SURE is a comprehensive software configuration management (SCM) solution for enterprise-wide management of all development artifacts. SURE helps an information technology (IT) organization to safely and effectively manage the MCP-based, Linux-based, or Windows-based components of their applications in any combination. SURE optimizes the productivity of the development staff by coordinating the workflow among teams and insuring visibility of progress across the enterprise. SURE is customized to the precise needs of every client with an extensive and flexible range of options including multiple layers of security options to address the most demanding environments.
SURE brings the following advantages to the IT organization:
- Improved productivity
- Lower software development costs and reduced maintenance overhead
- Improved software quality
- Shorter development to deployment cycles
- Improved communications among all IT functions
- Total integrity of the application process from project start through deployment and beyond
SURE enables you to organize the tasks of complex application development across functional environments such as development, test, quality acceptance, and production.
SURE consists of a rich set of functions to support and manage the complete life-cycle of an application. SURE manages all the consequences of a change in a particular source file. As a result of this capability, it starts not only the automatic compilation of the source file involved, but also compiles those source files that are affected by the change. This impact analysis function is also available in a variety of other forms within the SURE products.
SURE offers extensive functions for managing projects and the individual tasks within projects. Therefore, all modifications resulting from one major change of an application are transferred as one integrated set of activities through the complete cycle of development or maintenance, test, acceptance and production environments. During the technical implementation of a complex modification, all changed software components are transferred completely to the next stage of the development process. The result of these project management functions is significantly higher quality and integrity of the application software.
Organizations that streamline and optimize their processes around accepted industry development models will benefit from the SURE task management mechanism.
SURE provides extensive versioning management. This facility enables you to place software in separate environments for each distinct phase of the development and deployment processes. For example, when a new version of the software is delivered, it can be transferred to a separate environment for testing to ensure that test activities do not have any impact on development or production.
The SURE client is a development workbench running on a Windows-based PC. The SURE server, including the repository, executes on a ClearPath server.
PC-Based Development Workbench
The PC-based SURE development workbench has a Windows Explorer look-and-feel and makes it possible to develop application software for a Unisys enterprise server on a local PC.
SURE enables you to completely isolate the development team from the traditional mainframe environment. This capability is of particular value in the hiring of new employees who are most comfortable with a PC environment and do not want to invest in learning the “back-office” details.
You can connect the PC to the server by a LAN or a WAN using TCP/IP. You can also use Internet connections to offer capabilities for telecommuting to the development staff.
Enterprise Database Server-Based Repository
The SURE repository is stored in an Enterprise Database Server database that is installed in the MCP environment of a ClearPath server. In addition to storing the source file for MCP-based