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TRENDS The Evolution to Modern DEVELOPMENT RDz family of tools helps organizations address new paradigms and business expectations A pplication development in the modern enterprise environment is growing increasingly complex and fast-paced. Over the years it has evolved from single-language, single-platform applications to multilanguage, multiplatform applications, to mobile- and cloud-based applications. The recent phenomena of social media, mobile and cloud have not only introduced new technologies, but have also changed the expectations for application development, usage and delivery. Cynthia Krauss is the product line manager for RDz. Venkatuday M. Balabhadrapatruni is a senior technical staff member at IBM and the chief architect for RDz. Alisa Morse serves as the IBM Integrated Solution for System z Development and Rational Development and Test Environment for System z product manager. To help enterprises thrive in this rapidly changing environment, the development tooling must evolve to accommodate the new era of application development. The need for an integrated development environment (IDE) that helps enterprises modernize, develop, test and deploy applications rapidly is greater than ever. Enterprises are looking to equip their staff with the right set of tools to optimize productivity while helping them meet business expectations. The Rational* Developer for System z* (RDz) family of tools is evolving to help organizations take on the new application development 10 // JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 paradigms, ever-changing technological landscape and business expectations. The RDz Family As a product, RDz celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013. For a decade, the tool handled the changing landscape of application development, emerging technologies and development paradigms while continuing to help z/OS* application developers be more productive. Initially, when it was known as WebSphere* Studio Enterprise Developer (WSED), the tool provided an IDE for z/OS technology-based application development, supporting access to z/OS artifacts (e.g., edit, syntax check, compile, debug, etc.). As the service oriented architecture (SOA) pattern emerged, the tool evolved to add the support for enterprise Web services enablement of z/OS applications, targeting runtimes like CICS* and IMS*. The next milestone in the evolution of tooling was to help enterprises develop, debug and deploy mixed workload, multilanguage, multiplatform applications. In its current state, RDz allows organizations to do all of that-plus develop, debug and deploy mobile applications that invoke a CICS or IMS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2014

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: The father of innovation
IBM Perspective: Mainframe innovation continues
Trends: RDz family of tools helps organizations address new paradigms and business expectations
IT Today: Flash Express integrates secure, high-performance storage within System z
Case Study: Weather or Not: Met Office makes a cost-conscious and test-driven decision to consolidate Linux instances on the mainframe
Cover Story: The System z influence: How mainframe innovations have helped shape and reshape the IT world
Feature: Always moving forward: IBM's System z platform has many more tricks up its sleeve
Tech Corner: JES2 SAPI POST optimization can yield results
How To: How to successfully implement zBX hybrid computing
Solutions: Attunity Replicate 2.1, InSync Plugin, Storage Director 4.1
Stop Run: Coin collecting and history fascinate mainframe strategist
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2014 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2014