CA Release Automation Review

We no longer use external contractors for deployment. We would like mainframe automation deployment.


What is most valuable?

A valuable feature of this product is faster delivery time. Initially, we had 4 days for deployment which has now changed to only a few minutes for core deployment. For database schema changes, we are performing automated deployment.

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, we were hiring external contractors who were responsible for deployment. Now, we have removed them from the equation and instead we are using this tool. This has benefited us, not just in terms of costs for paying the external vendors but also enables faster delivery time, that has been reduced from days to a couple of hours.

What needs improvement?

We would like mainframe automation deployment. It is one of the biggest components in our organization. For distributed applications, we obviously need to have more on the mainframe, as well, so that we can have 100% accomplishment. So, we would like to see mainframe automation.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is good and is doing what it is supposed to do. I don't see any challenges. After observing the success rate for deployment, we are getting more participation from different applications; so, it is doing good as expected.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have experienced no scalability issues. The agents are always up and running, so no complaints.

How is customer service and technical support?

For any product enhancements or any challenges/issues experienced, we have used the technical support. It is good and responsive.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were not using any other product prior to this one. We were carrying out the entire process manually.

How was the initial setup?

I was not involved in the setup process but we were involved in product evaluation.

What other advice do I have?

This is one of the best tools that we have. It is helping us to meet our automation goals and to reach 100% DevOps enablement. I would suggest to all those interested to first evaluate this tool and then go for it.

Mainframe automation is one of the biggest challenges for us and currently the product doesn’t address it. We hire external contractors that carry out the deployment process and the cost for each deployment works out to around $400. Automating this process can save us huge amounts of money and time.

This product is one of the key pillars for us. The three main vertical stacks involved are building, testing and deployment. This tool addresses release automation completely, which is one of the key components in DevOps. Deployment of mainframe components delivery is an outstanding feature. I wouldn’t say that it is giving a 360-degree view but it is working good in terms of distributed applications.

The compliance and governance process is completely isolated from deployment. Currently, we still use the service for Change Management and Release Management processes. This will continue but we are not integrating with release automation; it will be isolated.

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

Thank you Arshad for your candid and informative review!

I wanted to clarify that CA Technologies now supports Mainframe automation with the CA World 2016 launch of CA Release Automation Connector for z/OS. I have included a link below to the datasheet.

Please visit ca.com/appdev to learn more about our DevOps for Mainframe strategy or feel free to contact our product manager Rose Sakach at rose.sakach@ca.com.

CA Release Automation Connector for z/OS datasheet
http://www.ca.com/content/dam/ca/us/files/data-sheet/ca-release-automation-connector-for-z-os.pdf

05 December 16
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