Compuware Enhances Strobe Mainframe Solution
October 10, 2012
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Compuware announced major enhancements to Compuware Strobe, the company's mainframe application performance measurement and analysis solution.

Strobe now includes advanced automation, intelligent analytics and improved ease of use. These enhancements further enable developers to quickly identify and resolve poorly performing transactions, thereby reducing costs, increasing customer satisfaction and supporting business growth.

Strobe has also been enhanced with additional features:

- Strobe Advisor for Fast Identification of Performance Problems - iStrobe now includes the "Strobe Advisor," which enables even IT professionals new to the mainframe to manage application performance issues in changing and challenging environments. Strobe Advisor automatically provides a detailed list of critical performance improvement opportunities based on the intelligent analytics of the iStrobe profile.

- Enhanced Global Monitoring - CICS transactions will to continue to increase as mainframe applications become the foundation of mobile computing. To meet this growing demand on the mainframe, Strobe now features a significantly enhanced online CICS transactions monitoring capability, which proactively identifies runaway CICS transactions (in addition to batch job steps) using low overhead. Strobe will monitor all selected batch job step and automatically initiate a Strobe session if a job exceeds the 30-day moving average for elapsed and CPU time.

- BIRT Reporting Framework - iStrobe's underlying reporting infrastructure has been upgraded to the Eclipse Business Intelligence Reporting Tool (BIRT) reporting framework, making the iStrobe performance database easier to use than ever before. BIRT is the industry leader in customized report writing, allowing customers to create reports easily to suit their individual needs.

Additional data from IBM System Management Facility (SMF) (type 30 and type 70) is now optionally included in reports to allow for more general trend analysis reporting. This data provides a system-wide perspective and can help in early diagnosis of potential performance outages.

Strobe will also capture SMF like data from CICS regions 24x7 allowing users to identify when transaction response times begins to degrade or transaction volumes begin to increase.

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