My colleague across the pond, Jon Sayles, has recently led a team that authored an IBM “Redbook” taking a detailed look into one of the cornerstones of IBM Rational Enterprise Modernisation – traditional mainframe application development. The Redbook, entitled ‘ z/OS Traditional Application Maintenance and Support’, focuses on the value of mainframe software developers. This is different from the usual papers and articles which typically focus on the value of the software they develop which, as the book states, is hardly in question given the still-critical nature of the software and the decades of investment in this technology.
The Redbook contains an in-depth store of information providing “what and how to” sections on the value of z/OS maintenance and support showing how modern mainframe software developers can collaborate, analyze, code, and test the applications, fixes, and enhancements under their responsibility using tools fit for purpose in the 21st Century.
I’m informed by Jon that there have already been more than 800 downloads of the publication since the Redbook went live. For those who don’t know Jon, he does a great job for the Rational Developer for System z (RDz) community worldwide, hosting virtual RDz user group meetings and distance learning classes, all free of charge. I’ll be posting some details of forthcoming events in this blog soon.
For now, the Redbook can be downloaded from here