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the speed of release updates.
This puts strain on a structure
characterized by functionally
siloed teams working with
limited cross-communication.
Software defects, delays and
stress are typical outcomes.
Is DevOps the solution?
Arguably, yes. Improved overall
efficiencies, release velocities,
defect detection, and reduced
deployment failures, lead
times, development cycles
and failure recovery times are
the more obvious, measurable
benefits. More esoteric but
still desirable outcomes, such
as better development chain
communication, make DevOps
for the mainframe a strategic
must-have.

Change and
Adaptation Necessary
One caveat: The received wisdom
is that achieving DevOps
requires mainframers to find
contemporary efficiencies in
any environment or setup. That
would be a reasonable point if
DevOps were a single thing, but
it's not.
This is because DevOps is both
a technological and cultural
challenge. While the tooling
is already there, successful
DevOps also requires a change of
behavior, principles and process
improvements to achieve the
demonstrable improvements
in the application and software
delivery process.
It also requires the adoption of
an overarching philosophy that
unites the skills and experience
of dev and ops teams, enabling a
better understanding of different
viewpoints to create better, more
resilient software products faster.
The z Systems variants can
all support complex webs of
heterogeneous, interlocked
applications. In turn, with a little
fine-tuning, those COBOL and

PL/I applications can achieve
the reinvention required to
deliver the innovation modern
consumers demand.
Similarly, the right
software helps. Teams using
a common development
toolset, independent of scarce
mainframe resources, take an
incremental step toward DevOps.
Mainframe COBOL developers
using a powerful Eclipsebased integrated development
environment can improve
efficiency levels by more than
25 percent (bit.ly/1pBFrKX).
They can work in isolation or
as a group to share application
resources, such as source code,
away from the busy mainframe.
Many excellent, task-specific
tools can deconstruct the
complex architectures of
organizational IT.
IT buyers can't get DevOps off
the shelf, and CIOs can't tweak
current processes or make tiny,
incremental changes to the
application development lifecycle
and expect results to improve.
Successfully "doing DevOps"
demands a procedural overhaul
and a top-down, bottom-up
buy-in. For some organizations,
these improvements will require
fundamental reform of some
practices, breaching team
parameters and reassessing roles
and processes. Beyond a new
way of working, it's a new way
of thinking.
While the road to the successful
implementation of DevOps for
mainframe is laid by C-suite
management, it's the dev, ops and
QA teams who must walk it. These
are the people who work with the
mission-critical applications and
manage the processes.
Uniquely placed in the
structural hierarchy to influence
C-level executives toward
acquiring the right tooling, they
too have to make significant

changes, including rethinking the
working practices of a lifetime,
leaving their silos and focusing on
the end-user experience together.

Ready to Begin

D

Mainframe
COBOL
developers using
an Eclipsebased integrated
development
environment
can improve
efficiency levels
by more than

25%

The easiest, least impactful way
to road-test your organization's
readiness to achieve DevOps
compliance is to run a
trial project.
First, integrate the tooling that
promises to deliver the percentage
performance improvements
within your IT setup. Analyzing
the complexity of your application
estate is a good way to set up a
few quick wins.
Second, select a project that
meets the right profile-namely,
a role-straddling exercise that
generally requires teams to
remain entrenched in their
job descriptions.
Finally, pick your crossdiscipline team to deliver it.
Explain that they are members of
a multidisciplinary task force and
must use their best skills to get
the project over the line. Enable
them to collaborate and interact
as they develop, debug and
unit-test composite mainframe
applications or services in a single
integrated development and
test environment.
An organization achieves
DevOps by entering the space
between dev, ops and QA to create
a focused, multiskilled team that
regards the delivery process as a
single unit of work.
While creating a smarter
mainframe will deliver DevOpsstyle improvements, it's not the
full story. Only by unraveling
the complex web of enterprise
applications, reviewing practices,
improving core processes and
embracing the full, cultural mind
shift can organizations help
themselves meet tomorrow's
challenges by achieving DevOps
levels of efficiency today.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Security from every angle
IBM Perspective: Creating a secure foundation for hybrid cloud
Techbits: 'W' is for 'Watson'
Partner PoV: Get everyone in your organization on board with DevOps
It Today: Use analytics to improve DevOps effectiveness
Trends: Analytics can be your best defense against corporate fraud
R&D: IBM's data privacy and consent management technology provides greater control
Case Study: Head of the Class: Pacific Life gets ahead of retirement with Mainframe Academy training program
Cover Story: Defending Digital Domains: The z Systems mainframe proves to be a formidable defense system against cyberthieves
Feature: Securable z Systems: IBM offers platform-specific security solutions to address business needs and demands
Tech Showcase: A comprehensive backup and recovery solution is needed with always-available date
Sponsored Advertising Content: HotTECH Products
Tech Corner: Overview: The latest CICS and IMS updates place z Systems at the center of the API economy
Tech Corner: IMS: IBM IMS helps support innovation to stay competitive
Tech Corner: CICS: Getting started with architecting Java Enterprise Edition in CICS Transaction Server
Solutions: SUPERMON for Tubes, zHISR 2.7
Stop Run: IBMer finds his balance with hiking and mountaineering
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Editor's Desk: Security from every angle
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - IBM Perspective: Creating a secure foundation for hybrid cloud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Techbits: 'W' is for 'Watson'
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Partner PoV: Get everyone in your organization on board with DevOps
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - It Today: Use analytics to improve DevOps effectiveness
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Trends: Analytics can be your best defense against corporate fraud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - R&D: IBM's data privacy and consent management technology provides greater control
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Case Study: Head of the Class: Pacific Life gets ahead of retirement with Mainframe Academy training program
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover Story: Defending Digital Domains: The z Systems mainframe proves to be a formidable defense system against cyberthieves
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Feature: Securable z Systems: IBM offers platform-specific security solutions to address business needs and demands
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Tech Showcase: A comprehensive backup and recovery solution is needed with always-available date
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Sponsored Advertising Content: HotTECH Products
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 48
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Tech Corner: Overview: The latest CICS and IMS updates place z Systems at the center of the API economy
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 52
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Tech Corner: IMS: IBM IMS helps support innovation to stay competitive
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 55
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 56
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 57
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Tech Corner: CICS: Getting started with architecting Java Enterprise Edition in CICS Transaction Server
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 59
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 60
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 61
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 62
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Solutions: SUPERMON for Tubes, zHISR 2.7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Stop Run: IBMer finds his balance with hiking and mountaineering
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
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