Modern customers are IT consumers who expect customized content on demand via mobile and web-based services and apps. To maintain market share, IT organizations must adapt to change faster and deliver more frequently – but improving mainframe development practices and increasing testing capacity are big challenges.
Mainframe DevOps – the development challenge
Embracing change can be easier to say than do for mainframe organizations. Resource priority on the mainframe is given to production rather than dev and test. Current tooling, processes and practices may be cumbersome, linear, iterative and slow – but they will also be long-established.
New efficiencies from mainframe environments
By embracing modern development tooling and contemporary testing capability, organizations can achieve DevOps levels of efficiencies and see new returns on mainframe investments. Working collaboratively, teams can deliver more releases faster – and in parallel.
Efficiency, collaboration and flexibility – the pillars of mainframe DevOps
Adopting a DevOps culture and modern tooling can remove bottlenecks and enable parallel development at scale while preserving quality and process integrity and managing mainframe cost.
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The new competitive advantage
Mastering mainframe DevOps is about achieving IT agility without disrupting core business processes. But putting DevOps theory into action is easier said than done. Micro Focus helps mainframe organizations tick all the boxes for mainframe DevOps. Whether it’s the right collaboration tools, an efficient, automated integration environment, or flexible testing capacity, we help remove the bottlenecks development teams face when attempting to deliver faster.
DevOps means diverse teams working together to develop, test and deliver to the business faster. The right mainframe development and delivery tooling equips a team to more easily see, understand and take prompt action to deliver results efficiently while maintaining quality.
The right tools, process and visibility can also remove challenging development bottlenecks. They enable more functionality, testing and increased collaboration across diverse teams. And it works – read how one of Italy’s oldest banks achieved DevOps levels of collaboration by improving developer productivity – and accelerating test cycles by 20%.
Scale delivery, manage change, and protect the system of record
Scaling mainframe DevOps requires automated, continuous integration. It needs a delivery environment that functions across multiple project teams and runtimes. It eliminates silos and potential bottlenecks.
The right source control management tool will replicate mainframe source code to a distributed environment. It will enable parallel development and efficient code change management.
Automatic, continuous integration that works with the resident mainframe software change management system ensures valuable mainframe source code integrity even while it is parsed out to multiple parallel development streams.
Smarter development plus software configuration management integration equals more high quality releases, faster without added cost or risk.
Enabling more frequent and flexible testing, earlier
Ensuring software runs across different operating systems, devices, browsers, and workloads requires flexible, on-demand testing resources. But mainframe developers can face capacity limitations where mainframe resources are dedicated to business-critical production workloads.
Successful DevOps enables more frequent and flexible testing, earlier in the process. The prohibitive cost of purchasing additional mainframe test capacity introduces another barrier to faster mainframe app delivery.
With contemporary tooling, mainframe IT organizations can improve success rates and avoid unnecessary cost and delay by performing pre-production testing on low-cost, commodity hardware. This approach keeps the mainframe in production and testing doesn’t have to wait for an appointment to integrate changes.
See how one Micro Focus customer, Enterprise S.p.A., reduced time to market by 20% through shorter test cycles.
"Using Enterprise Developer for z Systems in our parallel development processes means that code changes can be released on the mainframe and our Windows environment simultaneously."
"The approach proposed by Micro Focus was 20% cheaper than the alternative option of expanding our mainframe capacity. Over three years, we expect to cut development and testing costs by 40% through heightened productivity and by exploiting efficiencies."
"Compared to similar development tools in a pure mainframe environment, we felt that Micro Focus Enterprise Developer offered us an efficient debugging environment which helps us speed up the delivery of new modules and provide fixes if we need them."