Hybrid IT is all about harnessing the power of the digital age to deliver, analyze, adapt and innovate your enterprise’s critical functions—regardless of technology or platform. The mainframe is key to your hybrid IT strategy containing a rich repository of data and applications delivered through unmatched scalability and security. Mainframe organizations however, are challenged with making the mainframe more readily consumable across all platforms and by the next-generation workforce—limiting the ability to deliver value to the business.
To help businesses meet this challenge, mainframe industry leaders CA Technologies, IBM and Rocket Software joined forces to create a new open-source mainframe software framework. In collaboration with the Linux Foundation’s Open Mainframe Project, we created Zowe—a modern interface for z/OS that brings open source to the mainframe. Zowe enables application development and operations teams to securely manage, control, script, develop and interact with the mainframe like any other cloud platform. In this way, Zowe is key to building an integrated and agile mainframe.
The Case for Open Source
How will Zowe benefit the mainframe platform, ecosystem and our industry?
- Ensure long-term mainframe innovation. Participate in the initiative and collaborate with other enterprises in further developing the mainframe and preparing it for the future of business. As an open-source project, you’ll leverage the latest innovations from the community to help extend the viability of the platform.
- Adopt new technologies and capabilities. Community collaboration around the Zowe framework and standards allows for more integration opportunities and choices with respect to technology—providing the agility you need to effectively respond to market changes using the latest innovations.
- Address the mainframe skills gap. Zowe provides simplified and familiar infrastructure services for the mainframe. Programmers can interact with the mainframe using familiar tools and frameworks—increasing productivity and ensuring business continuity.
It’s Your Move
As an industry, I encourage all vendors and clients to support the Zowe initiative through community participation. We all know the power and value the mainframe brings to business. The key is tapping into community knowledge and global innovation to drive even greater value. Making that shift towards a more community-driven innovation approach is up to you.
Participation in the Zowe community also gives you the opportunity to influence the direction of the entire platform. You can literally shape the future of the mainframe through your inclusion and contribution to the open-source project.
How to Get Started
Zowe is powerful enough to help you support and innovate your business. That much is clear. So, how do you take advantage of Zowe?
Simply go to the site to participate in and contribute to the Zowe developer community. You will join hundreds of developers from enterprises worldwide who are dedicated to opening the mainframe. Take the opportunity to share your ideas, submit fixes and showcase your development skills to further Zowe’s goals and modernize the mainframe.
Zowe is a truly powerful, open collaboration initiative helping businesses experience the full benefit of digital transformation through a dynamic hybrid IT architecture inclusive of the mainframe. Engage with Zowe today and increase the power of your business!