DETROIT--July 20, 2010--Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) today announced a new modernized open development environment for managing mainframe application development. Compuware’s innovative new approach gives customers the ability to increase productivity, reduce costs and address challenges brought about by the retiring mainframe workforce.
The new intuitive Compuware Workbench provides an Eclipse-based graphical user interface (GUI), a common framework and single-launch point to initiate Compuware’s mainframe products with the capability to launch other mainframe and distributed products.
Mainframe Development Productivity
The difficult economy has caused many IT organizations to reduce their staff and put new projects on hold due to funding constraints. The Compuware Workbench helps organizations get the most from their limited funding by increasing the output of their existing workforce. The inherent productivity gains realized when using a GUI environment coupled with the tighter product integration offered in the new Compuware Workbench significantly minimizes the time it takes to complete individual tasks, increasing IT’s overall efficiency.
“IT organizations are constantly faced with two challenges – delivering on their commitments to the business while, at the same time, holding down costs,” said Rose Rowe, Vice President, Mainframe Strategy, Compuware. “By increasing productivity, IT organizations can address both of these demands. They can deliver revenue-generating projects on time and meet their service level agreements without having to add headcount.”
Retiring Workforce Challenges
“Workers who chose IT as a profession during the past 20 years have completely different sets of skills, and use different languages and application architectures,” said Dale Vecchio, Gartner (1) . “Consequently, the pending retirement of the baby boomer generation will have a significant impact on continuing to operate many of the legacy systems that focus on running the business.”
As the baby boomer generation looks ahead to retirement, IT organizations face the recruiting and training of potential new programmers. The next generation of programmers, who grew up with digital technologies, have not had experience with the traditional “green screen” (TSO/ISPF) interface. This means that these new programmers would not only have to be trained to understand the applications they will support, but would also be faced with having to learn to support these applications in an outdated character-based development environment. Providing them with this modernized, point-and-click option significantly reduces the time associated with what would otherwise be a costly learning curve.
Compuware continues to enable and support the needs of IT’s more experienced developers by offering the choice of either a green screen or GUI environment, giving them the option of using whichever platform best suits their individual needs.
The initial release of the Compuware Workbench is scheduled for August of this year. Learn more about the Compuware Workbench at http://www.compuware.com/mainframeinnovations/.
Founded in 1973, Compuware provides software, experts and best practices to ensure applications work well and deliver business value. Compuware solutions optimize application performance across the Enterprise and the Internet for leading organizations around the world, including 46 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies and 12 of the top 20 most visited U.S. web sites. Learn more at: http://www.compuware.com.
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(1) Gartner, Key Issues for IT Modernization, 2009, April 27, 2009
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