2.1.0: Microsoft describes SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) as a full range of ready-to-use tools and services to help you create, deploy, and manage reports. Reporting Services tools work within the Microsoft Visual Studio environment and are fully integrated with SQL Server tools and components. With Reporting Services you can create interactive, tabular, graphical, or free-form reports from relational, multidimensional, or XML-based data sources.

2. Rocket Storage Monthly: TimeFinder–Three Ways to Backup with an EMC VMAX Array: EMC is one of the biggest companies in the business of enterprise storage ,and as such you’ll find that their products are used by many companies globally. If you’ve worked with EMC’s Tier 1 VMAX arrays, you might have noticed that they’re equipped with a variety of backup options. But which is best for your environment?

3. Rocket Storage Monthly: Exploring Volume Cloning on VMAX with SYMCLI: In last month’s entry of Rocket Storage Monthly, I described the primary methods for creating backups on EMC’s VMAX using the TimeFinder family of software. Now you should have an understanding about which type of TimeFinder you want to use, but how will you execute and manage backups? Let’s go into more detail today and explore EMC’s management tools to learn more about how to create and operate on a TimeFinder Clone backup.

4. Python on z – for free!: Who doesn’t like free stuff? Especially free and useful stuff that can save you time on the job. Well, Rocket Software has been working on some z/OS Ported Tools, offering a complimentary collection of high quality open source software applications that has been optimized to operate on IBM z Systems.

5. Parse JSON with U2 Dynamic Objects:UniVerse and UniData now have the ability to work with JSON or XML as an object, simplifying when you need to either create or consume those formats. As of UniVerse 11.1 and UniData 7.3, U2 Dynamic Objects (UDO for short) help you easily work with these formats.

6. Rocket at 25: celebrating our birthday with Aerosmith: As IBM InterConnect winds down, many people are waking up later than usual today after a night of celebration. We started the night with CEO Andy Youniss taking the MGM Arena stage with his own guitar before giving one away, which was then followed by a great set from rock & roll legends Aerosmith. Once the show ended, over 500 people joined the Rocket team for a 25th birthday party.

7. Get closer to your data with Spark: It’s a great day here in Boston, and I’m excited to be at The Analytics Experience, a great event being put on by TDWI. I’m also excited that this important event is taking place right here in Rocket Software’s hometown, and we’re spending the week meeting new people, seeing old friends, showcasing some of our customer successes, and learning about and contributing to some of the most important trends in data management and analytics.

8. Does “legacy” always equal replace?: To modernize an existing application (or more likely a system of applications) it is necessary to identify the systems of record (SoR) that should be preserved ,and to describe the system of engagement (SoE) that should be built. The system of engagement embodies new business processes, and new actors (e.g. customers, outsources). It needs to define how it intends to call on and operate the SoR. These are expressed as logical interfaces that often are hybrid interfaces, where an SoE interaction results in a multiple SoR interactions.

9. Rocket and TJX team up in support of Heading Home: As Rocket celebrates its 25th year, many of us have been reminiscing about our time with the company. I have been with Rocket for five years, while others have been along for the full ride and some have only started in the past few weeks. I was in the 5th grade when the company was founded, and aside from learning about long division and dominating gym class, I learned an important lesson that year–one that continues to resonate with my experiences at Rocket today.

10. Rocket at 25: a real rocket man: When Johan Gedda and I co-founded the company in 1990, we chose the name Rocket Software because we wanted to be rocket scientists. Over the last 25 years we’ve had many brilliant people work here, but one long-term Rocketeer lives up to our name: Troy Heindel is actually a rocket scientist. That’s right – he worked as a NASA Space Shuttle Flight Controller, and managed the project to upgrade the Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center after the Challenger disaster. When astronauts called Houston with a problem, Troy was one of the guys who picked up the phone.

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Matthew West

Director of Content Marketing at Rocket Software
I like plate reverb, Rat pedals, Thai curry, New Weird fiction, my kids, Vespas, Jazzmasters, my wife & Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not necessarily in that order. Director of Content Marketing here at Rocket.
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