Rational opens zEnterprise to Next Gen mainframe developers
For decades, businesses have depended on mainframe servers to reliably process transaction workloads. This is all the more true today, and application developers continue to forge business logic on these mission-critical systems.
With the announcement of the new zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12), the mainframe once again establishes itself as the ultimate system for the secure, intelligent, dynamic, and out-right massive-scale processing of business workloads.
While it makes perfect sense to fully leverage these systems, the next-generation of application developers are often unsure about how they can take advantage of System z. A gap has begun to emerge due to the old notion that developers must use green-screens and verbose, unfamiliar programming languages in-order to develop on this well-established platform.
IBM Rational can help close that gap.
In addition to the innovations that the zEC12 has delivered, IBM Rational has been innovating solutions that fully embrace the System z platform. These solutions make it simpler than ever for developers to create, extend, and reuse business logic running on System z. For example, you can easily create dazzling mobile applications that deploy onto the iPhone, Android phones, and other popular mobile devices while fully taking advantage of zEC12 to swiftly and safely execute the trusted business logic that these applications depend on. Most importantly, these mobile applications will allow businesses to reach vastly larger markets without recreating existing and proven workloads.
Also, IBM Rational solutions enable the same processes and methodologies that have fueled multiplatform development beyond the mainframe to be applied to enterprise-wide development. For example, agile and scrum teams can now carry out development tasks on the mainframe platform just as easily as on any of the distributed platforms. Software development on the mainframe can be folded into iterations and sprints without any special concerns. In fact, solutions exist to quickly and inexpensively enable isolated, automated, and continuous building and testing of mainframe components. These solutions empower developers with autonomy yet they consume no MIPS. Plus, advances in graphical user interface code-editing and debugging have eliminated the challenges that software developers typically face when developing for other platforms.
No longer is development on the mainframe different from developing on a distributed platform. At least it doesn’t have to be.
In addition to the multiplatform development and lifecycle solutions, IBM Rational also offers astonishing advances in compiler technology that fully exploit the latest innovations of the zEC12 architecture and IBM middleware. Major increases in the performance and efficiency of your most important and trusted business workloads are just a recompile away. IBM Rational solutions are available to help you identify application dependencies and help minimize the amount of recompile and revalidation that you’ll need to leverage the new zEC12.
Check out Rational’s announcement of zEC12-ready solutions. This is a major step forward for businesses that need to execute business transactions that meet the greatest levels of demand ever seen. IBM Rational can help you take full advantage of zEC12 and revitalize software development on the mainframe.
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Hayden is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. In his current role, he is responsible for the development, product management, sales enablement and services of this portfolio. Hayden has worked at IBM for 25 years and has held a variety of positions, including software developer, product architect, product manager, co-leader of the Eclipse tools platform and director of the WebSphere Studio / Rational modeling and construction tools. Technically, Hayden was an early adopter of object technology and Smalltalk, applying it in the areas of code generation, debugging, IDEs, and performance. He has contributed 14 patents to IBM's portfolio. Hayden is a 1985 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a BS in Mathematical Sciences.