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SeniorDBA251
Real User
Senior Database Administrator at a local government with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 30 2017

What is most valuable?

The feature that we find most useful is the consistent ability to create 'strategies’ across the products. These... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The best example is the day-to-day performance monitoring with the CA Detector product. By using CA Detector, we can... more»

What needs improvement?

The initial setup parameters are quite exhaustive and some parameters cross with the products. Hence, getting the... more»

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

Work for an overall solution. Competing product suites seem to serve the same functions. But it is the overall... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We evaluated several product suites at the beginning, but this was the one that we first purchased and we have stuck... more»

What other advice do I have??

Utilize the CA resources at the conferences! They provide good access to their technical support and many times at... more»
Database52a9
Consultant
Database Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
May 09 2017

What is most valuable?

RC/Query is vital. It is my window to the catalog and helps me find what I need quickly and efficiently. I am in that... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use the Display Impact report in RC/Query as part of our database development life cycle process to make sure that... more»

What needs improvement?

Sometimes I find that some of the tasks are not intuitive, such as using PF3 to continue with a screen progression... more»

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

I am not involved in pricing or licensing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I am not in a decision-making position and have not been involved in any switch other than from IBM’s QMF to CA Report... more»

What other advice do I have??

If you want your DBA and programming staff to be efficient and effective, I recommend these tools.
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MariuszKoczar
Consultant
DB2 consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
May 14 2017

What is most valuable?

The biggest functionality for me was with SYSVIEW for DB2. I used all the functions but exceptions and possible... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It improved the DB2 v11 upgrade process, so I was able to check more and react faster to problems we observed such as... more»

What needs improvement?

The vendor reacts to my requests and implements our requirements, which is a benefit of contacting the developers in... more»

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

You should check the prices over the whole license period and make a future agreement; for example, adding information... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We also evaluated BMC. CA solutions were cheaper.

What other advice do I have??

Check if you have any written procedures and how complicated they are. Our own written procedures delayed the whole... more»
Kenneth Fisher
Real User
Senior DB2 Database Specalist at HCSC
Dec 04 2016

What is most valuable?

The ability to do the CA utilities faster than IBM using less resources. I also like the RC/Migrator product that allows us to make changes... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits is repeatability of use. I can do a change in one environment and use that same change to do it to another environment. It allows... more»

What needs improvement?

I'd like the product to support the open systems. However, I don't think that's coming. The products work really well, but there are a couple of... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We were using BMC utilities, and we ran into some marketing and licensing issues. When we thought of changing vendors, we were interested in... more»

What other advice do I have??

I would give them some sample jobs to actually to run in scenarios to see how well CA does them compared to some of the other vendors.
Branko BožIc
Real User
Compliance Officer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 09 2017

What is most valuable?

* The RC/Migrator: Migrates tables between systems * The Detector and Subsystem Analyzer: Monitors the system

How has it helped my organization?

We have more control over our DB2 systems and can do our everyday DBA work faster and easier.

What needs improvement?

There are many good features that we don't use. It would be nice to have some video tutorials on YouTube. Some examples of the features that we... more»

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

I was not involved in the pricing or licensing.

What other advice do I have??

It's a great tool. Take time to learn all the features that you need.
Harald Meckes
Real User
Systemsprogrammer and Administrator for DB2 at a insurance company
Sep 05 2017

What is most valuable?

PDA and PPA make our daily housekeeping easier and prevents us from unnecessary reorganizations. It is a tool that can also be used by those... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allowed us to automate all of our housekeeping.

What needs improvement?

I look forward to the application of these tools to all platforms in use, such as z/OS, Unix, and Windows. I would like to have the possibility,... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We did not have a previous solution.

What other advice do I have??

It is quick to install, easy to keep it up to date and easy to use.
Informat8bf9
Real User
Information Analyst at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Apr 08 2018

What is most valuable?

Detector and Query. We use Detector for problem determination and Query, all day, to determine information about our tables and databases. Also, it takes advantage of new features... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us better insight into our tables and our databases. It pulls all of the information from different directions back together, I think that's how it helps us.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We did use a different solution, DBA Expert, and we switched because it was not compatible with the new release of DB2.

What other advice do I have??

It's a good product. I would give it a nine out of 10, and the reason is, in general, it's a technical product so I think that it's a little cumbersome.
SodAppli5f5b
Real User
SOD Application DB2 DBA at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 12 2018

What is most valuable?

There are many valuable features. I would say the most important are batch reporting and the ability to create repositories, enabling automated... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Provides accurate reports of components usage; helps tune performance.

What needs improvement?

I think CA is working on performance repositories; we use our own tools as an extension. They need to provide a way to create and maintain... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

The solution was installed before I started working here.

What other advice do I have??

Very good and robust product.
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