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Applications don’t stand still. They never have, and they never will… Change is the ONLY constant. Look at a simple and old yet life-sustaining “application” like farming. Tools were once a pair of arms and hands, evolving to a bucket, evolving to a wheelbarrow, evolving to a horse-drawn cart, evolving to however many iterations of human-driven modern tractors, evolving to automation. The process and methods of seeding, irrigating, fertilizing and harvesting have similarly evolved for centuries.
For software applications, the same school of thought applies. There are always new resources. New methodologies. New tools. New user demands and expectations. As enterprise development teams adapt their business-critical applications to today’s landscape, they face new challenges daily. The modern developer is on an eternal path to wade through all of the new variables to better understand application interdependencies, complexities, and quality across platforms, environments and languages. Application development doesn’t stand still.
The IBM Systems team spoke to 10 DevOps trailblazers about the biggest challenges they face every day, and how they approach them. We are super excited to share the learnings that come from over 200 years of real-world DevOps experience.
From security to productivity to change management, here are 10 innovative ways to accelerate your digital transformation.
Increase Business Value with Application Enhancements
“The goal in analyzing an application is determining how it provides value to the customer.”
– Richard Hintz, Consultant, Works@Scale
Gain Visibility Into Dependencies
“Beware of time bombs with long, slow-burning fuses.”
– Robert Garrett, Director, Operating Systems Programming, Fidelity Investments
Tighten Database-Application Integration
“Application and database changes must be tightly coupled and orchestrated in tandem for successful DevOps.”
– Craig S. Mullins, President & Principal Consultant, Mullins Consulting
Champion Change Management
“ADDI helps applications to become understandable, readable and traceable again.”
– Gery Put, Consultant, Methods & Application Modernization
Ensure Accurately Managed Environments
“It is a fool’s errand to attempt to manage today’s diverse & demanding application and system environments ‘the old way.’”
– Dez Blanchfield, Chief Data Scientist, GaraGuru
Embrace Test-Driven Deployment
“An Agile and DevOps track let us move forward and stay focused on priorities.”
– Chuck Howard, Business Development Manager, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance
Modernize Mainframe Development
“Start building application insight, development agility and test infrastructure today, to deliver the mainframe systems of tomorrow.”
– Torger Thevik, Partner, Head of Enterprise Modernization, Xact
Battle Complexity by Gaining Visibility
“ADDI helps you focus the brain power on the business challenges rather than memorizing code.”
– Rami Katan, ADDI Architect, IBM and Co-founder, EZSource
Get Effective Impact Analysis
“Incomplete understanding leads to high response time to business change due to ineffective impact analysis, incomplete end-to-end testing and not so obvious performance issues. ADDI addresses most of the challenges.”
– Adarsh Khanna, Senior Technology Architect, Infosys
Conquer Fear of the Unknown
“Dream big. Start small. Know where you are. And most importantly, why.”
– Antonio Aguila Jr., Emerging Mainframe Technology Global Capability Lead, Accenture
What are the challenges you have faced with application development and how have you overcome them? I’d invite you to share your experience with us in the comments.
Interested to find out how you can find the keys to unlock and evolve your own applications? Learn more about Digital Transformation with IBM Application Discovery – An IBM Redpaper Publication.