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Anonymous User
Real User
Senior Mainframe Systems Programmer - Storage
Mar 14 2018

What is most valuable?

I use most of the SMS space management extensively, but also the features that enable me to look at dumps and different… more»

How has it helped my organization?

When we changed to JES3, the programmers didn't have to know anything. The product provided the same interface with the… more»

What needs improvement?

The things that I would think about would be in relation to JES3. However, I don't know if they'll be able to do much more… more»

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

It's a little steep, but there are a lot of other functions that it brings together. It gives you one window to look… more»

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

IBM has SDSS, the closest thing to competition. SYSVIEW just has more features. When I first started, SYSVIEW gave me an… more»

What other advice do I have?

CA offers technical advice. They'll come in and they'll show you all the bells and whistles. I think that's a really good… more»
Mike Picarello
Real User
Lead System Programmer at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 01 2018

What is most valuable?

Like a Megamind does, it provides CPU contention batch job information. We are looking more for our kicks regions and stuff, which it self… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are kind of what we are looking for. We are not there yet, and end-to-end, we are trying to tie it up with our distributive apps to… more»

What needs improvement?

The product itself seems very good. The documentation, like installation guides and stuff, put it all in one place.

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

We were and still are using Megamind. We still are because it has been customized for our online regions, but it does not give us the end-to-end… more»

What other advice do I have?

You need to be partnered with CA. Work alongside of them. It makes it a lot easier because of the amount that goes into installing this product… more»
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Greg Payne
Real User
Sr. Analyst/Technology Infrastructure at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 25 2018

What is most valuable?

It's an all in one monitoring solution because of the different subsystems we have such as JZ2, MQ, CICS and being the fact that it's an all inclusive and an all single install really… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's beneficial because it also ties into other CA products that we have. It makes it a really good fit.

What needs improvement?

I guess really just kind of expansion. We specifically use IMS as our database. I think really in the line of IMS and what it can provide needs to be expanded a little bit for some of… more»

What other advice do I have?

A solution has to be, one, user friendly. It needs to be easy to install and maintain. It does need to interface into the things that we want it to. Really just being able to play… more»
Larry Prince
Real User
Enterprise Systems Engineering at First Data Corporation
Dec 07 2017

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use * Ability for system diagnostics System troubleshooting and diagnostics are the biggest thing for us. We… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Ultimately, the prevention of money loss for missing SOAs and stuff like that on our systems, if we miss something… more»

What needs improvement?

They are already working on improvements. One of them is the operational intelligence, which is a lot of stuff I am trying… more»

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

We have a global license, so I can't provide much info.

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

In the past, we have used TeamOn.

What other advice do I have?

Just try it. See if you like it or not. I have to work with other products that are its competition, and so far, SYSVIEW… more»
Brian Maar Pedersen
Real User
Mainframe Specialist at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Jan 10 2018

What is most valuable?

It is easy to see if anything is wrong. The queues on the system are fast, and it is very intuitive to locate something.

How has it helped my organization?

We have not had any major issues in approximately 15 years.

What needs improvement?

We are using Datacom as the database system, so maybe a little bit more integration with that. It can also be a little bit more better, but it is very good. I do not any products that… more»

What other advice do I have?

I think it is quite good. Absolutely, get it. It is a great tool. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: I'm not sure it is about the vendor. Maybe it is about the product… more»
Michael Buckley
Real User
Computer Systems Programmer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 17 2018

What is most valuable?

CICS, JES, and MVS aren't necessarily valuable, just very useful. SYSVIEW provides information that supports our duties in… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It pulls together a lot of utilities provided by other tools/products into one consistent umbrella.

What needs improvement?

For one particular environment, the capturing, recording and presentation of IBM CPUMF data would be useful. IBM… more»

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

I am not involved with licensing, as this is done at a corporate level.

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

We switched due to a corporate directive.

What other advice do I have?

It is a very powerful and reliable tool with a relatively easy to follow interface.
Douglas Oliverio
Real User
IT Systems Engineer Lead at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 31 2018

What is most valuable?

The MVS commands, because we have a lot of new, inexperienced users on the mainframe who don’t know the commands.

How has it helped my organization?

Thresholds with alerts are valuable, enabling us to fix a problem before it has an impact.

What needs improvement?

The documentation. I noticed with the last release that all of the manuals were bundled into one. It used to have a… more»

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

I am not involved with pricing or licensing.

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

SDSF and IOF. We didn’t switch, we have both products.

What other advice do I have?

Follow the manual and you won’t have any problems. If you do come across any installation issues, instead of spending lots… more»
Bjoern Niegsch
Real User
Senior Systems Programmer at FDC
Nov 27 2017

What do you think of CA SYSVIEW?

What is our primary use case?

We use it to control everything that's going on in the system. It's a very good tool to use for a system programmer and for a normal programmer.

What is most valuable?

As a system programmer I can see deep into the system, where nearly everything is at, so it's a very good tool for us to use.

How has it helped my organization?

It's quicker to get information, it saves time.

What needs improvement?

From the demo I attended it looks like all the features I would want are coming.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Very good, no downtime.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's very good.

How is customer service and technical support?

I haven't used technical support for SYSVIEW but I have used CA…
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CA SYSVIEW Performance Management offers new levels of visibility into critical business transactions that provide 24x7 monitoring for complex application environments. This real-time visibility is a critical asset to simplify mainframe performance management by monitoring against alerts, drilling down for intuitive problem identification, and basing automation on performance intelligence. Instead of using different tools, processes and people to support each environment, now there's an enterprise-wide solution that monitors the real-time performance of mainframe subsystems, providing additional integrated data.
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