Compuware Enhances Analytics to Improve Mainframe Software

Compuware has introduced new zAdviser analytics to enable application development and delivery teams to make data-driven decisions that improve mainframe software quality, velocity, and efficiency, as well as ISPW enhancements and Git integration that modernize mainframe code pipelines.

Advanced analytics come from leveraging ISPW, a continuous integration/continuous delivery solution for the mainframe, along with zAdviser, a free service for Compuware customers that leverages machine learning to continuously improve mainframe software development and delivery outcomes. Customers can now merge their ISPW usage data with software delivery KPI data from zAdviser to understand how their teams work and where future resources can be applied most effectively.

According to Compuware, through zAdviser dashboards, teams can visualize constraints in changing source code and focus their development efforts to better meet business and customer requirements, answering questions such as:

  • What modules are contributing most to our technical debt?
  • Where do we need to focus our code revitalizing and refactoring efforts?
  • Where are the constraints that, if improved, could have the biggest positive impact on improving future flow?

And, more insightful developer productivity data helps teams answer questions such as:

  • How much time is spent developing and testing code?
  • How long does production-ready code wait before being promoted into production?
  • What’s the time difference between code first being checked out to it running in production?
  • How are regressions and fallbacks affecting development flow?

With the combination of zAdviser and ISPW, Compuware says, customers can identify the code contributing to technical debt and determine immediate, optimal actions such as revitalizing and refactoring essential mainframe code on the platform or eliminating obsolete code. This will allow them to begin taking steps that build confidence and lead to bigger improvements in quality, velocity, and efficiency.

Compuware’s continued “open borders” approach to DevOps enables customers to integrate mainframe-focused tools into a multi-vendor, cross-platform DevOps toolchain of choice. In keeping with this approach, Compuware is announcing expanded integration of ISPW and Git, the popular version control software. The integration helps developers with little mainframe experience work with mainframe source code. Changes in Git are automatically synchronized back into the mainframe where ISPW’s automated build, deploy, and fallback capabilities can be leveraged in a CI/CD pipeline. By employing consistent methods for all code across all platforms, customers will gain consistent visibility into their diverse codebases and ease the process of managing code throughout the enterprise.

Compuware is now offering a customized end-to-end service that leverages expert ISPW technical resources and proven best practices to provide ongoing administrative support of ISPW.

The Sentry Services program provides remote access to the highest skilled ISPW resources for expert assistance with maintenance, upgrades and enhanced support services. The program is committed to meeting best-in-class SLAs across the world for a fraction of client’s current administrative costs.

 “The modernization of mainframe software delivery to a state of high-performance is absolutely achievable, said Compuware CEO Chris O’Malley. “Companies can transform their most critical back-end platform by enabling a preferred developer experience, automating manual-process constraints, integrating with best-in-class tools and inspiring a culture of continuous improvement inspired and guided by software delivery KPIs of velocity, quality and efficiency.”

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