Don’t Confuse DevOps on the Mainframe with Its Distributed/Open/Mobile Counterparts
In the Fortune 1000 mainframe world, DevOps and security are exponentially more difficult. The ease of creating application containers on Distributed/Open/Mobile systems does not translate equally to the mainframe. On a mainframe, once the application passes unit-testing, application requirements are much more complex because integration testing involves more components attached to applications that may be decades old.
Winston’s blog also discusses Kubernetes, DevSecOps, DataOps, GitOps, NoOps, BizDevOps, and how poorly planned DevOps can result in BADgile. BADgile is simply going through the Agile motions, a result of being in an organizational environment where IT remains slave to the Business.
In a mainframe IT world where DevOps acceptance just crossed the 50% threshold (56% according to BMC’s 2020 survey), we are asking mainframe DevOps to run when much of the mainframe world is just now DevOps walking. BMC’s 2021 Mainframe Survey reports that 80% of the organizations that adopted DevOps get value from the initiative within one year. But again, it takes experienced people and top-down commitment to the mainframe from the organization to yield these benefits.
Clearly, we must automate as many manual tasks on the mainframe as we can to free up time for our experienced mainframers to focus on more strategic initiatives like DevSecOps and projects that support BizDevOps to grow the business. With a shortage of mainframe DBAs, we have already seen cross-training of Windows/UNIX/Oracle DBAs to fill the gap, creating the “universal DBA.” To keep up with the speed of mainframe DevOps we will need to do the same with mainframe application testing DBAs, but these resources will need easily configured and quick-to-learn tools for creating mainframe containers like their distributed “universal DBA” counterparts.
For the Universal DBA, BMC has enhanced its AMI Change Manager for IMS® product to facilitate an easy transition to the mainframe for the Universal DBA. Likewise, for the distributed data analyst or engineer to help expedite building mainframe testing containers, they too will need an intuitive and browser-based tool. Infotel provides this solution in its Application Parallel Testing (APT) product. For more information on these two providers’ products, visit www.bmc.com and www.infotelcorp.com.
Tony Perri is sales and marketing consultant who specializes in mainframe technologies specific to IBM z/OS.
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