CA IDMS Overview

What is CA IDMS?
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.

CA IDMS is also known as IDMS.

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Lead Consultant at BT
MSP
It is a really stable platform. It has been around for many years. We trust it implicitly.

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is a customer service system, which records all the customer details, and follows through customer orders for British Telecom. It's performed on a mainframe system, and it is performed by various means. The database management system called IDMS is actually just the database management system under the covers. The application that runs on that is been in-house written for many years, and is very stable.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is a really stable platform. It has been around for many years. We trust it implicitly. ā€‹"
  • "Technical support is very good. They are very knowledgeable, very quick to respond, and very nice people, too.ā€‹"
  • "ā€‹I would like to see it made simpler to operate and maintain."

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 installation and setup of the product. Also, do not hold back on asking questions about the maintenance and continued support of the product.
Application Development Manager at Aetna
Vendor
We get network database performance. It supports our back office.

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 colleague at another company who was looking at IDMS as a brand new installation, Iā€™d say take classes at Framingham, join the IUA. Talk to peers who use IDMS. See how it would fit. It's a legacy product, so it's out there for things that have been in place for 20-30 years.
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Lead Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
MSP
We've been running it for many years. It's reliable and stable.

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 actively developing anything new on IDMS these days, but if they've got it then it's worth sticking with it.
Lead Consultant at BT
MSP
The solution is the community; a tightly knit group of experts working on the product set for many years.

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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