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These initiatives are key to helping next-gen developers understand how important the mainframe is to large organizations and their customers in a digital economy, as well as helping them rapidly overcome the mainframe learning curve and increase productivity.

Workload And Cost Optimization

Key to improving mainframe application performance as workloads increase involves finding a way to prioritize and distribute workloads optimally as well as making it easier to pinpoint application inefficiencies that delay transaction response times and cause overruns of service level agreements. There are solutions available that help balance workloads, improve throughput and identify R4HA tuning opportunities. These can help organizations continuously improve mainframe application performance and reduce MLC costs.

IBM is innovating the mainframe to curb workload issues on its IBM Z platform and z/OS operating system, which can now run several workloads concurrently.

Modern Culture, Processes And Tools

Ultimately, part of what will solve nearly every challenge on the mainframe—from onboarding new developers to managing costs to bridging the mainframe innovation gap—is empowering staff entrusted as the new stewards of mainframe code and data. Newer generations of developers must be positioned to flourish under a unified DevOps culture with processes designed for agility and modern tools that help them continuously improve development quality, velocity and efficiency.

This entails removing mainframe teams from their silos to collaborate with non-mainframe teams, maintaining shorter delivery cycles, and integrating mainframe code into the same pipeline distributed teams use to build, test and deploy deliverables. To do that, organizations must provide mainframe teams with modern tools that leverage a familiar interface, provide graphical visibility of complex programs, are equipped with automation to ease repetitive manual tasks and integrate with other leading tools across platforms.

Here To Stay

Supporting the accelerating development and delivery of digital innovation with the mainframe will require managing increasing workloads as economically as possible while increasing a next-gen understanding of, and interest in, the platform. Both will require fostering a new mainframe culture by leveraging proven processes and best-of-breed tools.

Overcoming obstacles that still lie between the mainframe’s current state and desired end state will be what breathes new life into the platform—and quashes any remaining notions of its approaching demise.

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