Why there is an urgent need to modernize and simplify the analysis of Mainframe Operations
One of the keys to greater mainframe agility lies in applying modern DevOps practices to mainframe application development. One of the obstacles frequently encountered is the ability to provide sufficient transparency and analytics to be able to assess the impact of developments on mainframe activity and performance. IT teams often see the mainframe as a genuine black box. They must have a better access to much more mainframe insights than they currently have without expertise requirements. Being able to understand quickly the platform's capacity to support a new application or evaluate benefits from a new version is essential for applying a DevOps methodology.
In the context of intensive digitalization, reinforced by the COVID pandemic, modern mainframe management solutions help companies in the changing nature of mainframe processing. While batch processing is generally stable and well-controlled, new Web and Cloud applications bring much more unpredictability to processing. There are no longer any real identifiable "opening hours", resulting in unpredictable load profiles. Users are free to access the company's online services at any time. A more detailed and, above all, much more user-experience-oriented monitoring is therefore essential to guarantee quality of service at all times. In the modern approach brought by ZETALY, this Observability solution is able to deliver a complete vision of the mainframe platform and enables operating teams to understand the business stakes, and in particular the quality of the user experience and its impact on revenues.
Similarly, a new generation of analytics solution is needed because mainframe teams can no longer simply manage their machines without having visibility of the rest of the information system. Developing and administering resources "outside the purely mainframe perimeter" leads to a certain loss of control of the platform by pure mainframe users. They need more visibility into what is happening outside their mainframe to anticipate the impact on their platforms. Having a modern solution for analyzing mainframe operations enables cooperation and dialogue to be re-established between the different components of the IS, and even with business users. This approach has recently been endorsed by Gartner in its analysis note "2021 Strategic Roadmap for IT Operations Monitoring" which reminds us of the strong link between digital transformation and the need for monitoring systems and applications. This is why ZETALY offers the ability of injecting "non-mainframe" data of any type into its mainframe analytics solution.
To learn more on how ZETALY can help businesses achieve true Mainframe Modernization, get access to our webinar “Mainframe Modernization, Challenges and Strategy” delivered during the last 2021 CMG Impact event.