Compuware Report: Major Companies Saved Millions with Mainframe Efficiency


DETROIT— Compuware Corp. on Monday released a research paper titled “Mainframe Efficiency in the Real World” detailing how 60 global market leaders collectively saved $105 million by optimizing their mainframe environments.

The surge in mobile banking and other types of e-commerce has made mainframe applications key to connecting businesses with customers.
This means IT organizations must integrate new cloud and mobil applications with business critical mainframe applications at a record
pace. At the same time, the IT industry faces a critical skills shortage: the developers best suited to integrate and maintain these
highly critical, customer-facing applications are reaching retirement age, exposing enterprises to rising costs and increased business risks.

“The combination of a transitioning mainframe workforce and an increase in mainframe transactions — a conflux of trends Compuware calls the
‘New Normal of Mainframe’ — could prove extremely challenging for IT organizations. However, Compuware found its customers are ahead of the
curve when it comes to navigating the challenges of a rapidly evolving mainframe environment,” said Kris Manery, Senior Vice President and
General Manager, Mainframe Solutions business unit, Compuware.

Through its research, Compuware determined the best prepared organizations have placed a focus on the application rather than just
its supporting infrastructure. Further, they have optimized their mainframe environment so they can pay closer attention to maintaining developer efficiency; delivering application quality and performance; and ensuring optimal CPU consumption.

The innovative steps these organizations took to drive mainframe efficiencies are outlined in the “Mainframe Efficiency in the Real
World” report along with multiple other illustrations of how enterprises solved IT challenges and the benefits each realized —
whether in actual dollars, productivity gains and/or reduced risk to the enterprise.

One case study, for example, describes how an insurance company experiencing a high level of workforce turnover, deployed a code
analysis tool to reduce new programmer learning curves. The analysis also helped developers adhere to coding standards. The company was able
to deliver major enhancements on schedule and with fewer problems compared to the previous manual method; this resulted in a savings of
$6 million in application delivery costs.