Automated IBM z/OS development process from Development, through Test and QA to Production

Modernize your IBM z/OS development process with DevOps and Toolchain Orchestration

Making use of modern tools and methodologies for faster Agile mainframe software development

How can you overcome your Mainframe challenges?

Modernizing mainframe development implies using technology that can support this new way of working. A modern CI/CD solution enables the integration with modern development tools, the automation of change activities, and the ability for adapting contemporary development methodologies such as Agile. A modern solution that will accommodate both the Business and IT departments' requirements.

Business requirements
  • Enable mainframe to be more responsive to business needs
  • Reducing time to market by removing the bottlenecks in mainframe change delivery
  • Reduce cost of changes via process efficiency, automation and driving quality by design
I.T. requirements
  • Introduce more automation
  • Reduce operational costs
  • Remove waste from the value stream
  • Adopt the process and controls to make releases safer and more efficient

Everything you need for mainframe modernization and agility

Get all the modern development benefits for your Mainframe environment. Use a modern IDE on your Windows/Linux system to develop, manage your application life cycles, and automate your Mainframe Build (Compile) and Deploy process.

Modern IDE
(Eclipse / VS Code)

Hide mainframe complexity and use modern IDE features, such as: code completion, syntax checking, debugging and proper object navigation.

Modern
Version Control

Use modern VCR’s such as Git to manage you mainframe code base and to support parallel development.

From Waterfall
to Agile

Use short development sprints to reduce risks and accelerate planning of feature implementations.

Automated
Build (Compile)

Automatically generated JCL accompagnied with the project source is sent to the Mainframe to be build. The result is stored in an archive.

Automated
Deploy (promote)

The automated Deploy starts from the build archive and deploys to the Mainframe environment defined in the application life cycle.

Parallel
Development

Work on as many releases as you want. You can have a major new release, together with a minor upgrade and the ability to fix bugs in what’s currently in production.

Pick the solution platform that fits your needs

Our solution is also available to companies who already use the Jenkins automation server. The Jenkins solution offers the same Build & Deploy functionality, however the IKAN ALM solution is an all round dedicated CI/CD solution which offers more features, better usability and customization options.

The differences between IKAN ALM and Jenkins

Core differences
Enforces industry standards No guidance
End user friendly Requires CI/CD knowledge
Well documented Depends on used plugins
Easy to customize Requires programming skills
Default VCR integrations (incl. Code tagging) Requires plugins
Default ITS (Issue Tracking System) integrations Requires plugins
Unique workspace per build / Automatic cleanup Single workspace for all builds / Manual cleanup
Approval management. / User Notifications Requires plugins
Build archiving / Build History Requires plugins / Only if Pipeline doesn’t change
Package and Release based projects Release based only
Project dependencies Requires plugins
Integrates with operational security system Requires plugins
Reusable, parameter-driven Build and Deploy Phases Scripts per pipeline, not reusable without modification
IBM z/OS specific differences
Audit Not available
Impact Analysis Not available

We offer you the freedom of choice, at the same price

The IKAN ALM Build & Deploy functionality for IBM z/OS ported to the Jenkins automation server.
Maintenance and support (+20%/Year) not included*
€ 999,95
 per user
Enterprise-grade dedicated CI / CD for the IBM z/OS mainframe. Out-of-the-box experience.
Maintenance and support (+20%/Year) not included
€ 999,95
 per user
More information

Most popular choice

Already using Jenkins but also want the IKAN ALM features? Then this option is suitable for you.
Maintenance and support (+20%/Year) not included*
€ 999,95
 per user

More information
on invidual pages

* Support plans for the Jenkins solution for IBM z/OS do NOT include support for Jenkins itself, but only for the IKAN ALM ported Build & Deploy extension for IBM z/OS.
 

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What our customers are saying

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    Antonio Motta - ICT infrastructure manager, RMA (Italy)

    "Our goal was to have one product, that managed the whole build and deploy process for all the platforms we used to deliver our IT services. We saved more than 2/3 on the software maintenance cost."

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    Jim McGrath - Data Warehouse Manager, Constellation Brands (USA)

    "My internal team was excited about the possibilities your software offers and is anxious to hear next steps. Additionally, you should know that I have ensured my team knows the level of effort and support your team has provided.

    It is hands down the best support I have seen from any vendor I’ve worked with."

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    Willy Mutsaerts - Technology Architect and Software asset management, P&V (Belgium)

    "IKAN ALM allowed us to modernize our mainframe development as we wanted to use an eclipse based development environment and needed to have a compatible life cycle management solution to replace our current mainframe only version control software.

    And IKAN ALM allowed us to interface with the mainframe and has extensive customization possibilities."

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    Jerome Rouil - IT Team Manager, GMF COVEA group (France)

    "We did a POC to verify if IKAN ALM could support our different ways of deploying (on different types of platforms), our current way of doing development and the build and deploy scripts we were currently using.

    IKAN ALM allows us to work from everywhere, and to reuse existing scripts. We could use our existing security system (LDAP), SMTP for messaging and notifications.

    We use IKAN ALM for all our JAVA applications and SAS reporting that are deployed to 30 different locations"

People are choosing DevOps because they want

Higher quality

As developers will version their code (in Git or Subversion) and as parallel development is supported you will have a more sound code base. Managing the many different releases and hot fixes becomes fast, transparent and reliable.

More frequent deploys

A complete and automated process (build, deploy, approval and notification) is triggered once a developer commits his code to the version control repository. This process is reliable, repeatable and auditable so you can you can deploy more frequently.

Lower development costs

More frequent and qualitative deploys means happy business people since they'll have their desired functionality available faster. The automated process eliminates human mistakes and allows people to do more interesting work. A true win/win.

These companies already use IKAN ALM

A list of our clients: Vivium, Reale Mutua, GMF and Constellation Brands