CA OPS/MVS Event Management and Automation Review

I like the System State Manager and all the built-in functions.

Valuable Features

System State Manager and all the built-in functions.

Improvements to My Organization

It’s invaluable for expediting the shutdowns/IPLs of our z/OS LPARs and monitoring our z/OS LPARs for issues/problems.

Room for Improvement

It needs to have more compatibility/interfaces to other vendors’ products.

Use of Solution

I've used it for more than 15 years.

Deployment Issues

Upgrading the product, either adding maintenance, or moving to a new release, is usually painless.

Stability Issues

Some earlier releases crashed occasionally, very rarely with recent releases.

Scalability Issues

Adding OPS to a new LPAR or removing it from a decommissioned LPAR, hasn’t caused any issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Excellent – very helpful and knowledgeable.

Previous Solutions

When I first started using OPS, there were not any similar products from other vendors, with all the features OPS provided.

Initial Setup

Once you're familiar with the product, it’s easy to use. The documentation is very good – coding some rules for console ‘message suppression’ is a good way to start.

Implementation Team

The pricing for the base product is probably comparable to other vendor’s offerings. There are some optional applications/features, with separate pricing/licensing, that can be added to the base product. Get a trial license first to determine if any of the ‘optionals’ are going to be of use.

Other Solutions Considered

OPS was already in place here when I became administrator.

Other Advice

Ask the vendor for a demonstration of the product.

Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
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Vice President at a tech services company with 51-200 employeesReal UserTOP 10

Hi Steve, long time no talk. Thanks for sharing the review!

15 August 16
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