Excellence in Software Delivery Requires the Right KPIs
To compete in fast-moving digital markets, enterprises must adopt DevOps on the mainframe and do it quickly.
By Chris O'Malley ,
To successfully drive the adoption of DevOps on the mainframe, however, IT leaders need the right metrics. Good metrics ensure that decisions are fact-based, that changes in processes and tooling yield quantifiable results and that mistakes can be quickly corrected. A robust set of key performance indicators (KPIs) around quality, velocity and efficiency can continuously challenge and nudge teams to seek and embrace new methods to continuously improve. Developers, in particular, can be coached like high-performance athletes based on the data accrued, ensuring their continued success—and, therefore, an organization’s success.
Research indicates, however, that many enterprises still fail to measure software delivery on the mainframe with the right KPIs. Quality metrics such as number of defects and mean time to defect resolution remain supreme. And that’s understandable—because the stability and reliability of mainframe applications are central to the platform’s long-established value proposition.
But quality alone is not enough to win. Enterprise IT leaders must measure two other critical attributes of modern software delivery: velocity and efficiency.
Speed is perhaps the single greatest deficit in mainframe software delivery. Slow delivery of new mainframe-dependent digital capabilities may, in fact, be the greatest threat to large enterprises as they compete against market disruptors. That’s why mainframe DevOps leaders must elevate velocity KPIs.
With more work to do and fewer people to do it, mainframe leaders must also drive quantifiable increases in DevOps efficiency. The good news is that growing opportunities exist to bring automation into the mainframe DevOps pipeline in areas such as unit testing, and integration with non-mainframe/cross-platform solutions such as Jenkins, SonarSource and XebiaLabs.
Never has the need for continuous improvement in software delivery velocity, quality and efficiency been so critical to an organization’s ability to compete in this age of software. Big doesn’t beat small. Fast beats big. If you aren’t investing in ways to accelerate mainframe software development and delivery, then you’ll begin to fall behind the market disruptors who are.
Chris OMalley is the President and CEO of Compuware. He is responsible for setting the company vision, mission and strategy.
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