Implement DevOps practices for mainframe applications

IBM Db2® DevOps Experience for z/OS® is designed to help you bring applications to market more rapidly, at lower costs and with less risk. You can implement modern application development practices by automating and standardizing processes while ensuring your organizational standards and business rules are followed.

Benefits

Accelerated time to market

Application developers can self-provision Db2 IBM Z® environments without waiting for IT or requiring mainframe knowledge, while still letting IT retain necessary security and control.

Built on Project Zowe

Zowe, the first open source framework for z/OS, helps organizations continue their digital transformation. The Zowe web-based UI framework reduces the time to onboard new mainframe staff.

Faster delivery with less risk and cost

Organizations can automate the mainframe application delivery pipeline, reducing risk, cost and complexity while improving responsiveness to changing market and customer needs.

Features for DBAs and application developers

Designed for scalability, usability and performance

Db2 DevOps Experience is designed to provide modern methods of working with and managing Db2 for z/OS and its data. The IBM Unified Management Server for z/OS provides all the common services needed by Db2 DevOps Experience, including discovery, configuration and operations. Users access all features through the IBM Unified Experience for z/OS, a browser-based graphical user interface that is built on the open source Zowe Application Framework.

Application discovery

One of the important functions for the database administrator is the ability to create and link together teams, environments and permissions. Using cognitive capabilities, you can take advantage of the application discovery feature to identify schema application components. You can visually discover and select objects, which, when combined with search and filtering capabilities, helps to improve the accuracy and efficiency of schema discovery.

Role-based features

Role-based features enable collaboration between roles in an organization. Developers can provision a version of an application, make changes, test and promote those changes for approval. Quality Engineers can automate the creation of Db2 test environments to speed and improve testing activities. Administrators can set the site rules for Db2 schema standards as well as review and approve changes and usage rules.

Rule-based DDL and HTML editor

The rule generation and enforcement mechanism for schema attributes is controlled by the database administrator with site rules. Enhanced site rules provide greater granularity and control over established database protocols and standards. Once the rules have been determined, the rule-based DDL and HTML editor prevents the developer from coding unauthorized changes, helping save time and resources.

Change review and approval mechanism

This feature establishes a mechanism through which authorized users accept or reject changes submitted by end users before becoming part of an application definition for a specific level, such as development, test and production. Having a change approval mechanism helps ensure that only approved changes are propagated to sensitive environments, preventing rogue and uncontrolled changes. An additional mechanism alerts an administrator when there is conflict between team members attempting to implement different changes on the same database object. The administrator can then resolve the issue, saving time and resources and helping prevent incorrect changes from being propagated into the DevOps pipeline.

IBM Db2 DevOps Experience for z/OS

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