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Greg Payne
Real User
Sr. Analyst/Technology Infrastructure at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 30 2018

What is most valuable?

To me, the most valuable features are its ease-of-use and being able to clone some of what you've done with some of the rules. It makes it really easy to administer. I've had people tell me that it's one of the best automated systems… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the biggest advantages is the prevention of problems from getting more severe. If you know what's going on, and if there are things that you can do to automate your responses, it makes your life easier. I now get very few calls… more»

What needs improvement?

I just installed version 12.3, which actually already has a number of new features. It's going to make it easier for some of our new users. I'm old-school, I learned it the old way. I actually want to go back and implement it and start… more»

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

The licensing structure and pricing are comparable to what we've been used to paying and maybe even better. Just the fact that we're getting an overall better product, better suited for what we want to do, makes it worth the money.

What other advice do I have?

For what it was produced for, it's an excellent product. It's done everything that we wanted to do with the product and more, which has been a really big help for us. It's made my job much easier. It's very sustainable and an extremely… more»
Real User
Lead z/OS Systems Programmer
Apr 08 2018

What is most valuable?

OPS/REXX, because it allows us almost unlimited flexibility in automating our system.

How has it helped my organization?

We have eliminated human error in the startup of one of our most critical applications, thereby reducing the risk of unwanted downtime.

What needs improvement?

One thing that comes to mind is the MQ interface. The last time we tried to use it, it seemed a little clunky. Also, performing a stop/restart of OPS/MVS could be a little smoother too. Without… more»

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

We had been a user of AF/OPERATOR, and needed a replacement for it. We switched because of cost and because our implementation of AF/OPERATOR was substandard.

What other advice do I have?

Go for it. It's a superior product for automation.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have looked at BMC's AutoOPERATOR.
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Consultant
z/OS system Programmer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Feb 06 2018

What is most valuable?

* Responding to various events in the system. * Performing automatic IPL and shutdown. * Verifying system status. It makes our job, as operators, easier.

How has it helped my organization?

Once automatic IPL has been defined, anyone can perform an IPL with very little intervention. We know that all of the components will be started correctly. Also, because we can define complex… more»

What needs improvement?

It’s a complex product. The initial installation is easy, but implementing various functions is a constant process.

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

I’m not involved with these aspects.

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

As the system became more complex, a solution was needed to make things simpler for operators and system programmers.

What other advice do I have?

Look at the samples. There is a lot of information there. Also, this product has integration with CA-SYSVIEW, and they work great together.
Nick Cianco
Consultant
Lead Technology Architect – Systems Programmer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
May 16 2018

What is most valuable?

* SSM - Provides for orderly startup and shutdown. * OPSLOG - Enables filtering by message-id, and/or jobname(s). * Rules - OPS/REXX interface streamlines deployment, interfaces easily with JES2 and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Orderly startup and shutdown of z/OS and all components.

What needs improvement?

* The interfaces to USS, CA UIM could be better. * CA Common Services interfaces - namely Zdata Mover, Zmessage Service, Zdatacolletcor - are poorly documented.

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

Migrated from AutoMate/MVS in the 1990s. We went with the best automation solution available.

What other advice do I have?

It's easy to use.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NetView, Candle products, ASG-Zack.

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What is CA OPS/MVS Event Management and Automation?

z/OS, its subsystems, databases, middleware, applications, and software generate thousands of event messages daily. IT professionals need a tool to filter, prioritize, and respond quickly to these events before they impact availability and threaten business processing and associated service level agreements. CA OPS/MVS EMA automates processes, enabling you to resolve problems as they arise. It also automates more routine tasks, simplifying IT management and operations.
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