Compuware Advances Mainframe Software Delivery Quality, Velocity, and Efficiency

Compuware has announced enhancements to Topaz for Total Test and a partnership with OpenLegacy to help large enterprises speed mainframe software development and delivery while improving quality.

According to Compuware, Topaz for Total Test provides unit, functional, integration, and regression testing, enabling application leaders to adopt a “shift left” approach to testing to improve application quality and development velocity and efficiency. When testing large, complex applications, the job of reviewing test results can be arduous and time-consuming. A new Eclipse-based report summarizes only the errors and failures so developers and testers can focus on understanding and resolving specific problems.

zAdviser, a free service for Compuware customers, now provides advanced analytics for Topaz for Total Test users. A new dashboard provides a macro view of mainframe testing efforts. Development managers can quickly see what is being tested, if the tests are being leveraged within a DevOps pipeline, and success and failure rates—enabling teams to identify risks and continuously improve mainframe software development and delivery outcomes.

The new release of Topaz for Total Test also includes improvements that enable unit testing to be applied to a larger range of programs. New support is included for complex programs that make advanced use of pointers, as well as virtualization for CICS APIs, return-codes, and accept statemen

Compuware is also announcing a partnership with OpenLegacy, which automates and accelerates microservice-based API creation, deployment, testing, and maintenance for core systems. The OpenLegacy platform can now be accessed directly from Topaz Workbench, a familiar Eclipse-based IDE, providing developers with a common framework to create the API and to visualize, understand, debug, and maintain their mainframe-connected applications.

Using OpenLegacy and its microservice-based approach to create REST APIs on top of existing mainframe systems will help improve the reusability of an organization’s mainframe applications, allowing them to be used natively in modern architectures without complex intermediate layers of technology.

By using the Topaz suite of products in conjunction with the OpenLegacy platform, Compuware says, developers can see exactly what mainframe code and data is available, understand code structure and logic, and visualize data relationships, so that the OpenLegacy-created REST API can be more precisely defined. Once created, developers can seamlessly debug and analyze the modernized code and data using Compuware’s full suite of Topaz products.

Compuware previously announced Day One support for IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V6.3 and PL/I for z/OS V5.3 as well as the IBM z15 and IBM z/OS V2.4.

Compuware collaborated with IBM to ensure that its solutions—including Abend-AIDFile-AIDISPWStrobe, ThruPut ManagerTopaz and Xpediter—work for customers installing or upgrading to the new releases and hardware.

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