Demand for Mainframe Innovation Will Surpass Non-Mainframe Innovation in 2020

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The mainframe is continuing to grow in importance—so much so that the deployment frequency of new mainframe application features is set to surpass that of non-mainframe application features in 2020, according to a new global survey.

The survey, conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Compuware, found that organizations expect to increase the frequency of new mainframe application feature deployments by an average of 41% in the next 12 months, versus 38% for non-mainframe applications.

In addition, 47% of organizations said the mainframe is running more business-critical applications today than ever before.

The survey included the responses of 400 senior IT leaders responsible for application development in organizations with a mainframe and 1,000-plus employees

“Given the increasingly crucial role the mainframe plays in innovation, continuously improving the quality, velocity, and efficiency of software development and delivery on the platform should no longer be a wishful IT aspiration—it’s an urgent strategic imperative," said Chris O’Malley, CEO, Compuware. "Enterprises must find ways to translate ideas for meeting and exceeding customer expectations into digital services that make a difference—continuously.”

A majority (97%) of application development managers said IT is under more pressure than ever to deliver software innovation faster, and a similar number (95%) also said their IT teams are under pressure to adopt modern development practices on the mainframe to accelerate delivery and innovation.

As they deal with these pressures, 52% of organizations have adopted DevOps on the mainframe and 42% have adopted agile methodologies. While these findings show that organizations have made great strides to implement modern development practices on the mainframe, there is still a long way to go before adoption of DevOps and Agile methodologies on these core systems is as widespread as today’s digital economy demands.

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