If you’re an enterprise CIO, you have lots on your to-do list—including AI, cybersecurity and continuous delivery.

But there’s one New Year’s resolution you should put at the top of that list: mainframe KPIs.

Here’s why.

You Can’t Improve What You Don’t Measure

Continuous improvement is a foundational tenet of DevOps. Successful DevOps teams rigorously identify constraints, diligently work to remove them, and then quickly move on to the next one.

But to do DevOps, you need the right team culture. That means no sacred cows, no change phobias, no passive-aggressive behavior and no making mountains of excuses out of molehill edge-cases. Just committed people who embrace improvement as a core imperative just like breathing.

You also need to appropriately challenge your DevOps teams through quantified goals for velocity, quality and efficiency. Moving the needle on those metrics—month-over-month, quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year – continuously improves your chances of success in today’s intensely competitive digital markets.

A laissez-faire approach to DevOps, on the other hand, will land you in a whole heap of trouble.

Why the Mainframe?

KPIs for mainframe DevOps are especially important because the mainframe is especially important. The mainframe is where world’s largest enterprises run their core systems of record, databases, and transaction processing. That’s because the mainframe delivers unmatched performance at scale. It’s also supremely reliable, efficient and secure.

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