• July 8, 2020

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. […]

Reducing Shadow IT Through Digital Transformation

All businesses today have a hybrid IT environment. They pay for collections of servers,  be they UNIX servers, Windows servers, cloud servers or mainframe servers. Other IT spending includes mobile,  desktop and end-user devices. In many cases, those budgets might be by server domain, so the mainframe budget is separate and independent of the rest […]

Rethinking the role of the IBM Z during the COVID-19 quarantine

The COVID-19 quarantine is changing a lot of our lives, including working from home 100% of the time. This makes it a great time to revisit how your business is using its IBM Z. There are some terrific capabilities that can dramatically improve your business’ responsiveness to problems. These include reacting to spikes in business […]

JIRA for Rocket Aldon

Everyone loves JIRA (well, almost everyone). And what’s not to love? Many consider Atlassian’s JIRA the go-to tool for managing projects for many reasons. It’s highly customizable, it’s not restricted to a single platform, and it can be hosted on-prem or in the cloud.  Its capability to include requirement and change management processes adapted to […]

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 […]

Modern DevOps and the IBM i

As I travel around the world visiting with IBM i customers and discussing the challenges around managing a modern development environment, I am increasingly hearing a common refrain: “My company wants us to manage all of our development with Git.” It is completely understandable. Companies would like to have a single repository for all their […]