For many IT organizations, speeding-up release cycles on the mainframe is more of an aspiration than reality. But by applying DevOps best practices to the process of developing, testing and deploying mainframe applications, there are many opportunities to achieve the faster release cycles your business needs.
In Forrester’s words, “DevOps is a set of practices and cultural changes, supported by automation tools and lean processes, that creates an automated software delivery pipeline, enabling organizations to deliver better-quality services and applications faster to ultimately win, serve, and retain their customers.”
The DevOps opportunity
For application development managers and team leaders, their most important priority is whether a platform – mainframe or otherwise – enables their teams to work at the speed the business demands. DevOps best practices accelerate application delivery by making it easier and more efficient to update or change code. It makes sure the same development, testing and deployment processes are applied throughout the business, regardless of platform.
And by making the mainframe more accessible for all, it’s a great way to encourage younger developers who may be less familiar with mainframes. Especially as the new generation of developers love finding ways that automation can help them work better.
Here are three areas where I’d urge you to consider the benefits of applying DevOps best practice in order to accelerate application delivery.
Modernizing your application development tools gives you a more efficient means of enforcing best practices and coding standards. This creates a better understanding of your enterprise applications throughout your teams. It also helps you integrate Agile development tools and Source Code Management, enabling total visibility and control throughout the development lifecycle. Click here to learn more
A DevOps platform makes it easier to access production-like test data without compromising data privacy. You get streamlined provisioning of mainframe test environments, virtualized testing to eliminate provisioning and sharing challenges, and intelligent tools that enable automated testing for faster validation. Click here to learn more
When it comes to deployment, automation means you benefit from zero-touch deployment for z/OS using common toolsets across the enterprise. Integrated tools enabling a continuous delivery pipeline make it easier to manage relationships across multiple development toolsets. While total automation reduces lag time from days to minutes. Click here to learn more
This isn’t just theory. A large global bank used application lifecycle management best practices to increase time to market by 10-15% and improve quality by 25%, improving the customer experience and reducing operational costs. How? By streamlining the build and test processes through automation. If you’d like to achieve results like these, I encourage you to check how DevOps in a mainframe environment can work for you. Click here to learn more
 Six Trends That Will Shape DevOps Adoption In 2016 And Beyond. Forrester, 2016