Promotion and Deployment of software on z/OS systems
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It's been awhile since I've updated this blog. However, something passed by my inbox the other day which I felt was just too good not to share with the community of people who are looking for information about Enterprise Modernization (EM) and the tools that support it.
As you know, IBM offers a application lifecycle management (ALM) tool called Rational Team Concert (RTC). What you might not be as aware of is that RTC is the only tool I know of which supports managing application development across all Enterprise computing platforms - from z/OS, through i5/OS, AIX, Linux, Windows, Mac, and even mobile device development. And this is not just to handle work items, planning, and source code management. RTC also has extensive support for automated build processing, including running build processing on z/OS, i5/OS, and AIX systems, collecting build logs so that they can be reviewed by developers and others responsible for managing automated software builds.
This build sub-system can also be used to provided other automation revolving around the build, test, and delivery of software. The natural next step for working with application software, after the program has been built, is to deploy that software into a test or QA environment for testing. And once testing has verified proper operation, the next set of steps revolve around promotion and deployment of that software into other environments.
The RTC Enterprise Extensions (RTC-EE) now offer sophisticated promote and deploy capabilities built on top of RTC's support for build processing. I could attempt to describe these features, however, they are probably best viewed to best understand their features and value.
The team has put together some informative videos on the topic of promotion and deployment on z/OS. Here are some links for you to follow if you would like to learn more:
The following videos are now available on jazz.net:
The information above should give you a great introduction to the topic of packaging, deployment, and promotion of software on z/OS systems using RTC-EE.
And one more thing for this blog entry - Be sure to visit Robin Yehle's blog noted above. In that blog she gives some great information about how to get the most out of using the features of RTC when working with developing z/OS applications of all types.