What is most valuable?
Managing source code artifacts. It controls who has access to the source code, it versions it, and it deploys it. It also presents it in a controlled environment. It has approval gates built in to the tool to allow different teams to sign off before a deploy.
How has it helped my organization?
It provides the business the level of governance it needs over the source code. We’re able to control the gold copy and we’re able to maintain versions, historical record, and control access.
What needs improvement?
I like the stability and CA’s responsiveness, but I haven’t used anything else, so it’s hard to judge. I don't have a frame of reference to know whether there may be something better.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
It maintains a 99.999% uptime. It’s always been available and has always started. Upgrades are smooth and efficient. It’s a very mature, well-worn technology.
It’s so stable – it’s like the good child, you don’t really think about what it needs. I also manage the bad child, too.
How is customer service and technical support?
We have used CA professional services to make modifications. It was fantastic – really helped some automations we were working on. They overcame the package shipping problem between separate data centers.
What other advice do I have?
This is my only experience with mainframe software configuration management. There isn’t much competition in this space anyway.
Think about how it manages security of the assets and its governance properties.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Jun 30 2017