• September 25, 2020

Rocket.Build 2020: Virtual Event Expands Possibilities

Rocket.Build is an annual hackathon event that is meant to engage Rocketeers, partners, customers, and the community to create real-world applicable solutions. For me, the event even predates my knowledge of Rocket Software. I participated in the community build a few years ago, and it’s what introduced me to the company. Now that I’m a […]

Rocket.Build 2020: Leading Innovation

There’s a feeling of code in the air. Yes, it’s that time of the year again—although a bit late, no thanks to COVID—when we let our grey matter twist and turn as we prepare ourselves to fail and fail again. Who knew failing could be so exciting and informative? But like all Rocket.Builds, the intention […]

Modern, Open, and Smart Data Management for Db2 Leaders

This was originally presented as a keynote session at the IDUG Virtual Db2 Tech Conference in July 2020.  Since my years in grad school, I’ve been interested in DB capabilities. As part of my thesis and graduate assistant work, I evaluated, operated, and used multiple DBs, including several open sources ones. As part of my […]

IBM Z for the Next Generation: What New Graduates Need to Know

“Why is IBM Z® important?” It’s a phrase I hear often when I talk with fellow coders who ask what kind of developing I did at Rocket Software. My answer to this question is usually, “Well, they are still widely used in almost every essential service across the world.”.” I’m the first to admit that, […]

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. […]

DB2 Cloning Tool: Enabling Db2 for z/OS Provisioning (PH00169)

Are you looking for a way for Db2 for z/OS to participate in your company’s DevOps processes? Have the requests for test object and data creation, and refreshes, in support of Agile sprints, increased as developers strive to meet business demands? The Cloning Tool stands ready to help. Sure, the IBM Db2 Cloning Tool can […]

People are asking “What is Db2 DevOps Experience for z/OS?”

This article was originally published on the IBM community blog and was written in collaboration with Patrick Bossman, an STSM for Db2 for z/OS at IBM, Paul McWilliams, an Information Developer for Db2 for z/OS at IBM, and Paul Bartak, Principle Solutions Advisor for Db2 Tools for z/OS at Rocket Software. IBM Db2 DevOps Experience […]

Db2 Cloning Tool: Enhanced App Cloning Index Processing (PI99726)

If you perform Application (Tablespace) Cloning with the Cloning Tool, chances are that you will experience a free performance boost after applying APAR PI99726 (PTF UI57180). It is likely that indexes are included in your cloning LISTDEF definition or via the COPY parameter, ALWAYS-COPY-INDEXSPACES. With this enhancement, the Cloning Tool Source job will be able […]

Db2 Cloning Tool: What is Skeleton Cloning?

Unless you’ve seen a presentation on the Cloning Tool, you may not be aware of support for something called Skeleton Cloning. The only references to “skeleton” in the user guide are in the context of ISPF, and there’s no mention of it in the panels or profiles.  Skeleton Cloning is a subset of Subsystem Cloning, […]

Now available: open-source drivers for IBM Db2 Connect

The marriage of mainframe applications and open source software continues to deliver innovative solutions for Enterprise customers. Companies are always looking for ways to take advantage of the unmatched reliability of these systems as well as continue to leverage their legacy investments. Many global banking and financial services organizations as well as major airlines and […]