• November 27, 2020

Git on IBM i​

Ask any average group of developers what their preferred version control tool is and you’ll overwhelmingly get “Git” as the response. Indeed, a Stack Overflow survey of nearly 70,000 professional developers found that just over 88 percent of them prefer Git over other version control tools. A key component of many organizations’ DevOps solution, Git […]

Open Source Solutions for IBM i

As I covered in a previous post, IBM i DevOps systems typically “ship” with all the functionality required to power a modern DevOps-based developer team or IT organization. This is, in fact, a major benefit of the IBM i platform over distributed systems.  But there are nevertheless good reasons why IBM i users—and even IBM […]

New Product Offering Renews Rocket’s Commitment to Open Source Software

Why can’t mainframes have a desktop like other computers? Can we find a way into the mainframe that is lightweight and has zero-install for the end-user? Can the mainframe be so open and modern that it becomes the standard platform for enterprise application development? These were the questions that led Rocket to start developing open-source […]

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Built-In DevOps Tools for IBM i

Many organizations are resigned to the belief that there’s no way to integrate their IBM i environment with the DevOps tools they use on their Windows, Linux, and Unix platforms. But these organizations are working from an outdated playbook. Today, IT and R&D teams can run the latest open source tools like Git and Jenkins […]

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 […]

The Silent Stars of Pandemic IT

Maintaining a functioning IT environment during a pandemic is no small task. Doing it remotely—while working from home with myriad distractions, dogs, kids and some challenging toilet paper procurement issues—is heroic. It’s something that has become increasingly common during the pandemic.  To get through the pandemic, most companies, schools, hospitals and, indeed, families, are even […]

Changing Priorities: IT During a Crisis

It’s hard to imagine a more unexpected and abrupt disruption to global society than we have now. One of the curious features of the COVID-19 crisis is the way so much of life continues, unnervingly, while so much has fully stopped. For IT, it means critical systems remain critical—possibly more so—while teams are separated, loads […]

COUNTDOWN TO IBM THINK WITH IBM CHAMPION RON BISCEGLIA

This year, a record-breaking number of Rocket employees were named as 2020 IBM Champions—13 to be exact. To celebrate our ongoing partnership with IBM, and our dedication to innovation, legacy technologies and legendary results, we want to highlight them.  Over the next weeks, we will count down to IBM THINK with each of the 2020 […]

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IBM Db2 Cloning Tool: Previewing a New Face for a Powerful Product

IBM Db2 Cloning Tool high-level description The IBM Db2 Cloning Tool (Cloning Tool) moves Db2 for z/OS objects and data like an earthmover moves land, while performing some very precise and surgical checks and updates. If you are not familiar with the product, the highest-level descriptions would be to: Create clones of entire Db2 subsystems/data […]

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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. […]