CA Gen Review

Excellent Tool for Mainframes, GUI, Web Development


What is our primary use case?

CA Gen is an advanced version of Advantage Gen/COOL Gen/IEF, which were tools for rapid application development in mainframes and a client/server environment. CA Gen has added web development capability.

How has it helped my organization?

Advantage Gen greatly enhanced productivity as well as development of solutions in mainframes, Client, and server applications. However, it was lacking the web development features, which has been provided by CA Gen.

What is most valuable?

  • Model-based development
  • Click and drag development facility
  • Automatic code generation

What needs improvement?

The product needs to be well marketed, then adopted. I am not seeing many customers using the product.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has excellent stability. Applications have been used for more than 10 years without any major issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We were using our own administration tools. However, this does not have the type of facilities provided by Amazon Web Services, which can be provided by CA Gen.

How is customer service and technical support?

Another team was involved, which was able to resolve issues on-time.

Which solutions did we use previously?

IEF/COOL Gen.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup is straightforward. We received excellent support from vendor.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented with the help of CA, as well as in-house. CA's support was excellent.

What was our ROI?

Great.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I was not involved in pricing and/or licensing, which was managed by another team.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Telon.

What other advice do I have?

It is an excellent product.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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