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Real User
Mainframe Architect at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Dec 19 2018

What is most valuable?

It's pretty much a purpose-built application for source control and change management. That's what we use it for.

How has it helped my organization?

It has provided us with a number of improvements. The biggest improvement is its deployment facility. It does our CICS NEWCOPYs and our Db2 binds for us, whereas before… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

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

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

We used Serena/Micro Focus ChangeMan for this functionality and we switched for cost and functionality reasons. There is a lot more functionality with ISPW and there is… more»

What other advice do I have?

Take a longer implementation path than we did. Don't rush it. We were forced to rush it and we would incur a large cost from Serena. My advice is to plan longer and take… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had plans to implement Endevor but in evaluating Compuware ISPW vs CA Endevor, there was never any traction from the change group. The people who admin-ed ChangeMan… more»
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Real User
Support for Development Teams on Mainframe at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 30 2018

What is most valuable?

* The plugin ISPW integrated into Eclipse is a really valuable functionality for developers who already use it. It helps to have quick access to the components, to see versions, life cycle, and to do generation and deployment in the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* It helps us with the changing of SCM and ALM products, and also to change the life cycle including two branches. Of course, it's still a recent migration, so we are still in progress to improve our organization and use of the product.

What needs improvement?

* The ISPW plugin could be improved to add some functionality which is already in ISPF panels and not in the plugin. * It could also be improved to better help the developer manage merging versions in the life cycle (even if he can already… more»

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

We used LCM: Life Cycle Manager (ASG: Allen Software Group). We changed production because the support and evolution of the product were in risk and because it was not available in Eclipse IDE.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had a quick presentation of Endevor (CA) and ChangeMan (ex Serena Software), and we did a proof of concept using Dimensions CM with Serena Software (now Micro Focus).
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Real User
User at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 17 2019

What is most valuable?

The visual ability to see potential downstream impacts to code changes is a value add in helping our developers identify and understand the impact associated with their change. Utilization of the deploy feature in ISPW has also been a key functionality.

How has it helped my organization?

With the use of ISPW, we were able to reduce our deployment time for specific applications by utilizing the auto-deploy features. Using tools such as ISPW also increases our mainframe developer’s knowledge of Eclipse-based tools that the distributed products utilize. We’re also experimenting with being able to utilize distributed developers to see if they can utilize the ISPW analysis tool to… more»

What needs improvement?

My advice for new clients migrating to ISPW is to take the time needed to understand your current inventory of ASIs, code that is not executed/no longer required, and any unique situations that may need to be handled differently than the standard migration approach. This vendor is great in walking through different options and finding solutions for any special handling.

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What is Compuware ISPW?

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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