IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - SE13
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How to Transform Your Mainframe-
and Your Enterprise
CHRIS O'MALLEY - PRESIDENT
With 30-plus years of IT experience,
Chris O'Malley has led Compuware's
transformation into becoming the
"mainframe partner for the next 50
Today's most competitive companies leverage their digital prowess to continuously
turn creative ideas into targeted deliverables of superior quality, creating compelling,
real-time customer experiences.
These innovations often take the form of attention-garnering web and mobile
applications that make services faster and more accessible, but they are highly
dependent on mainframe data and processes.
The mainframe manages most of the back-end transaction processing that
front-end, user-performed functions generate. And when the mainframe lags behind
the technologies of engagement it supports, it severely impacts the customer
experience, regardless of how sleek a front-end application is.
Most mainframe teams are hamstrung by outdated cultures, processes and tools,
hindering their ability to update and release mainframe code quickly. Stifled cultures
and arcane processes and tools are also a huge turnoff for inspired DevOps artisans
who are keen on unleashing their major creative power.
Enterprises have three choices when it comes to their mainframe. The first two are
detrimental to digital success: Keep the mainframe a black box that becomes slower
and more complex and impedes innovation, or execute risky, time-consuming and
costly "rip, rewrite, replace" application migrations.
The third and rational approach that will save enterprises from digital irrelevance
is to mainstream the mainframe by modernizing the culture, processes and tools
surrounding the platform. To do that, enterprises must:
* Adopt modern, graphical and intuitive development, testing and source code
management tools that empower mainframe-inexperienced IT professionals to
work with and intimately understand mainframe applications and data so as not to
* Adopt cross-platform DevOps tools and processes that break down silos and
make it easy for multiple developers working on multiple application pieces to
quickly build and deploy their code.
* Move toward automated release management across platforms to quickly,
reliably and frequently deliver new capabilities.
Enterprise leaders must understand mainframe code is valuable proprietary
intellectual property that must be leveraged and updated more often and more
quickly than ever. If you're one of those leaders, it's time to own your company's
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