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Christopher O'Malley
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"It's not always enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what is required." -Winston Churchill
"It's not always enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what is required." -Winston Churchill

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+Gene Kim is one of the greatest authorities & respected leaders within the DevOps community & he's obsessed with helping the community overcome challenges & advance the cause.

Imagine how pleasantly surprised & honored I was to receive a call from Gene seeking help. He told me that one of the problems most commonly expressed by the DevOps Enterprise community is how to influence other senior leaders in the organizations, who often represent the conservative leadership blocs, such as functional silo owners, the project management office, or maybe most important, senior business leaders. Gene said that for years, the DevOps Enterprise Summit programming committee had been searching for the right person to teach us how to better influence senior leadership & asked whether I'd be willing to share my advice.

Here's the resulting interview between Gene & myself at DevOps Enterprise Summit 2018. This video is intended as an aid, to be shared within an organization, on how engineering leaders can improve DevOps, how you can start driving DevOps in a DevOps-less organization & how you can get senior leadership engaged/involved in the DevOps journey.

Many thanks to +Gene Kim, DevOps Enterprise Summit & the DevOps community for inviting me to share my advice.

#leadership #devops #agile #mainframe +Compuware #DOES18 @DOES_USA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3H1E2lY_igI
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Interestingly, this post, "The Essential New Mainframe Mindset," is one of the most "viewed" & "liked" posts we've ever penned. It's difficult to predict when a message will strike a chord, but this post has caught folks' attention.

I'm often asked by people that are accountable for the mainframe in their organizations to send a message to their executive team explaining the invaluable/irreplaceable nature of the mainframe & what a mainframe, transformed for the digital age, looks like. This post is in response, but changing minds depends on messages being read & pondered. I encourage those that find this post helpful to share with their executive team. And, include a comment that adds your thoughts.

Changing a mainframe mindset is a journey. No one thing will make THE difference. It's little things done daily, when people are ready to learn, that changes minds. What's helping to accelerate a new mainframe mindset is mainframe customers sharing lessons learned & the business benefits realized in their Agile/DevOps journey.

As the post proclaims, "... the only obstacle still preventing enterprises from transforming their mainframes into uniquely powerful resources for market success via digital transformation isn’t technical at all. It’s attitudinal."

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/essential-new-mainframe-mindset-christopher-o-malley/
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Fast beats slow in the digital age. Waterfall bound IBM, CA and Micro Focus disadvantaged, mainframe customers have a Rational and ClearCase to throw out a rotting Harvest and Endevor to ChangeMan by making the essential move to Agile/DevOps with +Compuware Topaz and ISPW. All puns intended.

https://compuware.com/topaz-modern-mainframe-development-testing/
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This article is for all those self-interested mainframe naysayers that refuse to let facts get in the way of a good con and for all those actively-disengaged patsies that befall their prey.

The post-modern mainframe is a marvel of engineering that is unmatched in terms of reliability, performance, security and total cost of ownership for high-transactional, systems-of-record workloads not by a little, but by a lot. And, now, +Compuware tools and integrations (e.g., IDE, application/data visualization, unit-testing, source-code-management, integrations with Jenkins, SonarSource, CloudBees, XebiaLabs, ...) mainstream the mainframe to thrive in Agile/DevOps methods for effectively competing in the digital age. Those that would tell you otherwise either don’t know what they are talking about or don’t want to know what they are talking about.

Please give us a call.

hubs.ly/H0b4QJ-0
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Driven by the new z14, @IBMZ Systems quarterly revenue grew by more than 70% year-over-year with the most MIPS shipped in history. @IBM #IBMz $IBM @Compuware #mainframe @mainframemag
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The design of a successful strategy must begin with asking the right questions.

Through Representative Will Hurd leadership and with full bipartisan support, the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) has now become law. This removes funding constraints that should embolden Federal CIOs to take the urgently needed steps in designing a modernization strategy and then getting things done. The very first step is asking the right questions with a "citizen first" mindset.

This InformationWeek article, written for Federal CIOs, offers a perspective on the following strategic questions:

1. What’s your real objective?
2. Where are the real constraints?
3. How will you really measure – and extend – success?

Congress has rightfully opened an exciting door of opportunity for those entrusted and inspired to continuously improve federal services to US citizens. Carpe Diem! Very cool!
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My musings ⚡️ “Gartner Symposium/IT Expo” Why's Napoleon so sad? #Bimodal @Compuware @AWScloud @CloudBees #DevOps
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+Compuware makes the news. DevOps Online UK article, "Compuware 'marks cloud history' with Topaz on AWS."
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We were honored to have Michigan Gubernatorial Candidate Gretchen Whitmer visit Compuware's corporate headquarters in downtown Detroit.

Senator Whitmer's passion, sincerity and ideas for better serving Michigan residents and businesses were much appreciated. She also invested time with us understanding the role and responsibility of technology in best serving citizens in an increasingly digital age.

https://goo.gl/hbL6do
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A must read for IBMz customers, "CA’s Automic and Veracode Acquisitions: Toxic Waste for Mainframe Customers?"

Please read all the comments. They provide clues to the future.

https://goo.gl/t3i6vj
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