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What is Mainframe Testing Tools?

Mainframe Testing Tools refer to elements used in testing a large organization’s Mainframe Systems. Mainframe Testing is also related to Web-based testing. IT Central Station Users test Mainframe applications using “job batches” against test cases developed using specific metrics.

A deployed code is applied in the process of Mainframe Testing and is usually carried utilizing a number of data combinations set into an input file. In order to maximize time, productivity and system health, applications that exist on the mainframe are accessed using a terminal emulator - stand-alone software installed on a client’s machine.

Mainframe Testing Tools should deliver support to observe the entire software cycle, and distributed systems, resulting in potential actionable data, monitoring, and documenting the agility of system integration and functionality. IT Central Station user experts require proven authorization, authentication, integrity, confidentiality and availability.

There are constant, new apps living on a Mainframe’s data/logic, which need reliable integration with distributed SLM tools. IT Central Station IT key opinion leaders search for the best tools that integrate SLM and Testing. Users will look for the relationship between debugging, test-data generators, Performance Management, Release Management, and all related tools necessary to build an organization’s software.

Overall, mainframe testers need data interaction analysis in building an integrated suite to build and then run the always-evolving ideal software configuration. This is needed because Mainframe Testing is most visibly used in critical areas such as insurance, finance, retail and government, where enormous amounts of data are constantly processed.

In order to achieve the best integrative technical support, developers will prepare a plan to modify a process or specific part of a release cycle. Once documents are received, the team will assess how the Mainframe Testing will affect existing processes. Different pieces of the testing will require customization and others will apply to out-of- box functionality. Thus, the two parts – Mainframe Testing Requirements and Mainframe Testing Integration will offer a picture of overall enterprise software integrity. Instituting the Mainframe Testing process adds continuing value and ROI to IT Central Station IT and DevOps professionals.


Mainframe Testing Tools Reviews

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CA Technologies
Real User
Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 18 2018

What is most valuable?

The product is good. I don't really want to minimize this into listing out what features of this product; the product on the whole is totally a great product.

How has it helped my organization?

As much as coding of a program is required to improve an organization, it is also necessary that you have the ability to walk through the code, and make sure the code does what you really expect it to do. So as much as the code is important for my organization, debugging that code is also important. After the fact, that our business requirements have been... more»
Real User
IT Mainframe Lead Developer at a Consumer Goods with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 22 2017

What is most valuable?

* The ability to step through code line by line. * The ability to see and change variables - The ability to skip past lines of code that were already certified. * The freedom to NOT have to load databases in order to do your testing. * The... more»

How has it helped my organization?

From a development perspective, it allowed me to validate every line of my logic if necessary, most times in one pass. In other words, Xpediter allowed me to churn out quality code more quickly than I would have been able to without it.... more»

What needs improvement?

Initial setup can be tricky in some cases. Also, there are some space limits that we would hit every now and then while processing internal tables, so we would have to decrease occurs clauses and re-test. These situations could have been... more»

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CA Technologies
Real User
Senior Systems Programmer at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 24 2018

What do you think of CA InterTest?

Primary Use Case It's just a way to debug COBOL programs. In the CICS world, it's a primary debugging tool. • Improvements to My Organization Programmers can verify their changes more quickly, identify any kind of logic mistakes in the program more quickly. • Valuable Features The line by line debugger of program logic for COBOL programs. It allows you to do as much testing as you're required to do, to pretty much guarantee that when a program goes into production it's as error-free as possible. None of them are completely ever free, but as error free as possible. • Room for Improvement I don't see how it can be improved. It's fine just the way it is. • Use of Solution More than five years. • Stability Issues I would say stability is about a nine out of 10,...
CA Technologies
Real User
Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 06 2018

What do you think of CA File Master Plus?

Primary Use Case We use it together with Grid Tools to mask IMS data. • Improvements to My Organization CA File Master handles IMS data (together with Grid Tools), which we can use to mask/privatize our data then store on IMS databases. Together with Grid Tools:  We can mask/privatize the IMS data. We use CA File Master to extract the IMS data. Grid Tools to mask them. CA File Master to load back them to IMS databases. • Valuable Features The extract from/load to IMS database. We need these extract and load IMS for masking/privatization of data. • Room for Improvement CA File Master cannot handle IMS Sysplex. • Use of Solution One to three years. • Stability Issues I would rate stability as an eight out of 10. • Scalability Issues I would rate...
CA Technologies
Real User
Director of Enterprise and Mainframe Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Mar 29 2018

What do you think of CA File Master Plus?

Primary Use Case I use it for doing final file maintenance. • Improvements to My Organization It's easier to do basic tasks; ease of manageability of data. It also gives us better efficiency on our batch run and our day-to-day. In terms of meeting business challenges, it's more of a productivity tool. It makes our data easier to manage. • Valuable Features Ease of use Ease of manageability Ease of managing DSN files. • Room for Improvement I would say just keep developing it, keep coming out with new features, and new releases. There hasn't been a new release in a while. • Use of Solution More than five years. • Stability Issues Stability is a 10 out of 10. • Scalability Issues Scalability is a 10 out of 10. • Customer Service and Technical Support ...
CA Technologies
Real User
First Assistant Vice President at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 29 2018

What do you think of CA File Master Plus?

Primary Use Case Use it to browse and investigate application data in VSAM files.  • Improvements to My Organization Makes it quick to investigate/fix problems related to application data. Our business can get back to normal operations in short order. • Valuable Features Browse and utilities. Easy to use. When we have a new business process/product, and we have complex batch jobs, this tool supports us completely.  • Room for Improvement It would be better if it took less CPU time. • Use of Solution More than five years. • Stability Issues No issues with stability. • Scalability Issues No issues with scalability. • Customer Service and Technical Support I would rate technical support from eight to 10 out of 10. It depends on the complex of the...
Consultant
Capacity Planning Consultant in RSS COMPUTERS at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 29 2018

What do you think of CA Mainframe Application Tuner?

Primary Use Case Systematically monitor all CICS transactions and, eventually, batch jobs. We need reliable information and identification of the text of offending queries. • Improvements to My Organization Beneath a specific transaction, you can see an example of optimization. It has also helped in cost reduction. • Valuable Features The DB2 feature, because DB2 is the is the main source of performance problems in our environment. • Room for Improvement When consumption occurs in program code. • Use of Solution Three to five years. • Stability Issues No issues with stability. • Scalability Issues No issues with scalability. • Customer Service and Technical Support Good. • Previous Solutions I had used Strobe, but it was very expensive, though...

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