Detroit-based Compuware Corp., a software provider, has announced new capabilities that enable application development teams to automate performance tests early in the development lifecycle, helping large enterprises speed time to market and improve application performance.
A new Jenkins plugin, along with a new REST API for Compuware Strobe, a mainframe application performance management solution, makes it easy for developers to take performance measurements early and automatically as part of a Jenkins CI/CD pipeline. For customers not using Jenkins, the Strobe REST API can also be integrated with other tools.
Developers need feedback on all aspects of their code. Identifying performance problems early in the development phase reduces the time and costs spent on re-working code.
The new integration points enable Strobe performance measurements to be triggered automatically in CI/CD pipelines as code is promoted toward production, ensuring accurate and repeatable performance testing. Automated tests can be run within the code delivery pipeline using Compuware Topaz for Total Test, the Topaz Utilities plugin, or Compuware Hiperstation. Development teams can be notified when performance measurements are taken then view before and after results in Strobe to determine if a quality gate has been met or missed.
Performance testing can no longer be seen as a separate activity from development. The Strobe integration with Jenkins supports this shift by making it easy for teams to automate and integrate the execution of performance measurements into their daily development practices. The integration also ensures applications have been performance-tested before being handed off as production ready.
zAdviser, a service for Compuware’s maintenance-current customers, gives mainframe modernization leaders the metrics they need to measure and improve development velocity, quality, and efficiency. Strobe customers using zAdviser can pinpoint trends and behaviors relative to their development processes that may be helping or hindering their mainframe software delivery and application performance.
“DevOps teams simply must accelerate mainframe software development and delivery and drive more innovation—it’s a competitive mandate,” says Chris O’Malley, CEO of Compuware. “Compuware is uniquely positioned to help modern developers gain fast feedback to nail their No. 1 job, which is write good code. We are obsessed with delivering innovation that helps organizations continuously deliver the high quality, high performing products and services their customers expect.”