• April 9, 2020
IBM i (AS/400)

Common Disasters: Preparing for Outages

As we struggle with unprecedented challenges around the globe, IT departments are gearing up to enable remote access, work-from-home, and ongoing business operations in ways that they never anticipated before. It’s heroic work done with limited warning—and it’s keeping companies around the world operational. The Critical Role of Core Systems It’s in precisely these times […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

IBM i (AS/400)

Allow me to introduce myself

Hi!  I joined Rocket Software in January as the General Manager of the Power Systems Division. Our division focuses on the technologies that support administrators and developers of IBM Power and IBM i, and a few broader solutions like our amazing terminal emulation solution. My name is Christopher Wey and I actually started my career […]

IBM i (AS/400)

AS/400: Ready for New Challenges

There’s an old adage about how a fish can’t see the water — just as we can’t see the air. It’s there, it keeps us alive, and we don’t give it much thought until it’s missing. The same is true for legacy systems like AS/400. It’s there, it’s keeping the business alive, and it’s definitely […]

Celebrating Our 2020 IBM Champions

It is one thing to recognize your colleagues and their contributions internally, but it is quite another when the recognition comes from the broader technical community out there. I’m especially proud this year, as 13 of our Rocketeers were named to IBM’s 2020 Class of Champions—the most to be named from a single company! This […]

IBM i (AS/400)

Preparing for the Worst

At a previous job, one of our systems notified us there had been a disk failure. I was not too concerned, as we had redundancy built into the disk array. In short order; however, we had several other disks fail, and the system came down hard. We would later find out there was a manufacturing […]

IBM i (AS/400)

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 […]

Open Sesame!

It’s not exactly news to anyone that Rocket loves the IBM mainframe. Same goes for me. I started my career working on mainframe computers, and for nearly three decades I’ve run Rocket with the goal of solving hard, technical problems for IBM mainframe customers. I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years, but in […]