If you’re an engineer or programmer, you’ve no doubt experienced the chaos and confusion of multiple people working on the same piece of code at the same time. It’s not only disruptive, but sorting everything out wastes valuable time and resources. The good news (if you’re a mainframer) is that those problems are a thing of the past thanks to Git Version Control Tools for IBM z/OS, an open-source tool built to improve collaboration.
If you don’t know Git, it was introduced in 2005 by Linux creator Linus Torvalds and has become the world’s most widely used version control system (VCS). It’s a great tool, but what’s really exciting to me is that it extends Rocket’s commitment to democratizing the mainframe while giving mainframe-based organizations the ability to save massive amounts of time (and cycles) by standardizing on a VCS. Open-source languages and tools are allowing developers to take advantage of mainframe programs and applications without the need to know COBOL or assembly language. That’s important for organizations that constantly need to add to their talent pools but often find that candidates aren’t well-versed in traditional mainframe languages. That’s why anyone can hit the ground running with Git Version Control Tools for IBM z/OS, even without extensive mainframe experience.
Mainframes can do things that other platforms – not matter how robust – simply can’t, such as perform analytics without having to export data to external systems. It’s no wonder that just about every bank and government in the world relies on them! But over time it has become more challenging to find qualified engineers and architects to work on them, and mainframe shops now face a significant talent gap. By making open-source tools like Git available on mainframes, Rocket is making it possible for organizations to extend the usefulness of their incumbent technologies.