Careers: Big Iron's Catch-22

Are mainframe pros the victims of their platform’s strongest selling points?

Big Blue Gets Dashboard Fever

If vendor interest is any indication, dashboards are hot. In fact, they're positively sizzling, which may explain why IBM is jumping into the fray.

Successful Project Management: Think Iteratively, Code Early

Is the way most enterprises develop software fundamentally flawed?

Big Blue’s SOA Blitz

Are the ESB visions touted by IBM, BEA, and others a new spin on an old idea: vendor lock-in?

A Mainframe First: J2EE Performance Testing for Big Iron Web Apps

Big Blue’s Rational Performance Tester for z/OS isn’t a technology in search of a market—it’s a reflection of market demand, IBM officials say

Study Finds Quality Improvement Projects Have Lower Failure Rate

Sometimes the smartest thing an organization can do is pull the plug on an ailing project—regardless of how much time and money it’s invested in it

Sticking It Out on MVS

In spite of IBM’s best efforts, a lot of customers continue to run mission-critical applications on older MVS mainframes

Eclipse: One IDE to Rule Them All

Some enthusiasts tout Eclipse as an Rx for programming anarchy

CA Brings Sub-Capacity Pricing to Low-MIPS, Emulated Mainframes

Mainframe emulation systems are often used in production settings, too—depending on the needs of customers

Reader Feedback: Management's Web-Services Push Meets IT Resistance

Many IT pros remain skeptical about service-enablement, but—as a growing number are finding out—they don’t have a choice in the matter

SOA: A Reality Check from IT Pros

Up to now, service enablement has largely been the baby of C-level executives and line-of-business managers. Many IT professionals see the promise of the technology, but warn that the reality is several years away.

Business Rules a Tough Sell to Veteran IT Pros

Some suggest that BRM is just a crazy notion in a technology utopia

India Shines in CA’s $1 Million Programming Challenge

CA put up $1 million in prizes to encourage developers to program for its open-source Ingres R/3 database

IT Under Siege from Business Rules Management

BRM proponents want to do away with tasks many IT pros take for granted

Rx for Software Quality Woes: Testing, Testing, and More Testing

Companies that implement a centralized software-testing program report higher quality levels than companies that don’t

Trends: End-User Application Development using Business Rules

The business rules approach is gaining ground—and has proven successful in the most unlikely of environments: long-time mainframe shops.

Offshore Outsourcing: Success and Savings Still Elusive

Despite unimpressive results, offshore outsourcing market is growing rapidly. Even so, plenty of offshore adopters could bring it all back home again

Careers: Combating Business-Process Change Overload

Compromise may be possible—even within the most control-oriented of corporate cultures

Sun Outlines Open-Source Plans

A new software license gives OpenSolaris a good foundation—even if Sun hasn’t worked out all the legalities of porting CDDL code to Linux

Lotusphere 2005: Notes, Domino, and Workplace Take Center Stage

Long-time Notes and Domino customers regard Workplace with suspicion—and IBM is still having trouble positioning the relationship between the two platforms