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Real User
Sr. Systems Engineers at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 07 2017

What is most valuable?

I think the most valuable features are the automatic building from the source code to the executable, and the way Endevor migrates the executables through the software lifecycle. I'm looking at it at more from a company perspective, from… more»

What needs improvement?

In terms of features, I know because I'm a validation partner with CA, where we see what's coming down the pike. I know there's been a lot of work that they're doing on the long name support. Unix systems services, that whole side of the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

What we were using before was actually a CA product, a product called Panvalet, but that was like a prior generation of product, and Endevor is the newer type of product, so we went over to Endevor back in the '90s.

What other advice do I have?

When our company is selecting a vendor, the criteria include * the actual software itself - to make sure that the software meets the requirements * that the vendor is solid as far as the way they deliver on their support * that they have… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There might have been a couple of products that we looked at back when I was at my other company, but Endevor was clearly - even in those days, back in the early '90s - the leader at that point in time. I can't even really recall what other… more»
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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
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Dustin Glessner
Real User
Mainframe Release Systems Engineer at Jack Henry & Associates
Dec 11 2017

What is most valuable?

The traceability and the footprint that it creates for every element and every piece of code that it is put in. Being able to track who did what and when is huge for us because auditors are going to come back, especially being a financial… more»

How has it helped my organization?

There are approvers which have to approve something before it can move from dev to test, then test to production. Therefore, it makes it very seamless and easy to trace. Not only that, but it is easy to make sure nothing is getting to a… more»

What needs improvement?

The graphical user interface. It would be a big tool to change (but needed), just because as the workforce kind of ages and retires, the younger generation is not as familiar with mainframe and looking at a green screen is not really a huge… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Since I have been there, we did not have anything before that, but it makes it so it is not chaos, where anybody can go in anytime.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the product. It is very easy to use. It is great as far as what it does. Once you have learned it and figured it out, it is right there as one of the best products you can get.
Real User
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Dec 12 2017

What is most valuable?

What I like about Endevor personally is it can be very flexible, as far as how you use it. You can make it do nearly anything, but in really clever ways. It is very versatile. You can really customize it for your own shop pretty extensively, pretty easily.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are that we backup people's source code for them. They do not have to worry about losing it because Endevor keeps it for them, all kinds of previous versions. Endevor keeps track of everything that auditors need. That is a big thing. Any question that an auditor has about our processes… more»

What needs improvement?

It may seem a little abstract, but when somebody approves an Endevor package, if they are able to approve, and let us say there's four different approvals that are needed. If they have the ability to approve at four different levels, and if they check off to approve the package it will approve all… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There's really only two mainframe tools that do this, Endevor and something called ChangeMan. I used to support ChangeMan. It is good, but it is a lot simpler. If I was talking to somebody, I might point out the flexibility of the Endevor implementation and how you can do so many different things in… more»
Real User
Senior SCM engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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.
Giri Rao
Real User
Senior Manager Quality Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Dec 07 2017

What is most valuable?

* Automated build * Quick Edit option * Utilities for continuous integration

How has it helped my organization?

On a day to day basis, it's all about managing my operations without any downtime. The tool has done a good job of want I want it to do, and it's a very stable tool. I think it's doing a good job.

What needs improvement?

I think the main focus should be the continuous delivery aspects. How can I have a single view of the distributed core and the mainframe core, coming together in one wholesome, holistic experience?

What other advice do I have?

I give it an eight out of 10, and the reason I am cutting the two points is that I want it to be a little more lightweight in terms of continuous delivery. If you're looking for a version control system for mainframe, I don't think you should even have a second thought of not trying at least trying… more»
Real User
Senior Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jan 11 2018

What is most valuable?

Being able to go back through and see the history of changes that were migrated, who got migrated. And being able to see data migration has occurred.

How has it helped my organization?

It's good because a lot of time you can keep the history tracking, so I can go back and I can see what the software looked like before and after, what was changed and what was moved. It's the audit-level tracking. If something has gone… more»

What needs improvement?

Some of the things that we have talked about are trying to move towards Agile, and trying to map back. If I'm migrating once in a code that maybe solves multiple projects, or multiple user stories, or features. Being able to try and do that… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

It's been so long that I don't know what the previous solution was, but the switch was because we were trying to get it all consolidated, because we were in multiple places.

What other advice do I have?

The most important criteria in selecting a vendor are * stability of the product * the company. We like to hear from other customers that have used it. What were your experiences with it? The software, the vendor not being responsive. I… more»
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.
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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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