• October 20, 2020

The Importance of “Legacy” in Colleges and Universities

By Cameron Seay, guest blogger The global economy runs on mainframes. Depending on who you speak to, between 70 and 80 percent of all business transactions are still running through a mainframe. Even greater than that are ATM and credit card transactions, where 90 percent still rely on these legacy systems. Yet, when we discuss […]

Adapting to the new normal: Remote work and the mainframe

Work from home has become an essential business proposition and it’s not just for today. It’s something that we’re going to live with for many years. As a result, we need to rethink how we’re connecting to the mainframe today. Accessing the mainframe First things first, a connection is necessary. Rocket BlueZone Web 3270 emulator. […]

“Set it and forget it” should not be your approach to cybersecurity

As the world turns to remote working in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity is becoming a hot topic. Many businesses were forced to adapt quickly to remote work, without a security plan in place. Other businesses were already set up for remote work, but with an uncertain timeline, some aspects of cybersecurity may […]

Inspiring the Next Generation of Rocketeers

Like many people, the end of the year is always a time where I find myself reflecting on the past year’s successes and looking ahead in anticipation of the goals we’ll achieve. While I’ve talked about Rocket’s exciting next chapter and have often discussed our vision internally, I recently had the opportunity to share our […]

Live from IBM World of Watson: Putting the ‘Business’ into Social

Traditional BI ‘collaboration’ is one-to-many eg publishing infographics to a website  or emailing a PDF – it’s like running a webinar where the participants are on mute (‘listen only mode’). The future of collaborative BI must evolve to ‘many-to-many’ – including abilities for co-authoring of BI content, as well as co-consumption, annotation, discussion, sharing, editing. […]

The parallel between software design and music

As an aspiring jazz guitarist with a lot of musician friends in the software industry (including many at Rocket), I often reflect on the parallels between software design/development and music. For example: how the “workflow” of product design should be harmonious and keep a relationship “to the tonic,” i.e. the objective of the tool or […]

CorVu Profile

Rocket at 25: a blast from CorVu’s past

CorVu was founded in 1990, and was brought into the Rocket family 17 years later in 2007. Based in Sydney, Australia, the first CorVu product hit the marketing in 1993, and the company expanded to other countries around the world within a matter of years. By September 1994 a London office had opened, with a […]

See Rocket’s new Business Intelligence solution (and take in a Red Sox game) on April 28

Rocket Discover is a new new self-service business intelligence solution, providing intuitive data preparation and discovery for business managers and executives. With just a few clicks, anyone can create colorful dashboards that help you analyze sales, profit, social media, and other information to make better business decisions. Rocket Discover easily connects to IBM Cognos TM1 […]

Drowning in data? These four tips will come to your rescue.

As a guy who began his career two decades ago as a data analyst, stringing those three words together (“drowning in data”) in the subject line wasn’t easy…but sadly it can be true. One of my challenges as a consultant is managing the amount of data that I work with. A good majority of my […]

Big Data

Big Data and Data Science: Gold Rush or Bright Future?

If you haven’t noticed yet, big data has become big in the last few years, and data science has become the next big profession. That is, if you believe the Internet, where predictions are made that Chief Data Scientist roles could displace CIO positions. But technology trends come and go. Some reach dazzling heights before […]