IBM Z: Making Dev Work with Ops

Recently, Clabby Analytics attended an IBM analyst briefing on the role of Z Middleware in digital transformation. We went to learn about IBM’s DevOps environment for the IBM Z (mainframe) – its development tools, operations management environment and overall digital transformation strategies. After a full day briefing we walked away with these key findings: IBM is strongly focused on helping its customers transform their information systems into cooperative, integrated processing environments that can easily mix and match existing environments and applications with new technologies and environments. In DevOps, IBM is focusing on the use of technologies that make Z more accessible to developers in general. IBM Z offers a wealth of open APIs, support for multiple languages, numerous development tools, support for open source development environments and more – a comprehensive set of tools, utilities, APIs and languages that support an open DevOps environment on Z. In short, IBM’s approach to DevOps is to be open/integrated with the world of Open Source tools and leading 3rd party vendors (e.g. Splunk, others); In operations management, the company remains focused on: 1) monitoring of application and system behavior; 2) visibility into systems/application behavior (discovery and analysis); and, 3) predictive analysis (the ability to identify problems before they occur and address them). The key message that IBM wanted to deliver regarding operations management was that IBM has a complete suite of operations management products and is a onestop-shop for enterprise operations management needs (this includes distributed computing environments, mainframe environments, hybrid clouds, networks and more); and, IBM strongly encourages its customers to build automated testing suites. By taking the time to automate testing, IBM customers can accelerate the deployment of new digital transformation applications – improving application quality while also improving speed of application delivery. The way IBM presented its products and strategies was threefold. The company discussed: 1) the IBM Z Digital Transformation Model; 2) what the development tools marketplace needs and wants; and 3) what the operations management side-of-the-business requires. We have organized our thoughts and analysis along these lines. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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CA’s BTCS2.1: Where Do We GrOw From Here?
Jun14

CA’s BTCS2.1: Where Do We GrOw From Here?

At last week’s second annual Built to Change Summit CA Technologies updated analysts and journalists on where it and the markets it’s pursuing — primarily DevSecOps, with a heaping helping of mainframe — are, where they’re going, and how the software toolmaker will grab a bigger slice of the rapidly growing digital transformation (DT) pie, which is being largely driven by software, and more specifically, applications. While the money being lavished on DT and DevSecOps are staggering, CA’s ability to grow with this opportunity remains at best a work in progress, with relatively flat sales and forecasts. Based on the market data, CA should be in the DT/DevSecOps sweet spot, and poised for rapid and sustainable growth. According to a new report, IDC’s forecast for the global DevOps software market — in excess of $5.6 billion by 2021 — was way off. MarketsandMarkets predicts that CA’s future has a much bigger potential upside — $10.31 billion by 2023 — up from $3.42 billion in 2018. Even better for CA, the market growth will be powered ‘due to the increase in the adoption rate of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning among enterprises.’ So all that remains to be seen is if CA can continue to grow with the software-enabled, data-driven, digital transformation business phenomenon that will run on DevSecOps, while reducing, if not eliminating, the shackles of its legacy businesses and embraces software-as-a-service and more flexible pay-as-you-go consumption models. It faces many competitors — including IBM, Micro Focus (HPE), Puppet, Red Hat, Microsoft and Chef Software — and must continue to innovate at speed, and execute with precision and agility. That’s a lot to ask, but for a company that’s been around since 1976, probably not too much. Automation, AI and ML were front and center at BTCS 2, and while the company didn’t coin this phrase — “Software is eating the world but AI is eating software” — it was critical to the company’s future, said Ashok Reddy, Group GM, DevOps. He and other company execs, made it clear that artificial intelligence and machine learning were being aggressively pursured in a multitude of initiatives and products. Just prior to the summit, CA’s CTO and EVP Otto Berkes said there is “massive potential” to apply machine learning and machine intelligence. amd that the company has some “very pragmatic solutions” already in the market, and is doing a “lot of experimentation” on machine learning and machine intelligence. They figured prominently in last weeks product initiatives, as well as a number of its boundary-stretching initiatives, i.e. CA Accelerator, its internal fail-fast venture-capital program, and its Strategic Research intiative, under which a...

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CA’s BTCS2.0: Change Is The New Normal
Jun07

CA’s BTCS2.0: Change Is The New Normal

SANTA CLARA, Calif.: Determined to be the leading toolmaker for the software-enabled, data-driven, digital transformation business phenomenon that is reshaping the world, CA Technologies held its second annual Built to Change Summit to update analysts and journalists on where it is, and where it wants to go. At last year’s BTCS the venerable software developer (1976) detailed how it was transitioning from a $4-billion legacy software giant with relatively flat sales into a more agile and fast-growing DevSecOps vendor for the the rapidly emerging DT world. Fast-forward 11 months and the company reported quarterly and annual revenue increases to $1.083 billion and $4.235 billion, respectively, and is forecasting relatively flat growth for the next quarter. In addition to its financials, CA also announced it would be laying off 800 (out of 11,000 employees) in restructuring, and adding another 500-600 staff with ‘different skills’. The company needs fewer employees with skills related to “legacy platforms” and more with skills related to software as a service, said CEO Michael Gregoire. While the company’s roots are in the mainframe, which is undergoing something of a renaissance, it is DevOps and more specifically DevSecOps where it’s future lies.Depending upon your source, DevOps is a flourishing market, especially in the enterprise. Forrester Research declared 2017 to be the year of DevOps with 50% of organizations implementing it, and 2018 will be the year of enterprise DevOps. ‘DevOps has reached “Escape Velocity”’, noted Principal Analyst Robert Stroud, with momentum occurring within all industry sectors but with healthcare, banking, insurance and manufacturing sectors leading the charge. In addition to forecasting a global DevOps software market in excess of $5.6 billion by 2021, IDC offered some interesting predictions that should sit well with CA’s DevSecOps ambitions, including: -cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning will become the fastest growing segments of software development by the end of 2018; by 2021, 90% of organizations will be incorporating cognitive/AI and machine learning into new enterprise apps -by 2019, over 70% of routine development-lifecycle tasks will be automated, supported by AI fed from existing data streams, with an agile DevOps pipeline driving and incubating lifecycle and application development intelligence; -by 2021, over 50% of CIOs will have appointed heads of delivery; integrated their dev, PMO, and ops groups; reduced silos; expanded their DevOps practices; and implemented shift-left testing to accelerate innovation; and, -development without integrated security and compliance will fail; progressive orgs have prioritized security due to uptime and compliance concerns, accelerating the need for agility and a curated OSS-dev portfolio. Security-led development will be a priority for 90% of orgs by 2020. 451 Research (together with security software testing...

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Mainframe Renaissance Accelerates
Apr05

Mainframe Renaissance Accelerates

For the better part of 40 years I’ve been updating the mainframe’s obituary, but like Monty Python’s infamous ‘flesh wound’ skit, it has continued to linger on. Now – even with the accelerating skills shortage – it appears that Big Iron is back with a vengeance, gaining more new customers than are moving off the venerable platform, attracted by its brute power, flexibility and security. It seems cloud, mobility and customer empowerment are all better on the mainframe. Mainframe software ISV Compuware has been seeing the growth in the market, and it’s recent survey provided empirical proof, said CEO Chris O’Malley. He told IT Trends & Analysis that everyone who was using “a hope-and-pray strategy that the mainframe would go away” are being disappointed. Not only are organizations “walking away from trying to shift from the platform,” but the mainframe is growing in popularity. “We’re also seeing things like mobile and analytics causing new workloads to be moved to that platform.” This mainframe renaissance is atypical of the IT industry, where vendors are always searching for new, better and different, and dumping commodity hardware. It wasn’t that long ago that rumors surfaced that like its PC, printer and server businesses, Big Blue’s mainframe unit was up for sale. But that was then, and now, Big Iron is once again big. “You remember the mainframe, that platform that supposedly was dead back in the 1980s,” recently asked analyst Rob Enderle, Enderle Group? “Well, once again IBM showcased there is evidently life after death because that puppy grew more than a whopping 70 percent year over year.” Not only is the mainframe alive and kicking, it’s also drawing interest from unexpected quarters. IBM’s “Master the Mainframe” annual contest designed to teach students to code and build new innovations on the mainframe drew almost 17,000 students this year. “A look at the demographics of this year’s event reveals some real eye-openers: 80% of the registrants were new to the program; the average age was 22 – with participants as young as 13 and as old as 68; and 23% of participants were female,” noted analyst Billy Clabby, Clabby Analytics. The Compuware study, conducted by Forrester Consulting, found that 72% of customer-facing applications are completely or very dependent on back-end mainframe workloads, and users are running more of their critical applications on the platform – 57% of enterprises with a mainframe currently run more than half of their business-critical applications on the platform — with that number expected to increase to 64% by 2019. “Before the advent of Linux on the mainframe, the people who bought mainframes primarily were people who already had...

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IBM’s… Back to Kicking Butt

I’m ex-IBM myself and it gives me great pleasure to see my old firm do well. Well this quarter they didn’t disappoint with significant improvement in their new business initiatives, which are just short of 50 percent of revenue. You remember the mainframe, that platform that supposedly was dead back in the 1980s? Well, once again IBM showcased there is evidently life after death because that puppy grew more than a whopping 70 percent year over year. Let’s talk about IBM’s results and why IBM, after 100 years, is again able to perform at the top of their class. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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