IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - (Page 10)

Insider Insights from the industry The Agile Enterprise and Beyond Proper tools can bring flexibility to application development By Al Saurette enry Ford didn’t invent the automobile, just the end-to-end process that made cars affordable for the masses, the assembly line. Bringing the parts and tools to workers in a logical sequence was a revolutionary idea. After decades of use, mainframes are the heart of many organizations, providing highly reliable financial transactions and delivering vital business services. However, for the sake of stability, system changes have been deliberately slowed down by adding layers of approval and management processes. As a result, we often hear that IT is slow, costly, error-prone and late; in short, a place where good ideas go to die. What’s needed in centralized IT is a revolution. H The New Assembly Line With existing systems doing much of the heavy lifting, the distributed world was free to innovate. Iterative development—in which small changes are coded, tried, recoded and tried again—certainly accelerated the development process. An attempt to bring order to this process without killing innovation gave birth to the agile methodology (see Figure 1, page 12). A way to achieve change without the overhead of traditional project 10 MARCH/APRIL 2012 ILLUSTRATION BY MARK STEPHEN

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012
Table of Contents
Editor’s Desk: Rethinking System z
IBM Perspective: Smarter Computing, Enterprise Modernization and the Mainframe
Insider: Proper Tools Can Bring Flexibility to Application Development
IT Today: Six Things You Didn't Know About the Modern Mainframe
Trends: Seven Reasons IT Projects Fail
Cover Story: Agile Thinking: How to leverage existing technology to gain a competitive advantage
Features: All Together Now: A centralized business analytics environment delivers great value
Improving Upon the Gold Standard: System z pushes the limits of high availability
Tech Corner: Processor Design Innovations Empower the z196
Developer: Accurate Project Scoping Helps Map Out a Faster Route to Success
Solutions/Advertiser's Index: PASSPORT Host Integration Objects - LegaSuite 6
Stop Run: Mainframer Clarence Golson Reflects on a Diverse Career Built on a Single Platform

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012