Today Serena is announcing ChangeMan ZMF v8, a major update to our flagship mainframe SCCM solution. Why the continued large investment by Serena in the mainframe? Read on…
On June 10th I announced Serena Dimensions CM 14 – the best ever, and I am pleased to report that we have now secured a number of successful early adopters, many of whom are live and in production, and attracted a significant number of accounts that are now actively pursuing or planning their implementations and upgrades.
We have seen broad
“Drinking our own champagne” is how we approach technology here at Serena. If we have a our own tool that supports part of the application development lifecycle we use it for our own development efforts. In fact the Serena development teams deploy the beta versions of our solutions straight into their production environments because they want exploit the cool-new-stuff just as much as you do!
When I sat down today to start writing about automated deployment in modern enterprises I thought I’d follow the Serena mantra and “drink our own champagne” too. So I
System’s programmers on the mainframe have a pretty difficult time these days. More and more complexity, rampant growth of z/Linux, Websphere and RD&T boxes. Draconian constraints, compliance and governance mandates to be applied. All with fewer and fewer resources. It is a common problem.
Serena is here to help. Our ChangeMan SSM technology is designed to be the SysProg’s best friend and unswerving ally.
Sitting quietly in the background monitoring system datasets and members like the APF authorized libraries, the LINKLIST datasets, console commands and any
Errors do occur. They occur for a reason. Often those reasons are out of our control. Someone changes an IP Address of a server. Someone changes the password to the back office system. Someone changes the name of a shared .DLL.
Of course in a well-managed and carefully controlled environment those kinds of things shouldn’t happen without the proper authentication, notification and approval. And the infamous “someone” is a responsible professional who calculates the impact of their changes and collaborates with everyone to minimize that impact. In a perfect world.
In the real world change is constant and calculating the consequences of change
Helicopters have been described as “10,000 parts flying together in close formation. It is the mechanic’s job to keep that formation as tight as possible.”
Modern software applications comprise of millions of parts when you consider the huge chunks of code we bind into our applications from the database, security, web server, communications, encryption and authentication vendors. Add to that the seemingly infinite numbers of dependencies on external web services and internal CRM and financial systems.There are 100 million lines of code in the Ford Taurus
But, just like the helicopter’s mechanic, the
“I don’t want to know why it happened: I just want you to fix it!” was what I was told early one morning by the Director of Sales. And she was right: getting the online store back online was the most important thing for the business. Blamestorming would come later.
There is a temptation at 3:00 am to just do whatever it takes to bring the system back on the air even if that means bypassing protocols and procedures designed to protect system integrity. Sales-and-Marketing and Audit-and-Compliance might not see eye-to-eye on this approach.
So why do emergency fixes have to be different? This myth is all about time. The time it takes to write the script.
The third day of the expo started at 10:30 this morning. It was very quiet competing against a very full and interesting agenda in the general sessions.
It was very rewarding to see so many customers come by and talk about their experiences with ChangeMan ZMF. We had one customer, who had been working as a ChangeMan ZMF Administrator for over 20 years, come by with his intern, a young college graduate who was being trained to take over from him when he retires. It was very moving to see one generation handing off to the next.
SHARE runs a fun competition for the attendees with some excellent prizes. They asked us for a question to add to their quiz and so we asked, “ChangeMan ZMF has been the
The exciting news of the day is the immediate availability of the Community Edition of Serena Deployment Automation.
If you want to simplify and automate software deployments, then download the Community Edition of Serena Deployment Automation. By the end of the day you’ll be enabling continuous delivery for your dev teams and production deployments for your ops teams. You’ll be enabling the deployment pipeline and reducing cycle times faster than you thought possible. With Serena Deployment