Mainframe DevOps
August 11, 2016 DevOps

Forrester Analysts Convey Urgency for Mainframe DevOps

In the recent Forrester report “Digital Transformation Needs Mainframe DevOps,” mainframe industry analysts explained why enterprises should adopt mainframe DevOps if they want to remain competitive in today’s digital economy. The analysts determined three key takeaways from the report:

  • Mainframe applications benefit from DevOps practices that boost speed and lower risk
  • Years of neglect mean the barriers may be higher, but they are not insurmountable
  • Improving mainframe app delivery speed is a survive-and-thrive imperative

For a deeper understanding of these points, read the analyst report.

Boost Speed and Lower Risk with Mainframe DevOps

“Mainframe application delivery does not need to be inherently slow and complex,” Forrester analysts write. “AD&D leaders have found that automating the mainframe application delivery pipeline reduces risk, cost, and complexity while improving responsiveness to changing customer needs.”

Traditionally, mainframe application development has leveraged slow Waterfall processes and outdated tools to generate deliverables over long software development lifecycles. This is no longer feasible for enterprises that want to compete in a digital economy.

Barriers to Mainframe DevOps Are Surmountable

“Mainframe applications have not kept pace with technological innovations. Many have not even been recompiled to optimize their performance,” Forrester analysts write. “Modernizing applications architectures and delivery processes enables [mainframe applications] to evolve at the speed of the business.”

Because mainframe leaders and developers have been operating in a silo for so long, they’ve become endeared to the way things used to be (think “green screens”). But the mainframe silo has backfired and prevented the platform from innovating. Enterprises must make a commitment to improve the mainframe environment with mainframe DevOps.

Improving Mainframe Application Delivery Speed with Mainframe DevOps Is Essential

“The future of large enterprises depends on their ability to innovate their core business processes to better win, serve, and retain customers,” Forrester analysts write.

As technologies of engagement increasingly access systems of record, enterprises would be wise to adopt the mainframe DevOps culture, processes and tools they need to innovate. If you’re an enterprise wondering how on earth you can bring DevOps to the mainframe, read “Digital Transformation Needs Mainframe DevOps.”

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