New Compuware Strobe Takes Proactive Performance Problem Resolution to Advanced Level

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DETROIT, Jan. 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Compuware Corporation (Nasdaq:CPWR), the technology performance company, today announced deep enhancements to Compuware Strobe, a key component of Compuware APM for Mainframe. Strobe is the leading mainframe application performance measurement and analysis solution that has helped customers pinpoint application inefficiencies for more than four decades. Throughout that time Compuware has continuously innovated Strobe, most recently enriching it with greater automation, intelligent analytics and increasing ease of use to help those less familiar with mainframe applications to diagnose problems more quickly and effectively.

"We are excited about Strobe's new functionality, particularly the iStrobe and DB2 reporting enhancements," said Mariusz Dąbek, Team Leader, PKO Bank Polski. "Our staff will be able to pinpoint the root cause of an application problem faster and more easily with iStrobe's sorting and filtering capabilities. We also anticipate saving on CPU usage because of Strobe's ability to generate an SQL analysis report on demand without first having to take a Strobe measurement. Additionally, more comprehensive DB2 reporting means we'll get access to the critical data we need so we can solve application issues more quickly."

As Strobe customers around the globe manage the performance of increasingly complex applications that span multiple platforms, they will benefit from the solution's many enhancements, including:

-- An enhanced user interface in iStrobe. This new interface utilizes advanced Web technologies to provide an easier navigation path to the root cause. Charts and graphs visually summarize key performance information and provide alternate paths to navigation.

  • An enhanced status display. Users can now view the status of all measurements and profiles in one display. They can also sort, filter and tag the data to improve productivity.
  • A graphical user interface for taking measurements. This interface allows inexperienced or new users to submit measurement requests using a familiar graphical user interface, without having to learn ISPF.

-- Improved DB2 reporting. Users can request an SQL analysis report on demand, without having to take a Strobe measurement. DB2 reports will now indicate the maximum CPU and elapsed times for local SQL statements, as well as the DB2 buffer pool hit ratio. Along with existing iStrobe DB2 reports, having this critical information available in one report makes it easier for DBAs to resolve performance issues quickly.

-- Enhanced Strobe Advisor. Strobe Advisor automatically highlights the largest performance opportunities and provides recommendations on how to resolve problems. Strobe Advisor now includes information on CICS, IMS and Language Environment (LE) performance issues.

-- Increased visibility into business transactions. Strobe furthers its integration with PurePath for z/OS CICS and now includes the ability to profile CICS transactions from within the dynaTrace dashboard. This facility provides more detailed information on specific transactions of interest.

-- Enhanced SMF Record collection. Strobe is now collecting SMF 30 jobstep interval records, in addition to the SMF 70 and SMF 30 jobstep termination records. The interval records allow customers to see which jobsteps are executing when the system is running at its peak capacity. Tuning or rescheduling these jobs will have a direct effect on the MIPS consumed on an LPAR. Customers concerned about their rolling four-hour average will find this data of great importance.

Strobe also supports newly announced capabilities that help IT break down the barriers between development, QA and operations. Deeper integration with Compuware's other Developer Productivity solutions now enable the automated capture of detailed information about an application problem--including Strobe measurements and deep-dive analysis--which helps development teams jumpstart the resolution process. For a description of the capabilities, read the detailed announcement.

"The new enhancements to Strobe coupled with deeper integration with our developer productivity solutions help our customers address the ongoing concerns of a transitioning workforce, increased application complexity, mainframe workloads and the ever-present threat of application outages," said Kris Manery, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Compuware Mainframe Solutions. "As mobile and other technologies increase the complexity of the mainframe application environment, new and inexperienced staff will need the expertise built into Strobe to help them quickly and easily identify performance issues and their root causes."

About the Compuware Mainframe Solutions

Compuware's Mainframe solutions help the world's leading organizations maximize developer productivity, minimize costs and deliver better service. The Solutions are available within the Compuware Workbench, an open development environment that features an intuitive and easy-to-use graphical user interface. Workbench makes common mainframe tasks faster and simpler to perform for both experienced mainframers as well as those new to the mainframe, enabling companies to develop new services faster, more efficiently and with higher quality utilizing existing resources.

About Compuware APM for Mainframe

Compuware APM for Mainframe is the industry's first and only 24/7 end-to-end performance monitoring solution that traces every transaction from the browser through distributed tiers and deep into the mainframe. Compuware APM for Mainframe unites PurePath for z/OS with Compuware Strobe to provide an exclusive level of visibility into mainframe applications that includes CICS and Java transaction performance with deep root-cause analysis. With unparalleled visibility across the enterprise, organizations can view the impact distributed code has on mainframe workload, enabling them to reduce MIPS and postpone upgrades, speed mean time to resolution and improve customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.compuware.com/apm4mainframe.

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