What do you do when you are a leader in DevOps solutions for Enterprise Systems and you practice what you preach? You raise the bar to continually improve your offerings and share thought leadership about where the future lies for clients as they navigate the world of continuous delivery in a climate of digital disruption.
The primary reason why most companies adopt DevOps is to reduce cycle times and to improve responsiveness to the market. This is accomplished by breaking down organizational and role-based silos and by allowing people across the end-to-end software lifecycle to work more closely together. While culture is the most tricky part of a DevOps transformation, tools play a major role in enabling information to rapidly flow across people and lifecycle phases, reducing manual and error prone steps, and alerting people of issues as early as possible so they can be addressed. A key feedback loop comes from development in small batches, where frequent compile, build, deploy, and test cycles, allow you to discover issues within hours of the code having been written.
Over the last month, IBM has made major announcement improving our DevOps for Enterprise Systems solution to help our customers to more easily realize the value of DevOps. Here is a summary of the many announcements we have made.
- Integrated Suite: We announced the new Enterprise COBOL Suite, which provides one integrated suite of five tools targeting developers and systems programmers. The suite of tools allow you to do performance analysis, analyze abends, code and do unit testing, debug problems and manage complex files and data sets. Click here to see for the next level of details.
- Frequent build and release: Many customers have concerns that a transformation to DevOps may drive up their MIPS cost with frequent compile, build, deploy, and test cycles. To mitigate this concern, we announced the Enterprise COBOL VU Edition consisting of Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5.2. This edition allows you to increase your compiles up to a factor of 10x without an increase in your MIPS cost.
- Integration Platform: In the blog All aboard the z/OS release train – Aqua is coming, my colleagues Kenichi Yoshimura (@kyosh1107) and Joe Winchester (@JoeWinchester) discussed how Explorer for z/OS Aqua has been expanded into an integration platform across the DevOps lifecycle, with initial capabilities for Development (RDz and PD Tools), Operations (CICS Tools), and Runtime (CICS Explorer). The Aqua release improves the user experience for application developer and system programmers, makes installation easier by allowing all of the above rich client tools to be installed using one installer, and makes deployment easier through push-to-client technology.
- Drinking our own Champagne: We have also built a brand new continuous build, deploy and test infrastructure that is shared across our tools running on our integration platform, Aqua. This allows us to build, deploy and test plug-ins across our integration platform to ensure that they are compatible before we make them available to you. This means higher productivity for our development teams and better quality for our customers.
The whole intent behind offering a suite of products with continuously improved end-to-end integration is to enable teams to realize the value of their DevOps investments more quickly. While we will continue to bring our “A” game to the Agile software delivery court, I am interested in what innovations you see coming that would increase IT’s value to the business.
About The Author
Per Kroll is Director of DevOps for Enterprise solution in IBM zSystems Software unit, where he oversees offerings management, development and support. Per also co-leads a DevOps transformation of 2,000 developers within IBM zSystems Software unit. Per has focused on helping organizations improve how they develop software throughout his career. In past positions, Per drove development of the world’s most broadly adopted commercial process library (Rational Unified Process), development of a measurement framework, and lead an open source project centered on agile best practices. Per has also managed development organizations spanning a dozen countries, support, product marketing and product management organizations. Per has authored more than 30 articles and 2 books, sold in more than 30,000 copies and translated to 6 languages.
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