CA has announced a new wrinkle in its Mainframe 2.0 initiative with new releases of its application testing tools that modernize mainframe ownership and ease the transfer of management tasks to a new generation of IT professionals.
CA has announced a new wrinkle in its Mainframe 2.0 initiative with
new releases of its application testing tools that modernize mainframe
ownership and ease the transfer of management tasks to a new generation
of IT professionals.
In addition to leveraging CA's Mainframe 2.0 technology, CA's
testing and debugging tools, CA InterTest Batch and CA InterTest for
CICS, now feature a graphical user interface (GUI) based on the
Eclipse open development platform to make it easier for
mainframe developers to execute core testing and debugging tasks,
the company said.
According to CA officials these tasks historically have been
time-consuming phases of the mainframe application development and
CA also released a new version of CA SymDump for CICS, its advanced
abend analysis solution, that uses the new Mainframe 2.0 implementation
"Conventional approaches to testing and debugging mainframe
applications are too slow and inefficient to meet the -needed it
yesterday' demands of the business," said Aline Gerew, senior vice
president of software engineering in CA's Mainframe Business Unit, in a
statement. "CA has directly addressed this issue by delivering a new
set of solutions that empower our customers to meet these demands
despite their current resource constraints."
The new tools enable customers to streamline and simplify core quality assurance tasks.
"A key challenge for us is optimizing the productivity of our senior
mainframe experts, while creating a working environment that helps our
younger, less experienced development staff become proficient in
mainframe computing," said Steve Ware, systems coordinator, Computing
& Networking Services at the University of Florida, in a statement.
"CA's newly enhanced testing tools are helping us do exactly that."
The new releases of CA InterTest and CA SymDump for CICS leverage
such Mainframe 2.0 components as CA Mainframe Software Manager, which
automates implementation, CA said.
Meanwhile, the new CA InterTest GUI helps developers efficiently
reuse and repurpose existing mainframe application code to further
improve productivity and support service oriented architecture (SOA)
implementations. By plugging CA InterTest tools into their larger
Eclipse-based integrated development environments, customers can more
easily and seamlessly debug end-to-end composite applications that
include mainframe, distributed, web, and mobile components.
"Enterprise IT organizations are increasingly using mainframe-based
applications as database or transactional back-ends for services that
are ultimately delivered to the end-user's browser or browser
equivalent," said Melinda Ballou, program director, Application
Life-Cycle Management, IDC.
"Incorporating Eclipse interface standards into mainframe test
solutions supports this trend by making it easier for development and
testing teams to unify mainframe debugging tasks into their development
platforms," Ballou said.