Compuware Acquires XaTester and Partners with Parasoft to Deliver Essential Automated Unit Testing to Mainframe DevOps Teams

Topaz Further Established as the Leading Solution for Continuously Improving Velocity, Quality and Efficiency of Enterprise Systems
  • Large enterprises must rigorously safeguard the quality of their mission-critical mainframe systems as digital demands drive them to develop and deploy mainframe code more quickly and frequently.
  • With the acquisition of XaTester, new enhancements, and partnership with Parasoft, Compuware Topaz for Total Test is the clear leader in the automated unit testing essential for Agile and DevOps on the mainframe.
  • With Topaz, developers at all skill levels can quickly and efficiently produce the highest-quality code for the mainframe—enabling enterprises to achieve the digital agility essential for success in fast-moving markets.

DETROIT—July 18, 2018—Compuware today announced a product acquisition, enhancements to Topaz for Total Test, and a partnership that together dramatically improve the ability of large enterprises to embrace Agile and DevOps on their mainframes through the broader use of simplified, automated unit testing—which is essential for fast, safe and efficient development and deployment of new digital deliverables.

To deliver on its vision of Topaz for Total Test as the de facto standard for automating mainframe unit testing across all major mainframe environments and programming languages, Compuware has:

  • Acquired XaTester from Xact Consulting A/S, enabling developers to quickly create unit tests for both batch and CICS-based programs written in COBOL, PL/I and Assembler. CICS is especially important as the transaction processing technology of choice for many of the world’s largest enterprises—especially financial institutions and insurance companies—due to its extremely high integrity, performance and scalability.
  • Enhanced Topaz for Total Test to provide automated unit testing for IMS batch and transactional applications. Testing for IMS is especially important given that contemporary developers often have little or no hands-on experience with IMS code. These enhancements complement Topaz for Total Test’s existing support for batch applications written in COBOL—as well as its integration with leading cross-platform DevOps tools such as Jenkins, SonarSource SonarQube and Compuware ISPW.
  • Partnered with Parasoft, a leading innovator in end-to-end test automation for software development. The first deliverable for the partnership is integration between Parasoft SOAtest and Topaz for Total Test. This integration enables developers working on mainframe applications to quickly and easily test API calls between mainframe and non-mainframe systems.

Topaz for Total Test fundamentally transforms mainframe development by giving developers the same type of unit testing capabilities on the mainframe they’ve become accustomed to on other platforms. Unit testing is a fundamental requirement for modern software development. It enables developers to find potential problems in their code as early as possible, to more quickly and frequently deliver incremental changes in software functionality, and to more granularly document code for the benefit of other developers.

The result for large enterprises is a unified DevOps toolchain that accelerates development across all platforms—including the mainframe—so they can more effectively compete in today’s rapidly-changing markets.

“XaTester and Topaz for Total Test are two great and complementary products for automating mainframe unit testing, which is essential to DevOps,” said Steen Brahe, Senior Product Manager, Compuware (formerly from Xact Consulting). “The unified tool will leverage the best from both products and fundamentally change how customers create, execute and automate unit and integration tests for mainframe applications.”

“The XaTester unit testing software has proven its value. I am pleased that Compuware will work to blend its capabilities with Topaz for Total Test as it will benefit all mainframe customers,” said Elvin Høyer, CEO at Xact Consulting.

“The new rules of the digital economy are putting pressure on our customers to achieve the utmost speed with the utmost quality,” said Luke Tuddenham, Vice President at CPT, a global IT consulting services firm with a significant testing practice. “With today’s announcements, Compuware has again demonstrated its leadership in innovative automated testing technologies for the mainframe that will help us help our clients to achieve this critical goal.”

Compuware Topaz, a comprehensive suite of solutions, provides DevOps professionals at all skill levels with a visually intuitive environment where they can effectively understand and work on any mainframe application—regardless of age, complexity or lack of documentation. This simplified, streamlined approach is especially important as responsibility for applications running on the platform shifts from IT professionals with decades of mainframe-specific experience to a new generation of DevOps artisans who are more familiar with mainstream technologies such as Java and C++.

“REST and SOAP APIs provide the backbone of today’s business-critical applications, especially when these services are used to access the power of the mainframe.” said Parasoft VP of Products, Mark Lambert. “Test automation at the API layer is essential to delivering high quality at the speed of Agile and the Parasoft SOAtest plugin for Topaz brings API test automation directly to the mainframe developer, helping ensure the delivery of reliable, scalable and secure services.”

Today’s announcement comes during the 15th consecutive quarter that Compuware has delivered significant innovations that help large enterprises mainstream the mainframe, so they can better leverage the platform’s unmatched performance, scalability, reliability, efficiency and security.

“Large enterprises increasingly recognize that digital innovation in the cloud must be paired with digital innovation on the mainframe,” said Chris O’Malley, CEO of Compuware. “Compuware’s passion and support for this mainframe-based digital innovation is unmatched—as we have once again demonstrated with this latest round of aggressive deliverables that enable Agile and DevOps best practices on the platform.”

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Panaya Joins Scaled Agile Framework Partner Network

As approved SAFe consultants, Panaya available to support organizations through every phase of a Lean-Agile transition

Hackensack, NJ – July 17, 2018 – Panaya, the leader in SaaS-based testing and continuous delivery platforms, has today announced that it has joined the Scaled Agile Partner Program. As Scaled Agile Partners Panaya is uniquely qualified to support large enterprises and government agencies through every phase of a Lean-Agile transformation to accelerate business results through adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®).

Scaled Agile Platform Partners provide software tools to assist in applying SAFe by helping users visualize, manage, and execute Agile work. These SAFe-based platform tools include enterprise-wide collaboration, application lifecycle management, process assessment, and DevOps tools.

As a SAFe Platform Partner, Panaya has consultants on hand to help customers implement SAFe workflow patterns within their organization. Panaya’s Release Dynamix (RDx) solution supports SAFe principles, by helping businesses to plan, prioritize and deliver business value throughout the entire software development and delivery lifecycle.

“SAFe provides proven patterns for adopting Agile at enterprise scale, helping enterprises build better systems, increase employee engagement and improve business outcomes,” said David Binny, chief product officer at Panaya. “Our new status as a SAFe Platform Partner means our consultants are able to provide customers with advice and guidance on how to implement SAFe while utilizing our leading enterprise agile delivery Release Dynamix solution, which aligns perfectly with the SAFe approach to software development, making Panaya the ultimate SAFe partner for any organization looking to achieve value and deliver better results for their customers.”

RDx enables Portfolio, Value Stream and Release Management, as well as Release Quality. By aligning projects and portfolios to business objectives, demand streams can be visualized and managed in one place. Investment buckets can also be monitored to ensure that they strategically align with an enterprise’s overall business strategy, meaning enterprises can focus on the value, and provide all stakeholders with visibility into overall projects, thereby ensuring customers gain greatest value.

SAFe is the world’s leading framework for enterprise agility. It helps businesses address the significant challenges of developing and delivering high-quality software and systems in the shortest sustainable lead time.

For more information on Panaya and its products, visit

About Panaya
Panaya, an Infosys company, enables organizations to accelerate application change and continuously deliver innovation with its Enterprise Agile Delivery Platform. Panaya provides cloud-based application delivery, and testing solutions that ensure collaboration between Business and IT. Enabling enterprise agility with faster release velocity and uncompromising quality, Panaya delivers an optimized user experience with end-to-end visibility of the application lifecycle. Since 2008, 2,000 companies in 62 countries, including a third of the Fortune 500, have been using Panaya to deliver quick quality change to enterprise applications.

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OutSystems Launches the First App Intelligence Solution for Low-Code Development Platforms

OutSystems Insights gives development teams instant visibility into application usage, engagement, and satisfaction.

LONDON — 17th July 2018 — OutSystems today announced the Early Access Program for OutSystems Insights, a new low-code solution that answers the business questions around application usage, engagement, and customer satisfaction.

The first solution of its kind, OutSystems Insights gives organisations that are moving at the increased speed afforded by low-code the visibility and decision support they need to continuously improve and prioritise current and future application development efforts. OutSystems Insights continuously gathers vital performance metrics, such as contextual usage trends and patterns, engagement, and user satisfaction levels, along with real-time feedback, across the entire portfolio of applications.

“Agile development teams need to make iterative updates to applications, often weekly, based on feedback from many sources,” said OutSystems CEO Paulo Rosado. “OutSystems Insights is a revolutionary way to take release-by-release success and value metrics and quickly make informed decisions for those updates that best align with the organisation’s business priorities and IT resources.”

In early testing, OutSystems Insights actively monitored more than 150 live applications. Customers using Insights quickly began gathering meaningful data across their application portfolio. And Insights dashboards provided at-a-glance updates, detailed trends, and information for quick analysis and planning.

Randstad CIO Goncalo Vilhena commented on their experience using OutSystems Insights in early testing. “With OutSystems Insights we had real-time feedback in the first 48 hours, and we were able to take action and make impactful changes to our applications,” said Vilhena.

With quantifiable data highlighting the impacts of applications and systems, CXOs can better communicate the value IT brings to the organisation. OutSystems Insights helps customers understand which systems offer the most value to both the user and the business, helps IT prioritise valuable resources, and ultimately, makes IT and the business more successful.

This announcement delivers on CEO Paulo Rosado’s promise of R&D innovation, which was detailed in this recent blog article outlining his plans for the company’s $360M funding round from investors KKR and Goldman Sachs.

Learn more about the OutSystems Insights Early Access Program and sign up to participate on our website.

Read more about OutSystems Insights on our Blog.

About OutSystems
Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire applications that easily integrate with existing systems.

Visit us at, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at


Paula Elliott (UK)
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GitHub Enterprise 2.14 Now Available

GitHub has released GitHub Enterprise version 2.14 which includes a number of new tools for developers. Among the new tools are unified search, Checks API, and multiple issue templates.

Unified search lets users connect GitHub Business Cloud with their GitHub Enterprise instance securely so that they can find public content and collaborate with others in the GitHub community. When a organization is connected with a GitHub Enterprise instance, a record is created and stored about the connection. Information stored about the connection includes the public key portion and a hash of the organization’s GitHub Enterprise license, the hostname and version of the GitHub Enterprise instance, and the authentication token used by the GitHub Enterprise instance to make requests to

The Checks API, which allows integrators to build tools for continuous integration, linting, and acceptance testing, has entered public beta. It adds new issue templates and the ability to ignore whitespace in diff views.

GitHub Enterprise version 2.14 includes multiple issue templates which make it easier for project maintainers to organize the contributions from many project collaborators.

This release also includes several tools for easier Administration such as automated support tickets, anonymous git access, and an increase in the default dormancy threshold configuration from 30 to 90 days.

You can find out more about the GitHub Enterprise 2.14 release in the announcement blog.

Author: Kiran Kumar

Google introducing new Apigee capabilities to deliver business impact with APIs

Google introducing new Apigee capabilities to provide organizations with more control and visibility into their APIs.

Google Cloud’s Apigee API platform helps enterprises adapt by giving them control and visibility into the APIs that connect applications and data across the enterprise and across clouds. It enables organizations to deliver connected experiences, create operational efficiencies, and unlock the power of their data.

As enterprise API programs gain traction, organizations are looking to ensure that they can seamlessly connect data and applications, across multi-cloud and hybrid environments, with secure, manageable and monetizable APIs. They also need to empower developers to quickly build and deliver API products and applications that give customers, partners, and employees secure, seamless experiences.

Also announces new partnership with Informatica, a leading integration-platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) provider, it easier to connect and orchestrate data services and applications, across cloud and on-premise environments, using Informatica Integration Cloud for Apigee, in a blog.

From the Apigee Edge user interface, developers can now use policies to discover and invoke business integration processes that are defined in Informatica’s Integration Cloud.

Using this feature, an API developer can add a callout policy inside an API proxy that invokes the required Informatica business integration process. This is especially useful when the business integration process needs to be invoked before the request gets routed to the configured backend target.

Author: Kiran Kumar

SANBlaze Announces New NVMe Dual-Port Drive Testing Platform

Thursday, July 12, 2018. Littleton, MA –– SANBlaze Technologies, Inc. announced today its new release of its industry leading NVMe testing hardware and software, the SANBlaze SBExpress-RM. The new hardware, coupled with the SBExpress NVMe software, provides engineers with a variety of test scenarios that can be run against NVMe SSD drives, including I/O performance, NVMe conformance, automated hot plug/hot swap, and error injection. Development, validation, QA, and manufacturing test cycles can be highly automated, thus reducing overall test time, rapidly surfacing errors and non-conformance issues.

“The SANBlaze SBExpress-RM full feature set gives developers, design validation teams, and test and QA teams automated testing scenarios to increase efficiency and productivity,” said Vince Asbridge, President of SANBlaze Technology. “The ability to drive NVMe SSDs with a wide range of configurable attributes provides engineers with a flexible, scalable tool to simulate real disk and memory access environments and issues in the lab, before they go into their customer’s environment.”

The SANBlaze SBExpress-RM is rack-mountable with excellent airflow to all sixteen front-loadable drives. The system is compatible with environmental chamber testing* and can be daisy-chained up to four systems for a total of 64 drives.

Hot-plug, slot power, fans and temperature monitoring are all under software control for ease of monitoring and testing.

The system also supports voltage margining (+/- 15%), along with voltage, current, and power measurements at every slot. Each slot is capable of supporting single or dual-port drives.

In addition, the hardware supports the NVMe v1.3 specification and the NVMe-MI (Management Interface) testing over SMBus.

For more information or to see a demo, contact us.

*industrial version

About SANBlaze

SANBlaze Technology, Inc. is a pioneer in SAN Emulation and validation technologies and a leading provider of storage solutions for embedded systems. SANBlaze emulation and validation products provide storage engineers, test, QA and manufacturing teams with scalable, high performance and configurable emulated environments for FCoE, iSCSI, Fibre Channel, SAS, NVMe and NVMe-oF targets and initiators. SANBlaze is an active member of NVM Express Organization, SNIA, and FCIA. SANBlaze emulation systems are installed at most major storage hardware and software vendors worldwide.

SOURCE: SANBlaze Technology

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