CA Technologies has released the latest version of its CA LISA suite for DevOps professionals from a heavily developer-centric first base. Version 7.1 includes CA LISA Service Virtualization for testing new applications in simulated environments. Also in the mix is CA LISA Pathfinder, a data mining product that provides business workflow information to development and test teams.
So the gambit from CA is a play on application development environments where developers are looking to balance the complexity and constraints inherent to composite application development.
The firm says it has removed constraints related to application development and testing involving infrastructure — both distributed and mainframe resources — as well as external service providers.
Here's the big sell and the bottom line — instead of a classic waterfall model, IT organizations can develop applications in parallel, accelerating development speed and reducing cost without sacrificing quality.
According to a CA blog notice, "As enterprises try to innovate, IT organizations are looking to implement DevOps strategies, which help foster collaboration between the teams that create and test applications (Dev) with those that maintain them in production environments (Ops). The solution supports these DevOps strategies by optimizing the application development process. CA LISA has been shown to reduce time-to-market by 24 percent and production defects by 22 percent. It allows customers to test nearly 45 percent more application code, helping to improve quality of the software."
New features in CA LISA 7.1 include: enhanced SAP support from both a validation and virtualization perspective, providing virtualization support for older, legacy implementations; new and enhanced mainframe features including support for IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS) transaction gateway (CTG); the ability to virtualize more types of mainframe implementations as well as to trace and virtualize transactions through mainframe CICS.
Overall there are 40 new features, including support for industry-specific protocols (like SWIFT, JSON, EDI) here.