Compuware has partnered with Software Engineering of America (SEA) to help less experienced mainframe developers better manage batch processing and other platform tasks.
As experienced mainframe veterans retire, younger IT staff with less expertise in the often arcane native tools for IBM z/OS environments are assuming responsibility for mainframe tasks. Job Control Language (JCL) is an especially important such native tool, because it provides the means by which IT staffs define program queueing rules within each batch job, subsystem resources allocation, and other necessary operational parameters on the mainframe. Sub-optimal JCL scripts can therefore cause application errors, reduce the efficiency of mainframe operations, and even threaten compliance.
SEA plug-ins for Topaz significantly ease challenging JCL- and output-related tasks—and allow both expert and novice IT staff to perform those tasks more quickly and more accurately in the context of their other mainframe DevOps activities.
How the Integrations Work
SEA’s JCLplus+ Remote Plug-In for Topaz Workbench allows both expert and novice IT staff to alike write error-free JCL scripts by automatically validating syntax, detecting allocation errors, and otherwise safeguarding platform integrity. The plug-in also enforces enterprise policies and integrates with change management controls to prevent disruption of critical jobs.
SEA’s $AVRS Plug-In for Topaz Workbench gives developers access to Joblog and SYSOUT from within the Topaz environment, enabling DevOps staff to save valuable time in the development cycle and fulfill mainframe archival and auditing requirements.