CA Endevor Software Change Manager Reviews

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Anonymous User
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… 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… 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… more»

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… 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… more»

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»
Anonymous User
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… more»

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… 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… more»
Anonymous User
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… more»

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»
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… more»

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… more»

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… more»
Anonymous User
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… more»

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… 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… 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… more»

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… 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… 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… 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… 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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