Frequently, organizations must deliver updates to existing mainframe software to address software updates, introduce new features, enhance performance, or improve security. A software delivery system streamlines this process, ensuring efficient and controlled deployment of these updates across the mainframe environment while simultaneously adhering to compliance standards and demonstrating proper software governance.

The Vanguard Mainframe Software Delivery System (MSDS) tool facilitates the process of delivering software updates, changes, and new applications to RACF, ACF2, and Top Secret (TSS) mainframe environments. The primary purpose of this tool is to ensure the efficient and reliable delivery of software while maintaining the stability and integrity of the mainframe system, as well as meeting software patch management requirements. A successful patch management process would require an organization to stay current on available software patches, properly testing them to ensure proper installation and documenting the process.

Features & Benefits

  • Provides release management capabilities to coordinate and schedule the deployment of software updates across various components while minimizing disruptions and conflicts.
  • Provides version control capabilities, allowing organizations to track and manage different versions of their mainframe software.
  • Delivers change-control and tracks changes to configuration values, ensuring that software updates are compatible and do not introduce unintended consequences or instability.
  • Provides audit trails, version control, and documentation of software changes, facilitating compliance efforts and regulatory audits.
  • Automates various tasks for each LPAR, such as building, packaging, and deploying software, reducing manual effort, accelerating the delivery cycle, and minimizing the risk of human errors.
  • Ensures the scalability and reliability of software updates, allowing organizations to deploy changes seamlessly across large-scale mainframe infrastructures without disrupting ongoing operations.
  • Integrates with testing and quality assurance tools, providing mechanisms for executing different types of testing, managing test environments, and automating test processes.
  • Provides a centralized platform for sharing information, managing workflows, and ensuring effective communication among team members.

Streamline your organization’s software delivery processes while improving operational efficiency, maintaining system stability, and ensuring the delivery of high-quality software updates to your mainframe environments.