The key elements of DevOps

Last week we addressed the need for a sound business case for DevOps and make sure you have the needed support from all stakeholders. Today we would like to give a global view on what can/needs to happen to have most benefits of a DevOps journey.

To give a global view we like to refer to following report from Forrester: “the Digital Transformation Needs Mainframe DevOps”, by Kurt Bittner and Robert Stroud, June 20, 2016. In that paper they address the key technologies you need to consider to enjoy all possible benefits from a DevOps journey:

The point I want to make is that to have a complete solution you need to address several elements. Although we don’t address them all ourselves with our IKAN ALM for z/OS solution, we make sure that we integrate or can take advantage of all elements.


During our Build (compile) process we can include a JCL step that will be used to run your automated tests. Or when you use an Eclipse like IDE we can launch compiles or even deploys (promotions) to test environments. So when doing DEVOPS, make sure you address all important and relevant elements.

With IKAN ALM we will make sure that our mainframe developer stays in his comfort zone and we will take care of the compilation and deploy steps, be it on one Z:OS, a number of z/OS machines or a number of LPAR’s. How do we do that? It's all in our next post.

Continue reading in our next post: Mainframe modernization, our architecture

Have a great weekend,
The BlueBridge team

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