Easy z/OS Application Performance Testing: New Webinar

Brent PhillipsBy Brent Phillipseasy z/os application performance testing

The z/OS platform excels at efficiently executing transactions and is a critically important component for many business applications. Yet, application development teams rarely have an understanding of how application program changes impact the performance and cost efficiency of the underlying z/OS infrastructure.

Nearly all z/OS performance and capacity experts have stories about an application being launched into production and causing major service level delivery problems and/or unexpected z/OS infrastructure costs. These production problems happened despite existing DevOps test procedures for new application versions.

Last year IBM announced that z/OS mainframe clients could triple the capacity of their development environment with no increase in MLC. Being able to afford a properly sized Dev/Test environment is extremely valuable, but it is not enough to prevent these performance and cost issues.

Our webinar, Easy z/OS Application Performance Testing Services from the Infrastructure Perspective, discusses an easy way to see variances in the “application performance signature” from an infrastructure perspective.

The webinar covers:

  • Application Infrastructure Performance Signatures
  • How to Automate the Calculation of Variances between Releases
  • How to Increase Collaboration between DevOps areas
  • How to Achieve Fewer Unexpected Infrastructure Cost Increases
  • How to Have Fewer Production Performance Problems

In the webinar, we will examine the historical reasons why the performance and financial cost impact on the z/OS infrastructure has been difficult to test in DevOps organizations and how utilizing a modernized approach with artificial intelligence can significantly improve release quality as it relates to the z/OS infrastructure’s ability to efficiently deliver the service levels required by specific applications.

 

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IntelliMagic Sessions at SHARE Sacramento

IntelliMagic will be at SHARE Sacramento, March 11 – 16, hosting a Lunch & Learn and presenting four performance and capacity sessions you won’t want to miss! Join us at booth #205 to see the latest in intelligent analytics for performance and capacity planners.

IntelliMagic sessions at SHARE Sacramento

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6 Signs You Already Have a Skills Gap for z/OS Performance and Capacity Planning

Brent PhillipsBy Brent PhillipsSigns you have a skills gap for z/os performance and capacity planning

The mainframe skills gap is a well-known issue, but most of the focus is on mainframe application development. A large z/OS mainframe organization may have thousands of application developers but only 20 or fewer performance & capacity planning staff. Even though fewer in number, these IT staff have an outsized impact on the organization.

The problem, however, is not just about recruiting new IT staff members to the team. The road to becoming a true z/OS performance and capacity (perf/cap) expert is far longer and more difficult than what is necessary for a programmer to learn to code in a mainframe programming language like COBOL. Consequently, it is not feasible to fill the performance and capacity planning gap with new recruits, and recruiting experienced staff from the short supply is difficult. Even teams that have all the headcount positions filled very often exhibit at least some of the signs that they are being negatively impacted by insufficient levels of expert staff.

A primary contributor to the problem is the antiquated way of understanding the RMF and SMF performance data that most sites still use. The way this data is processed and interpreted not only makes it difficult for new IT staff to learn the job, but it also makes the job for the existing experts more difficult and time consuming.

Here are six signs that indicate your z/OS performance and capacity team would benefit by modernizing analytics for your infrastructure performance and configuration data.

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