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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»

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»

Which solutions did we use previously?

IBM has SDSS, the closest thing to competition. SYSVIEW just has more features. When I first started, SYSVIEW gave me... 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... more»
Josef Saller
Real User
Technical Services Professional, z/OS Systems Programmer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 07 2017

What is most valuable?

Actually, all the features are valuable. The product gives deep insight into a z/OS operating system by means of many powerful commands, each of... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Several times it saved us tens of thousands of Euros by tremendously reducing the time necessary to solve a severe operating system problem.

What needs improvement?

As with every piece of software, there‚Äôs always room for improvement. But for our shop, the most important features of the product have been... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We had a previous solution, and we switched because CA SYSVIEW was clearly superior.

What other advice do I have?

A great deal of the product is definitely suitable for z/OS system specialists with some years of job experience. In other words, z/OS beginners... more»
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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.

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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»
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... 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... 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... more»

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

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

Which solutions did we use previously?

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,... more»
Patrick Barrez
Real User
IT Team Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Feb 08 2017

What is most valuable?

* The MVS and JES2 product displays provide very detailed information. * The REXX API allows for very simple but... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has benefited our organization by the automatic JES2 spool cleanup based on multiple filter criteria.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better web browser support that display views, reports, and graphs. Currently, we use the IBM 3270... more»

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

I only select the best products to use in the company. I am not involved in the final price negotiations.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We used MainView from BMC.

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for a good performance monitoring and system tool, this solution offers it in a very compact product... 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... 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... 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... 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.

Which solutions did we use previously?

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.
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What is CA SYSVIEW?

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.
Also known as
Unicenter CA-SYSVIEW Realtime Performance Management
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