Joseph Gulla

Joseph Gulla

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  • Healthcare, Diversity and the Moon Landing: Welcome to Day 1 of the 2019 ECC Conference
    July 17, 2019
  • An Overview of the 2019 ECC Conference
    July 8, 2019
  • A Look at the IBM Global Solutions Directory
    July 1, 2019
  • A Look at IBM’s PartnerWorld Offerings
    June 24, 2019
  • A Look at the IBM Dallas ISV Center Offerings
    June 17, 2019
  • A Journey Through Automation on IBM Z

    Some time has passed since I took a close look at automation at the system level on IBM Z. In full disclosure, I once made a living automating mainframe operations. After doing some research, I was excited to find IBM Z Service Automation Suite. Its tagline is “automate and control a large range of system elements spanning both the hardware and software resources of enterprises in a sysplex.” This is a good starting point for a new series on automation in IBM Z from system to application. Let me get started. 

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    Posted: May 6, 2019 |

    Journey from Idea to Practice: Internetworking and Protocols

    Last week, I wrote about OLTP and Java. Both are important software that has moved forward at different paces and trajectories, yet both are projected to continue in a strong way into the future. This week, I’ll focus on internetworking and protocols like HTTP, as well as APIs and representational state transfer, SOAP and XML. 

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    Posted: April 29, 2019 |

    Journey from Idea to Practice: OLTP and Java

    Last week, I wrote about computing architectures as well as the emergence of Linux. These are two important implementations of IT that continue to move forward and evolve. Computer architectures and the elements that are part of its growth and change are both interesting and very detailed by nature. This week, I’ll focus on online transaction processing (OLTP) and the Java programming language. 

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    Posted: April 22, 2019 |

    Journey from Idea to Practice: Computer Architecture and Linux

    Last week, I wrote about web hosting and breaking up the monolith. These are two big ideas that moved forward (or are moving forward) at different rates of adoption. One peaked and the other is heading for it rapidly. This week, I’ll focus on computing architectures and the emergence of Linux. 

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    Posted: April 15, 2019 |

    The Journey From Idea to Practice in IT Can Be Short

    This is the first post in this series on how important ideas end up becoming common practice in IT.  Not all ideas make this journey and not all do it quickly, but the powerful and timely ones make it and provide a fun journey for the participants to change along the way. 

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    Posted: April 8, 2019 |

    Application Modernization Challenges Aren't Just Technical

    This is the last post in this series on application modernization. The focus here is on four crucial components of application modernization: business aspects, organizational opportunities, personnel needs and skills.

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    Posted: April 1, 2019 |

    REST, SOAP, Microservices, Monitoring and Management

    This is the fifth post in this series on application modernization. The focus here is on different aspects of the “outside in” approach, specifically Representational State Transfer (REST) and Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). I’ll also discuss base programs with Java and other languages, and other layers of software and organization like microservices, monitoring and management control.  

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    Posted: March 25, 2019 |

    Traditional and Nontraditional Approaches to Application Modernization

    This is the fourth post in this series on application modernization. The focus here is on a discussion of traditional and nontraditional approaches and techniques for application modernization. It’s difficult to imagine modernizing an application without opening up the source code, but when you examine the details behind the nontraditional approaches, you can see the ways they can be used and the benefits they bring.  

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    Posted: March 18, 2019 |

    Application Modernization and Toolsets

    This is the third post in this series on application modernization. The focus here is on toolsets to support modernization activities at all levels, from strategy work through implementation projects like indexed files to database migration, or support for outputs to mobile devices. How big is the role of toolsets in the overall effort?

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    Posted: March 11, 2019 |

    Application Modernization Methods: What’s Useful?

    This is the third post in this series about application modernization. Last week, the focus of my post was on strategies as a plan of action or policy designed to support application modernization efforts. A high-level and informed plan of action is needed for any renovation effort. This week, my focus is on methods to carry out the effort. A method is a specific procedure, systematic or established pattern to inform and guide application modernization. 

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    Posted: March 4, 2019 |

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