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In the below posts, learn how measuring app performance is just as important as any other area factoring into the functionality, quality, maintainability and advancement of mainframe applications your organization develops. Simply developing applications and sending them out to operate isn’t enough. It’s important for your organization to understand how those applications perform.

App performance indicates how well your mainframe applications are functioning according to the standards they’re designed for and expected to meet, both from a development/operations standpoint and, most importantly, your customers’ perspectives. By measuring performance with the right tools and processes, your organization can notice deficiencies, bugs and other impediments, and correct them. But measuring performance can also indicate an application is doing well, which is just as important for your IT teams to stay aware of for the purpose of maintaining confidence and acknowledging the direction of development you’ve taken is producing the desired outcomes.

To ensure your teams are handling app performance in the best manner possible, read the below posts that provide insights into improving how you measure the functionality of your mainframe applications.

How Shall I Compare Thee? An Overview of File-AID Compare in Topaz Workbench (part 1)

By | November 1st, 2016|Agile Dev, App Performance, Code Quality, Featured|

Compare, Search and Sort are base capabilities every programmer needs in their Swiss Army knife of development skills. Let’s take a closer look at how to get the most out of comparing data, specifically with Compuware File-AID Compare in Topaz.

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Forget Mainframe Application Migration—Fix Your COBOL Programs

By | October 27th, 2016|Agile Dev, App Performance, COBOL|

The time and cost of migrating off the mainframe isn’t economically viable, but modernizing the mainframe with new tools and processes is. It’s time to stop fantasizing about moving off the mainframe and start modernizing, or at least fix, your COBOL programs instead.

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How to Strengthen Data Protection and Prevent Insider Data Breaches

By | October 18th, 2016|Agile Dev, App Performance, COBOL, Code Quality, DevOps, Featured, Security|

Without a good view of mainframe activity, what happens when an unauthorized user gets their hands on an authorized user’s credentials and gains unapproved access to sensitive mainframe applications or data?

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Changing the Future of Your Mainframe—and Your Business

By | October 3rd, 2016|Agile Dev, App Performance, COBOL, DevOps, Featured|

Compuware has filled the gaping mainframe leadership void by re-inventing the mainframe’s future as a fully integrated participant in the Agile/DevOps enterprise. And we deliver on that promised future every quarter, like an authentic mainframe software partner should.

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Why Developers Should Measure IMS Transaction Performance

By | June 9th, 2016|App Performance, Code Quality, Data, DevOps, Featured|

IMS is still used by some of the largest and most important mainframe customers in the world. It still has the ability to be incredibly fast and efficient. But developers often forego measuring IMS transaction performance, a critical component to developing and delivering mainframe software in a digital economy that expects speed and quality.

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Mainframe Disinvestment Rue and Recovery: A European Bank’s “Account”

By | May 26th, 2016|Agile Dev, App Performance, COBOL, Code Quality, DevOps, Featured|

As technologies of engagement flourish and access mainframe data millions of times daily, companies are reversing their neglect of the mainframe and working hard to reinstitute the talent and knowledge needed to leverage the platform as the backbone of their success.

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Application Auditing: How to Prevent Internal Data Breaches

By | April 4th, 2016|Agile Dev, App Performance, Data, Security|

If a breach happens after a review of access to data assets, you need to identify the employees involved and resolve it as quickly as possible. Your ability to respond in reasonable time will be considered when penalties are decided for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), so it’s a wise move to consider how quick response time can be achieved.

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Millennialize the Mainframe: Transferring Technical Skills

By | March 16th, 2016|Agile Dev, App Performance, COBOL, DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Workforce|

It’s becoming easier for Millennial developers to apply their programming skills to the mainframe. Just look at Justin Lewis, a Millennial software developer at Compuware who has leveraged his technical acumen to help the company mainstream the mainframe, bringing it into cross-platform DevOps processes.

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Balancing Complexity and Flexibility: Why Not Use the Best?

By | March 9th, 2016|Agile Dev, App Performance, Code Quality, DevOps|

Sometimes things like SCM products are naturally complex, but that complexity should be handled out of the view and participation of the user. The goal of a product should be what we’ve termed "elegant simplicity": a simple, intuitive and natural way to accomplish what needs to done.

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The 2-Week COBOL Sprint: How Agile Mends Broken Trust

By | March 7th, 2016|Agile Dev, App Performance, COBOL, DevOps|

The bottom line is communication and transparency lead to improved trust among all groups in an organization. Starting with the initial process of establishing business requirements, to the last stage of operating the resulting programs, high frequency communication improves the trust and speed of getting new software to production.

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Compuware’s Topaz Workbench Bridges Mainframe Generations

By | March 3rd, 2016|Agile Dev, App Performance, COBOL, DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Workforce|

The “age of the customer” has placed new demands on the mainframe, necessitating the modernization of this venerable platform's development tools for a new generation of developers. With products like Topaz Workbench, Compuware is mainstreaming the mainframe for that next generation.

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Data Access: Why Not Use the Best?

By | March 1st, 2016|Agile Dev, App Performance, Code Quality|

Having now used ISPW versus Endevor, you quickly appreciate the benefits of its modern architecture. You quickly begin to value the improvements in efficiency, performance and power you get with a database. And, you quickly come to the conclusion, why did I let myself fall into the day-to-day trap of tolerating the loss of productivity from a Source Code Management that is a prisoner of the past?

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Application Testing: How Can You Ensure Secure Testing by Your Outsourcer?

By | February 16th, 2016|Agile Dev, App Performance, Data, DevOps, Security|

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is increasingly causing headaches for senior IT management. In the media the main focus is on consent, but there are many other areas that need attention. One of them is testing.

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The New Compuware: We Deliver

By | July 7th, 2015|App Performance, DevOps|

Today, as promised in February, Compuware delivered integrations between Compuware Strobe and two BMC solutions: BMC Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise and BMC MainView. These integrations enable Compuware-BMC customers to reduce their mainframe software licensing costs by 10% or more—even as the demands of the digital economy drive continued growth of their IBM z Systems workloads.

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