Mainframe

July 17, 2018

In my first blog in this series, I highlighted some of the main challenges teams face with trying to scale mainframe DevOps. To get past these hurdles, the key is to develop an incremental approach that enables teams to capture value along each step of the journey ...

July 16, 2018

The key to mainframe DevOps success is in quickly identifying and removing major bottlenecks in the application delivery lifecycle. Major challenges include collaboration between mainframe and distributed teams, lack of visibility into the impact of software changes, and limited resource flexibility with scaling out necessary testing initiatives. Now let's take a closer look at some of these key challenges and how IT departments can address them ...

May 03, 2018

The prospect of increased workloads, combined with shrinking mainframe skillsets, has huge implications for mainframe DevOps. The only way for organizations to solve this skills gap crisis is by optimizing developer productivity. Drilling down a level further, what does this all mean for mainframe DevOps? ...

January 08, 2018

DevOps experts offer predictions on how DevOps and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2018. Part 8, the final installment, covers testing ...

December 21, 2017

DevOps experts offer predictions on how DevOps and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2018. Part 4 covers Agile, CD and the development process ...

November 08, 2017

Mainframes may be legacy, but they still run a lot of business. With so much in play, businesses run a great risk when practices for maintaining and developing on mainframe remain largely the same despite the rest of the organization undergoing significant change to keep pace with the latest DevOps trends ...

April 20, 2017

One could argue that testing is the most important phase of an IT project. It's also time-consuming and expensive. It's essential to strike a balance between an IT testing program that ensures a quality product and the cost-to-value ratio of your project. But when you're dealing with replatforming projects, how much testing is enough testing? ...

March 27, 2017

A recent survey, conducted by Forrester and commissioned by Compuware, showed 96 percent of new business initiatives involve the mainframe. However, the platform is not without challenges. The survey also revealed frustration and concern among development leaders, particularly when it comes to their team's ability to accommodate the speed and agility required to compete in today's digital market ...

January 23, 2017

Until recently, many IT leaders still believed they could allow their mainframe environments to languish in two-code-drops-a-year waterfall mode, while they embraced DevOps and Agile across their distributed and cloud environments. This so-called "Bimodal lT" strategy has proven to be dangerously flawed. So how do you actually get your mainframe environment up to speed? ...

March 16, 2016

DEVOPSdigest asked experts from across the industry for their recommendation on a key technology required for DevOps. Part 3 of the list covers covering continuous delivery ...

January 08, 2016

In the field of financial services, transitioning to DevOps can be especially challenging for two main reasons. First, there is a strict separation of Development and Operations. Second, many executives and IT people believe that the software and hardware environments of financial services companies, particularly banks, are not compatible with DevOps. Enough with the challenges. Here are some practical ways for financial services companies and many other organizations to embrace DevOps successfully ...

December 21, 2015

In DEVOPSdigest's first annual list of DevOps Predictions, experts — analysts and consultants, and the top vendors — offer predictions on how DevOps and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2016. Part 5 is the final installment of DevOps predictions ...

November 19, 2015

DEVOPSdigest asked experts from across the industry to define what DevOps means to them. The goal is to show just how many varied ideas are connected with the concept of DevOps, and in the process learn a little more what DevOps is all about. The third installment shows the impact of DevOps on both Dev and Ops team members ...

October 26, 2015

Most discussions of DevOps assume that the "dev" is being done exclusively in programming languages of recent vintage and that the "ops" are occurring exclusively on distributed or cloud platforms. There are, however, at least three compelling reasons to have a DevOps discussion that focuses on the mainframe ...