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IBM Open Enterprise Python for z/OS 3.8 is now available!

By Claire Nelson posted Mon June 22, 2020 12:00 AM

IBM has enabled Python to run on z/OS. Often touted as the great “glue language” because it can glue large software components together, Python is one of the most popular and fastest growing programming languages. Python’s popularity is driven by it’s simple programming syntax, rich ecosystem of packages, capability to interact with other languages and platforms, and strong community support across multiple industries. Clients can use Python on z/OS to develop applications ranging from improving DevOps practices and automating IT infrastructure, to developing new web and visualization on IBM z/OS.

Why Python for z/OS?

People are tasked with software modernization more than ever. Python is excellent at transforming their enterprises efficiently and at a lower cost. Z clients can develop applications with Python on z/OS in the same way as they would on any other platform, leveraging common skills that are widely available. Your software delivery teams can use the Python programming language and its extensive ecosystem of modules, packages and frameworks to accelerate their digital transformation. z/OS has a rich heritage, trusted with business-critical workloads that have run for decades.  Using IBM Open Enterprise Python for z/OS with IBM Z Open Automation Utilities allows your teams to tap into this heritage and directly work with datasets from Python applications.

Python extends applications into modern cloud environments. As clients embark on the journey to Cloud, IBM Open Enterprise Python for z/OS provides the essential foundation. When you combine IBM Open Enterprise Python for z/OS and Red Hat Ansible Certified Content for IBM Z, you can leverage your existing JCL, REXX, and z/OSMF assets in Ansible playbooks to transform your z/OS software deployments. Python has become the favoured choice for artificial intelligence and machine learning application development.  Python on z/OS allows developers to develop data science applications natively on Z for faster performance and better security.

How to obtain IBM Open Enterprise Python for z/OS?

IBM Open Enterprise Python is available for zero license charge through Shopz (5655-PYT) SMP/E, or you can download the PAX here. Optional world-class IBM Software Subscription and Support is available with your order through Shopz (5655-PYS).

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For additional information on installation, troubleshooting and packages included in this offering please visit the IBM Knowledge Center.
Red Hat Ansible Certified Content for IBM Z Content Solution
IBM Z Open Automation Utilities
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