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January 30, 2013

Compuware ‘future-proofs’ mainframe development

Unveils Workbench innovations to help Big Iron code development, maintenance

By Jason Stamper

Compuware, which earlier this week rejected a $2.3bn buyout offer, has announced enhancements to the Compuware Workbench, which it says is a point-and-click mainframe application development interface.

The Workbench now features faster and more efficient file and data management capabilities, according to the firm, including the ability to edit complex IMS databases, as well as more robust debugging functionality.

Compuware said the Workbench is designed to help companies ‘future proof’ mainframe development – because it makes it easier for even inexperienced mainframe developers to write decent apps.

"Without access to a modernised development interface, new developers would be deterred by the complex and antiquated mainframe development environment, leaving companies vulnerable to application outages and other business risks when experienced developers retire and take their knowledge with them," said Kris Manery, SVP, mainframe solutions business unit, Compuware.

"Mainframe applications support billions of banking and mobile commerce transactions a day across the globe," Manery said. "These applications are deceivingly simple on the front end – hit a few keys on your phone and a few days later a package arrives in the mail. The fact is that these applications are highly complex and require specialised tools to develop and maintain them."

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