IBM Z Open Development paves the way for migrating to Git
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To create systems that are responsive to the market, businesses are required to break down silos separating technologies, operations, and development. To achieve this, teams need an automated delivery pipeline that integrates all activities — from ideation to build and deployment.
But because Mainframe Software development started well before modern Software Configuration Management (SCM) concepts emerged, glorified library managers masquerading as modern SCMs lack some of the agile lifecycle capabilities that enable full parallel development, such as uniform processes to be extended across multiple platforms, including IBM Z
Git is the de-facto SCM for the open source community, and becoming the standard SCM for distributed software delivery in many enterprises. And recently, roadblocks to Git usage by mainframe development teams have been removed:
These developments enable enterprise customers to break down silos and unify distributed and mainframe tool chains.
Today, I'm proud to announce IBM Z Open Development. Z Open Development is a starter tool-set that enables a platform-neutral, continuous integration and deployment pipeline that is inclusive of z/OS application components. It provides:
Nevertheless, moving from a legacy z/OS Library Manager to Git is not just about tools. There are some key differences between traditional and modern SCM approaches. In this whitepaper, a synthesis of expert guidance learned in collaboration with mainframe development organizations, we explain how to adopt and manage the transition at a process level, with a special focus on how an existing mainframe application can be componentized and how the application interfaces can be described and managed, as well as built.
With both this new offering and IBM's capability to support your transformation, we believe that this is a time to consider a migration from main
IBM Z Open Development is planned to be available December14, 2018. Between now and then, we'll post new information during the weeks to come, so stay tuned !
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About the Author:
, IBM Systems
Sanjay Chandru drives offering management and strategy for DevOps on Enterprise Systems at IBM.