IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2013 - (Page 8)

IBM Perspective Mainframe directions Keys to Successful Software Development N Maximize Your Return While software development is more of a hobby for some companies, for others it’s their business. Regardless of where one falls in the spectrum, opportunities exist to create greater efficiencies. Beginning with the fundamentals, businesses can explore their collaborative capabilities. They can improve how teams work together, share and reuse knowl- 8 pg 8.indd 1 MAY/JUNE 2 013 edge, tips, hints and assets. Those further along in software development might better integrate the use of global development teams and manage their overall portfolio of software projects across those teams. The most advanced businesses can further integrate customers and partners directly into the software-development process. These organizations are determining how to evolve to a more flexible architecture that supports rapidly changing market demands. In addition to expanding their experience in agile software development, IT and software professionals should experiment with new technologies and seek out assignments that challenge them in both technical and business disciplines. With the right skills in place, organizations also need the right hardware to help streamline test-anddevelopment environments. With enterprise-class systems, especially IBM System z*, companies can create a virtualized partition in seconds that won’t impact existing workloads—and is accessible to developers and testers. Talent and Technology These systems enable developers to design, code, build, test and deploy applications on a variety of platforms, including mobile devices. They can then quickly refactor and extend back-end services and data to new user interfaces. Combining talent with key technology trends empowers companies to more quickly address an ever-changing business environment. The ability to quickly deliver end-to-end application enhancements enables organizations to stay competitive. Complex and highly integrated enterprise systems can ensure a high level of application quality, reduced delivery time, end-to-end visibility of test activities, and safer and faster migrations. Greg Lotko, Vice President and Business Line Executive for System z PHOTOGRAPH BY BOB MARTUS ewton’s third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore, the choices we make must be thoughtful and deliberate, especially when it comes to the data center. Technology is critical to competitiveness, particularly to effective software development. Organizations that implement effective software-development processes and capabilities can embrace key technology trends—like mobile, open collaboration, analytics, cloud and intelligent systems—to separate themselves from the competition. For example, mobile-device-based software can open new channels to customers and enhance employee productivity. Analytics software can enable organizations to better interpret massive amounts of structured and unstructured data to develop insights about customers or operations. And cloud solutions can help optimize processes and develop new products and services. 4/15/13 3:33 PM

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

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2013