Enabling Agile & Continuous Delivery through Dev-Ops for Mainframe Computers
Speaker: Arthur Papian Gorji
Challenges - legacy mainframe systems:
As organizations with mainframe assets and infrastructure move towards becoming truly agile, they need to tackle the challenge of slow manual software development and deployment as well as rising MIPS costs associated with automation testing on target hardware. The challenge comes along with the fact that mainframe applications lack modularity, which makes the development process slow and even small code changes risky. Mainframe release processes are also very complex, manual and cost inefficient which take hours or days.
Agile enablement through Dev-Ops Pipeline:
As part of a PoV investigation, we explored the potential opportunities offered by a new stack of modernized IBM z Systems mainframe Dev-Ops tools. Dev-Ops tooling can enable agile development on IBM Z Systems mainframes through collaboration and interaction among mainframe COBOL developers, test & QA teams, and IT operations professionals maintaining the on premise IT infrastructure. It increases speed of continuous integration (CI) & continuous deployment (CD) on mainframes, improves quality of code through shift-left testing and automated delivery pipeline, and lowers overall costs because of fewer quality problems and software rollbacks.
Arthur Papian Gorji