The world has changed. With the new cloud options, enterprises no longer must rely on only their IT organization to meet their computing needs. Business units now have options that were not available just a few years ago. They can get some of their needs met by traditional IT processes, and reach out to a cloud provider to meet other needs. The concern is that if you, working in a traditional IT organization, do not meet these needs, someone else will.
This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to understand the benefits of becoming your own cloud service provider. It describes a simple approach that allows you to be successful. The main focus of the book is lessons learned from the implementation by an IBM client, Walmart Stores, Inc.®, that achieved impressive results in their efforts to become their own cloud service provider to their developer community. In this way, Walmart successfully made z Systems a relevant part of their Hybrid Cloud strategy.
Walmart embarked on this journey to help their application developers achieve results that were previously time-consuming and difficult to deliver. In the process, they realized that they had everything that they needed to become a services provider to their developer community. This book describes the choices that Walmart made, and explains the steps they took to be successful.
The goal of the book is not to imply that the only way to achieve success is by following Walmart’s process exactly. Rather, this book allows you to use the same basic constructs, but choose implementation details that fit your environment so that you can achieve success on your own terms. With IBM CICS® Transaction Server (TS) for z/OS®, you also have the resources for a successful transition to becoming your own cloud service provider.
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