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"It does our CICS NEWCOPYs and our Db2 binds for us, whereas before, that was a manual process. It takes a lot of the workload off of the operations folks and off the DBAs.""We had parallel development before, but the way ISPW implements it is better. It has more control and oversight of the process, whereas before, it was like the Wild West. Everybody could have their own package with their own version of the component in it... ISPW is constantly aware of it. It notifies when someone else is using or has a different version of that component.""The visual ability to see potential downstream impacts to changes being made assists our developers in understanding the impact associated with their change."

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"Managing source code, tracking modifications, and being able to analyze evolutions of source code are the most valuable features."

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"One thing I would really like to see some improvement on is the promotion diagnostic messages. It invokes utilities "under the covers" to copy components, and it does not echo back any of the error messages from those utilities.""There are some features that are not well documented, so documentation could use a little help, on things like setting up deployment and which structures in the database correspond to which tables.""Better discussions to identify inventory prior to the start of any migration would be helpful for potential clients that have applications with code that is not modified often."

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"I'd like to see more integration with respect to requirement management, though this is not possible with this Synergy solution. I know that PTC enables this feature as well as Polarion. We need to have full trustworthiness and accountability in knowing that the tool will track every modification from specification through to the source code, with Synergy this isn't possible. The solution requires additional tools like rectify, desktop system solutions, to enable trustability between requirements, from one specification to another."

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"I like the seat-based licensing much more than MSU-based licensing, and that the cost has been competitive."

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IBM Synergy, Rational Synergy

A modern, end-to-end Agile source code management, release automation and deployment automation tool that enables mainframe application developers at all skill levels to fulfill business requirements, optimize code quality, and improve developer productivity through mainframe DevOps. With ISPW, developers can:

  • Easily perform concurrent development to support Agile Development practices
  • Leverage Jenkins plugins to manage code throughout the lifecycle
  • Use REST APIs to automatically connect mainframe applications into modern DevOps toolchains
  • Collaborate with other developers through features like alerts when another programmer has checked out code
  • See versions of a program at multiple points in the development cycle to prevent incorrect overlaying and ensure smooth code integration
  • Access an intuitive relationship visualization that guides users to failure points

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mBank, Standard Bank
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Top Industries
Computer Software Company35%
Financial Services Firm16%
Insurance Company9%
Comms Service Provider8%
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Compuware ISPW is ranked 3rd in Software Configuration Management with 2 reviews while IBM Rational Synergy is ranked 8th in Software Configuration Management with 1 review. Compuware ISPW is rated 9.0, while IBM Rational Synergy is rated 3.0. The top reviewer of Compuware ISPW writes "Does our CICS NEWCOPYs and Db2 binds, reducing operations and DBA workloads". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Rational Synergy writes "Users must go through a lot of steps to properly manipulate this solution, which can interrupt workflows and cause unnecessary downtime". Compuware ISPW is most compared with CA Endevor Software Change Manager, Serena ChangeMan ZMF and IBM Engineering Workflow Management, whereas IBM Rational Synergy is most compared with .

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