CA Endevor Software Change Manager Reviews

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Joe Bigini
Real User
CA Endevor Administrator at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 19 2018

What is most valuable?

The biggest feature is that it protects the source and it associates the source with the executable. Endevor footprinting and ship are also big features.

How has it helped my organization?

It has ensured that we can prove that what someone put into production is exactly what's in there. It also puts all our source in one product. We know where to go to gather all our source code and… more»

What needs improvement?

One feature of Endevor is its Backout feature. If there is a problem, it can back out the executables. The only problem with that is that it will not back out the source in Endevor. For example, you… more»

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

I've used other products in the past, but they weren't as feature-rich as Endevor. They didn't have all the advantages that Endevor has for source code management. I haven't found a product yet that… more»

What other advice do I have?

Keep it as simple as possible. When you're implementing the product, any errors you make are only magnified as you go further down the line and keep on adding more and more applications to Endevor. My… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When we did purchase Endevor, which was quite awhile ago, there were products such as Pandalay and Librarian, but they really didn't compare, apples to apples, with Endevor. Endevor could do so much… more»
Real User
Senior SCM engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Feb 12 2018

What is most valuable?

I like it because it customizable, and it's rock steady, it's a very robust and mature product. Plus I love the audit trail.

How has it helped my organization?

On the CA side, where we're doing the mainframe, our automation, our development implementations are all automated, which is a huge amount of time savings. That's a big one. Even just in the last year… more»

What needs improvement?

If you had asked me this 10 years ago I would have had some good answers, but they pretty well addressed everything. They've got plug-ins now to run it through Eclipse, they've got a lot of APIs, they… more»

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

It's competitively priced and, as far as I know, it's just an enterprise license. We have found it is worth the money. Right now, I'm really not even involved in the pricing of the product here at… more»

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

Back in the day, it was just hard to manage multiple code streams; concurrent development I guess is what it was really. We needed to be able to manage that in a rational manner and automate it, so… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would say if you want a mainframe - any kind of mainframe - solution, or for software control management go for it. CA has good products. They're an industry standard in a lot of ways.
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Arthus Mihailidis
Consultant
Information Technology and Services Consultant and Contractor at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 18 2018

What is most valuable?

The history logging (who, what, when). It's so easy to pass an audit when the facts are clear.

How has it helped my organization?

Consistent, repeatable processes, and the automation that we have built take away much of the human error aspect. Also, we have been able to replicate entire SDLCs for new clients and have them loaded and ready to use Endevor in as little… more»

What needs improvement?

More audit capability when it comes to changes to settings that are made by administrators, as many of these are done through the panels and are therefore not logged as an action against a configuration item. Also, more flexibility for… more»

What other advice do I have?

My original entry to Endevor was the realization of the need for proper application software management. At that time there was the need for software management due to the up and coming Y2K issues. Beyond that, anyone who knew anything… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At my original site (in 1989) there were other products evaluated, but I cannot recall the names as they did not stand the test of time.
Ned Doerr
Real User
Manager, Enterprise Release Management at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Apr 26 2018

What is most valuable?

With the newer version, you can do a lot of the automation that you could not do in the past where you had to do manual stuff. Now, we are getting into automation, which makes my life a whole lot… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It helps us control what changes we are putting into production. From an audit perspective, just making sure everything is all in one place.

What needs improvement?

It is interesting because we are just starting to employ some of the new features. We just put a new version in last weekend. I would like to see more of automation pieces. I think that is going to be… more»

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

There was nothing else on the market and we had to start managing our mainframe applications. This was the best way to do it.

What other advice do I have?

Definitely take a look at it. You can look at the other tools that are out there, but I do not think you are going to find anything better. Also CA's reputation, they back their product 100%. Most… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

IBM. We chose CA because it was the Cadillac tool. CA is the one that sets the pace for everybody else to follow. We have never had any problems with the tool.
Real User
Software Configuration Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 06 2018

What is most valuable?

Versioning, you are able to track changes to code more easily. Also, it's very flexible. A new technology comes along, this can be multiplied to handle the new technology quite easily.

How has it helped my organization?

It makes production changes much easier to implement, and to recover if there are problems. It has saved us a lot of issues.

What needs improvement?

Interfacing with some change control products that are not CA's, it's a little glitchy on the approvals of changes. It requires special needs for the users for approvals, so the user interface for… more»

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

It's worth the value. The pricing is fairly good, justifiable for the return on investment. Licensing is fairly simple, you don't need multiple licenses.

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

I think we had a product that was being discontinued, and we were looking for a product to be able to handle the volume of source we had. We also wanted to be able to easily transition to the new… more»

What other advice do I have?

I think it's a good tool. There are similar products out there that you might want to get now with a GUI interface. Right now, this product is mostly green screen - we use the mainframe product - so I… more»

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What is CA Endevor Software Change Manager?

CA Endevor Software Change Manager (CA Endevor SCM) is the most widely used change management software for the mainframe environment. It can automate your entire development process, adapting to your specific business requirements and helping ensure consistency and complete control. Integration with IBM Rational Developer for System z can improve productivity, accelerate time-to-delivery and ensure the auditability of all programmer activities. Eclipse-ready, CA Endevor SCM helps shorten the learning curve for application developers. It provides your team with business-driven, customizable lifecycle paths and automated version control to protect your software assets and help maintain application integrity.
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Endevor Software Change Manager, CA Software Change Manager for Mainframe, CA Endevor SCM
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