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Real User
Network Tools Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 14 2017

What is most valuable?

There are many valuable features but the ability to have all the inventory reports, event reports, configuration management. It does correlation so… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the improvements is that we have a reliable inventory. Spectrum does such a great job of discovering our network that we have a high… more»

What needs improvement?

The only pain point I have is some issues with support and the timeliness of getting a resolution. Other than that, we're very pleased with the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Many enterprises have something called "tool sprawl." Over time you invest in tools and all of a sudden you step back and realize there is some… more»

What other advice do I have?

I think you have to be aware of what steps you follow when you shut it down and bring it back up. You have to make sure you check that you are… more»
Stuart Weenig
Real User
Senior NMS Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 02 2018

What is most valuable?

Spectrum is really good at discovering what I have out there just by giving it the list of things: my inventory. I feed in my inventory, and it… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Spectrum is heavily loaded with alarm configuration, so it can detect whenever things go wrong. Things that I didn't even know could go wrong on my… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see them eliminate the Java console. The user interface for this is a Java applet that runs on your desktop, and it is very… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not have a previous solution. I came onto the scene to help clean up and modernize a lot of our operations. This was one of the things we… more»

What other advice do I have?

Every once in a while, you will run into somebody who will surprise you by being innovative or by showing you that they have a vision for… more»
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Daniel Alejandro Zuleta Zahr
Real User
Developer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Oct 01 2017

What is most valuable?

It has many great features, but in most of the companies that I have done consulting for, they rarely use them as it… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Reduces the false positives, by creating our own business logic with the Event Configuration. Allows us to have a single… more»

What needs improvement?

It’s like having a Ferrari, without a professional driver. Most companies don’t use all the good features. The… more»

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

It’s a great tool, but an expensive one. Learn how to use it properly.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

It was the first solution that we used when I started working. Right now, we are trying Naemon (Nagios). Here is my… more»

What other advice do I have?

Try to learn, at least, the following: Event Configuration Device Certification Watches Alarm Notification Manager… more»
Real User
Senior Enterprise Monitoring Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The stability of the product is key. It never breaks, really. The stability and reliability of the Spectrum product have been top-notch. The only reason you're not going to know that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Since I put this solution in, over the last five years, we have actually reduced the number of alerts that go out and wake people up in the middle of the night by 70%.

What needs improvement?

Better integration with all the other products in the Agile suite of tools; anything they could do to make that less complex, would be great. They've made it less complex, it's… more»

What other advice do I have?

You look around and see there are a lot of home-grown things, and multiple different solutions from different vendors that just don't work together, or they can't work together for… more»
Jason Hohmann
Real User
Communication Systems Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 25 2018

What is most valuable?

The fact that I don't have to sit and watch things. They get monitored, and then I hear about them and take care of them as needed.

How has it helped my organization?

The monitoring just comes to us: "Oh, there's something wrong with that machine." It tells us. There are some 50,000 machines or so, all doing… more»

What needs improvement?

If they could interact with the MIBs of vendors better, and have a lot more pre-loaded ones, that would be amazing for us right now.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

A couple other solutions. It cancelled some of those out. We switched because it was a bigger thing. We swapped so we could have support for just… more»

What other advice do I have?

My most important criteria when selecting a vendor are * knowledgeable tech support * reasonable forums * documentation. I give it an eight out of… more»
Real User
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 04 2017

What is most valuable?

The flexibility. It is so customizable. You can about make it do anything you want it to do, if you can figure out how to make it do it. There are things you can do in it to customize… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We see events that we would not typically see. Thus, it helps us find things that we may not have known were wrong. It creates transparency and makes everything work by being more… more»

What needs improvement?

CA is going in the right direction. What we want is more integration between the tools and it looks like they are doing more of that. That is probably the big thing. Better… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is a really good product, though it is very complicated. You need to make sure that you have the staffing, because of the complexity of the product. You will need staff to be able… more»
Parag Pujari
Real User
Director IT at CNO Financial Group, Inc.
Nov 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The main thing is obviously notifications about alerts, getting ahead of the curve to make sure that we do not have system going down, or if it is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is mainly trying to avoid disasters that might be coming, especially with service degradation. It has improved the way our organization has… more»

What needs improvement?

Once something goes down, that is when we get alerted versus we need more predictive analytics in place so we know a case based on patterns putting… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This was before my time at the company.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Spectrum. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * The product needs to meet our needs. * It has to pass Enterprise… more»
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at GEICO
Nov 30 2017

What is most valuable?

The quick notification of issues, quick alerting because timeliness is always valuable, it's very important for us.

How has it helped my organization?

Again, that's a little tough because we aren't using it to it's full potential right now. We're hoping for greater visibility into our network, not just for us but for our customers… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using CA Performance Center, and CA Spectrum is a logical extension of CA Performance Center. Between our management and CA themselves putting on the full-court press for… more»

What other advice do I have?

In the vendor selection process what is important to us are * reputation * reliability. It also helps if you have a current relationship, and we have a long-standing relationship with… more»
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CA Spectrum can enable your organization to discover, optimize and improve its infrastructure and the business services running on top of it. By delivering large-enterprise scalability, robust features and superior root cause analysis, this solution can help your organization effectively manage its dynamic, complex IT infrastructure including physical, virtual and cloud environments as well as network virtualization.
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