STARWEST 2019 Concurrent Session : Mainframe Continuous Delivery: A Journey to the Left Side

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Mainframe Continuous Delivery: A Journey to the Left Side

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DevOps and continuous delivery have produced exceptional results in the industry, and most of this success has been in the area of distributed systems. Tim Wheeler will discuss identifying problems delivering products in a large, integrated, legacy systems environment with PL/I, COBOL, IMS, and large-batch testing. Tim will talk about the journey his company, State Farm, took toward development and implementation of a plan to address inefficiencies in their delivery mechanism and to adopt modern DevOps practices and tools. You'll leave with a greater understanding of mainframe continuous delivery, the organizational change associated with it, and how to start implementing it in your environment.

State Farm

Tim Wheeler is a technology manager with twenty years' experience working on and leading large IT projects at State Farm. He has held the positions of product manager for Mainframe Continuous Delivery and Test Environment Provisioning, program test manager for DOL, release test manager, test manager, and project manager of multiple initiatives. He currently leads three engineering teams. Tim is a roadblock remover and enjoys the challenge of fixing problems, and he encourages his teams to be obnoxiously transparent about their challenges so they can properly address the business reality. He believes the team is paramount to success.