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What is Software Configuration Management?

Software Configuration Management (SCM) refers to tracking and controlling software changes. SCM tracks software updates. Software engineers will closely monitor software used by the enterprise to stay on top of revision control. SCM assists in detecting and monitoring functional software elements and configurations, tracking version selection and changes, establishing software control and implementing baselines. Software Configuration Management is also known as Software Control management.

SCM is important in IT because new software elements are constantly being added and updated across an enterprise. New operating systems, new databases, new plug-ins, patches, and so forth create an almost constant churn of configuration changes.

IT Central Station users are tasked with managing ongoing technical issues in an enterprise. Efficient implementation of Software Configuration Management helps improve productivity by establishing communication and coordination among programmers for ideal functioning of the IT team. A Software Configuration Management system manages the output and functionality of basic components including software objects, program code, test data, test output, design documents, and user manuals. The Software Configuration Management process is intended to increase clear and open communication among team members.

Benefits and advantages of Software Configuration Management allow IT Central Station professionals to reduce redundant work, effectively manage simultaneous updates, track defects with traceability, help with build management and avoid configuration-related issues.

Well-coordinated teams should deliver analytics for management and support a smooth functioning organization. Communication is vital in Software Configuration Management because system architecture and decisions affect app development and maintenance, infrastructure, security, auditing and compliance. IT Central Station IT users are looking for ease of use for the best software fit with their assets, such as ASCII or binary, and look at variables such as compatibility of file size. Vendor support is key when IT closely are evaluating software purchases and is critical during the Proof of Concept (POC) stage, as well as over lifetime of the product.


Software Configuration Management Reviews

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Real User
Configuration Manager at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 11 2016

What is most valuable?

I thought the most valuable feature of the product was maturity in the process, in the tool itself. In other words, while there were many things we would have liked it to have done, what it did, it did very well. Over the course of many years of usage, one of the things that we found that some customers wanted to have was point-in-time recovery, which was one... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I'd say, overall, as a development tool, it helped us to automate processes that otherwise were very manually intensive. As a release tool, there probably could have been some additional enhancements, but it was effective. I could easily go from one LPAR to the next LPAR at the push of a button. The funny thing is that I've learned that most organizations didn't... more»
Consultant
IT Manager at Experian
Feb 08 2017

What is most valuable?

One of Endevor's most valuable features is the ability to have your source in a repository that keeps track of all of your versions. It also has your ACMQ, which allows you to keep track of your input and output components. It has everything... more»

How has it helped my organization?

When we first brought Endevor in, we had a lot of issues with audits. We had Librarian. We had Panvalet. When we brought Endevor in, almost 18-20 years ago, the auditing issues went down dramatically, once we had everyone into Endevor, using... more»

What needs improvement?

There is one feature, the sandbox feature, that allows you to virtually create environments for developments and then, once your project is done, those environments go away as you move up through the lifecycle. You can always build new... more»
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Real User
Sr. Systems Engineers at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 07 2017

What is most valuable?

I think the most valuable features are the automatic building from the source code to the executable, and the way Endevor migrates the executables through the software lifecycle. I'm looking at it at more from a company perspective, from Aetna's perspective, that's the big benefit there. And as far as for me, because I'm an Endevor administrator, I actually have... more»

What needs improvement?

In terms of features, I know because I'm a validation partner with CA, where we see what's coming down the pike. I know there's been a lot of work that they're doing on the long name support. Unix systems services, that whole side of the z/OS Operating System. I know they've been really doing a lot of work improving that. The ISPF interface, adding long name... more»
Real User
Mainframe Release Systems Engineer at Jack Henry & Associates
Dec 11 2017

What is most valuable?

The traceability and the footprint that it creates for every element and every piece of code that it is put in. Being able to track who did what and when is huge for us because auditors are going to come back, especially being a financial... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There are approvers which have to approve something before it can move from dev to test, then test to production. Therefore, it makes it very seamless and easy to trace. Not only that, but it is easy to make sure nothing is getting to a place... more»

What needs improvement?

The graphical user interface. It would be a big tool to change (but needed), just because as the workforce kind of ages and retires, the younger generation is not as familiar with mainframe and looking at a green screen is not really a huge... more»
Real User
Software Developer Manager at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 02 2017

What is most valuable?

The valuable features are managing campaign boards, sprint planning with product backlog, sprint backlog, and velocity and capacity of the development team. Also, the bar and chart graphics, which assist in tracking the day-to-day project... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Here in the organization, we use Chrome, with development. Also, when we are planning on sprint, for example, it's too easy to put the requirement needs above the product, and a product on that feels very good to write features too easily,... more»

What needs improvement?

Many important features that are useful for an organization but I feel that even if it is improved, some of the features are not necessary. I know the tools. I train people here by using these tools. Today, the software development team and... more»
Real User
Sr. Configuration Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 10 2017

What is most valuable?

CA Harvest has been one of our primary version control tools. It has helped us map all of our applications into a version control environment, where we are able to map them, and help the code promotion across each environment, and we are able... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped us to integrate version control with change management. That has helped us track the application flow across each of our environments, promotion from dev to our higher environments, to production. The tracking aspect of the tool... more»

What needs improvement?

One feature that we are looking for is traceability, and also merging. That is a little cumbersome right now. We have provided our feedback to their representatives so they can provide us a good merging capability next time. One thing that I... more»
Perforce
Real User
SCM administrator at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 05 2017

What is most valuable?

* Fine grained access control. * Ability to handle very large file counts, very large version counts, and very large file sizes * Speed * The server is very efficient * Perforce is one of very few software vendors who target documented,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The tool is central to our workflow. It does the following: * Drives continuous delivery and integration * Delivers large file sets to remote sites faster than anything else * Recalls history reliably

What needs improvement?

* Perforce does not appear to have an enterprise scale software test environment. We sometimes serve as their software QA department. * The database engine is very fast, but has proven difficult for them to debug. Their attempts to work... more»
Real User
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 12 2017

What is most valuable?

What I like about Endevor personally is it can be very flexible, as far as how you use it. You can make it do nearly anything, but in really clever ways. It is very versatile. You can really customize it for your own shop pretty extensively,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are that we backup people's source code for them. They do not have to worry about losing it because Endevor keeps it for them, all kinds of previous versions. Endevor keeps track of everything that auditors need. That is a big... more»

What needs improvement?

It may seem a little abstract, but when somebody approves an Endevor package, if they are able to approve, and let us say there's four different approvals that are needed. If they have the ability to approve at four different levels, and if... more»
Real User
Configuration Management Analyst at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 14 2016

What is most valuable?

We switched from a home grown Librarian based System to Endevor starting in 2009. The product provides good visibility of code changes, and change history. It provides good security options as well. The biggest benefit we have gained from... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We cut implementation errors by around 99%. Less effort is required by developers to set up migrations and the moves are much easier and less prone to problems.

What needs improvement?

Endevor can be very rigid. When you install and set up your map which controls the way code moves between stages it is important to be sure it is like you are going to want it for the long hall. The map is complicated to change once code is... more»
Real User
Senior SCM engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 12 2018

What is most valuable?

I like it because it customizable, and it's rock steady, it's a very robust and mature product. Plus I love the audit trail.

How has it helped my organization?

On the CA side, where we're doing the mainframe, our automation, our development implementations are all automated, which is a huge amount of time savings. That's a big one. Even just in the last year or so, we had a need to start using a... more»

What needs improvement?

If you had asked me this 10 years ago I would have had some good answers, but they pretty well addressed everything. They've got plug-ins now to run it through Eclipse, they've got a lot of APIs, they handle UNIX files. I can't really think... more»
Real User
Senior Manager Quality Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Dec 07 2017

What do you think of CA Endevor Software Change Manager?

Primary Use Case We use it for version control in the mainframe area. It's been great. To be honest, we use GitHub for enterprise for the distributed world, and we use SCM for the mainframe world. So far, I've looked around as well. I've not seen a computer that's close to Endevor in terms of performance, scalability and capability. • Improvements to My Organization On a day to day basis, it's all about managing my operations without any downtime. The tool has done a good job of want I want it to do, and it's a very stable tool. I think it's doing a good job. • Valuable Features Automated build Quick Edit option Utilities for continuous integration • Room for Improvement I think the main focus should be the continuous delivery aspects. How can I have a single view...
Real User
Marketing and Sales at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Mar 20 2017

What is most valuable?

* Task planning * The possibility to link to DNG * Easy way to see the status of the project: What was done, why, and when.

How has it helped my organization?

Before RTC, the project plan was in Excel. The project lead periodically asked the team members for their updates in the plan. There was no actual status, no connection to the requirements, and nobody knew why something was done.

What needs improvement?

Team Planning in RTC 1- RTC allows to set up parallel or overlapping iterations. It is possible, to assign a user to tasks, which are assigned to different, overlapping iterations. For example, one iteration is for product A and the second... more»
Real User
Endevor Administrator at SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.
Dec 20 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are its security and its inability to not lose anything. We've been using it for 10 years at this company, and I used it previously for 17 years and I have never lost an element.

How has it helped my organization?

The way we have it implemented it, the developers really don't have to “work to make it work”. For example, they can take a COBOL program, hand it to Endevor, and the tool takes it, compiles it, and does everything it needs to do with it.... more»

What needs improvement?

With the scrum teams that Pete McCullough is working on in the Endevor community, I really can't say what we would like. We make our inputs on a weekly basis and they work on it. Previous to this solution, we would hope and hope to get... more»
Real User
Senior Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jan 11 2018

What is most valuable?

Being able to go back through and see the history of changes that were migrated, who got migrated. And being able to see data migration has occurred.

How has it helped my organization?

It's good because a lot of time you can keep the history tracking, so I can go back and I can see what the software looked like before and after, what was changed and what was moved. It's the audit-level tracking. If something has gone wrong... more»

What needs improvement?

Some of the things that we have talked about are trying to move towards Agile, and trying to map back. If I'm migrating once in a code that maybe solves multiple projects, or multiple user stories, or features. Being able to try and do that... more»
Consultant
Information Technology and Services Consultant and Contractor at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 18 2018

What is most valuable?

The history logging (who, what, when). It's so easy to pass an audit when the facts are clear.

How has it helped my organization?

Consistent, repeatable processes, and the automation that we have built take away much of the human error aspect. Also, we have been able to replicate entire SDLCs for new clients and have them loaded and ready to use Endevor in as little as... more»

What needs improvement?

More audit capability when it comes to changes to settings that are made by administrators, as many of these are done through the panels and are therefore not logged as an action against a configuration item. Also, more flexibility for... more»
Real User
Enhancement Engineer at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Dec 28 2016

What is most valuable?

CA Mainframe Software Manager provides a great way for us to store our source control. It provides the lifecycle features to identify where our source code is in the lifecycle of our software. The lifecycle stuff is probably the biggest... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit is really around the lifecycle features of the tool. It benefits our organization because it allows us to customize that lifecycle to match what we do, which makes it extremely easy for us to see where we are.

What needs improvement?

One of my personal favorite source control systems is Git. I've always been a huge fan of it. It is very, very easy to use. Things like GitHub and Bitbucket do a great job of managing Git and making it really, really easy for us to do things... more»
Real User
Application Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 10 2017

What is most valuable?

I appreciate the ability to separate the code by environments.

How has it helped my organization?

We are required to use this, but I personally wouldn’t have chosen it as our SCM of choice.

What needs improvement?

It needs to be simpler. This is the most difficult SCM tool I’ve ever used. It requires me to retrain new hires for several months. They should mimic TFS or Tortoise SVN. The most common mistakes/hurdles new users have is checking in new... more»
Perforce
Real User
Software Developer at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 23 2017

What is most valuable?

* Branching * Change list * Revision graph: Has been instrumental in figuring out confusing merging issues and determining where the issue occurred * The ability to add additional custom tools into the product to extend its capability.

How has it helped my organization?

Perforce has given us the capability to manage our deployments on different environments. We lacked a build and deployment tool to do this for us. Thanks to the revision graph feature, we are able to track a release from one environment... more»

What needs improvement?

The part of Perforce that could be most improved is its automatic resolving of code merge conflicts. It takes a great deal of experience with Perforce merging to obtain an understanding of how the automatic resolve determines which version of... more»
Real User
Technical Senior Support Specialist at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 09 2018

What is most valuable?

It standardizes the processing of all the development. Everything gets produced in a constant and consistent manner. The flexibility, because I know a lot of the competition pigeonholes you into definitions and character limitations, and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is the standardized tool for all of mainframe development. In the past, it is a big improvement over just using standard homegrown utilities. Having something that is out-of-the-box that you can customize to suit your organization's needs... more»

What needs improvement?

I do not know that there is much more that they can do on the mainframe side. They need to ditch the Eclipse plugin and just make the development environment for Z the standard Eclipse interface. It is still kind of behind the times. It needs... more»
Real User
Senior Software Engineer at a engineering company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The workflow feature with stateful record types and the ability to implement these rapidly in our project have been of value to us. We’ve used the product to track change requests, problems, and physical asset management for a major railroad... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution we’re providing our client required the implementation of the workflow feature to complement their process. It allows us to assign responsibility to each step of the process in the change requests. As for the assets, it allows us... more»

What needs improvement?

The product has its quirks and limitations. For instance, there is no data type for floating point numbers. Only integer types are provided. ClearQuest provides no support for Boolean data types.
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Splunk SME and DevOps Expert
8+ years of IT Experience. Some key words from my profile... DevOps Engineer Continuous Delivery, Continuous Integration JAZZ Developer Rational Tooling Expert Software Delivery Process Designer Integration Expert Software Configuration Management Expert Level 3 Expert in : RTC,... more>>
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Over 10+ yrs of experience in Software Configuration Management, Implementation and Support.Focal point for the client in providing SCM solutions using various tools and technologies. Working consistently with CFG to give them better service and thus helping the organization as a whole to improve... more>>
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