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out all of the existing tools and solutions; instead companies should integrate what they already have.
This leads into the third problem customers struggle with: manual processes. This is

the greatest challenge, as developers typically focus on how applications can streamline their business services while not taking sufficient advantage of automation themselves. Release management is a prime example: Instead of automating the process and release tasks so that each lovingly crafted application is deployed properly, companies too often rely on manual deployments or scripts that are manually updated each time, or both. In any case, time and effort are wasted in the release process, and increased potential for errors and botched deployments results. Application lifecycle-management processes and best practices in release management must be considered as integral to the entire process. Working together,

Improving communications and integrating processes between these long-divided groups is a goal the entire IT industry should be working toward.
release management and service management can further help DevOps. Tracking and improving visibility into these and other key performance indicators is essential for any development organization. the processes are not clearly defined or documented. Choosing the right process is an essential part of planning application deployment. Dev and ops should work cohesively as part of the application-development lifecycle to ensure timely and low-risk delivery of application changes. Having this wider overview of processes can help both sides see where they’re being more productive and where they’re successfully delivering what the business demands. Business and IT collaboration should come as part of the wider business process that exists around the application lifecycle. Business owners that request new applications or updates to software must be able to see the status of their requests in both the development and delivery processes. DevOps represents a new mindset—from dev and ops competing for resource allocation to working together to deliver the revenue-driving applications the business demands. When paired with end-to-end (requirements-to-release) application release automation, DevOps can increase the release flow and deliver killer apps to the business.

TOUGH QUESTIONS
To make the most of their application-delivery strategies for the future, enterprises need to ask some tough questions:

h Are we getting better, faster and
more efficient with application delivery?

h Where are our bottlenecks? h What dependencies are
elevating our risks?

DevOps and the Mainframe Environment The paradigm shift of DevOps results from the rapidly increasing number of application releases being developed. Business demands more revenue growth through online applications, and development is working hard to deliver the changes that facilitate this shift. In distributed systems and mainframe environments, IT operations departments aren’t equipped to handle this increase, resulting in a backlog of applications to release. Organizations are adopting DevOps to respond to the need to release more often and more apps each time. Applications that access mainframe information systems and databases are really multiplatform applications, and their releases affect both mainframe and distributed platforms. Hence, the DevOps movement is applicable for mainframe environments—the end goal, regardless of platform, is for IT to deliver what the business needs. Bridge the Gap The handoff between dev and ops represents a critical gap in the releasemanagement process, and it’s typically where things go wrong, especially if

h Are our costs tracking to plan? h Will we release our apps on
schedule, and what’s preventing us from doing so?

Jeff Westenhaver develops and executes marketing campaigns for Serena Software release management and mainframe solutions.

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Table of Contents
Editor’s Desk: Simplicity Itself
IBM Perspective: The Changing Data Center
Insider: Solve the DevOps Challenge With Orchestrated IT
Q&A: Guru Rao Explains How a Better World Begins With Smarter Computing
Case Study: A Comfortable Place: Furniture Brands rests easier with SecureAgent's backup and recovery solution
Cover Story: Smarter By Design: "That's the way to build capacity and hold costs flat," says IBM VP Doug Brown
Feature: Another Dimension: What sets the zEnterprise environment apart?
Tech Corner: How You Do What You Do When You're a z196 CPU
Tips & Techniques: Virtualization Reshapes How Data Is Stored
Solutions: CA Mainframe Application Turner - M4Workbench Eclipse - Virtual Machine Backup
Resources: Advertisers’ Index
Stop Run: Through Three Generations, One Family's Story Shows That While Technology Has Changed, IBM's Fundamental Mission Hasn't
Reference Point - Global events, Education, Resources of Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Editor’s Desk: Simplicity Itself
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - IBM Perspective: The Changing Data Center
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Insider: Solve the DevOps Challenge With Orchestrated IT
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Q&A: Guru Rao Explains How a Better World Begins With Smarter Computing
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - CT1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - CT2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Case Study: A Comfortable Place: Furniture Brands rests easier with SecureAgent's backup and recovery solution
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Cover Story: Smarter By Design: "That's the way to build capacity and hold costs flat," says IBM VP Doug Brown
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Feature: Another Dimension: What sets the zEnterprise environment apart?
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Tech Corner: How You Do What You Do When You're a z196 CPU
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Tips & Techniques: Virtualization Reshapes How Data Is Stored
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Resources: Advertisers’ Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Stop Run: Through Three Generations, One Family's Story Shows That While Technology Has Changed, IBM's Fundamental Mission Hasn't
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Reference Point - Global events, Education, Resources of Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - BG1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - BG2
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