From Theory to Reality—A Best Practice Guide for Mainframe DevOps
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.
While there is no templated way for IT organizations to deliver software, most development managers would agree that whatever the approach, delivering new application innovations faster is imperative. Common motivators include staying ahead of the competition, reducing operational costs, aligning IT to better support the business–or a combination of any of these elements.
While time to market, a clear business advantage, underscores everything, doing things better, easier and for less is never far from the mind of the CIO. This is all driving the need to deliver innovations faster. Perhaps this is why recent research1 suggests 45% of IT professionals are planning to implement DevOps practices in their enterprise organizations?
Unrestricted by process and liberated by the flexibility to swiftly adopt change, newer and smaller companies can move faster using efficiency-enabling tools and modern collaborative working practices from the get-go. However, moving faster is more challenging for long-established organizations.
They are typically burdened with complex technologies and disparate teams using multiple development processes, a characteristic of most mainframe shops. So, can your organization cost-effectively achieve higher levels of efficiency by retrofitting a new delivery concept to an infrastructure it was never designed for?
The answer is yes. Successful 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.
So how can parallel development, continuous integration and delivery, early and frequent testing—all particular to DevOps, 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.
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