Technology Record - Issue 27: Winter 2022

101 a return on investment within days and weeks rather than years. How much data is on your mainframes? How many years of transactional data? Ask any data scientist and they will tell you the path to creating powerful machine learning models is shortened if a company has a rich set of historical information upon which to reason. If you historically have been siloed, you weren’t able to blend other rich data sets with that transactional data, so bringing that history to your estate in the cloud unlocks untold insights in the patterns of your business. Once that data has landed, you can leverage a new technology that has taken the industry by storm, low code/no code. There is a universal issue that there are not enough developers in the world with the coding knowledge to meet the digital demand for new applications. There is also a huge issue called the ‘app gap’, which isn’t limited to legacy coding languages like COBOL. Microsoft’s Power Platform is a low code/no code suite of tools that help people without extensive coding knowledge to build apps, websites and virtual agents, enabling businesses to analyse data, automate processes, accelerate innovation and reduce costs. The best part? Your business is probably already using it. Kyndryl can help you get your mainframe estate connected to over 700 other data connectors, accelerating the application modernisation journey that until now was a lengthy engagement. Finally, not only did we unlock the data and jump the app gap with Microsoft, but we have also tackled the complexity of DevOps by leveraging the revolutionary integrated development toolset from Microsoft. We have thousands of mainframe professionals at Kyndryl and for decades our developers have jumped from screen to screen to deploy their packages to update applications on IBM Z mainframes and System i midrange computers. Working with Microsoft’s Azure DevOps, Github and VSCode our team was able to reduce application development time with a single DevOps pipeline. Wherever you are in your hybrid journey, Kyndryl can help evaluate all the paths available to you for leveraging your mainframe estate to work seamlessly with your Azure, Microsoft and BizApps strategy. To learn more, visit: Richard Baird is vice president and global CTO of core enterprise and zCloud at Kyndryl