Source Code Management


Agile Mainframe Source Code Management, Build and Deployment Automation

Without an Agile source code management (SCM) tool, you can’t effectively keep track of work in progress, maintain a chain of command, use separate environments for testing or fully support the software development lifecycle, among other basic processes. While elaborate in-house SCM solutions and even some of the most complex, antiquated vendor tools can help you accomplish these essential tasks, mainframe shops still need to evolve to meet new demands in a digital economy—so too must their SCM tools.

Compuware ISPW® enables developers to quickly and safely build, test and deploy mainframe code. With ISPW, developers can:

  • Easily perform concurrent development and merge code updates
  • Manage code throughout the lifecycle using Jenkins plugins
  • Use REST APIs to automatically connect mainframe applications into modern DevOps toolchains
  • Manage and view cross-platform deployments with XebiaLabs XL Release
  • Collaborate with other developers through features like alerts when another programmer has checked out code
  • See versions of a program at multiple points in the development cycle to prevent incorrect overlaying and ensure smooth code integration
  • Access an intuitive relationship visualization that guides users to failure points

The Value of ISPW

  • Improves developer productivity by enabling mainframe DevOps
  • Eliminates manual steps and helps staff iterate quickly through the development, test and QA cycles
  • Integrates with Compuware Topaz® Workbench for a modern suite of application development and testing tools
  • Integrates with leading IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions like BMC, ServiceNow and Tivoli via Topaz® Connect
  • Integrates with CollabNet VersionOne to include development activities into cross-platform Value Stream Management
  • Allows DevOps practitioners to build mainframe-inclusive DevOps toolchains

Key Features of ISPW

Agile Source Code Management

Enterprise-wide Parallel Development

ISPW’s multiple development areas enable concurrent development common with Agile two-week sprints. The Life Cycle chart shows multiple versions of code in flight for better collaboration. End-to-end tracking shows every action that affects code running at any level, including production. Users are provided with an audit trail of all activities throughout the development lifecycle.

Impact Analysis

Impact Analysis lets developers see how a potential code change can impact the rest of the mainframe environment.

ISPW Impact Analysis

Side-by-side Compare

Side-by-side Compare provides the ability to quickly compare versions of code to spot changes and easily merge them.

ISPW Test Compuware

Mobile Management

ISPW’s mobile interface eliminates delays by enabling managers to respond to alerts anywhere, anytime code changes are ready for approval.

Mobile device


ISPW is much easier to set up and administer than other SCM solutions. Requiring less custom coding through processors, development teams need only select the specific pre-coded capabilities they want to use. In another example, ISPW uses modular, reusable compile skeletons for simple substitution, nesting and conditional pathing. With a few skeletons, you can cover a wide range of compiles, from COBOL to Db2 and more. And because skeletons substitute version libraries, they rarely need to be changed.


Web Interface

ISPW’s web interface allows you to view the status of all deploy requests and the environments into which code was deployed.

Compuware | ISPW Webpage Deploy

Easy Full or Partial Fallback

ISPW allows you to fallback some or all code changes at once and replace the current production program with a valid previous program version. Production source will be synchronized with the fallback so versions always match.

Automate Processes Across Platforms

Devops Integrations

ISPW integrates into a cross-platform DevOps toolchain to enable Continuous Build and Deploy while ensuring code quality.

  • The Compuware Source Code Download plugin allows source code stored in ISPW to be downloaded into Jenkins for code quality analysis and reporting by SonarSource’s SonarQube.
  • The Compuware ISPW Operations plugin enables users to build a DevOps pipeline in Jenkins to manage code throughout the development lifecycle. Developers can execute ISPW operations such as generate, promote, compile and deploy on the mainframe.
  • ISPW integrates with XL Release to automate, standardize and monitor code deployments across multiple platforms into multiple target environments. Users can view and manage deployments in one place and monitor their statuses across teams and environments with detailed analytics on release flow.
  • ISPW’s integration with Electric Cloud’s ElectricFlow helps users create, promote and deploy on the mainframe.
  • ISPW also integrates with CollabNet VersionOne’s Continuum to enable users to track the progress of their software development activities from the same Continuum dashboards as they use to manage development.


ISPW’s REST APIs enable you to:

  • Compile, promote, regress, deploy, fallback and check statuses of code releases and more using popular tools like Jenkins and XebiaLabs XL Release
  • Gain visibility into mainframe activity to easily run and monitor a deploy
  • Achieve Continuous Delivery in multi-platform enterprise environments

Webhook Notification

Webhooks enable you to:

  • Communicate information about ISPW activities such as generate, promote, regress, deploy and fallback to other DevOps tools in real time
  • Integrate ISPW with other deployment tools
  • Drive Continuous Integration processes using Jenkins
  • Send instant notifications about DevOps activities to Slack and HipChat as they happen

Webhooks can be triggered whether developers or operators use Topaz, 3270 or REST APIs.