Compuware Pushes Mainframe Agile DevOps Practices

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2016-01-05 Print this article Print
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“Today’s digitally savvy customers demand seamless, end-to-end performance from every application,” said Jason Bloomberg, president of agile digital transformation analysis firm Intellyx, in a statement. “Synchronizing IT assets from the mainframe all the way to the customer is now mandatory. The integration between Compuware and Atlassian products will enable this all-important end-to-end synchronization, and will also empower collaboration across previously siloed teams.”

In addition, Compuware and SonarSource are enabling new developers with mainstream skills to rapidly deliver quality COBOL by providing them with automated on-the-fly quality assurance (QA) as they work in a familiar Eclipse environment. Compuware and SonarSource are also making it easier for IT leaders to manage mainframe application development activities with dashboards that provide visibility into individual, team and project metrics.

“Compuware has a great vision for bringing mainframe application development, data management, and platform operations into the mainstream of agile enterprise DevOps,” said Olivier Gaudin, CEO of SonarSource, in a statement. “SonarSource is contributing to the fulfillment of that vision by providing our mutual customers with the continuous automated code quality and project management they need to increase their mainframe agility without compromising their mainframe integrity.”

Compuware is integrating its Topaz Workbench—an intuitive Eclipse-based environment for mainframe source-code editing, debugging, and tuning—with SonarSource’s SonarLint, which automatically discovers defects introduced into COBOL code. Also, using Leveraging Jenkins for continuous integration and integrating Topaz Workbench with SonarSource’s SonarQube—a popular dashboard for tracking defects, complexity and technical debt—IT managers can more easily keep projects on schedule and address shortfalls in developer performance.

“In software development, our agility is only as nimble as its slowest link,” said Mike Wells, director of software development at Ameritas. “The time has come for the convergence of the mainframe and distributed systems DevOps processes. Compuware and SonarSource are enabling us to do exactly that by giving us tools with functionality and look-and-feel our Java development teams utilize every day.”

Moreover, O’Malley said by adding Compuware’s mainframe application auditing information to Splunk’s operational intelligence platform, enterprise IT managers can unify their security and compliance management efforts. With the Splunk integration, Compuware is enabling enterprises to more effectively discover and resolve security and compliance issues across their large multi-platform IT environments by feeding mainframe application usage insight to Splunk Enterprise.

IT security services firm mnemonic, a Splunk reseller, helped shape the data integration process with Compuware. According to co-founder Jorn Tore Hov, “Having the Compuware Application Auditing data available in Splunk, is an important step in protecting mainframe environments through the mnemonic Advanced Threat Defense platform Argus.”

ISPW Acquisition

Also as part of its game-changing initiative to empower mainframe developers, Compuware announced it has all of the assets of ISPW Benchmark Technologies—maker of an Agile source code management and release automation solution for cross-platform mainframe, Windows and open systems development. By providing end-to-end code management and release automation across all platforms, ISPW’s technology enables IT to optimize code quality and improve developer productivity.

“Joining Compuware will enable us to more aggressively invest in our capabilities to support an iterative and Agile approach to development and add more value by integrating into the broader enterprise DevOps ecosystem,” said ISPW president Paul Kuszyk, in a statement. “By mainstreaming the mainframe, Compuware is transforming the market in a way that will give our customers cross-platform DevOps agility that is absolutely essential for competitive success in today’s fast-moving markets.”

O’Malley said Compuware had been using CA’s Endevor source code management tool but it became problematic when the development teams began to work faster using Agile methods. “The older, mainframe source code management systems were built with the assumption of the waterfall methodology, which works in a sequential way,” O’Malley said. “The way we’re working now is in parallel, with many people doing tasks at the same time, so we needed a source code management system to support that. ISPW was a perfect fit. It helps you get Agile on the mainframe, so we bought it.”

In keeping with its commitment to deliver mainframe innovations and relevant updates to core products every 90 days, Compuware also added file and table I/O visualization to Topaz Runtime Visualizer. This visualization enables even inexperienced developers to understand how COBOL applications use mainframe data and the specific types of calls being made.

“With the next set of releases, we’re doing a pretty big pivot for the company and for the industry,” O’Malley said. “I believe we’re not far away from a situation where your full-stack programmers are going to have to do a two-week sprint on a Java app, a two-week sprint on a C++ app and a two-week sprint on a COBOL app. These people will be polyglot programmers that can skate across all these platforms.”



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