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IT Admin at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 06 2018

What is most valuable?

Scalability is definitely one thing. The size of the database can grow without any issues. We've got one database table that's got over a billion rows in it; quite a bit of data, and it handles access like a champ. Nowadays, CA is doing a lot of improving as far as online maintainability of… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We've had it for so long, so it's status quo. But we've added all sorts of functionality to our applications and there are no issues with databases. Anything developers request, we're able to accomplish. Also, we deal a lot with government regulation - and not to talk about what the company does -… more »

What needs improvement?

There are still some things - and I know they are working on some of them - but for the "no-outage maintainability" of things, they are making improvements as we speak, but there is definitely still room for more of that.

What other advice do I have?

Right now, we're pretty well locked in with this product. I know we are looking at a migration, which would potentially be off of the mainframe platform. Right now we're just using what we have, and whether anything will happen with that massive project or not, we have no idea, but it is being… more »
Real User
Mainframe Systems Administrator at Total System Services, Inc.
Feb 02 2018

What is most valuable?

We use Datacom as the database for our CA 7 and CA 11. It is a very stable product. I really don't have to do much with it. I don't have to worry about the product going down. It just works most of the time. That is what I like about it.

How has it helped my organization?

It definitely cuts down on our support costs. I do not get woken up in the middle of the night very often for a problem with Datacom. So, it is a pretty solid solution.

What needs improvement?

This is a hard one. It has just been a really solid product. We have not had very many issues at all with it. The only minor issue that we have had with Datacom is in the installation guide: Some of the sizings for the databases have not really worked out for us, so we had to go in and resize them… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would give it a nine out of 10. Just because, you never get a perfect 10. There is always room for improvement. There are minor things here and there, but I would say it is a solid product. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Reputation, definitely. * Support is really important to… more »
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Real User
Mainframe Systems Administrator at Total System Services, Inc.
Dec 05 2017

What do you think of CA Datacom?

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use DATACOM as a database product. We use it for CA7 and CA11 on our mainframe systems, and as the database for CA7 and CA11.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features, being a systems programmer, are the ease of use and stability.

How has it helped my organization?

It has cut down on our support. Though I do not know about support costs, but it has cut down on my support hours, after hours especially.  It is a solid product. We do not often have issues with it. It just works most of the time.

What needs improvement?

More zip processing is always a good thing. The more that they can move to zip engines that would be better.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is like a black box type of product. We…
Real User
Database Administrator at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 04 2017

What is most valuable?

It processes very efficiently. I think that's it's most important feature. I also love the support that I get when I call their support team.

How has it helped my organization?

It just sits in the background. I don't know that it has a significant impact.

What needs improvement?

I'm working with them to add some new features to the current release. Features like security auditing of access to the data, and continuing to update the security and the product. In general, they should just continue to modernize. Just keep up with the modernization.

What other advice do I have?

When our company is looking into a vendor, what's important to us are three main points: * that their product works well * efficient * cost. I rate in a nine out of 10 because I think it's a wonderful product but I always think everything can keep getting better. I see that it keeps going in that… more »
Vendor
Datacom System Engineer at a venture capital & private equity firm with 10,001+ employees
Nov 06 2017

What is most valuable?

Over the years, with the different releases, and for sure the upgrades, the installation process has gotten a lot easier because they use Cora Software Manager now to to install it. And the upgrade process, they use the new active upgrade… more »

What needs improvement?

There are a lot of features that come out with each upgrade, but our application that runs on it has been around for a long time; they sort of decommissioned this application. So they don't really take advantage of a lot of the new features… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I've always supported Datacom. I have been put on other projects that use other DBMSs; I did IDMS for a while, I did a little bit of ADABAS for a while, and I even did a little bit of DB2, but they were only on a cross-training basis… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would say to use it because of the stability. From what I've seen - because I've worked around other technicians that actually support the other products, the way that I support this - most of the time when we go to outage calls, because… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I'm not in the position to choose. This product was at Verizon before I even started, so it was just something that I was asked to support. I didn't have a choice of saying, "Well, okay, do we want to put this application on DB2? Do we want… more »
Vendor
IT Admin at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 08 2016

What is most valuable?

The stability and capacity of the database engine are the most valuable aspects for us. We have rather high CIC transaction rates with a couple thousand concurrent users at times, and DATACOM handles the data flow and availability, along with significant updating, in a very timely fashion. The… more »

How has it helped my organization?

One of the things that I most appreciate is that functionality that is being added to the product. Things we are now able to accomplish without an outage, and were not able to do in prior releases, include data reorganization, file size growth and file moves. This has enabled us to shorten our… more »

What needs improvement?

There are other 24x7 capabilities that would be nice to have, and some of these are currently in development.

What other advice do I have?

DATACOM is a great database package, and the add-on features such as VSAM-Transparency and DL/1-Transparency, which I had at my former employer, really ease any transition.
Vendor
Systems Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 10 2015

What do you think of CA Datacom?

Valuable Features

It’s a database manager which has good performance for batch workloads and transactions.

Improvements to My Organization

Since we have been using this solution in the bank, it has enabled us to manage all of the mainframe data easily.

Room for Improvement

Something that we would like to see is for them to develop integration with open distribution systems.

Deployment Issues

We have no issues deploying it.

Stability Issues

It is stable, and we wouldn’t use it if it wasn’t.

Scalability Issues

It is very scalable and has proved this time and time again for us.

Customer Service and Technical Support

They provide the best support compared to other providers I have used previously. On the CA website, you can easily open an incident, and they call you…

What is CA Datacom?

CA Datacom enables the continuous availability of your business applications. Datacom, and its family of rDBMS products, provides you with a reliable database repository with enterprise-wide, high-volume workload and fault-tolerant capabilities.
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DATACOM
CA Datacom customers
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