Mainframe testing: What’s the difference between PopUp Mainframe and physical mainframe?

 

The challenge of testing in the mainframe world

Modern development teams require agile, flexible environments to be able to deliver quick change reliably and enable business competitiveness. But the reality is that fixed, shared mainframe environments cause environment bottlenecks that hinder projects, slow time to market, and result in quality issues and spiralling costs.

The shortage of mainframe test environments is a big blocker to any project across the enterprise which relies on mainframe. Many projects involve a change only in the “front end” but depend on testing the “back end” (i.e. mainframe) even when it is not changing, and suffer from lack of mainframe test environments.

 

How does PopUp MainframeTM solve this problem?

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Introducing PopUp Mainframe

 
We are very excited to introduce the Sandhata PopUp MainframeTM – a brand new offering which finally removes the bottleneck of mainframe test environments by making mainframe self-service a reality.

Mainframe environments are expensive to buy and time-consuming to build and maintain. This leads to a shortage of mainframe test environments, project conflicts and slow production releases and time-to-market.

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Is your Change Management Process holding you back? We can help

Are your projects failing to deliver the value you expected?

Are you unable to release changes as fast as you would like?

Are your teams stuck behind heavyweight processes slowing them down?

Is change expensive due to clunky, inefficient change management?

 

Our experience with a wide variety of clients has shown us that a heavyweight, cumbersome change management is one of the biggest blockers to achieving your DevOps goals and delivering change at the speed you need.

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Sandhata wins Best Overall Testing Project at TESTA 2018

The DevOps, Integration and IT transformation specialist, Sandhata is delighted to announce its joint entry with RBS won ‘Best Overall Testing Project – Finance’ at The European Software Testing Awards 2018.

Now in its sixth year, The European Software Testing Awards (TESTA) celebrates companies and individuals who have accomplished significant achievements in the software testing and quality assurance market.

Sandhata, in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland, has been recognised by TESTA for its innovative testing project ‘Accelerating Mainframe Change’ delivered by the RBS engineering team and Sandhata.

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DevOps In Regulated Industries

Does DevOps Work in Highly Regulated Industries?

DevOps is best suited to digital start-ups with minimal regulation and few restrictions, right?

Initially the DevOps movement stemmed from the agile, innovative, born-on-the-web companies who were able to change their way of working quickly. However, the principles and practices are completely transferrable to all organisation types. This includes those at the other end of the spectrum – where processes are very tightly controlled and regulation dictates a significant part of the business investment.

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Drowning in technical debt

Are you drowning in technical debt?

Technical debt is the enemy of fast change – and of DevOps. It sometimes hides under the covers while new features are being delivered but, much like financial debt, it will never go away unless it is addressed directly.

At some point your technical debt will reach critical mass. This is when it starts to hinder every attempt to change, while forcing you to spend more time fire-fighting and managing the debt rather than delivering new features for the customer. This growing technical debt mountain will seriously affect your business ability.

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Agile team

What makes the agile team tick

We’ve all heard the cliché: Agile teams are self-organised and self-managed.

However, if it’s that simple, why are organisations not consistently churning out self-managed teams delivering solutions in a smooth manner? In reality, there are plenty of dynamics involved in enabling agile teams, and there are multiple factors that play a big part in nurturing self-managed teams.

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DevOps innovation tools

How we built a Live DevOps Innovation Platform

We recently announced the arrival of our Live DevOps Innovation Platform built in-house here at Sandhata. I wanted to share some of the tools we have used for it so far, as well as my personal experiences on this platform, as it has been very interesting and a big learning experience for me.

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DevOps Innovation Platform

Introducing the new Live DevOps Innovation Platform

In 2016 we started creating a live DevOps innovation platform internally in Sandhata. We have been working hard, with the goal of creating a platform which incorporates DevOps principles and practices across the whole delivery lifecycle. We want this platform to demonstrate various aspects of the delivery lifecycle, and expose the inner workings – so that the platform can be used to help others get a headstart on their continuous delivery journey and also plan their DevOps strategy based on our working example.

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