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Automated testing to support application development reaps many rewards 3jEZ^9RY_•:]]fdecReZ`_Sj=Rccj;`de very IT organization struggles to meet business expectations. Frequently, these expectations are in conflict. The business requires production systems to be highly reliable and available with a strong set of controls in place to ensure that whatever is deployed into the production system is of high quality and has been thoroughly vetted. But the business also expects to deploy new applications and capabilities quickly to adjust to ever-changing market conditions and new ventures. A key component in meeting these goals is establishing the right environments and practices to rapidly create applications of maximum quality. 32 pg 32-36.indd 2 MAY/JUNE 2 013 It’s a challenge to build test and development environments, but leveraging these automated testing techniques can help create a streamlined continuous delivery pipeline. Development Environments Development teams need environments where they can create, investigate, prototype, try out, vet and verify the capabilities and runtime characteristics of their work. These development environments typically are separate from the systems where production applications operate—and for good reason. As the size and complexity of applications and development teams increase, so do the require- ments on their development systems. Multiple copies of the development and test environments are often needed so teams can work in relative isolation. While they must be a close approximation of the production platform, they usually differ to keep costs down and to allow more diagnostic capabilities and an opportunity to debug features. From time to time, development teams must be allowed to investigate the usage of new or additional features offered by the runtime environment. With regard to functional capabilities offered and the configuration of various middleware employed, environments must generally mirror each other ibmsystemsmag.com/mainframe 4/15/13 4:04 PM http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/mainframe

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2013

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2013
Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: See Beyond the Silos
IBM Perspective: Keys to Successful Software Development
Dashboard: It's a Smarter World After All; Encouraging Exercise; Facebook Fatigue?
Insider: Reimagining Data Protection Requires Due Diligence and Defense in Depth
Case Study: Financing the Future: BNY Mellon increases workload and cuts costs by investing in a standardized mainframe environment
Feature: Making DevOps Real for System z: Linking development and operations for the continuous delivery of software innovation
Feature: Building a DevOps Pipeline: Automated testing to support application development reaps many rewards
Tech Corner: Software-Defined IT Infrastructure: The Next Chapter in Virtualization Benefits
Administrator: Single System Image Feature Delivers Greater Flexibility and Resilience
Solutions: CA Mainframe Application Tuner; Ivory Hub; Genius Project; CICS JS/Server; CA Workload Automation; QWS3270 Tablet
Advertisers Index
Stop Run: Un-Comfort Zone
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
Services Blueprint Issue 1 2013
2013 Mainframe Buyer's Guide Index

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