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Real User
Director of Enterprise and Mainframe Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Mar 29 2018

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use * Ease of manageability * Ease of managing DSN files.

How has it helped my organization?

It's easier to do basic tasks; ease of manageability of data. It also gives us better efficiency on our batch run and our day-to-day. In terms of meeting business challenges, it's more of a… more »

What needs improvement?

I would say just keep developing it, keep coming out with new features, and new releases. There hasn't been a new release in a while.

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

The pricing is good value.

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

The company had it before I was hired.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise you get the right training, and utilize the CA's tech support.
Real User
Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Mar 06 2018

What is most valuable?

The extract from/load to IMS database. We need these extract and load IMS for masking/privatization of data.

How has it helped my organization?

CA File Master handles IMS data (together with Grid Tools), which we can use to mask/privatize our data then store on IMS databases. Together with Grid Tools: * We can mask/privatize the IMS data. * We use CA File Master to extract the IMS data. * Grid Tools to mask them. * CA File Master to load… more »

What needs improvement?

CA File Master cannot handle IMS Sysplex.

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

We previously used File-AID. However, File-AID masking is not as good as Grid Tools. We sought out this solution because we needed a masking solution for our data (IMS, DB2, and others).
Real User
First Assistant Vice President at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 29 2018

What do you think of CA File Master Plus?

What is our primary use case?

Use it to browse and investigate application data in VSAM files. 

How has it helped my organization?

Makes it quick to investigate/fix problems related to application data. Our business can get back to normal operations in short order.

What is most valuable?

Browse and utilities. Easy to use. When we have a new business process/product, and we have complex batch jobs, this tool supports us completely. 

What needs improvement?

It would be better if it took less CPU time.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical

What is CA File Master Plus?

CA File Master Plus is designed to streamline data assets and procedures, improve the accuracy of your mainframe data, reduce the time and effort associated with test file editing and data creation as well as reduce training costs.

This Application and Testing Tools solution is a file management and data manipulation tool architected to speed test file creation and editing for virtual storage access method (VSAM), sequential and partitioned datasets. With the ability to visually browse and edit data, you can respond quickly to problems that may arise and make accurate changes on the fly.

It also enables you to issue commands in batch, handily compare multiple file versions and filter your datasets with precision. To save your IT organization time and money, CA File Master Plus helps your team:

  • Create more consistent and accurate test data.
  • Find and fix problems more quickly.
CA File Master Plus customers

Blue Hill Data Services