Compuware boosts application development reliability

Unveils its new Compuware Application Reliability Solution

Compuware Corp. today unveiled its Compuware Application Reliability Solution (CARS), which it said will help companies quickly put high-quality applications into action.

John Williams, the CARS launch director, said CARS links development, quality assurance and operations to give enterprises applications that meet their business requirements and perform reliably once they're deployed.

He said CARS helps companies ensure that quality applications are delivered on time and on budget.

"Our certified experts go into a customer site and establish a quality assurance center and drive one or more applications through from inception to delivery and turn over those best practices to the client," Williams said. "We deliver it ourselves through our services organization as well as through delivery partners."

He said Detroit-based Compuware brings together everything a quality assurance group needs to comprehensively address application quality -- from source code to testing to performance measurement and analysis.

Williams said the foundation of CARS is Compuware's QualityPoint methodology, which manages risk during the application development life cycle by aligning and prioritizing quality assurance activities with business requirements through a formal risk assessment process.

He said the CARS offering also includes Compuware's Web-based Application Quality Workbench.

The workbench, which automates the application delivery cycle, provides a single view of quality across the various parts of an organization, providing managers with information they can use to make the right deployment decisions, according to Williams. The workbench is also used to enforce the disciplines set with QualityPoint.

Companies that implement formal quality-assurance processes and follow them consistently are more satisfied with their applications than are companies that don't follow the formal processes they have implemented or those that haven't implemented any quality processes, according to a recent study commissioned by Compuware and conducted by Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.

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