Compare CA Harvest Software Change Manager vs. Visual Studio Team System

CA Harvest Software Change Manager is ranked 6th in Software Configuration Management with 3 reviews while Visual Studio Team System is ranked 7th in Software Configuration Management with 1 review. CA Harvest Software Change Manager is rated 9.0, while Visual Studio Team System is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of CA Harvest Software Change Manager writes "Has helped us track the application flow across each of our environments, promotion from dev to our higher environments, to production". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Visual Studio Team System writes "It helps us to develop internal products for internal use and is complete solution with a complete set of features in one box". CA Harvest Software Change Manager is most compared with CA Endevor Software Change Manager and SCCM, whereas Visual Studio Team System is most compared with Visual SourceSafe and DBmaestro Database Source Control.
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It puts all our source in one product. We know where to go to gather all our source code and which source is associated with which executable. It's a one-stop-shop, one place to go for everything.The developers can very easily see what has changed on a particular piece of source code or a program, and others can look at that as well so they can coordinate their changes. It makes it much easier to promote a piece of code up to production.We have been able to replicate entire SDLCs for new clients and have them loaded and ready to use Endevor in as little as one week. This was possible with the use of Endevor variables within the processors, so that a single processor was able to function for multiple systems across the entire SDLC.The approach of writing a single set of Endevor processors to work across multiple instances of the application (separate systems) made the processors fairly complex, but once you understand them, they are so powerful.Our automation, our development implementations are all automated, which is a huge amount of time savings.In the last year or so, we had a need to start using a CICS web services, and mesh them in with some distributed functions on an enterprise service bus. We put the web services into Endevor and we manage that way now.They've got plug-ins now to run it through Eclipse, they've got a lot of APIs, they handle UNIX files. I can't really think of any serious lack that they haven't addressed.It's very flexible. A new technology comes along, this can be multiplied to handle the new technology quite easily.

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Using this solution, we were able to implement a full process for all of our lifecycles.The ability to give our teams functionality from a control perspective, allowing them to decide how they want to implement the tool, is valuable.

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The solution is very stable.

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One feature of Endevor is its Backout feature. If there is a problem, it can back out the executables. The only problem with that is that it will not back out the source in Endevor. For example, you can do a back out and it will back out the executable to the previous version, but it doesn't back out the source version in Endevor. It would make it much better if when you did a back out of Endevor, it would back out both the source and the executable and keep them in sync.Needs more audit capability when it comes to changes to settings that are made by administrators, as many of these are done through the panels and are therefore not logged as an action against a configuration item.Interfacing with some change control products that are not CA's, it's a little glitchy on the approvals of changes. It requires special needs for the users for approvals.There are a lot of screens in it. The process for moving out my other solutions, it could be more convenient. There are a lot of steps to go through and a lot of screens to go through to get it accomplished.They need to ditch the Eclipse plugin and just make the development environment for Z the standard Eclipse interface.​It is still kind of behind the times. It needs to catch up with all the millennials that want a distributed look and feel.​Learning the tool for the first time was extremely difficult, and it could be because of all the other processes we had around it. But knowing you can do these things in batch, you can do things in the foreground or online mode, and then these, you have to have a package for. There are these rules, and some of the concepts inside the tool are not clear, like what is the CCID? Why do I have to have one? What is that? And how is it used? As a developer, it's not important to me - I don't know what a CCID is, and I don't care - but apparently it's important to someone.Sometimes finding errors and output can be difficult because it spits out so many messages that it is hard to figure out which ones are the ones you need to look at and what flow did it actually take through the processor.

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Technical support for this solution is very good, although they can still use improvement in some regards.Security features can be improved.Password complexity is not enforced by the tool.

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I would say compared to some more modern tools which are made to work offline, with this solution you have to be connected all of the time and with a central server. In our case, it's not a big problem because we all work on-premises, but it can be an issue if you have teams in different locations.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It's competitively priced and, as far as I know, it's just an enterprise license. We have found it is worth the money.It's worth the value. The pricing is fairly good, justifiable for the return on investment.Licensing is fairly simple, you don't need multiple licenses.Just make sure if you are going to license, ensure you license the right features.​

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Once you purchase your licenses, there is maintenance support that is renewed every year.

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Also Known As
Endevor Software Change Manager, CA Software Change Manager for Mainframe, CA Endevor SCMCA Harvest SCM, CA Software Change Manager
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Overview
CA Endevor Software Change Manager (CA Endevor SCM) is the most widely used change management software for the mainframe environment. It can automate your entire development process, adapting to your specific business requirements and helping ensure consistency and complete control. Integration with IBM Rational Developer for System z can improve productivity, accelerate time-to-delivery and ensure the auditability of all programmer activities. Eclipse-ready, CA Endevor SCM helps shorten the learning curve for application developers. It provides your team with business-driven, customizable lifecycle paths and automated version control to protect your software assets and help maintain application integrity.CA Harvest Software Change Manager (CA Harvest SCM) provides powerful, process-driven capabilities for managing development teams across your enterprise, encompassing multiple platforms and release management tools. This release management software enforces your IT governance policies and corporate compliance initiatives including those defined by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. It also can ensure adherence to your ITIL-based best practices. CA Harvest SCM can help your enterprise simplify the software release management process as well as the development and maintenance of business applications with streamlined workflows and automated source code versioning. This ITIL release management software can optimize your development resources by providing audit, protection and storage of your software assets, and standardized process management and defect tracking.

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System is a platform for productive, integrated, and extensible software development life-cycle tools that helps software teams by improving communication and collaboration throughout the software development process.

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Blue Hill Data Services Inc.State of New Hampshire, Blue HillBluegarden A/S, Tracasa, Rabobank Group, Borusan Otomotiv, Arelik, Alfa Bank
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Financial Services Firm56%
Insurance Company15%
Healthcare Company9%
Comms Service Provider6%
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Insurance Company43%
Financial Services Firm30%
Software R&D Company16%
Healthcare Company3%
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