IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 29
Additional Thoughts on Modernization
not going to happen. So, there are
many different things you have
to deal with when it comes to
workload balance and scalability,
and you need to consider them
Developers may build a service
that has a lot of value and is
highly consumable, but it should
be understood that each use case
may require different workload
scaling. This doesn't have to
happen up front, but the service
should be flexible enough to
accommodate future scaling,
should it become necessary.
"If you want your business to be in business, you need to transform.
You need to become more agile. You need to understand how your
business can respond quickly in terms of development and operations.
You need to understand that there are very few businesses where IT
isn't one of the most critical aspects of their operations. And IT needs to
understand its role in the business and how it can enhance operations."
-Rosalind Radcliffe, IBM chief architect for DevOps for Enterprise Systems
It's important to recognize that
even large enterprises can be
agile. It's a matter of getting past
typical development barriers to
allow development teams to be
faster to market, collaborative
and take advantage of the DevOps
process. Aside from the technical
aspects of this, modernization
also represents cultural changes,
altering the ways people are used
to doing things.
"It's not something you're going
to do overnight," Radcliffe says.
"It's a journey. It's a cultural
transformation. It's an investment
in the future of the business.
By conducting automated
testing and changing services as
needed, you can more efficiently
provide value. But it takes
some money to get from where
you are today to that improved
environment. You can't assume
you're not going to spend any
money on this. But you should
learn from the lessons of others.
Look at other organizations'
failures and successes-and
understand what's best for your
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