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Banking Application Development Manager
Dec 11 2017

What is most valuable?

As a developer, it is wonderful. Coding on CA Gen is easy. If you want to change anything, you can easily manage the code and you can easily find other changes, other group changes, other models, other components.

What needs improvement?

The weak side is, I cannot use the DB2 specifications, DB2 comments, easily. They should support the latest DB2 versions, the latest DB2 comments. This is my priority. Database access.

What other advice do I have?

I give this product an eight out of 10 because it's easy to use, it's familiar, it's stable. You can trust them, you can get support whenever you want. Use CA Gen but be careful about the architecture, how you establish the architecture is so important. If you start at the wrong point, you will be punished.
Consultant
President at Ciss inc
Dec 04 2016

What is most valuable?

It's an extremely rapid development software tool with a lot of enterprise-level software maintenance functionality. It is similar to the software that was used in all of the impact analysis stuff… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The tool is so mature that the production implementation environments around it are very mature as well. I work in a shop that has some CA Gen and some .NET and there's always problems on the .NET… more»

What needs improvement?

The dilemma is with people that are stuck in this old technology, and it really is kind of stuck. They don't really understand the new technology, and so it's a gap issue. Those people that would use… more»

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

I think it is very cost effective. The issue has always been that CA charges for the tool. It's like Microsoft gives away .NET and CA doesn't, so you're swimming upstream against people that see the… more»

What other advice do I have?

Get some experienced help. You can mess yourself up in the early days if you don't know where to go, but there are a lot of people out there who have built big systems in CA Gen and can help you do… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We started using this in 1983 or 84. It was the latest and greatest tool, and I pushed to get involved in it and became a consultant with it, and have really enjoyed working with it over the years. In… more»
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Consultant
Development Platforms Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 25 2016

What is most valuable?

If you're going to build a mission critical project, the tools that you're using are very important. You need qualified developers but the tools are critical. With CA Gen you can model the application lifecycle and leave the application… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit is the mobility. You can shift one platform to another without any extra effort. You can shift from mainframe, to Java without giving any extra effort.

What needs improvement?

The world is changing, the technologies are changing - COOL:Gen needs to change as well. COOL:Gen gives us the opportunity to generate the codes in a variety of technologies. In the future we need some mobile support, mobile generation, and… more»

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

We are an old customer, more than 20 years ago, COOLl:Gen was chosen as the main technology in our company. Before that there were some native development platforms, but with the COOL:Gen we shifted. If you're going to create a mission… more»

What other advice do I have?

I can give it an 8/10 because of it's robustness, stability, and scalability. If the mobile support comes, I could give it a 10. If you want to be the first in market and you have a short time to generate, or to develop your application… more»
Vendor
Senior Developer at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 10 2015

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the faster time to deliver a product than tradition COBOL programming. We use CA Gen pretty much for everything, including data modeling, moving the code to production, and as a migration tool. We use all of the CA Gen features. We can write a mainframe application, GUI… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We're able to have faster delivery and quickly develop a product with higher quality.

What needs improvement?

I’m very comfortable with the product, but there’s always room for improvement. The alternative is writing in a native language or program, and this is much better. We can write for mainframe applications – we write in CA Gen but generate the code in COBOL, for example. If I look into the native… more»

What other advice do I have?

Understand what you want to do with it, be it data modeling, or creating a table structure for DB2 or whatever kind of database they want – in the IDE. If you’re writing a simple barebones COBOL program, it may take 20-30 hours, but with a solution like this it can be done in around four hours. If… more»

What is CA Gen?

CA Gen provides a single, integrated development environment that can help your teams create and maintain large-scale business applications for multiple platforms. This streamlined environment can help reduce manual labor and speed migration time while ensuring the future relevance of existing environments and applications.
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