Digital Transformation aided by a stronger tool chain - new capabilities!
It is almost a year since we launched the Digital Transformation Model for IBM Z. Over the past year we have had many conversations with clients, some of whom have taken baby steps, a few others have made giant strides, while a few others are yet to decipher the term Digital Transformation.
I had the opportunity of talking with analyst Holger Mueller, Constellation Research, at the recent IBM Z Digital Transformation Virtual Summit, and during the conversation we attempted to help clients understand Digital Transformation and the tools and processes needed to start the transformation.
In the current era of business agility, enabled in many instances by new technical capabilities, Enterprises will build their own software and build more than ever before. In this context, Digital Transformation is the creation, implementation and operation of new best practices and business models enabled by digital technologies.
IBM has responded to this client need with our own transformation and reinvention, starting with Design Thinking focused on customer needs. This journey has enabled the IBM toolchain to operate in a continuous delivery mode with monthly deliveries, and we have a few exciting updates to tell you about.
NEW BUILD CAPABILITIES TO SUPPORT AGILE ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
IBM Application Delivery Foundation for z Systems V3.1.1 (ADFz) delivers simplified licensing and introduces IBM Dependency Based Build (DBB), the only intelligent build system for the Rocket Software port of GIT for z/OS.
IBM Developer for z Systems Enterprise Edition V14.1.2 (part of ADFz) offers unique, value add capabilities with DBB, an IBM only build capability for z/OS intended to be used with Git and Jenkins. IBM Dependency Based Build (DBB) provides the capabilities to build traditional z/OS applications such as those written in COBOL and PL/I. The goal of DBB is to provide a modern scripting language based automation capability that can be used on z/OS. DBB is built as a stand-alone component that does not require a specific source code manager or pipeline automation tool. IBM Dependency Based Build includes a Java API to support the running of tasks on z/OS and to create and use dependency information for the source code being processed.
TEST ENVIRONMENTS FOR CLOUD INTEGRATION
IBM Z Development and Test Environment (ZD&T) is the industry’s only Intel-based environment that runs current, genuine z/OS software and middleware. It is developed in lock step with Z hardware, offering unmatched application portability and compatibility. ZD&T can eliminate typical development bottlenecks by enabling flexible, horizontal scaling of development, test, and education activities.
This recent release introduces cloud integration, which will enable ZD&T to create an operating system with the deployment target in the cloud, and have your application image deployed to it. We are working on enabling multiple cloud infrastructures, starting with OpenStack.
Cloud integration is being leveraged to help drive down provision times and allow for a more dynamic environment. Once an application image has been provisioned the first time, ZD&T will leverage the cloud to reduce the provision time for any subsequent provisions of the same application image to the same cloud.
ZD&T V12 also delivers a more flexible software-based license for an Authorized User Single Session. This update allows for immediate use after download, without needing to order and wait for a USB Hardware key, making it more suitable for a cloud environment.
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Vice President & Distinguished Engineer - DevOps for Enterprise Systems, IBM Systems