ASG Software Solutions (ASG), a recognized innovator in enterprise IT software solutions, today announced completion of the Ovum Technology Audit for ASG-becubic v8.1, the latest version of ASG’s application discovery and management solution. In the Technology Audit, Ovum says,“Even as a stand-alone tool, the range of technologies that ASG-becubic supports rates well against its competitors, and Ovum believes that organizations can leverage this to provide value, particularly where custom application portfolios extend across diverse languages.”
“Organizations whose application portfolios include an extensive range of custom mainframe and distributed technologies should consider the benefits of the valuable insight that ASG-becubic can deliver,” said Alan Roger, senior analyst for software and IT solutions at Ovum. “IT managers that wish to better integrate business management in decision-making about the organizational application portfolio should appraise the capabilities within ASG-becubic to tailor application insight to the needs and responsibilities of people in different roles.”
The overall analysis by Ovum concludes that ASG-becubic is a valuable, competitive solution that is capable of addressing the application discovery needs of its target market. ASG extends the APM approach further to encompass optimization of the application portfolio, offering support for a customer’s plans to increase their maturity in approaching APM. Most recently, ASG began providing analysis of application source code quality via an optional module boasting about 200 source code quality rules and a QA-oriented dashboard – adding to the overall value of the solution for the banking and financial services, insurance, healthcare, retail and transportation sectors.
The solution is designed for enterprises with complex application portfolios and changing IT environments. Ovum recognized ASG-becubic for its ability to identify more than 100 distinct technologies, including programming languages, script languages, control languages, monitors, screen generators, middleware, database management systems and schedulers. ASG-becubic incorporates role-based, oriented dashboard and application scoring survey capabilities that enable users to collect critical information, measure value and satisfaction about custom applications, and incorporate these alongside the metrics, graphs and statistics that comprise most of the reporting content.
The Ovum Technology Audit also applauded ASG-becubic v8.1’s functionality to reduce the complexity of managing application portfolios that span mainframe and distributed environments. In today’s constantly evolving IT landscape, increasing degrees of internal complexity significantly reduce an organization's ability to respond to changes in the business and IT environment. The challenge of complexity is intensified by the fact that many organizations have application technology that has been built up over time, acquired through acquisitions, or complicated by many waves of vendor consolidation. Industry studies and surveys have proven that senior executives worry about increased complexity within their application portfolios. Ovum says,“A combination of the proliferation of applications and their increasingly crucial role in supporting key enterprise business operations is forcing organizations to effectively monitor, maintain, and manage large, complex portfolios of both packaged and custom home-grown applications.”
The latest role-based oriented dashboard added to ASG-becubic is for QA Managers. QA Managers’ view is designed to visually present analysis related to application quality and is intended to answer questions such as:
• How does an application rank for quality considerations related to performance, robustness, security, reliability, complexity and maintainability?
• What is an application's aggregate quality value and relative quality index?
• What are the top faults in terms of source code quality considerations?
• How is the quality of applications evolving through time?
“ASG welcomes Ovum’s recent Technology Audit review of becubic,” said Ian Rowlands, senior director of strategy at ASG Software. “Our customers are seeking solutions for problems posed by their diverse, aging application portfolio. We are happy that Ovum produced this excellent technology audit piece, particularly their introduction to ASG-becubic, which we feel will give clients great insight into how to understand and drive management decisions for their business critical applications. For more on becubic please read Ovum analysts Alan Roger’s full becubic Technology Audit report.”
ASG-becubic v8.1 Newsworthy Facts:
• Enhanced support for source code quality projects through a new QA-oriented dashboard and new user role;
• New option to leverage quality metrics from open source solution SonarSource;
• Added value through enhanced integration with ASG-metaGlossary and ASG-Rochade CAE Federation, delivering the ability to connect enterprise information assets with detailed application information;
• Full text search capabilities facilitating the indexing and subsequent retrieval of objects, their attributes, and associated source contents, thereby significantly increasing end-user productivity.
ASG Software Solutions (ASG.com) is a global software solutions provider that helps more than 85 percent of the world's largest companies drive business success by managing complex IT operations across distributed, mainframe, and cloud environments.
More than 3,200 customers worldwide successfully reduce costs, improve business-service delivery, and reduce risks by using ASG’s broad portfolio of solutions, including Cloud Management, Metadata Management, Information Management, Applications Management, Infrastructure Management, Operations Management, Performance Management, and Enterprise Automation Management (EAMS). To further capitalize on technology innovation, ASG’s Cloud Orchestration Suite offers companies an easy on-ramp to the cloud by integrating cloud-based applications with existing applications and databases.