Sneak Peak of the PacGenesis Innovate Presentation
We've all heard the saying, "The mainframe is dead". Well, that couldn't be further from the truth, but what has changed is our z/OS development process. The luxury of a centralized team all working in the same location is a thing of the past. Businesses today worry about traceability, supporting all of the latest devices and linking geographically dispersed teams. So, how do we bridge the gap between the old development practices and the new? Before we address this, there are challenges that must be overcome:
- First, there are Application Challenges. How do we justify new technology when investments have already been made in something that works?
- Second, there are People Challenges. How do we eliminate skill silos and unify a once individualized goal?
- Third, there are Organizational Challenges. Just like the tools and technologies are fragmented, so are the teams. How do we integrate geographically dispersed developers?
- Fourth, there are Infrastructure Challenges. How do we overcome current process pitfalls and introduce new ones that support a better software development lifecycle?
To address these issues we first need the proper tooling. That's where Rational software comes into play. Solutions like Rational Developer for System z (RDz) and Rational Team Concert (RTC) give developers of all backgrounds the ability to work together. Next, you need a plan, which should be created via work items in a collaborative environment between developers and their stakeholders. And to get there you need training and mentoring. Teach them first, they'll teach their peers.
Be sure to catch session #1565 "z/OS Development, Then and Now," at Innovate to hear more about what you can do to overcome change in your organization. PacGenesis and IBM will be presenting on Wednesday, June 5th at 11:45 am.