DEVOPS AS A SERVICE FOR MAINFRAME

Your transformation to a flexible service delivery model. Want to be agile but think it is impossible with mainframes? Looking to improve collaboration between software development and operations teams? Need to speed up software delivery? We are here to lead you on the way to continuous delivery and continuous integration.

DevOps enable a rapid “dialogue” with customers

It’s not just about delivering ideas faster and more efficiently. It’s about enabling the business to reliably have better, more relevant, and more timely ideas in the first place. Your business shouldn’t relies on guesswork to drive new features (truly customercentric and data driven)

WHAT PROBLEMS MAINFRAME DEVOPS SOLVE

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  1. Bridge the divide between mainframes and other infrastructure,
  2. Optimize DevOps pipeline tool sets

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  1. Add mainframe dev and test capacity, without increasing your MIPS or/and enable to test application change faster and more reliably without relying on mainframe resources
  2. DevOps decrease operating and testing costs thanks to automation and continuous improvement

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  1. Reduce time to market time from months to weeks and weeks to hours or minutes
  2. Reduce manual operations, such as code build, environment setup and customization, installation of a new level of code, all levels of testing, etc.
  3. Code standardizing – well-structured and fast code
  4. Reduce error-prone manual deployment
  5. Automatic code-review
  6. Collaboration within teams as much as never before
  7. Visibility and control at all stages of the development cycle

QUICK TIPS

  1. Enable system thinking, which means that employees are working within a culture of shared responsibility, transparency and quick feedback
  2. Free people from routine repetitive tasks to go do more creative things, reduce stress and overtimes
  3. Help to recruit young mainframe talents
  4. Enable better deliver value to customers and outpace the competition

BENEFITS OF USING OUR DEVOPS

MAINFRAME EXCELLENCE

  1. Our teams are well-balanced. We have a stable core of highly qualified mainframe professionals. Around 25 undergraduates are trained and employed to work on z platform every year. We conduct hackathons to generate new ideas and develop mainframe culture.
  2. We are reliable partners. Throughout our 25+ history of mainframe excellence, we implemented 100+ projects. Our two z/OS solutions received European IT & Software Excellence Awards in 2012 and 2017.
  3. We have extensive expertise and experience. We can even play with mainframes as we have more than 7,500+ years of mainframe cumulative team experience.

FLEXIBLE TO YOUR NEEDS

We build pipeline constructor where each team member is free to choose the tools and platforms they would like to use. Depending on the needs of the customer, we can leave the infrastructure configuration already in use and adapt it accordingly, and/or we can create custom code for different processes

DEVOPS TECH COACHES

Our DevOps tech coaches are experienced in designing DevOps for DevOps and implementing the DevOps culture in our mainframe projects.

SYSTEM THINKING

We need to build DevOps culture. Employees adhere to the system thinking, which means they are working within a culture of shared responsibility, transparency and quick feedback. These factors are the foundation of mutual understanding, trust and, consequently, effective collaboration and it makes process more Agile.

For example, for our team, after applying DevOps, we started work as real Agile team, sprint by sprint.

Contact us to discuss our case

INCREASED EFFECTIVENESS

There is enormous waste in a typical IT environment with people waiting for other people and other machines or they are stuck solving the same problems over and over again. Pipeline makes deployments predictable and free people from routine repetitive tasks to go do more creative things.

For example, we implemented the idea to send e-cards to developers when a successful deployment took place during the holidays like International Women’s day.

FASTER DEPLOYMENT

All of you know, that deployment of new processes, systems and applications is much more fast using DevOps pipeline. DevOps deployment will make your business operations more efficient. You will be able to deliver results faster, because the whole process of development and deployment will take much less time for employees.

LEAN PRINCIPLES

We build DevOps pipelines according to main lean principles: understand the purpose of each tool, reduce the number of tools and maximize the opportunities of selected stack tools and technologies.

We offer better value for money. We propose our customer a cheaper alternative to the option of expanding mainframe capacity.

MULTI-FACET

We are multifaceted. We are working with a huge range of technologies to build DevOps and can modernize an existing development lifecycle using available tools of our customer to get fast, frequent, and cost effective deployments to production.

Ultimately it’s not about delivering old code faster; it’s about removing barriers to innovation in core products and processes.

Kurt Bittner and Robert Stroud, “Digital Transformation Needs Mainframe DevOps”, 8 Forrester report, 2016

HOW TO MAKE DEVOPS WORK FOR YOU?

1Preliminary call sessionsWeek 1-2

Preliminary call sessions to determine a take-over scope, prepare a checklist for provisional understanding of the environment and applications.

We analyze, you – oversee the process

2Free Onsite DevOps Transformation WorkshopWeek 3

We recommend this one-day workshop as a part of our managed service to develop a pragmatic approach for the adoption of DevOps practices.

After the workshop you will get:

  1. Objective information about DevOps opportunities and risks
  2. Assessment based on what we’ve heard and observed onsite
  3. Customized DevOps adoption strategy and roadmap for your enterprise.
3Discovery phaseWeek 4-5

This phase consists of 2 parts:

  1. Delivery Stream Mapping
  2. Design Pipeline Tool Kit

We develop a transformation plan and solution, you – finalize and approve the plan and solution.

4Adoption phaseWeek 6-7 (2-3 months)*

Start work with a single customer’s team, create clear documentation, estimate the results according KPI DevOps card.

*We develop a minimal viable product (MVP) of CI/CD, you – use a one push button pipeline.

5Scaling Phase

IBA DevOps tech coach will work with customers team to ensure DevOps adoption in your mainframe teams.

We implement new features based on continuous feedback, you – use new features

6Support Phase

We make DevOps a unified and standardized process and provide consulting on DevOps, you – introduce DevOps in your culture and processes and expand DevOps.

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