June 15, 2021 By jason-mcalpin 2 min read

Introducing GitLab Ultimate for IBM z/OS, a solution designed to drive enterprise-wide DevOps automation, including applications that run on IBM z/OS.

In January, GitLab and IBM announced GitLab Ultimate for IBM Cloud Paks, which is designed to help streamline team collaboration and increase team productivity with a comprehensive, easy-to-use DevOps platform.  

When it comes to driving enterprise-wide transformation, a key factor to consider is the number of business-critical applications that run on IBM Z. IBM Z, and in particular, IBM z/OS plays a critical part in many large enterprises’ ability to process transactions fast and reliably. Large global banks, retailers and insurance companies all depend on IBM z/OS for its incredibly fast processing. According to the 2020 Mainframe Market Pulse Survey conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Deloitte, 91% of the enterprises surveyed indicated that expanding their mainframe footprints was a priority, with over half the respondents looking to integrate data on the mainframe with new cloud-native services as part of application modernization. [1]

Large enterprises look for ways to drive an enterprise-wide DevOps strategy that is platform agnostic. Over the past decade, DevOps software for the z/OS teams has continued to evolve and teams that build applications with z/OS now use many of the same tools as their counterparts that develop applications for distributed systems (apps that run on Linux, Windows).

GitLab Ultimate for IBM z/OS

As part of the continued collaboration between GitLab and IBM, we are now announcing the general availability of GitLab Ultimate for IBM z/OS, a solution designed to drive enterprise-wide DevOps automation, including applications that run on IBM z/OS. This solution bundle extends and enhances IBM GitLab Ultimate for IBM Cloud Paks to embrace z/OS development.

Central to the z/OS development capabilities in this new solution is the powerful IBM Dependency Based Build (DBB), essential for handling the massive and complex applications found on z/OS. DBB provides capabilities to automate and build capabilities for traditional z/OS applications, such as COBOL and PL/I. In addition, DBB allows mainframe asset integration into GitLab Ultimate for IBM Cloud Paks.

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IBM also offers a DevOps Acceleration Program for Z to help with DevOps transformation through four distinct stages — value stream assessment, training, deployment and adoption.

Join us to learn more about how our customer, OneMain Financial, enhanced software quality and expedited software delivery with GitLab and DBB. Register for the webinar.

GitLab is part of IBM’s partner ecosystem, an initiative to support partners of all types — whether they build on, service or resell IBM technologies and platforms — to help clients manage and modernize workloads from bare metal to multicloud and everything in between using IBM Cloud Pak solutions built on Red Hat OpenShift, an industry-leading enterprise Kubernetes platform.

[1] Source: A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Deloitte Consulting LLP, June 2020

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