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Tom Kruger
Real User
Senior System Programmer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 29 2016

What is most valuable?

By far, the most valuable features of this product are: * SSM * AOF * OpsLog

How has it helped my organization?

Our largest LPAR currently has 633 tasks defined to SSM. We can shut the system down and have it back up in 30 minutes.... more»

What needs improvement?

I think some of their built-in functions are short on functionality. We have written homegrown REXX functions to... more»

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

OPS/MVS tends to be one of the more expensive products if you strictly look at the licensing costs. The ease of use and... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We previously used and we continue to use a different solution. (We still have two LPARs on a different solution.) The... more»

What other advice do I have??

If converting from a different product, all of your existing code (REXX, rules, clists,...) will have to be rewritten.... more»
Eric Camp
Real User
Lead Software Programmer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 29 2017

What is most valuable?

Automation is very important to any data center; just the ability to optimize things, run more efficiently. OPS/MVS does that tremendously.

How has it helped my organization?

I think from our standpoint, from automation, automation is central. We've reduced people from making mistakes. We've actually improved performance because now, OPS/MVS is doing... more»

What needs improvement?

I think, for me, I’d like to see more of its web base. The ISPF dialogue needs a little bit more features. However, the web base will be even more important for me.

What other advice do I have??

With any company nowadays, senior people are being shipped out, basically retiring. New people are coming in and, in the mainframe industry, a lot of the newcomers do not know the... more»
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Infrastr3c17
Real User
Infrastructure Engineer Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The simplicity of it, as far as getting new people to use the tool. It's very flexible. You can customize what you need to, which is good. For... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to respond faster to issues. If there are issues that come out, we're able to capture a message and alert somebody about it.

What needs improvement?

It does everything we need right now, I can't know of anything else we really need at the moment. If I really had to put my finger on anything,... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

The path we were going down was between IBM and CA, and we thought about which one we should go with. For us, the flexibility and scalability is... more»

What other advice do I have??

Our most important criterion when selecting a vendor is how closely do we partner with them, that is the biggest thing for us. What kind of... more»
Daniel Khan
Real User
IT Director at McKesson
Jan 01 2018

What is most valuable?

It's very secure, because it's a legacy application. It allows a natural, organic encapsulation of data.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit is that the ROI, since it's 35 years old, the ROI is coming back over and over and over. I don't think it improves the way our company functions. Because of its age,... more»

What needs improvement?

Definitely having more web-based interface. Definitely be more mobile-open. More APIs, more open source to it.

What other advice do I have??

The most important criteria when selecting a vendor are depth of support, intelligence on the industries that we are in, and similarities of different organizations so we can... more»
Connie Johnson
Real User
Operations Integration Specialist at TCF Financial Group
Jan 14 2018

What is most valuable?

I do not have to keep recordings. It is there and is proactive. It helps the operators, human editors, and me.

How has it helped my organization?

It watches the slug, the BDIs, and the other systems that we have. It alerts the operators when it is time to repair the communications and the IPLs.

What needs improvement?

I am not using all the stuff that I could use now, so I do not know. It is working very well for us. There is just so much in there that I am not utilizing, though I might not need... more»

What other advice do I have??

I would recommend the solution. It is a very friendly solution: Easy to upgrade and it is pretty self-contained. It does everything you need it to. Most important criteria when... more»
SystemsA8321
Real User
Systems Analyst / Programmer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 28 2016

What is most valuable?

* The ability to create your own automation * Flexibility * The reliability of constant, active monitoring

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are the ability to do monitoring on your mainframe systems exactly the way you want to do it. It provides a lot of flexibility.... more»

What needs improvement?

The only issue we have is when we try to integrate with common services. That's why it doesn't get a perfect rating. The OPS/MVS product itself... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We didn't switch from a previous solution. In 1988 when we started, this solution was one of about three tools that were available. We evaluated... more»

What other advice do I have??

I would advise others to go with OPS/MVS. We still occasionally review what's in the market to make sure that it's still the best product for us... more»
VP494
Real User
Vice President, Managing Director Defined Contribution at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Sep 29 2016

What is most valuable?

* Rules * OPS/REXX * SQL * SSM * Global variables * OPSLOG

How has it helped my organization?

We control our DR tests with OPS/MVS as a wrapper to IBM’s GDPS so our operations staff does not have to manage using their interface in... more»

What needs improvement?

Our last main complaint was having sysplex-wide variables, which uses a dataset that is accessible from all systems. There are, however, still... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

In a previous life, I supported NetView and also the old Auto-operator. OPS/MVS is much more intuitive to use, especially compared to... more»

What other advice do I have??

I would advise others to simply install it in a test environment first, then play with all the features. I know there are also many samples and... more»
Leo Cadegan
Real User
Systems Programmer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 11 2018

What is most valuable?

* Simplicity of use * Reliability of the product * Scalability * The performance functionality The width and breadth of the options available that we do currently not use, but are available to us.

What needs improvement?

The further expansion of the mainframe teamcenter interface. Also, the web services support is something that I am looking into. Though, it currently meets my needs perfectly the way it is. The GUI interface could be improved, but that is... more»

What other advice do I have??

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Cost * Functionality * Cost of the business.
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