Compuware Unveils Workbench Innovations That Significantly Boost Developer Productivity

Compuware Unveils Workbench Innovations That Significantly Boost Developer

Now Supporting All Major Formats of Compuware's Developer Productivity
Solutions, the Workbench Helps Companies "Future Proof" Mainframe Development

DETROIT, Jan. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Compuware Corporation
(Nasdaq:CPWR), the technology performance company, today announced important
enhancements to the Compuware Workbench, a standardized point-and-click
mainframe application development interface. The Workbench now features faster
and more efficient file and data management capabilities -- including the
ability to edit complex IMS databases -- as well as more robust debugging
functionality, all designed to significantly boost developer productivity. The
Workbench helps companies "future proof" mainframe development by providing an
environment where new and inexperienced developers can produce high quality
applications that drive business success.

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"Without access to a modernized development interface, new developers would be
deterred by the complex and antiquated mainframe development environment,
leaving companies vulnerable to application outages and other business risks
when experienced developers retire and take their knowledge with them," said
Kris Manery, Senior Vice President, Mainframe Solutions Business Unit,

The Latest Compuware Workbench Innovations

The Workbench File-AID Data Editor now supports browsing and editing of IMS
databases in addition to DB2 and other mainframe file systems. As one of the
older mainframe database and transaction management systems, IMS requires
highly technical and specialized knowledge to manage and support. With this
new Workbench enhancement for IMS, however, developers can easily edit, browse
and understand IMS data constructs from within the same intuitive,
standardized editor they use for other mainframe data types. Industry watchers
will note that File-AID -- the cross-platform file and data management
solution first introduced 30 years ago -- revolutionized how developers access
and manage mainframe data files by providing quick and convenient browse, edit
and utility functions from TSO/ISPF. Three decades of innovations later,
File-AID continues to lead the industry with its new graphical user interface
that fits the needs of a new breed of software developers.

In addition to a more robust File-AID Data Editor, Workbench users -- without
needing prior knowledge of legacy mainframe systems -- will also enjoy:

  *A simplified file and data management process. The File-AID Data Editor
    now supports the XREF capabilities of File-AID MVS by automating the
    selection and usage of record layouts for files with different record
    types. File-AID determines the record layout to use for each record type
    by the value in one or more data fields.
  *Additional flexibility when debugging programs. Xpediter/Eclipse now
    includes "Monitor/Reverse" and "Step Into," "Step Over," and "Step
    Return," along with other enhancements that provide developers with more
    flexibility when navigating through source code during the application
    debugging process.
  *Advanced internal diagnostics and component level checking. Users can now
    automatically display compile diagnostics, such as syntax errors and
    compiler warnings, enabling developers to quickly pinpoint the exact
    location of the errant code causing an application error. 

The Workbench now supports all major environments and formats of Compuware's
developer productivity product lines -- Abend-AID, Hiperstation, Xpediter,
Strobe and File-AID -- giving developers the tools they need to develop, test,
debug and tune applications.

"Mainframe applications support billions of banking and mobile commerce
transactions a day across the globe," continued Manery. "These applications
are deceivingly simple on the front end -- hit a few keys on your phone and a
few days later a package arrives in the mail. The fact is that these
applications are highly complex and require specialized tools to develop and
maintain them. Compuware continues to make strategic investments in its
mainframe solutions to help developers of all experience levels continue the
important work of developing critical applications."

About the Compuware Mainframe Solutions

Compuware's market-leading Mainframe solutions, Abend-AID, File-AID, Xpediter,
Hiperstation and Strobe, help leading organizations maximize developer
productivity, minimize costs and deliver better service. The Solutions are
available in the traditional TSO/ISPF environment, or within the Compuware
Workbench, an open development environment that features an intuitive modern
interface. The Workbench makes application development, testing and tuning
faster and simpler to perform for both experienced mainframers as well those
new to the mainframe, enabling companies to develop new services faster, more
efficiently and with higher quality utilizing existing resources.

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