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Control of Web Services Across Java and Mainframe Environments Now Possible

Modernization Workbench Aids Analysis of Web Services, Their Interconnections in Mainframe/Distributed Environs

The business processes of leading organizations are managed and automated by diverse portfolios of enterprise applications. Core processes may begin with a Java application that then invokes processing on the mainframe via a Web Service. This requires that development organizations have complete insight into their enterprise applications -- from the Java application through the Web Service to the mainframe -- in order to ensure alignment with the organization's strategic needs.

"Companies increasingly rely on business systems created by linking a variety of Web service-enabled applications, but these multi-service composite applications are only as reliable and secure as the software they are built upon," said Tom Rhinelander, analyst at New Rowley Group. "Development organizations need tools that let them analyze, understand, and improve this underlying software, whether it was developed twenty-five years ago in COBOL or last year in Java."

Fulfilling this need, Relativity Technologies has announced the extension of its Modernization Workbench to support applications developed in the Java environment. Rather than relying on a basket of tools to understand multiple environments, Relativity Technologies provides a single repository that stores insight into a broad spectrum of languages. Users can now analyze their Java and mainframe applications, and their interconnections to gain a rich understanding of their Web Services ecosystem.

For instance, an analyst can understand the inner workings of a mainframe-based Web Service, identify programs that call the service, and then assess the related Java applications.

"The combination of both deep and broad analysis of application portfolios has long been coveted by enterprise development teams to help connect disparate application portfolios," said Steve Maysonave, chairman, president, and CEO of Relativity Technologies. "Now with the addition of support for Java, Relativity Technologies provides organizations with the insight they need to derisk and accelerate alignment of their Web Services, and enterprise applications in general, with business needs -- on the mainframe and in the distributed world."

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