How to lead digital transformation with IBM ODM for z/OS

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This post was co-authored by Laurent Tarin.

ODM for z/OS90 percent of the world’s data has been created in the last two years. Some expect that there will be over 30 billion connected devices in the world by 2020. Mobile, social, analytic, cloud and cognitive technologies are transforming the way we do business. Customers expect immediate and customized interactions with the companies with which they do business.

Marketing departments often put pressure on IT to adapt applications that can enable the organization to be competitive. So how can a company leverage decades of investments made in IBM Z infrastructure to make the most of the fast-changing IT environment? Is it better to start from scratch or to transform existing Z assets?

80% of the world’s corporate data sits on or originates from mainframes. In total, mainframes process around 30 billion transactions a day and enables $6 trillion in card payments each year. This existing infrastructure moves a considerable amount of value—and this is just one example. It’s clear that any digital transformation efforts must consider how to extract the maximum value out of existing mainframe and IBM Z investments.

Three key elements for a successful digital transformation are:

  • Smooth integration of existing assets with new systems in the business
  • Development and deployment of business-critical applications that can keep pace with changing market requirements
  • Increased participation by the business in application development and updates

Technologies such as IBM z/OS allow organizations to adapt to new and emerging IT trends more easily. It is important to ensure that other technological processes and functions are equally agile to help businesses keep pace with the needs of the market. In mission critical applications, the decision policy logic or the business rules are often embedded within the existing code. This makes it difficult to isolate and maintain them when business changes are required.

IBM Operational Decision Manager for z/OS (ODM for z/OS) helps by externalizing decision logic from existing COBOL code. This makes it possible for business users to more easily and consistently collaborate with IT to adapt the applications that are essential to business operations.

By enabling rules-based decision logic to be defined and maintained by nontechnical subject-matter experts, ODM for z/OS offers advantages that include:

  • Single “source of truth” to access, share and update business decisions
  • Better alignment between business and IT teams
  • Improved quality of decisions and speed with which they can be changed
  • Traceability of how decisions are made within the applications
  • The robustness of IBM z14 to host and deploy critical applications

IBM ODM for z/OS can help simplify an organization’s digital transformation journey by externalizing critical business decisions from COBOL code. Leveraging existing z/OS assets can facilitate a smooth transformation and avoids the need to start from scratch, which could be both costly and time consuming.

With the combination of ODM for z/OS and the new IBM z14 it has never been easier to create dynamic, business-relevant applications that could serve as the building blocks for your digital transformation.

To learn more about ODM for z/OS, watch the replay of our webinar or visit our webpage here.

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