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A new global survey of 400 senior IT leaders highlights that the mainframe is constant to grow in importance – such a lot in order that the deployment frequency of latest mainframe application features is about to surpass that of non-mainframe application features in 2020.

The survey, conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Compuware, reveals that organizations expect to extend the frequency of latest mainframe application feature deployments by a mean of 41% within the next 12 months, vs. 38% for non-mainframe applications. This comes as 47% of organizations say the mainframe is running more business-critical applications today than ever before. Indeed, the mainframe provides crucial support for a growing number of customer-facing and revenue-driving services.
“Today, every company may be a software company, as applications became the most driver behind the way that disruptive business models and compelling customer experiences are built,” said Chris O’Malley, CEO, Compuware. “Given the increasingly crucial role the mainframe plays in innovation, continuously improving the standard , velocity and efficiency of software development and delivery on the platform should not be a wishful IT aspiration – it’s an urgent strategic imperative. Enterprises must find ways to translate ideas for meeting and exceeding customer expectations into digital services that make a difference – continuously.”

The research further reveals that the overwhelming majority (97%) of application development managers say it’s under more pressure than ever to deliver software innovation faster. it’s perhaps unsurprising then, that an identical number (95%) also said their IT teams are struggling to adopt modern development practices on the mainframe to accelerate delivery and innovation.

As they work towards these goals, 52% of organizations have adopted DevOps on the mainframe and 42% have adopted Agile methodologies. While these findings show that organizations have made great strides to implement modern development practices on the mainframe, there’s still an extended thanks to go before adoption of DevOps and Agile methodologies on these core systems is as widespread as today’s digital economy demands.

“Mainframe developers are more critical to business success than ever before,” said David Rizzo, VP of Engineering, Compuware. “However, to really innovate on existing core systems and deliver new digital services for patrons , developers need the simplest possible experience and environment to figure in. the idea of this could reside in an open and collaborative culture, where developers can work on inspiring and challenging projects, with modern methods and tools, and receive fast feedback that continuously improves their abilities. Providing this type of developer experience is crucial to enabling organizations to compete effectively within the digital age.”

Source: https://digitalisationworld.com/news/58958/mainframe-innovation-on-the-rise