What is Mainframe DevOps?
Successful Mainframe DevOps does not exclusively belong to any particular business profile or development model. Every organization can meet specific business drivers with incremental, percentage improvements. Delivering new services via mobile and web? Streamlining processes to gain new market share or scale geographically? Improving mainframe efficiency and quality to boost profit margins? Priorities might look different, but all are achievable.
Improving responsiveness and embracing digital transformation means overcoming productivity, process
and technology barriers. Finally, the modern enterprise must unite around one team and a single goal–IT delivery at the speed of business.
Why do you need to improve Mainframe and DevOps Collaboration?
Improving mainframe collaboration and technical flexibility is challenging. Teams are siloed and use longestablished, non-Agile development practices, creating a lack of cross-team engagement. Change on the mainframe requires specialized development tools and iterative, linear processes that create bottlenecks. Testing capacity is inflexible, and cost is prohibitive–creating another bottleneck as a result.
- Limited knowledge of mainframe applications among delivery teams creates risk and bottlenecks so it results into a faster application change.
- Inefficient and outdated tooling alongside rigid mainframe process prevents parallel development at scale.
- Limited mainframe test capacity hampers earlier detection and resolution of quality issues.
How can parallel development, continuous integration and delivery, early and frequent testing; which was born in the distributed computing world and based on Agile development practices; transfer to the mainframe world, and applications not designed with DevOps in mind? Because success is imperative. The business needs the whole of IT, not just some of it, to deliver faster, together, to meet evolving customer demands and maintain a competitive edge.
How does this Whitepaper help?
A successful strategy will span the entire delivery lifecycle, from concept to customer. Its goal will vary depending on what the customer is looking for; it will certainly improve time to market or quality, achieving feedback through process automation or continuous integration and delivery. Hence for mainframe shops aspiring to deliver innovations faster, DevOps promises the greater levels of efficiency, collaboration and flexibility needed to meet rapidly evolving business needs.
The ebook is a comprehensive guide to Mainframe DevOps.