Archive for the ‘Governance’ Category

System’s programmers on the mainframe have a pretty difficult time these days. More and more complexity, rampant growth of z/Linux, Websphere and RD&T boxes. Draconian constraints, compliance and governance mandates to be applied. All with fewer and fewer resources. It is a common problem.

Serena is here to help. Our ChangeMan SSM technology is designed to be the SysProg’s best friend and unswerving ally.

Sitting quietly in the background monitoring system datasets and members like the APF authorized libraries, the LINKLIST datasets, console commands and any



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Well it’s here! The registration for xChange15 in Washington DC opened today. Visit www.serena.com/xchange for details.

If you are a xChange alumnus, you will have been sent a discount code giving a very special price as a thank you for being a returning attendee.

If you are new to xChange, we have a special promotional code for you that will save you $300 off the full price and this is good



Next month I will be presenting at the SHARE conference in Pittsburgh. The bi-annual event is the place to be to learn about the trends and tricks for developing modern applications on the mainframe.

No one knows better than the army of Change and Release Managers that guard the mainframe environment, just how risky it is to change anything on the mainframe. And no one knows better than they just how business threatening it is not to keep pace with the market and customer needs. Balancing these two forces has been at the heart of the mainframe



Most organizations figured out a long time ago that instilling some level of governance and control over application source code (your business applications running on the mainframe) was a very good idea. This governance:

  • Saves costs, drives revenue and mitigates risk.
  • Provides traceability for changes.
  • Moves artifacts through a lifecycle of structure and rigor.
  • And most importantly – it protects production.

Yet as sound as this is, I’m amazed at how the other half of the mainframe is open and unprotected.   By and large, most firms don’t have any change governance in place against the system software (the software that’s running your