New Release of ASG-becubic™ Delivers Industrial Strength for Expansive Application Portfolio Visibility and Control

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Global Financial Services Firm Improves Risk Management with ASG's Application Portfolio Management Solution.

ASG-becubic provides comprehensive application visibility from dual points of view, including both IT and the business perspectives.

ASG Software Solutions, the originator of ASG's Business Service Portfolio™ (BSP™) and a worldwide leader in business solutions for global enterprises, today announced the release of an upgraded version of ASG-becubic™ and its new BSP Application Portfolio Analysis solution. ASG-becubic 7.3, the core technology of ASG's BSP Application Portfolio Analysis provides an end-to-end view into an enterprise's complete application portfolio, delivering the critical insight necessary for IT organizations to reduce costs and strategically manage their limited resources.

A leading provider of consumer finance in more than 20 countries around the world uses ASG-becubic to manage the entire breadth and depth of its application portfolio, which spans a wide range of technologies in both mainframe and distributed environments. Using ASG-becubic, the company has gained detailed insight into the risks, patterns, and trends within its application portfolio, which has reduced application failures.

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New features of ASG-becubic 7.3
o                 An updated metrics package, including a new Maintainability Index metric (which alerts IT managers to applications that have grown large and cumbersome)
o    An ODBC driver, which equips business analysts with the expansive SQL query capabilities needed for in-depth application analysis and portfolio management

ASG-becubic's key differentiators
o    Supported technologies: No other application mining and application portfolio management (APM) solution supports more technologies across both mainframe and distributed environments
o    Industrial strength and scalability: A financial institution in South America currently uses ASG-becubic to maintain and modernize 300,000 production programs and 120 million lines of code
o    Integration: The ASG-becubic repository can be federated with ASG's metaCMDB™ or another comprehensive Configuration Management System (CMS) for use in ITIL® implementations and Business Service Management (BSM) initiatives

ASG's BSP Application Portfolio Analysis (which includes ASG-becubic 7.3)
o    A new Level 2 solution in ASG's Path to Optimization program
o    Functions as an intermediary step between application discovery and APM
o    Provides application portfolio monitoring throughout the application lifecycle via drill-down dashboards
o    Clarifies the "where" and "why" of application maintenance and support costs

Quotes

IT manager, global financial services firm

  •     "With tens of millions of customers and 20,000 employees globally, we can't afford to allow our applications to underperform. ASG-becubic allows us to easily understand and manage the entire breadth and depth of our application portfolios. We're particularly excited about the new release [ASG-becubic 7.3] because it will equip us to increase our number of users, integrate metrics, and incorporate a Web interface."

Phil Murphy. "Strategies to Cut Application Costs and Increase Productivity Using Application Mining Tools: Increase Productivity and Quality While Reducing Exposure to Risk." Cambridge: Forrester Research, 24 April 2009.

  •     "[T]he consensus among customers about productivity improvements is that developers and analysts see gains that range as high as 70% and more for pure analysis activities. However, given the broad range of activities that developers and analysts perform, most customers approximate total productivity gains[from application mining tools] in the 10% to 20% range across all activities ..."

Julie Craig. "Increasing ROI and Reducing the Risks of Your Application Portfolio." Boulder: EMA, Oct. 2008.

  •     "ASG-becubic provides comprehensive application visibility from dual points of view, including both IT and the business perspectives."

Stephen Mann. "Technology Audit: ASG-becubic." Butler Group, April 2009.

  •     "Butler Group believes that the true value of ASG-becubic can be exploited when deployed as a part of an overall APM initiative, i.e., in conjunction with ADM and application portfolio analysis tools, with a CMDB as its core underpinning technology."

Supporting Resources
•White paper: Application Portfolio Optimization by Clarity Consulting
•Related press release: ASG's Path to Optimization Approach Validated By Leading Organizations
•Related Web page: ASG's Applications Management

About ASG | http://www.asg.com
ASG provides software solutions to more than 85 percent of the world's largest companies. Through its comprehensive Business Service Management (BSM) solution, Business Service Portfolio™, ASG is an established BSM provider with a strong heritage in information management; applications management; infrastructure, performance, and operations management; and service and support technologies. ASG enables clients to reduce costs, improve business-service delivery, and reduce risks. Founded in 1986, ASG is a privately held company based in Naples, Florida, USA, with more than 90 offices worldwide.

Contacts:

Kristen Dattoli-Orfanos
Lois Paul and Partners
781.782.5852
kristen_orfanos(at)lpp.com

Patricia Colpitts    
ASG Software
512.238.3051
pat.colpitts(at)asg.com

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