By Edward Cardenas

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – Compuware Corporation announced Tuesday that it was releasing new mainframe software and along with with establishing a partnership with Houston-based  BMC Software, Inc.

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Compuware’s new software, Strobe 5.2, allows mainframe ops teams to collaborate and reduce mainframe costs while improving application responsiveness for both internal end-users and customers, the company stated.

“Nowhere is there more of a need for IT to do much, much more with much, much less than on the mainframe,” said Compuware CEO Chris O’Malley, in a release. “With this latest round of enhancements to Strobe, Compuware is again demonstrating that we are the ideal software partner for IT leaders charged with this extremely challenging mission.”

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Additionally, Compuware also announced Tuesday a strategic partnership with Houston-based BMC that will allow mainframe customers to leverage the capabilities of the new software “in tandem” with BMC’s workload management solutions.

Through the partnership, BMC and Compuware are integrating three complementary solutions for customers including:

  • BMC Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise is a financially intelligent workload management solution that enables customers to identify MLC cost drivers and take appropriate measures to reduce those costs—such as moving workloads to non-peak periods, running IBM subsystems on fewer LPARs, and capping LPAR utilization.
  • BMC MainView provides real-time identification of application performance issues, enabling customers to quickly eliminate wasteful MSU consumption.
  • Compuware Strobe delivers deep, granular and highly actionable insight into the behavior of application code in the IBM z Systems environment, allowing mainframe owners to quickly pinpoint inefficient sub-routines that can cause MSU consumption to be 20x or more greater than necessary.
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“BMC and Compuware have helped drive mainframe technology for decades, and today we are two of the most innovative companies delivering new solutions on the mainframe platform,” said Bill Miller, president, ZSolutions and Select Technologies for BMC, said in a release. “The integration of our key solutions helps mainframe customers achieve even greater cost efficiencies as they cope with the challenging combination of intensifying business demand and tight resource constraints.”