As mainframe use remains a fact of life in enterprise IT today, software makers such as Clerity Solutions and Compuware continue turning out new software and services to support developers building applications for the mainframe platform.
As mainframe use remains a fact of life in enterprise IT today, software
makers such as Clerity Solutions and Compuware continue turning out new
software and services to support developers building applications for the
mainframe platform. Clerity said in a news release Dec. 7:
"Clerity Solutions, a full-service
provider of mainframe migration, modernization and optimization solutions, today
introduced Clerity Map Editor, an application development tool that provides a
graphical user interface (GUI) environment for the design, creation and
maintenance of former mainframe-based 3270 'green screens' on cost-effective
"This is the latest mainframe
modernization solution from Clerity, which offers the ... UniKix mainframe
re-hosting software suite, used worldwide by companies to run mission-critical
CICS, IMS, IDMS, Adabas/Natural and other legacy assets on flexible,
Clerity Map Editor helps developers "build, edit, and maintain CICS
Basic Mapping Support (BMS) Maps for rehosted
mainframe workloads running in UniKix software environments. With Clerity Map
Editor, stand-alone BMS files and BMS
files associated with COBOL copybooks can be displayed, modified and generated
on any Windows, Unix or Linux-based system supporting a Java Runtime
Environment 6.0 or greater," the company said.
"Clerity Map Editor provides an excellent alternative to preserve
interfaces and avoid end-user retraining post migration," Shwetank
Srivastava, vice president of product development and services at Clerity, said
in a statement. "With its straightforward GUI, mainframe or non-mainframe
personnel can quickly leverage this tool to help meet their migration
Meanwhile, Compuware has launched a Mainframe Cost Savings Program for its
Mainframe Solutions customers. The program provides Compuware customers with
"a free cost-savings assessment, a road map to future mainframe
operational cost savings and the opportunity to win a grand prize of $1
million," Compuware said in a news release Nov. 30.
"To participate, customers take part in a straightforward and free
cost-savings assessment. Through the assessment, Compuware will identify future
savings opportunities as well as the specific operational cost savings that the
customer currently enjoys by using Compuware," the company said.
"We're so confident in our differentiated capabilities and ROI that
we're offering $1 million to help our customers prove it," said Rose Rowe,
vice president of mainframe strategy at Compuware. "According to Gartner,
our mainframe market leadership is greater than all of our competitors
combined. We believe this is because, in the last six months alone, our
customers have told us that Compuware has saved them more than $2 billion.
We're launching this program to help our customers save even more money and to
continue proving the unmatched value Compuware brings to this
marketplace." The statement continued:
"The program is open to all
Compuware customers who maintain a Compuware mainframe software maintenance
contract during the program. Participating customers will access a secure web
portal where they can easily submit brief stories documenting the successes and
savings they have realized from Compuware Mainframe Solutions. The most
compelling collection of stories will earn the winning organization a $1
million grand prize at the end of the year-long contest.
"This is an opportunity for
Compuware mainframe customers to gain valuable insight into potential areas for
further cost savings and efficiencies-at no cost to them-and to have a chance
to win a substantial prize," said Rowe. "Every customer will benefit
by simply participating in the program."
"In addition to the grand prize
winner, nine runners-up will receive a $100,000 credit toward purchase of a new
Compuware product software license. Each collection of cost-savings stories
will be judged by a panel of industry experts and Compuware executives. This
program will run through November 30, 2010."