ARA Deployment target for IBM z Systems

Automate across the end to end release process, closing the loop between distributed and mainframe systems like z/OS and Endevor.

Problem

Today most mainframe apps will be treated separately with dedicated change processed and toolsets.

Majority of the delivered services will have a mix of mainframe and distributed apps. However there is no automated orchestration or end-to-end automation to release the entire application with cross platform dependencies.

Mainframe becomes an island which is being actively avoided by IT teams, focused on the agility around new web apps, unwillingly creating the unnecessary bi-modal IT setup, where the agility stops when mainframe is part of the service.

Programers are continually updating code, to keep legacy systems alive, the code has to be manually compiled and moved to the next environment. All these actions are performed in software change management solutions like Endevor, which provide the right governance for all the software code changes performed.

Solution

By taking advantage of z/OS job definitions and promptsets, as well as Endevor job definitions, a user can process complex Endevor tasks without the need to access a 3270 screen.

With Automic you get the same process only viewed from one  single GUI, grating access to the control, planning and the deployment. The code, environents, packages of Code and JCL are seen from the ARA GUI. The Automic Deployment proceseses move the package from Envirnmnet to environment. Emails and notifications – messages etc are sent automatically. The process can be graphically presented so that managers, users, Developers and Operators can get an overview of the progress and the progress of all the releases taking place.

 


Additional Notes

The ARA Deployment Target for IBM z Systems is compatible with the following versions of z/OS and Endevor:

  • IBM z/OS v2.2
  • Endevor v18.0

For detailed compatibility information try the Compatibility checker.

Full documentation for this package is included as an object within the package download.

Benefits

  • New customer facing apps will be available for business use sooner.
  • Enhanced customer satisfaction when using new apps that offer more features and fewer errors.

  • Dev staff free to spend more time creating IT systems that add business value.

  • IT Ops able to focus on optimizing business performance of IT services.

  • Single platform to cover all the platforms in the organisation, bringing devops and agility principles to the entire IT stack.

  • Empower non-mainframe skilled staff to deliver change via automated platform.

Actions - Overview

The ARA Deployment Target for IBM z Systems is compatible with the following versions of z/OS and Endevor:

  • IBM z/OS v2.2
  • Endevor v18.0

 The ARA Deployment Target for IBM z Systems provides an extended coverage of z/OS and Endevor actions with granular control.

The solution provides a wide variaty of z/OS actions:

  • Job actions
  • IMS actions
  • MQ series actions
  • Data Set actions
  • CICS actions
  • DB2 actions
  • TSO command actions
  • MVS actions
  • Unix Systems Service actions
  • Websphere actions

 

In order to automate your development process with CA Endevor, you can choose from the following set of actions:

  • Package actions
  • Inventory actions
  • SCL actions

 

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Versions


The ARA Deployment Target for IBM z Systems is compatible with the following versions of z/OS and Endevor:

  • IBM z/OS v2.2
  • Endevor v18.0

For detailed compatibility information try the Compatibility checker.

Full documentation for this package is included as an object within the package download.


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