Model-driven, Pattern-based Development Improves Productivity

3/3/2004 - A new, independent research report announced by Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) and conducted by The Middleware Company revealed that model-driven, pattern-based (MDPB) development delivers productivity gains approaching 70 percent in the maintenance phase of the application life cycle. A previous Middleware Company, conducted study in June, 2003, also found significant productivity gains for organizations employing an MDPB approach in the development phase. Both studies are available at

“The results of both independent research reports clearly indicate that model-driven development approaches increase enterprise application development productivity,” said Tyler Jewell, COO of The Middleware Company, the world’s leading knowledge network for middleware professionals. “Accordingly, The Middleware Company now recommends that IT organizations interested in increasing application development productivity in both the initial and maintenance phases consider model driven tools.”

In both reports, the significant gains were measured by comparing the model-driven approach of Compuware OptimalJ against a leading, code-centric, integrated development environment (IDE). While the first report addressed initial development of a new J2EE application, this report, Model Driven Development for J2EE (Maintainability Analysis), focused on maintaining and enhancing an existing application. In the maintenance report, two equally skilled development teams performed a set of typical and diverse enhancements to an existing application.

“This is solid, independent proof that Compuware provides businesses with the confidence they need to justify in-house application development and maintenance instead of outsourcing the work or purchasing and customizing packaged applications,” said Dan Schoenbaum, Compuware Vice President, Strategy. “Since most application work takes place in the all-important maintenance phase, this new report further validates Compuware OptimalJ’s leadership in advanced development approaches that increase developer productivity and reduce costs.”

Both studies used Compuware OptimalJ as the MDPB development solution providing the maintenance and productivity gains. Compuware OptimalJ bridges the gap between business and technology, helping accelerate the development, integration and maintenance of J2EE applications for competitive advantage. Last month, Compuware unveiled OptimalJ version 3.1 with industry-leading support for Web Services security, a broader set of options for Compuware OptimalJ’s integrated testing environment--including testing support for BEA WebLogic Server and IBM WebSphere Application Server--and enhanced features for legacy integration.

Case Study Availability and Background
In the study, available at, The Middleware Company selected the same two equally skilled teams of one senior J2EE architect and one experienced developer from the first study to perform five diverse enhancements to the same J2EE application. The original application was a version of the familiar J2EE PetStore application, defined by a rigorous functional specification. The upgrades, which represented a range of typical enhancements, were defined by another rigorous specification. Industry experts reviewed both specs. One team used an updated version of Compuware OptimalJ, while the other used an updated version of the same traditional, code-centric IDE.

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