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Dave Lowe
Real User
Application Development Manager at Aetna
Jan 04 2017

What is most valuable?

It's a stable platform. We've used it for many years as part of the legacy applications going back to early 80s. We get network database... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We've had it in place for so long that it's actually part of the processes now. We have not built anything new in it, per se, over the last ten... more»

What needs improvement?

I don't have anything to add. I've heard about web services. We might be looking at a Java connection or web services in the future. It's... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

These were legacy systems that were converted from old tape-to-tape batch systems; new online systems that were built 25-35 years ago. That was... more»

What other advice do I have??

When selecting a vendor, support is important for the people that support the platforms; and the stability of the platform is important. If a... more»
SteveTerry
Consultant
Lead Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Dec 01 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the performance of the database. It's very good because it's a network database management system. It's very efficient at what it does and it's quite... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Thirty years ago we developed our main customer service system, a database management system, using IDMS and we're still running it to this day. We've migrated some tasks off it,... more»

What needs improvement?

We need to make it much easier to support and maintain, because the skills required are quite specialized and we're not going to have people in the future who've got the necessary... more»

What other advice do I have??

It's not something we would chose to put new work on these days because there are much more modern solutions out there that are far easier to manage. I don't think anybody would be... more»
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Steve Rundle
Consultant
Lead Consultant at BT
Apr 26 2018

What is most valuable?

* Reliability - It continues to work with a large OLTP workload that we need * Stability - It still runs applications that were developed over 30 years ago and also runs modern... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has been in the company for 30 years. It basically provides a stable platform for all the customer centric information to be stored and processed, in a reliable fashion.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see it made simpler to operate and maintain. I am a database administrator with many years of experience, but there are quite a few people who have not had the same... more»

What other advice do I have??

Explore the use and the performance of the system using the SQL option, as technical advice. In terms of stability advice, I would say call on the support of CA for the... more»
Steve Rundle
Consultant
Lead Consultant at BT
Dec 01 2016

What is most valuable?

The solution is the community - a tightly knit group of experts who have been working on the product set for many years. The user community is really useful, really helpful, and it makes everyone feel all part of the same world; that we're... more»

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see some of the installation, maintenance, and support functions simplified so that some of our younger, newer members can take advantage of the product and maintain it to the same standard that the older members have in the past.

What other advice do I have??

I'd say engage with your vendor. Make sure that the solution that you're choosing has a good support community, both inside the organization, and with a self-supporting community outside the organization.

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CA IDMS is a reliable, high-performance, web-enabled Database Management system (DBMS) for IBM z Systems that provides business value for hundreds of enterprises and government organizations. CA IDMS provides high-performance database management and transaction processing performance for existing and new workloads, helping you consolidate business functions on a central data repository, as needed.
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