Joseph Gulla

Joseph Gulla




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  • Strategies, Methods and Toolsets for Modernization
    February 18, 2019
  • Architectural Enhancements for a Wide Variety of Workloads
    February 11, 2019
  • Special Hardware Support of Software
    February 4, 2019
  • 2018 in Review: Attending the ECC Conference
    January 28, 2019
  • 2018 in Review: Significant IT Capabilities and Technology
    January 21, 2019
  • Strategies, Methods and Toolsets for Modernization

    With this post, I am starting new series about application modernization. I have written about application modernization a number of times in the last four years, but now I’m taking a fresh look at the topic by taking a more systematic and organized approach as I have observed the size and complexity of the topic. What is this systematic approach? Let me explain. 

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    Posted: February 18, 2019 |

    Architectural Enhancements for a Wide Variety of Workloads

    With this post, I continue my exploration of IBM Z and its powerful support for some of the most important software for application development. 

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    Posted: February 11, 2019 |

    Special Hardware Support of Software

    In this post, I write about the z/Architecture hardware support for software like COBOL. I write “like COBOL” because the support is wider than just one important software product, but for this post, I just want to focus on COBOL.

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    Posted: February 4, 2019 |

    2018 in Review: Attending the ECC Conference

    In this fourth post of 2019, I am taking a look back at another series that was fun to research and write about even more so because it involved an event. I have been attending the annual Enterprise Computing Community (ECC) Conference at Marist College for many years and just this week, I received a “save the date” email with this year's conference details. 

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    Posted: January 28, 2019 |

    2018 in Review: Significant IT Capabilities and Technology

    In this third post of 2019, I am taking a look back at another series that was interesting to research and write. Back in July 2018, I began a series on significant IT capabilities and technology. I have a long history exploring the notion of significance, the quality of being worthy of attention and importance. I appreciate the word because it’s used in quantitative and qualitative contexts. When I did a study for a university project, I analyzed the data using standard statistical procedures to show statistical significance. My analysis was an effort to determine the likelihood that a relationship between two or more variables is caused by something other than chance.

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    Posted: January 21, 2019 |

    2018 in Review: Project Management and Other Jobs in IT

    As I wrote last week, I am looking forward to exploring new trends in 2019 and re-examining some topics that I have explored since I began the blog back in October 2013, more than five years ago. In this second post of 2019, I am taking a look back at two series that were fun and challenging to research and write. The first series was on projects and project management, and the second was related to other jobs in IT like IT architect and specialist.

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    Posted: January 14, 2019 |

    2018 in Review–IT Security

    This week begins a new year of IT Trendz posts. I am looking forward to exploring new trends in 2019 and re-examining some topics that I have explored since I began the blog in October 2013, more than five years ago. In 2018, I contributed 50 posts, so I would like to start the year by taking a look back at a few series that were fun and challenging to research and write. 

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    Posted: January 7, 2019 |

    Three Absorbing Middleware Solutions

    This week, I am finishing up this three-part series on middleware. In the first post in the series, I discussed the roots of middleware in what I referenced as the real history of middleware, with the real roots being in centralized enterprise systems. Last week, I discussed the taxonomy and market size of middleware. This week, I’ll finish with a discussion of three innovative middleware products.

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    Posted: December 17, 2018 |

    The Middleware Market is Interesting and Growing

    Last week, I revisited a topic that I find revitalizing: Middleware. In my previous post, I discussed the roots of middleware in what I referenced as the real history of middleware, with the real roots being in centralized enterprise systems. This week, I’ll continue with a discussion of the categories or taxonomy of middleware software and the size of the market.

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    Posted: December 10, 2018 |

    I Never Want a World Without Middleware

    For the last three weeks, I have been exploring the dimensions of IBM z14 hardware. As much as I could, I centered everything in those posts on some aspect of the hardware—speed of circuits, cache sizes, number of transistors, miles of wire—you get the idea. If you missed it, here are the two most important paragraphs in all three posts.

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    Posted: December 3, 2018 |

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