Topaz for Total Test automatically creates and executes COBOL program stubs, allowing you to simplify testing efforts through program isolation.
Companies can improve their legacy code and ensure less risk by moving away from manual processes and using automated unit testing on the mainframe for multiple benefits.
By integrating with this caliber of a DevOps solution, Compuware is making it easier than ever to incorporate the mainframe into your enterprise-DevOps strategy.
The time and cost of migrating off the mainframe isn’t economically viable, but modernizing the mainframe with new tools and processes is. It’s time to stop fantasizing about moving off the mainframe and start modernizing, or at least fix, your COBOL programs instead.
REST APIs provide the most direct way to integrate mainframe services and data into your digital strategy. As mainframe REST APIs become more prevalent, they will allow developers without specific mainframe skills to easily access data on the platform.
These are actions you should take to eliminate common software development bottlenecks. Doing so will help you improve the speed and efficiency of your 2-week COBOL sprint.
A word of advice: I’d make sure you have feedback between customers and development, development and operations, QA and customers, and QA and development. Having multiple feedback loops circling between these groups will yield some amazing results, enabling your mainframe shop to develop and deliver software at a remarkable pace.
Most IT teams use a lengthy process that hides broken builds and software integration issues until the end of a release cycle. By then, identifying people responsible for breaks and diagnosing their missteps is an exhausting chore. A process of continuous builds will help your team more quickly identify the origins of broken software.
Mainframe shops need Agile processes like the 2-week COBOL sprint to more quickly develop and deliver software for customers in the digital economy. To carry this out, you build a scrum team comprised of people across functional areas committed to daily interaction.
Perhaps you've realized how poisonous distrust is to your organization. Productivity is suffering, but you’ve discovered Agile can help. Now it’s time to start a conversation with business leaders about becoming Agile and adopting processes like the 2-week COBOL sprint.
The bottom line is communication and transparency lead to improved trust among all groups in an organization. Starting with the initial process of establishing business requirements, to the last stage of operating the resulting programs, high frequency communication improves the trust and speed of getting new software to production.
The digital economy is forcing mainframe shops to change their cultures at a pace way outside their comfort zones. Many developers still believe working slow means safely preventing missteps and ensuring stability. While it’s critical for shops to establish a high-quality delivery, doing so at the pace of a tortoise gives Agile industry disruptors the time they need to bring your company to extinction.